Minnesota's workplaces, restaurants and bars are 100% smokefree!
The Minnesota Freedom to Breathe Act became law in 2007, making all workplaces, including bars and restaurants in Minnesota 100% smokefree. Click here to learn more about Minnesota's smokefree law.
in Minneapolis celebrate Minnesota's statewide smokefree law.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the Freedom to Breathe Act at Granite City Brewery in Eagan, Minnesota. Gov. Pawlenty is shown here at the bill signing along with State Sen. Kathy Sheran of Mankato, right, and State Rep. Tom Huntley, of Duluth, who were the lead legislative sponsors of the bill.The statewide law made all bars, restaurants, private clubs and other workplaces in Minnesota 100% smokefree.
2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/8/2013 - 5/19/2014 (Est.); Recess:
5/21/2013 - 2/24/2014
State Quitline Numbers:
1-877-2-NO-FUME (266-3863) (Spanish)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
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Freiberg, M.; Boyle, R.G.; Moilanen, M.; St. Claire, A.W.; Weisman,
land of 10,000 tobacco products: how Minnesota led the way in regulating
tobacco products," American Journal of Public Health
104(2): e10-e12, February 2014.
store opens in New Ulm
discuss protecting Minnesota's most vulnerable children by providing
smoke-free foster care: Liebling bill would keep children safe from
dangers of secondhand smoke
Center considers banning smoke shop sampling
View: War against smoking has not yet been won in US
Eye takes action on e-cigarettes
...American Lung Association Tobacco Program Manager Ann Christensen of Mankato told the city council e-cigarettes are being sold in mall kiosks located near ...
bans e-cigs like smoking
Mankato bans e-cigs like smoking ... restrict e-cigarettes -- banning their use in public, indoor spaces where smoking is not allowed. The City Council passed the ban Monday with the hope that it might encourage statewide action on the issue.
bans e-cigs in most indoor places
MANKATO Electronic cigarette use will be banned in indoor public places in Mankato ... the opportunity to adopt the Clean Indoor Air Act banning smoking in bars, ... He also discounted the comparison to the 2006 smoking ban, saying that ...
foster-care legislation would protect Minnesota's most ...
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of ClearWay Minnesota, made this statement today, reacting to a bill ...
perceived benefits may lead to higher experimentation rates
...surveyed 1379 participants from the Minnesota Adolescent Community Cohort who had never used e-cigarettes. The initial baseline survey explored their opinions about e-cigarettes and their effect on health relative to cigarettes or their usefulness as an...
OPINION: Ban on e-cigs would show St. Peter isn't blowing ...
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Apartment Goes Smoke-Free
City Leaders Grapple With E-Cigarettes
Board bans smoking, e-cigs in all park property
Reese, Crookston, letter: Strengthen the tobacco-free policy at UMC
Considers Banning E-Cigarettes From City Property
on e-cig ban to come next year
shops taking hold in the Twin Cities suburbs
Phyllis Kahn proposes ban on indoor e-cigarettes
issue sparks public debate: Amendment to require license for ...
would add e-cigarettes to Minn. smoking ban
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Electronic cigarettes, a new pathway to addiction
County survey: protect youth from tobacco
City Council adds e-cigarettes to smoking bans
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Cigarette Gets Breathing Break in Mankato Reviews ...
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should ban e-cigs
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Shop to Open in Duluth
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at the Fair
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are fewer public places to light up. Now, even electronic cigarettes
are banned on Hennepin County property.
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Bohac, D.L.; Hewett, M.J.; Kapphahn, K.I.; Novacheck, J.; Grimsrud, D.T.; Apte, M.G.; Gundel, L.A., "Secondhand smoke exposure in the nonsmoking section: how much protection?," Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(7): 1265-1272, July 2013.
... Measurements were conducted simultaneously in the smoking and nonsmoking sections of 14 Minnesota hospitality venues. ... Designated nonsmoking sections in establishments that allow some smoking resulted in a median PM2.5 reduction of 35% compared with a 94% reduction after a smoking ban. The only adequate protection from cigarette smoke exposure is to eliminate smoking in indoor spaces.
