Tomorrow, July 1, a number of new legal restrictions on e-cigarette sales and use in Minnesota will take effect. E-cigarette use will be prohibited in schools, and the products will need to be kept behind the counter in stores. Those who sell e-cigarettes to minors will be penalized. Beginning tomorrow, e-cigarette use will also be prohibited in the following public places:
- Hospitals and clinics
- Most government-operated buildings (including correctional facilities)
- All University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities buildings (including dorms)
Other restrictions on e-cigarette sales will be enacted in the near future.
The Freedom to Breathe coalition, a group of health organizations working to keep Minnesota’s smoke-free law strong, has released a statement on the restrictions.