Dayton Splits with Health Commissioner on E-Cigs

Updated: 03/26/2014 1:33 PM

A sampling of electronic cigarette supplies.
A sampling of electronic cigarette supplies.
Photo: Photo: AP/Sue Ogrocki, File

Minnesota senators are considering a change in course on electronic cigarette regulations after Gov. Mark Dayton stated objections to a bill awaiting a vote.
The Senate on Wednesday pulled the bill from the floor back into committee. There members will decide whether to strip a clause that put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces.
The move was a direct response to Dayton's comments that he would likely oppose restrictions on indoor use but support efforts to keep the vapor-emitting devices away from children.
His stance put him at odds with his health commissioner, who has been advocating for stronger regulatory measures. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger has warned lawmakers of public health risks, a conclusion Dayton says he hasn't reached.

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