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Paul votes to treat e-cigarettes same as tobacco cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes in St. Paul will be regulated the same as traditional cigarettes as the St. Paul City Council unanimously passed an ordinance amending city code Wednesday, April 24, to mirror state law. The ordinance will treat e-cigs like a tobacco product; limiting their sale to retailers that have tobacco licenses and prohibiting the sale of e-cigs to those under 18. It allows the city to regulate sale of electronic cigarettes the same way a regular tobacco sales, said Ellen Biales, legislative aide to city council President Kathy Lantry. Its a clarification in language. The changes do not affect where electronic cigarettes can be smoked.
City Council has concerns about tobacco-free park policy
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of smoke lead to community conversation on tobacco use
... I think Macalester should do something to match [recent anti-smoking legislation], Meyerson said. Walking through a cloud of smoke on my way to breakfast is not what Im paying $50,000 for. Revamping the campus smoking policy is not a new debate at the college. In February 2010, Laurie Hamre, Vice President of Student Affairs, formed the Tobacco-Free Environment Task Force committee to look at the rights of non-smokers. This committee was chaired by Lisa Broek, the Associate Director of Health Promotion, and Denise Ward, Director of the Health and Wellness Center. A recent report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation stated that there are now at least 1159 college campuses with a 100% smoke-free policy.
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smoking outside City Hall?
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Hewett, M.J.; Ortland, W.H.; Brock, B.E.; Heim, C.J., "Secondhand smoke and smokefree policies in owner-occupied multi-unit housing," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S187-S196, November 2012.
Studies have documented movement of secondhand smoke (SHS) between units in multi-unit buildings, but none has focused on owner-occupied units in common-interest communities (CICs). In Minnesota, approximately 170,000 households (8%) live in such units. CIC households may experience long-term SHS exposure because owner-occupants typically live in the same unit for many years. ...
Secondhand smoke incursion is common in CICs, and interest in smokefree CICs greatly exceeds the supply. Given the known health risks of SHS exposure, tobacco control efforts in multi-housing should address CICs as well as rental households.
St Claire, A.W.; Boyle, R.G.; Schillo, B.A.; Rode, P.; Taylor, K.A., "Smokefree home rules adoption by smokers and nonsmokers: Minnesota, 1999-2010," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S197-S204, November 2012.
Smokefree workplace policies have successfully limited indoor exposure to secondhand smoke. However, exposure still exists in other indoor locations, most notably in the home. ...
Over 10 years, Minnesotans reported a significant decline in exposure to secondhand smoke and a significant increase in voluntary smokefree home rules. Such a trend is notable as virtually all public tobacco control efforts were aimed at raising awareness and support for smokefree policies within workplaces. These findings demonstrate positive changes in social norms and suggest that behavior change in public settings might also be translated into practice in private settings.
Levy, D.T.; Boyle, R.G.; Abrams, D.B., "The role of public policies in reducing smoking: the Minnesota SimSmoke Tobacco Policy Model," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S179-S186, November 2012.
Following the landmark lawsuit and settlement with the tobacco industry, Minnesota pursued the implementation of stricter tobacco control policies, including tax increases, mass media campaigns, smokefree air laws, and cessation treatment policies. Modeling is used to examine policy effects on smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths ...
Minnesota SimSmoke demonstrates that tobacco control policies, especially taxes, have substantially reduced smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths. Taxes, smokefree air laws, mass media, cessation treatment policies, and youth-access enforcement contributed to the decline in prevalence and deaths averted, with the strongest component being taxes. With stronger policies, for example, increasing cigarette taxes to $4.00 per pack, Minnesota's smoking rate could be reduced by another 13%, and 7200 deaths could be averted by 2041.
Bernat, D.H.; Choi, K.; Erickson, D.J.; Lenk, K.M.; Forster, J.L., "Minnesota's comprehensive statewide smokefree law: short-term effects on young adults," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S156-S162, November 2012.
Young adults have the highest rate of smoking among any age group.
The purpose of this study is to assess the short-term effects of Minnesota's comprehensive statewide smokefree law on young adult smoking perceptions and behavior.METHODS:
Telephone surveys were conducted before and up to 18 months after Minnesota's
statewide smokefree law went into effect on October 1, 2007 (data analyzed
2010-2011). Participants included young adults from a population-based
cohort in Minnesota (n=1458) and from five other upper Midwest states
that serve as a comparison (n=248). Differences in perceptions and smoking
behavior were examined between Minnesota participants who lived with
and without a local smokefree law prior to Minnesota's statewide law,
and participants who lived in the comparison states.
