BEND, OR -- It is now illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to minors in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law this week, creating a statewide policy instead of forcing cities to come up with individual ordinances to regulate these vapor cigarettes.
"We're very excited the state has taken that effort and that means communities across Deschutes County, like Bend, Sisters, La Pine and Terrebonne. We have a comprehensive policy that all cities have to follow. It makes our job easier than going to each city to adopt their own policy," says Penny Pritchard, Deschutes County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist.
She tells KBND the new law is a two-pronged approach. "First, it will prohibit the sale to minors of these inhalant devices or any chemicals that can be sent through these delivery devices. It also prohibits vaping in public places where smoking is prohibited."
Oregon is now one of only five states that prohibit E-cigarettes as part of the Clean Indoor Air Act.