Oregon, Arizona to regulate e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes, popular with smokers looking for a less harmful alternative to tobacco, are set to be regulated in Oregon and Arizona, according to the state’s health department.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services have both approved the e-cigarette regulations, which will take effect in the coming weeks, said spokesperson Erin Langer.

The regulations, called e-cig licensing, will prohibit e-cigs from being sold in schools, workplaces, bars, parks, arenas, shopping malls and other places where minors are allowed, including restaurants, parks and bars.

The states are also going to establish rules to regulate the sale and use of e-liquid, according the department.

The regulations will require retailers to post warnings and directions on e-liquids, the department said.

The California Department of Public Health and Toxic Substances Control announced that it is also taking steps to regulate electronic cigarettes, including establishing guidelines and establishing rules for use, production and storage.

The agency is taking steps toward regulating e-juices in the state, including expanding the definition of an e-vaporizer and requiring manufacturers to label the products as such, the agency said.

It is also considering setting up a state e-smoking registry.

The registry is expected to be up and running in 2018, the AP reported.