Hey world! Let’s check out what made headlines this week.
How states are fighting the sale of e-cigs to minors
Even though e-cig sales to minors are banned across 46 states, the number of minors using e-cigarettes is rising by the day. According to the CDC, more than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013. Government data released in April, showed that teen use of e-cigarettes tripled in 2014. Advertising promotes reach for teens, and teens are buying them. To fight e-cig sales to minors, Attorneys Generals are pressuring certain e-cigarette manufacturers and vendors to limit ads that appeal to teens, especially on company websites and places like YouTube.
See more details on Fortune.
Dakota County considers banning e-cigarettes in parks
E-cigarettes are already banned in many Minnesota buildings such as government buildings, public schools and many health care facilities. Dakota County is now considering banning e-cigs in parks and along trails too. Dakota County does not allow smoking in parks but there are no rules against using e-cigarettes.
I know there are a lot of parks throughout the state that are tobacco free, including in Dakota County, but as far as the next step with e-cigarettes, I think that it will happen over time. I think that will be inevitable.
Said Bonnie Brueshoff, the county’s public health director.