The majority of youth in Minnesota were aware of the smoking restrictions in restaurants and bars following the law. After implementation of the law, Minnesota participants who previously lived without a local law (versus comparison) were more likely to perceive fewer adult and peer smokers and less likely to report leaving social events early because it was too smoky. No changes in smoking behaviors were observed before and after the law. Minnesota participants, however, who lived without a prior law (versus participants with a prior law) were more likely to attribute a quit attempt after the law to smoking restrictions in restaurant and bars.
Results suggest that Minnesota's law has changed perceptions of the tobacco environment. Longer-term follow-up may be needed to observe changes in smoking behavior. ...
Boyle, R.G.; D'Silva, J.; Whittet, M.N.; St Claire, A.W.; Lee, J.K.,
investment in tobacco control: research findings to inform practice
and policy," American Journal of Preventive Medicine
43(5 Suppl 3): S153-S155, November 2012.
Schillo, B.A.; Keller, P.A.; Betzner, A.E.; Greenseid, L.; Christenson,
M.; Luxenberg, M.G., "Minnesota's
smokefree policies: impact on cessation program participants,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S171-S178,
Abstinence and relapse rates for those enrolling in cessation programs
appeared more favorable after the implementation of Minnesota's statewide
smokefree law, suggesting that smokefree policies may have a small but
beneficial impact on cessation outcomes. Previous exposure to local
smokefree ordinances may lessen this effect.
bans drive down heart attack rates
secondhand smoke laws prevent heart attacks?
Heart attacks dropped by one-third in one county in Minnesota after two smoke-free workplace ordinances went into place, a new study shows. About 3,600 municipalities have laws on the books that restrict where people may smoke, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, with more than 1,000 including a smoke-free provision of some kind.
Hurt, R.D.; Weston, S.A.; Ebbert, J.O.; McNallan, S.M.; Croghan, I.T.; Schroeder, D.R.; Roger, V.L., "Myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death in Olmsted County, Minnesota, before and after smoke-free workplace laws," Archives of Internal Medicine [Epub ahead of print], October 29, 2012.
This study examined the impact on heart attacks of a smokefree restaurant ordinance implemented in Olmsted County, Minnesota, in 2002, and the impact when the ordinance was expanded n 2007, so that all workplaces, including bars, became smokefree. The study found that, "Comparing the 18 months before implementation of the smoke-free restaurant ordinance with the 18 months after implementation of the smoke-free workplace law, the incidence of MI [myocardial infarction] declined by 33%." The authors of the study wrote, "A substantial decline in the incidence of MI was observed after smoke-free laws were implemented, the magnitude of which is not explained by community cointerventions or changes in cardiovascular risk factors with the exception of smoking prevalence. As trends in other risk factors do not appear explanatory, smoke-free workplace laws seem to be ecologically related to these favorable trends. Secondhand smoke exposure should be considered a modifiable risk factor for MI. All people should avoid secondhand smoke to the extent possible, and people with coronary heart disease should have no exposure to secondhand smoke."
need for a campus ban on smoking
write (Oct. 15): Secondhand smoke, Minnesota Orchestra ...
the smoke-free lead
her Freedom to Breathe
It has been quite a good 5 years
call for a smoke-free campus
Our view: Lakewalk smoking ban welcome, but not enough
Going smoke-free in all of Duluths parks also would be the right and healthy thing to do. The City Council can let the Lakewalk, Leif Erikson Park and Lake Place Park be just the first step toward that worthy goal.
police say nonsmoking ordinance will improve life on Lakewalk
Duluth police said they believe the resolution passed by the City Council on Monday forbidding smoking along the Lakewalk and adjacent parks will give them another tool to deal with those who create a public nuisance there.
Implements Smoking Ban on Lakewalk
City Council to debate Lakewalk smoking ban
View: Extend 'no smoking' to Lakewalk, all parks
Cloud to Discuss Tobacco-Free Parks
Notes: Former owner of Moose Lake cafe recognized for role in promoting
without smoking at fair went well
banned in city's tallest building
ready to use tobacco-free policy
St. Cloud State University goes smoke-free Wednesday after two years
of planning. University leaders say the tobacco ban will provide a cleaner
and healthier campus for ...
Tobacco-Free Life for All!
Jennifer has helped create and implement a tobacco-free policy and
campus for Lake Butler Hospital, which she has worked for or been contracted
by for the ...
