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Moorhead Health Group Asks for E-Cig Regulation

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Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) -- Local health officials are asking the city of Moorhead to ban e-cigarettes in all public buildings.

At Monday's city council meeting, PartnerSHIP 4 Health asked for an update to the Indoor Clean Air Ordinance to include e-cigs.

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The state of Minnesota already regulates the devices in hospitals, schools, and government buildings, but not in other public buildings.

Keely Ihry/Tobacco Prevention Coordinator: "We don't know a lot about them. They're not FDA-regulated, so they haven't really been proven to be a safe alternative to smoking or an effective cessation tool. So, when we look at where they're being used in the general public and in public places, that is something that we get concerned over."

The council did not take any action on the matter this week.

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Becky Parker
Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at bparker@wday.com
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