Manning says once officers educate shops on the rules, they will start enforcing through random checks.
Idaho lawmakers placed a ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors because they contain nicotine, which is found in regular cigarettes, and that law went into effect in July 2012.
Bannock County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in December that added e-cigarettes to the smoking ban inside all county buildings.
Commissioner Howard Manwaring said the move came after county officials received complaints about the use of the vapor cigarettes in county facilities.
"There were disruptions in court hearings and other meetings because of e-cigarettes," he told the Journal. "E-cigarettes are still perceived as smoking, and they do have some odor."
The electronic inhalers vaporize a liquid solution into an aerosol mist that contains the following four ingredients: Propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, a controllable amount of liquid nicotine concentrate and flavoring. The devices don't produce smoke like standard cigarettes do.
Despite concerns, the owner of Mad Vaporz in Pocatello, Steve Cox, has pointed out in the past that there are over 500 chemicals in traditional cigarettes, besides tobacco.
"On top of that, 4,000 to 6,000 chemical compounds are created when the cigarette is burned," Cox said.
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still investigating vapor cigarettes. Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, says the devices have "at least the potential for harm" because it's not yet known what happens to someone who stops inhaling the tars of cigarettes and inhales only nicotine.
Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com