Tail County going smoke free
All properties owned and operated by Otter Tail County will go smoke-free
beginning Jan. 1, 2013. On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum
of understanding that outlines the smoke-free policy. ...
Cloud State Becomes Tobacco-Free Aug. 1
The university is set to become tobacco-free on Aug. 1, becoming the
sixth four-year school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
system to ...
nonsmokers is the goal
Protecting nonsmokers is the goal ... That perspective disregards the
concerns of the thousands nonsmoking residents who live in neighboring
units and are ...
Commons passes Smoke-Free Policy
The American Lung Associations Smoke-Free Housing Program
was invited to do a tenant presentation on lung health, secondhand smoke
and the trends around smoke-free multi-unit housing in partnership with
Dr. Skip Hofstrand from Raiter Clinic, Cloquet. As part of the presentation,
the resident attendees were given a survey and 93 percent said they
would prefer a smoke-free building or had no preference. The survey
also identified that 23 percent of residents surveyed were suffering
from heart disease or a lung condition which could be worsened by the
exposure to secondhand smoke.
Lean smoke-free in public housing
When it comes to the rights of smokers vs. nonsmokers, the smoke-free
folks should always get the benefit of the doubt. Because the dangers
of secondhand smoke are well-documented, cigarette users should not
be allowed to endanger the health of those around them.
says her smoking indoors doesn't bother her neighbors. ... Because the
dangers of secondhand smoke are well-documented, cigarette users should
roundup: Exodus on Lake Street, smoking ban in public housing
View: Freedom to Breathe should extend to foster children
Not everyone can become a licensed foster parent in Minnesota.
That begs this question: Why are foster parents allowed to smoke in
their ... Of course, there could be one potential difficulty in implementing
such a ban.
A pending bill would make Minnesota the 18th state to have a ban on
smoking in homes that foster children. A sponsor of the legislation,
seeks smoking ban for Minn. foster homes
DULUTH Smoking would be banned in all foster homes in Minnesota
if the state ... A pending bill would make Minnesota the 18th state
to enact such a ban.
... introduced a bill in the legislature to prohibit smoking in foster
care homes. ... Study after study has proven that every breath of secondhand
smoke is ...
Target Field may be smoke-free inside and out, but for the first time
the ballpark is permitting fans to chew tobacco in public -- as long
as it's done ...
Field to become 100 percent smoke-free
AP MINNEAPOLISThe last place where smokers could light up at Target
Field is being snuffed out. The smoking area was on the Target Field
plaza outside Gate ...
For the team's first two seasons at Target Field, smokers were relegated
to a ... The ban includes not only inside the stadium but all of Target
Field and Plaza to be Smoke Free this Season
This Friday, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority is expected to finalize a ban on smoking everywhere at the ballpark. "Smoking is one of my vices but I do ...
view: And they're leading the charge to end smoking
But today in the Northland they're helping lead the charge against smoking and secondhand smoke. And for that: credit. Seven Northeastern Minnesota campuses ...
Council Enacts Universal Ban on Public Indoor Smoking
Rosevilles city council voted unanimously to enact a universal
ban on indoor public smoking at its Monday meeting.
also voted on Monday to permit the sale of new tobacco products such
as tobacco-laced mints and e-cigarettes.
John Marty Among Co-Sponsors on Bill To Ban Onstage Smoking
Resident's Allergies Prompt MN Bill to Ban Onstage Smoking
By Chris Steller The strong reaction of a resident in Fridley to cigarette
smoke has led to a bill in the Minnesota Senate that would ban smoking
Links Drop in Heart Attacks to Smoke-Free Ordinance
According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have compiled more evidence
that secondhand smoke kills and smoke-free workplace laws save lives.
Their research suggests that the incidence of heart attacks and sudden
cardiac deaths was cut in half among Olmstead County, Minnesota, residents
after a smoke-free ordinance took effect. The population-based study
showed that during the 18 months before Olmstead Countys first
smoke-free law for restaurants was passed in 2002, the regional incidence
of heart attacks was 212.3 cases per 100,000 residents. In the 18 months
following a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance in 2007, in which restaurants
and workplaces became smoke-free, that rate dropped to 102.9 per 100,000
residents a decrease of about 45 percent. Additionally, during
these two time periods, the incidence of sudden cardiac death fell from
152.5 to 76.6 per 100,000 residents a 50 percent reduction. ...
