- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A county in northeastern Minnesota has voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1EACMCg ) reports the ban in St. Louis County treats e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes, barring their use in public areas such as stores and workplaces. The St. Louis County Board voted 5-2 on the measure Tuesday after a public hearing that lasted nearly three hours.

Duluth, the county seat, has a similar ban. Such measures restricting e-cigarette use have also been enacted in places such as Minneapolis, Bloomington and Edina.

E-cigarettes are devices that deliver nicotine through vapor rather than from burning tobacco.

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Information from: WDIO-TV, https://www.wdio.com

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