Beginning Aug. 1, the use of e-cigarettes and vapes will be banned in most indoor public places and workplaces.
The Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, to protect state residents from secondhand smoke, applies to those products as well, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Health. Vaping will be banned in restaurants, bars, and almost all indoor public spaces, just as cigarette-smoking is now.
“This policy change is good news for current and future generations of Minnesotans,” Commissioner Malcolm said. “By limiting the use of these products in public places, we protect people from exposure to harmful chemicals and send a message to kids and teens that e-cigarette use is not a healthy behavior.”
Despite most people thinking that vaping is much healthier than cigarette-smoking, vape smoke contains harmful substances such as nickel, tin, lead and cancer-causing chemicals.
E-cigarettes, e-pipes and other vaping products also often contain nicotine, which is both highly addictive and harmful to adolescent brain development. According to the MDH, nicotine can impact learning and memory, and contributes to future addiction to other substances. The 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey found that nearly 20 percent of high-school students used e-cigarettes and 40 percent had tried them, making e-cigarettes the most common tobacco product used by young people.
Prior to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, 25 counties and 31 cities in the state had limited e-cigarette use indoors.