TV Program Spotlights Secondhand Smoke in Minnesota's Diverse Communities
areas expand in county
Douglas County employees taking a smoke break outside their offices
will soon have to find a new place to puff - or just plain quit. Beginning
on January 1, ...
Ban Still Burning
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Is Clear On Library Smoking Ban
View: Don't amend Minnesota's smoking ban
metro town briefs
lobbyists and bars unite to oppose indoor smoking ban changes
Recent proposals in the Legislature would allow some bar and restaurant patrons to smoke indoors again, but there is little chance students will be able to do so in Dinkytown anytime soon.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, at the end of January would allow smoking in certain sections of bars and restaurants for the first time since October 2007, when the Freedom to Breathe Act went into effect.
But critics of the bill have vowed to crush it, and former opponents of the smoking ban have gone quiet.
The bill and its companion in the House of Representatives have bipartisan support both Republicans and Democrats have signed on as co-authors of each bill.
If passed and signed, the bill would allow smoking in sections that are walled off from the rest of the establishment. Owners would have to install a ventilation system in these sections that brings in a fresh air supply every two hours.
Smoking would still be prohibited in the other areas of the bar or restaurant.
The bills are awaiting hearings in the Health and Human Services committees
in their respective bodies. Jungbauer did not return multiple requests
for an interview ...
ban debate lights up again
Minnesota's three-year-old statewide smoking ban is lighting up a new proposal.
A bipartisan team of legislators is working to repeal part of the ban, seeking to make it legal for Minnesotans to smoke in bars that also serve food.
The proposal, which awaits a hearing, would allow smoking in bars that provide a room sealed off from the adjoining restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling walls and a ventilation system that exchanges the indoor air every two hours. Smoking would still be banned in the remainder of the restaurant ...
in Smoking Prevalence --- Minnesota, 1999--2010
Following the landmark 1998 settlement of the lawsuit, State of Minnesota
versus Philip Morris, Inc., et al., Minnesota implemented a series of
tobacco control efforts to limit the harm caused by tobacco use. In
2001, quitline services for tobacco users without health insurance coverage
for cessation services were introduced and statewide mass media campaigns
publicizing them were initiated. ...
Smoking, Secondhand Smoke Exposure Decline in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, February . 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS), published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The study is the most thorough and accurate source of information about tobacco use in Minnesota.
Conducted by ClearWay Minnesota(SM) and the Minnesota Department of Health, the MATS study found that Minnesota's adult smoking rate has declined to 16.1 percent down from 22.1 percent in 1999. In addition, exposure to secondhand smoke significantly declined after the Freedom to Breathe Act was implemented in October 2007.
"These data allow us to get a complete picture of tobacco use and trends in Minnesota, and we are encouraged by the continuing declines in smoking and secondhand smoke exposure," said Dr. Raymond Boyle, Director of Research Programs for ClearWay Minnesota. "However, the report identifies challenges as well and reminds us that we need to keep tobacco use a public health priority."
According to the MATS study, 625,000 Minnesotans continue to smoke. A Surgeon General's report in December 2010 revealed new scientific findings about how deadly cigarettes are and how quickly they can damage your body, highlighting the urgent need to assist these Minnesotans.
The MATS study also found a significant increase in the use of smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and the new product snus. The percentage of smokers who reported using smokeless tobacco in addition to cigarettes more than doubled since 2007, from 4.4 percent to 9.6 percent. ...
Keep smoking ban for sake of public health
proposal would allow smoking in bars
ST. PAUL A Minnesota lawmaker wants to let bar patrons smoke again, more than three years after a statewide smoking ban took effect.
Republican Rep. Tom Hackbarth of Cedar introduced legislation Monday that would allow smoking in bars, including bars attached to restaurants.
Smoking would still be banned in restaurants. Bars attached to restaurants would have to be separated physically by walls and doors kept closed.
The bill would give bars as long as six years to install ventilation
systems, depending on how much of their sales come from drinks. The
ventilation requirement would kick in next year for bars that sell more
food than alcohol. ...
Freedom to Breathe Act has stood the test of time
On May 16, 2007, the DFL-led Minnesota Legislature passed a law that, as it moved toward passage, was assailed by numerous Republicans. They said it would be a job-killer in the bar and restaurant industry. They called it an exercise in "tyranny, oppressive governmental power" and said "you are going to vote (bars) out of business tonight." One legislator said the bill was "just plain mean."
