Winona County Board members got an update on efforts by the American Lung Association to get the Minnesota legislature to crack down on e-cigarettes an smoking devices called hookahs.
Spokesperson Erin Simmons said lawmakers fell short this spring on a complete ban on the devices and left it up to cities and counties to draft their own ordinances.
Simmons displayed several of the devices to board members and said there is a lot of concern because the e-cigarettes are readily available and use liquids with different flavors and colors that are marketed to young people, but also contain nicotine.
Simmons said limited state rules go into affect this summer but local governments are being advised to establish licensing ordinances.
Board members agreed to have a public forum on the issue before looking at establishing any new ordinances.