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Proposed Ramsey County Clean Indoor Act Ordinance
A public hearing on the proposed Ramsey County Clean Indoor Act Ordinance will be held by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. County Commissioners have directed the Environmental Health Division of Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health to draft the ordinance in response to potential adverse health effects of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) in public spaces and to refine current county policies on cigarette smoking.

The ordinance would expand the Minnesota Clean Indoor Act’s protection against cigarette smoking in public spaces to include e-cigarettes.  It would also provide new protection from second-hand cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapors at the entrances to public buildings in Ramsey County.

           For more information on Current Draft: Proposed Ordinance (pdf) | Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

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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