The bill was the Freedom to Breathe Act, which banned smoking in indoor public places, including all workplaces, bars and restaurants.
Three years later, now that most of us have grown accustomed to breathing smoke-free air when we eat out or gather with friends for a drink, the question is being raised once again: Has the smoking ban cost Minnesotans their jobs and businesses? Have people flocked across state lines to smoke as they drink and dine?
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found no statistically significant loss of jobs at bars and restaurant statewide since the smoking ban took effect. Multiple studies, published in the December 2010 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, support the contention that the smoking ban hasn't resulted in economic disaster for the entertainment, tourism and hospitality industries ...
quitters and fewer starters cut Twin Cities smoking rate in half since
But a lot has changed in the past three decades, including the cost of the smoking habit. The impact shows in survey results that Luepker and colleagues at the U presented Sunday at a large meeting of heart doctors in Chicago.
In 1980, about one-third of those surveyed in the metro area said they were current smokers. By last year, the rate had been cut by more than half, according to the survey.
Perhaps even more striking, Luepker said, is that those who still smoked were lighting many fewer cigarettes. Whereas women in the metro area said they were smoking more than a 20-count pack per day in 1980, they were smoking an average of just 10 cigarettes per day last year.
"I think the bite of price is beginning to take a hit," Luepker said, referring to taxes that have increased the price of cigarettes over the past 30 years. Noting laws that have snuffed out smoking in bars and restaurants -- not to mention hospitals -- Luepker added: "It's also the inability to smoke anywhere."
The survey results, which were presented at the American Heart Association's
annual scientific meeting, are generally in line with what other smoking
surveys have shown in Minnesota and across the country ...
creates smoking buffer at parks
Becky Ewing's son, Trenton Pittman, a 13-year-old Blaine Little Leaguer, has told her that, when he's at the plate, he gets nauseated by the cigarette fumes that often waft through the backstop from smoking spectators.
"It makes him sick," said Ewing, president of the Blaine Area Little League. "Those pitches are coming at him at 60 m.p.h. -- then all of a sudden [he's] getting a whiff of this when he needs to be concentrating on his coach and the pitcher and what they need to do." ...
butting out of hospital grounds
Tobacco is being snuffed out completely at the hospital and a couple of nursing homes in the area.
Effective January 1, 2011, Douglas County Hospital, Knute Nelson and Galeon of Osakis will become tobacco-free grounds.
PrimeWest Health is also working toward implementing a tobacco-free grounds policy and will have an effective date in the near future, according to Douglas County Public Health.
While all are tobacco-free inside, the new policy has expanded to prohibit
the use of tobacco products on all grounds, parking lots and property.
Minnesota likes smoking law
On Oct. 1, Minnesota celebrated the third anniversary of our wonderful smoke-free law.
I remember the heated debates and the controversy we experienced leading up to the passing of the law, much like what is happening now in South Dakota.
In Minnesota, we are happy to report smokers and nonsmokers have embraced our law, and we have few complaints or violations. Many businesses tell us they are doing well and appreciate the reduced maintenance costs.
We marked the anniversary of the law with an informal celebration at
one of our local establishments. The owner, who was vocally opposed
to the law, welcomed us with open arms. ...
joins ranks for smoke free HRAs
Staff and residents at Woodland Park Apartments Friday celebrated the implementation of a new smoke-free policy.
The International Falls Housing and Redevelopment Authority became the 44th public housing authority in Minnesota to implement a smoke-free policy in their building.
In June Diane Edens, HRA executive director invited the American Lung Association in to make a presentation to tenants on the health risks of secondhand smoke. Koochiching Public Health also assisted in the presentation. As part of the presentation, the resident attendees took a survey that indicated that the vast majority wished to live in a smoke free building.
Smoke free housing policy is a growing trend among public housing authorities and with market rate property owners/managers state and nationwide, to both protect the health and safety of their tenants as well as the bottom line on their or the publics investment.
In July 2010 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released
a memo strongly encouraging all public housing authorities to
consider adopting no-smoking policies in their buildings." ...
attorney working on controlling E-cigarettes
A new law passed by the Minnesota Legislature means local cities may need to update ordinances dealing with the use and sale of tobacco.
During the last legislative session, lawmakers approved the Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010.
The law, which went into effect Aug. 1, is in response to new tobacco products that make them more attractive and kid-friendly.
