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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 1, 2010 - A Day to Remember...

As you know, this year we passed the Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010. Thanks to your efforts in ensuring Minnesota legislators vote for this legislation, this law went into effect on August 1st! This law broadens the definition of tobacco products to include items that can be "chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed or ingested by any other means" and makes sure that these products are sold behind the counter and out of the reach of kids.

Be sure to thank your legislator(s) for protecting our kids from the dangers of tobacco and making August 1st a day we will always remember. Follow the link below to send them a thank you note:

Effective August 1, 2010, this law:
-Ensures that the new dissolvable tobacco products that are candy-flavored and resemble mints and breath strips are taxed and regulated as tobacco.
-Requires all tobacco products and tobacco-related devices to be sold behind the counter reducing youth access.
-Prevents the sale of new tobacco products and e-cigarettes to youth.

Thank you for your support on this important health issue.

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