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July 16, 2014

E-cigarettes ban deserves praise

On behalf of the American Lung Association, I would like to congratulate the city of North Mankato for amending their current tobacco ordinance to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in all indoor public places, and eliminate tobacco and e-cigarette sampling in businesses here in North Mankato.

The City Council, led by Mayor Mark Dehen, have shown the leadership to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces.

This policy change will ensure safe and clean air in the workplace and help curb the temptation for people to explore this highly addictive substance. In 2009, the FDA stated that “laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals.”

“E-cigarettes undercut smoke-free policies, which have a community-wide public health benefit,” says Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. A poll conducted by ClearWay MN found that 79 percent of Minnesotans support prohibiting e-cigarettes in workplaces and other public places where cigarette use is currently banned.

The state of Minnesota has taken a stance in creating a law to prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in government operated buildings, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities buildings, child care centers, and medical facilities.

This amendment allows North Mankato residents to continue to breathe clean air.

Thank you to the city councils of Mankato and North Mankato along with Sen. Kathy Sheran, Rep. Kathy Brynaert and Rep. Clark Johnson for demonstrating the leadership to preserve that right.

Alison Fradenburgh

Mankato

American Lung Association

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