Right now there is no regulation to enforce the use of E-cigarettes, says Wells city attorney David Frundt. As far as the Legislature is concerned, they are cigarettes.
Frundt told Wells council members he wants to make sure the citys ordinance complies with state law. He also is reviewing tobacco regulations of six other cities in which he serves as legal counsel. ...
Minnesota(SM) is Available for Comment on Three- Anniversary of States
Smoke-Free Law and What is Ahead
ClearWay Minnesota, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated
to reducing the harm of tobacco, is available for interviews regarding
the three-year anniversary of the Freedom to Breathe Act. The law took
effect on Oct. 1, 2007 and made all Minnesota indoor workplaces, including
bars, restaurants and private clubs, smoke-free.
Three years after the implementation of the Freedom to Breathe Act,
the law is still very popular and ignites few complaints and violations.
But while Minnesota's smoke-free law has protected Minnesotans from
secondhand smoke and neighboring states also have gone smoke-free, national
smoking rates have stagnated, according to the Centers for Disease Control
Minnesota has a long history of health leadership, but the costs of
tobacco use are still too high: 5,500 Minnesota deaths and more than
$2 billion in related health care costs each year. Minnesota needs to
move forward with proven strategies, such as higher tobacco prices,
to reduce tobacco use.
Freedom to Breathe Anniversary Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
Radio Actuality Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010
Interview Availability Ongoing by request...
Park Smoking Ban on Hold Again
An ordinance to ban smoking in some Duluth city parks has been tabled multiple times. However, as of Thursday, it will be on the agenda at the Sept. 27 meeting.
The debate continues over the specific locations of the proposed ban, as well as how to enforce the law.
Authors of the ban, city councilors Jim Stauber and Patrick Boyle,
want to ban chewing tobacco and smoking at Chester Park, Leif Erickson
Park, Spirit Mountain, and the Lakewalk. ...
Study finds no adverse employment impact smoking bans
The Ohio State University study, published in the Journal of Public Health Management Practice, found that in Minneapolis, the comprehensive smoking ban was associated with a 3 percent gradual permanent increase in employment at restaurants and an increase of between 5 percent and 6 percent employment in bars. In St. Paul, the clean indoor air policy was associated with a 4 percent increase in restaurant employment. Bars, which were not subject to the smoking ban until a year later than restaurants in that city, saw no statistical change in employment after the smoking ban took effect.
Researchers said the findings should qualm fears about potential economic repercussions for bars and restaurants in states considering implementing smoking bans. Opponents have argued that these policies lead to large revenue losses, worker layoffs, and business closures in the ...
Ban for Parks and Playgrounds
Two Duluth city councilors want to ban smoking in city parks and playgrounds. The resolution by Councilors Jim Stauber and Patrick Boyle would prohibit smoking within 100 feet of a child at a city park, and ban smoking altogether in playgrounds.
Stauber said there already is a similar policy in place in the city,
but he wants to take it a step further by making it law. He said it's
not only a move about healthy living, but it also might help clean up
some of the litter in the city's parks and playgrounds. ...
charitable gambling jackpot shrinks
Chalk it up to a generation gap -- or a tough economy. But charitable gambling receipts in Minnesota are reported to be at their lowest level in more than 20 years.
Minnesota's charitable gambling industry, long the biggest in the nation, has seen gross receipts drop from $1.2 billion in 1989 to $998 million two decades later, Allied Charities of Minnesota announced Wednesday.
Donations to charities plunged with receipts. Last year, $43 million
was donated to Minnesota charities through the sale of pulltabs and
bingo games, down from $78 million in 1999 and $101 million in 1989.
Worthington, Minn. Minnesota Health Department officials say compliance with the state's nearly three-year-old indoor smoking ban has been better than expected.
Since the smoking ban took effect on October 1, 2007, 326 people have reported smoking violations to the state. That's less than what department officials anticipated, said John Olson, the department's enforcement coordinator for indoor air.
"It's gone quite well," he said. "We've had fewer complaints than we expected, we've had better compliance."
Olson said state health officials got an indication early on that most people would obey the smoking ban when there were fewer than expected complaints during the first nine months the ban was in effect.
"If you would have told me that we'd only have 168 complaints, I would have been pleasantly surprised," Olson said.
Since then, violations have fallen steadily. They dropped to 65 in the year ending last month. Olson said one reason for the wide-ranging compliance is that the state's active pursuit of illegal indoor smoking sent a message.
