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E-Cigarettes Prohibited in Ramsey County Public Spaces Effective November 29
On September 22, the Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to enact the Ramsey County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. The act prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces where cigarette smoking is currently prohibited under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Act, as well as prohibiting vaping or smoking within 25 feet of public building entrances. The ordinance is effective November 29, 2015.

For more information on Ramsey County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance

MNsure Offers Online Health Insurance Marketplace 
MNsure is Minnesota's marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. The site also provides information on eligibility for low-cost or free health plans (similar to Medical Assistance). Individuals and families who do not have health coverage, and small businesses with up to 50 employees, can use MNsure to find and enroll in health plans now for coverage starting in January 2014.

For more information on MNsure | 1.855.3.MNsure (1.855.366.7873)

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. Skin products containing mercury have been found in Minnesota and at least six other states. They are manufactured in other countries and marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles.

For more information on Skin Lightening Creams | FDA Alert | Minnesota Department of Health

Properly disposal of products at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites
Health Alert Flyers (pdf) - English | Somali | Hmong | Spanish | Karen
MDH Fact Sheets - English | Somali | Hmong | Spanish

Bed Bugs
Bed bugs feed on human blood, can hide in the smallest crack or crevice and can live over a year with no food.  They are VERY hard to get rid of.  They have not been shown to spread disease; but, their health effects include reaction to bites, loss of sleep, anxiety and depression. 

For more information on Bed Bugs


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