The Boston Public Health Commission yesterday enacted regulations that prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 - and their use in the workplace. the new rules will also soon make it illegal to sell single cigars and doubles the fines for violations.
The new regulations essentially classify e-cigarettes - in which a canister of nicotine is heated to create nicotine vapor - the same as regular cigarettes. Retailers will now have to get a city permit to sell them - and any other nicotine delivery systems clever manufacturers can come up with. Until yesterday, it was legal to sell e-cigarettes to minors, the board says.
The workplace ban on e-cigarettes includes restaurant patios and decks and loading docks, the board says.
The ban on single-cigar sales, which goes into effect in January, is aimed at cutting off an increasingly popular source of tobacco for teens, the board says.