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E-cigarettes to be treated as cigarettes in area county

Houston County includes e-cigarettes in Minnesota Clean Air Act

E-Cigarettes to be Treated like Cigarettes

HOUSTON COUNTY, Minn. (WKBT) - A Minnesota county is cracking down on e-cigarettes.

Tuesday the Houston County Board unanimously voted to treat e-cigarettes like normal cigarettes. That means there will be no smoking anywhere banned by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.

Also, stores must keep the e-cigarettes behind the counter and people must be older than 18 to sell the products.

"We wanted to make sure that we didn't have establishments that were in essence allowing customers to come in and sample products. The belief is just that we really wanted to protect the public's health and discourage it in anyway that we can," said Houston County Public Health Director Mary Marchel.

The ordinance takes effect immediately

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