abc
QUICK LINKS:

Minn. Bills Would Treat E-Cigs as Standard Smokes

Updated: 02/26/2014 4:39 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 9:56 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Both sides in a debate over electronic cigarettes say scientific evidence is still out about the health safety of the devices, but bills to regulate them could advance anyway in the Minnesota Legislature.

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard arguments Wednesday about whether to impose controls similar to those on traditional tobacco products.

Democratic Rep. Laurie Halvorson says there is plenty of concern about what's in the liquid that produces e-cigarette vapors. She also says regulations are necessary to keep them away from children.

About 200 shops have applied for licenses to sell battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution. Users inhale a vapor but they don't emit the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Industry officials argue they're a lower health risk than standard cigarettes.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • Duluth Man Arrested in Death of Baby Daughter

    Duluth police officers have arrested a man in the death of his 14-month-old daughter. 29-year-old Christopher Dennis Peterson has been charged with unintentional second-degree murder.
     

  • Pediatrician Accused of Assault Gives up License

    Dr. David Van De Loo, a Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexual contact with 15 juvenile male patients, has agreed to surrender his medical license so that the remaining counts will be dismissed. Van De Loo has already been acquitted of the majority of his sexual assault charges.

  • Ventura Passage to be Cut from Book

    Publisher HarperCollins says it will remove a passage from the best-seller "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against book author Chris Kyle.

  • Appeal Planned in Dismissal of School Plot Charges

    Prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of six charges against a 17-year-old accused of plotting to kill his family and attack his Waseca school. A judge dismissed the charges of attempted murder and attempted damage to property on Monday, but let stand six counts of possessing explosives.

  • Special Report: Hypothermia Year-round Threat in Lake Superior

    Last week we told you about signs on Park Point Beaches indicating E. coli in the water. There is another hidden danger to warn you about: hypothermia. It is an all-year problem on Lake Superior.
     

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Washburn
Expires: 7/30/2014 5:15 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 7/30/2014 4:15 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Douglas; Washburn
Expires: 7/30/2014 4:15 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement