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March 2, 2014
Minot Daily News

JOIN THE CROWD It appears Minot will become the latest city to ban the sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Minot City Council's Public Works and Safety Committee last week recommended the full council make it illegal to sell or provide e-cigarettes to minors and for minors to possess the devices. E-cigarettes do not fall under the definition of tobacco, and aren't regulated. Many local stores already restrict the sale of the devices to minors, and some legislators are considering changing state law to regulate e-cigarettes under existing laws for conventional tobacco cigarettes. Sounds to us like area stores are already restricting sales of the products to minors anyway, so making it official under a Minot ordinance shouldn't garner many complaints. The e-cigarettes are battery powered and still deliver a dose of nicotine to the user. Officially banning their sale to minors seems like a good idea, and we expect the full city council to follow the committee's recommendation.



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