Northern Michigan Health Departments React To New Tobacco Guidelines

New rules are now in place to try to keep tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, out of the hands of minors.

The new rules make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes and any other tobacco products to anyone under 18.

The regulations also require photo id’s to to buy e-cigs.

The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says e-cigs use among high school students rose from one and a half percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015.

Local health departments say they were concerned when they saw minors buying them.

"I was like oh my gosh we have another generation addicted to tobacco products basically. They think it’s safe that it’s not tobacco but e-cigarettes are not safe alternatives," said Donna Norkli.

The rules also cover other alternative forms of tobacco like cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco.

Until now, e-cigs have been relatively unregulated by the FDA.