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Changes to tobacco ordinance passed

The Commission passed the second reading of changes to its tobacco ordinance to include electronic cigarettes at its Monday meeting.

The City’s ordinance now requires a tobacco license for anyone wishing to sell electronic cigarettes along with regular tobacco products and it prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. The City Commission is following precedence set by Fargo and Moorhead, which have passed similar laws.

North Dakota law already prohibits anyone from using electronic cigarettes in public buildings. Anyone smoking regular cigarettes or electronic versions must be at least 20 feet from public entrances.