- Associated Press - Thursday, May 15, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota’s first regulations for electronic cigarettes are a step from becoming law.

By wide margins, the Legislature adopted a health policy bill Thursday night most notable for the e-cigarette rules.

The bill imposes restrictions and penalties meant to keep minors from buying or using e-cigarettes. They couldn’t be sold at kiosks and nicotine liquids would have to come with child-resistant packaging.

The devices deliver nicotine by heating a liquid chemical. They emit vapor but it’s not clear what health effects they have for people who inhale it second-hand.

E-cigarettes would be banned in government buildings, school property and day cares. But they could be used in bars, restaurants and other public places unless a local ordinance prevents it.

The health bill also prohibits tanning bed operators from allowing use by minors.


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