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Illegal alcohol vaping device confiscated from Minnesota bar

October 29, 2019 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say an illegal device used to vape alcohol was recently confiscated from a bar in suburban Dakota County, and the bar owner was fined for having it.

The Department of Public Safety says the owner of the bar didn’t know the device was illegal and purchased it online after hearing about it from a friend at a Wisconsin bar.

Advocates who fight addiction say inhaling alcohol is dangerous and can lead to quick alcohol poisoning and lung damage.

DPS’ Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, the state Poison Control System and others are holding a news conference Wednesday to educate people about the dangers. The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division has also emailed the state’s alcohol industry to warn local establishments.

Alcohol vaping devices are illegal in Minnesota.