New E-Cigarette Regulations and Free Signs for All Businesses

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Recent changes in state law have placed new regulations on the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in specific indoor spaces. As of July 1, 2014, e-cigarette use is prohibited in the following locations:

  • Licensed day care and foster care facilities
  • Health care facilities
  • Government buildings including those owned or operated by the state of Minnesota, any city, county, township, school district or any other political subdivision
  • Public universities
  • Department of Human Services-licensed facilities
  • Minnesota Department of Heath-licensed facilities subject to federal licensing regulations

If you own or operate a business within the state of Minnesota that is not included in the list above, you have the option to establish an individual policy restricting the use of e-cigarettes. “Studies have found e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine, heavy metals and other toxic compounds,” said John Schmitz, MD, medical director of the Tobacco Cessation Program at Centracare Health. “There have been no long-term studies conducted on e-cigarettes, so the lasting impact of those exposed to secondhand vapor is unknown.”

Crave the Change highly encourages individual organizations, cities and counties to update their policies to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in all public places. For free sample policy language and signs, please contact Alicia Bauman, 320-251-2700, ext 77527 or baumana@centracare.com. Sign orders can also be requested at feelinggoodmn.org/crave-the-change/.

About Crave the Change

Crave the Change is an initiative of CentraCare Health that seeks to reduce tobacco’s harm across Central Minnesota through education, outreach and advocacy.