Scott Dibble's Tic Tac Tobacco Act signed into law

The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, sometimes called the Tic Tac Tobacco Act, has been signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

It got its nickname because some of the products it seeks to control are really just candy-shaped nicotine-delivery snacks -- aimed at kids.

As we told you, DFL state Sen. D. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis introduced the legislation a few months ago. It expands the state's tobacco-product law to include little cigars and anticipates a whole new generation of future-forward smokeless nicotine delivery devices currently in test markets around the country.

These products, like sticks, strips and orbs, were so far beyond the imagining of the legislators of yesteryear that health advocates worry there's little on the books to keep kids from consuming them by the fistful.

Back in April, Kerri Gordon, a spokeswoman for ClearWay Minnesota, an anti-tobacco group supporting the bill, told City Pages, "Our taxation and youth access laws were written for a 20th-century market. The 21st-century environment looks completely different, and we need to update our laws to reflect that.

So, what;s included? Take a deep breath:

...any products containing, made, or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, or any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigars; little cigars; cheroots; stogies; periques; granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other smoking tobacco; snuff; snuff flour; cavendish; plug and twist tobacco; fine-cut and other chewing tobacco; shorts; refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco, and other kinds and forms of tobacco; but does not include cigarettes as defined in this section. Tobacco products excludes any tobacco product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product, as a tobacco dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is being marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.

Does that clear the air?

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