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An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an alternative to smoked tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars or pipes. It is a battery powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine or other chemicals by delivering a vaporized propylene glycol/nicotine solution. In addition to nicotine delivery, this vapor also provides a flavor and physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke, while no tobacco, smoke, or combustion is actually involved in its operation. Essentially, an e-cigarette is a delivery system for nicotine, lobelia or other chemicals.
E-cigarettes do not meet the definition of a cigarette set forth in the Minnesota Statutes, section 297F.01, subdivision 3, but they do meet the definition of a tobacco product set forth in Minnesota Statutes, section 297F.02, subdivision 19. They meet the statute definition of tobacco product because the vapor is derived from a tobacco product.
The Minnesota Legislature has made it illegal for minors to purchase, possess or attempt to purchase an e-cigarette (Minnesota Statute 609.6855). Additionally, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in Sottera v Food & Drug Administration , 627F.3d 891 (D.C. Cir 2010) held that e-cigarettes and other products made or derived from tobacco can be regulated as "tobacco products".
Therefore, because of the above definition and statutes, St. Cloud Youth Hockey will treat e-cigarettes just like a regular cigarette. They are therefore, banned from use at all youth hockey functions.