Falcon Heights makes changes to tobacco-related ordinances

The Falcon Heights City Council approved two changes to the city’s ordinance related to tobacco sales last month.

The first change amends the language used to describe electronic smoking devices, such as e-cigarettes, and the second change makes it illegal for minors under the age of 18 to sell tobacco products and all electronic smoking devices.

According to a press release issued by the city of Falcon Heights, the change in language used to describe electronic smoking devices is significant, because amending the previous language of “nicotine or lobelia delivery device” to “electronic delivery devices” makes the smoking devices subject to the same rules as all tobacco products.

E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and are smokeless, however, they do have the same level of nicotine found in regular cigarettes.

Under the new city ordinance, retailers selling electronic delivery devices must submit to periodic compliance checks and can no longer allow self-service for electronic devices.  There must now be a physical exchange between the customer and an employee for the sale of these products, and retailers are no longer able to display the products in any public area of their stores.

The changes to the city’s ordinance pertaining to tobacco sales went into effect on Jan. 22.

—  Joshua Nielsen

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