A new law in Minnesota bans e-cigarette use in some public places, including government buildings, public schools, and most health care facilities.
The Minnesota Legislature passed e-cigarette measures including indoor-use restrictions, starting July 1. The law also requires retailers to keep e-cigs behind the counter and to be licensed.
Next year, starting Jan. 1, the law will require child resistant packaging of e-cigarette liquids sold in Minnesota. The law also prohibits anyone under 18 to have an e-cigarette nicotine dispenser on public school grounds.
Under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act e-cigarette use is now subject to the same prohibitions and restrictions as smoking in some locations, such as:
• Licensed day care, including family home daycare during hours of operation.
• Buildings and vehicles owned or operated by public school districts.
• Health care facilities and clinics, except residents of residential health care facilities or psychiatric units can still use e-cigarettes in enclosed areas, such as smoking rooms, that meet regulations.
• Buildings owned or operated by the state of Minnesota, as well as Minnesota cities, counties, and townships.
• Facilities owned by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota.
• Facilities licensed by Minnesota Department of Human Services, and those MDH-licensed facilities subject to federal licensing requirements.