"We demonstrated pretty early that we were going to enforce the
law," Olson said. ...
patio bars St. Paul city council is skeptical
Smoking from hookahs and drinking outside were both given a skeptical eye by the St. Paul City Council on Wednesday, in part because of the crowds they can attract.
The city council introduced an interim ordinance spelling out details of a one-year moratorium on hookah lounges tobacco shops that allow customers to "sample" types of tobacco by hanging out and smoking it, indoors, from Middle Eastern hookahs. Hookahs are a type of water pipe.
Separately, council member Dave Thune recommended overruling a neighborhood council and city staff recommendation to allow the Wild Onion bar and restaurant on Grand Avenue to serve alcohol on its outdoor patio.
Hookah lounges, which have operated on the fringes in big cities for decades, have recently trended up in popularity in the Midwest, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which have had several open in the past year.
The lounges appear to be operating under a provision of the state indoor smoking ban that allows tobacco shops to offer "sampling" of tobacco products. But even some operators acknowledge it's more than simply a sampling that they offer.
"Having the lounge helps us sell the tobacco because a lot of
people have never smoked out of a hookah, and they don't want to buy
much of it without trying it," said Mohammed Khan, owner of Grand
Hookah, which opened on Grand Avenue this winter. For $10 or so, patrons
can smoke a bowl from the apparatus, a process that usually lasts a
half-hour or more.
restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking bans
in 2 cities
The passage of smoking bans in two large Minnesota cities was not associated with job losses at bars and may in fact have contributed to higher employment in restaurants, according to new research.
The study is the first to examine the economic effects of clean indoor air policies on bars and restaurants as independent types of businesses, the researchers said. Consistent with previous published studies of the economic impact of smoking bans, this analysis did not find significant economic effects on the hospitality industry as a whole.
In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the policies were associated with an increase of at least 3 percent in employment at restaurants over a 2 ½-year span following adoption of a local clean indoor air policy. Employment in Minneapolis bars increased more than 5 percent after passage of that city's smoking ban, while in St. Paul, bar employment had a nonsignificant decrease of 1 percent - a decrease that cannot be statistically distinguished from zero, or no change in employment.
City Council to discuss two-hour limit at downtown meters
Point apartments to be smoke free
Harbor Point Apartments in Two Harbors has passed a smoke free policy that will go into effect on Oct. 1. Harbor Point is joining another smoke-free building in Two Harbors, Bayview Terrace, which implemented its policy last fall.
Harbor Points smoke-free policy was driven by residents who gathered signatures of fellow tenants for support, and the need for a healthier smoke-free environment. The American Lung Associations Smoke-Free Housing Program was then invited to do a tenant presentation on lung health, secondhand smoke and the trends around smoke-free multi-unit housing. As part of the presentation, residents were given a survey and 100 percent said they would prefer a smoke-free building. The survey also identified that two of the respondents were currently smoking in their unit and 42 percent were suffering from heart disease or a lung condition which could be worsened by the exposure to secondhand smoke. ...
force to seek downtown smoking solutions
The burning issue of smoke-free zones in downtown Rochester got another round of discussion Wednesday, as the Rochester Downtown Alliance decided to form a task force to study solutions.
"At some point we have to look at it as smokers are here, they're not going to go," said RDA owner Tessa Leung, co-owner of Sontes restaurant.
The task force was formed two days after the Rochester city council voted to extend a downtown smoke-free zone to include two blocks of West Center Street between the Kahler Grand Hotel, Methodist Hospital and the Gonda Building. The council referred the matter to the RDA to see if the zone should be extended to other areas amid complaints about smoking and cigarette litter downtown.
"The solution is that we have to clean this up," said Gary
Smith of Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. "Moving them
around is not going to solve the problem. It's just going to move the
City Council OKs expanded smoking ban downtown
Rochester will extend a downtown smoke-free zone to include two blocks of West Center Street between the Kahler Grand Hotel, Methodist Hospital and the Gonda Building.
And that may not be the end of it.
The council's 6-0 vote Monday not only extended the existing smoke-free zone, which already includes the block of Second Avenue Southwest between Gonda and the Kahler, and the two-block pedestrian mall known as the Peace Plaza.
The council also referred the matter to the Rochester Downtown Alliance
to review whether the zone should be extended to more areas. ...
Signs Act to Protect Youth From New Tobacco Products
Today Minnesotas leading health groups applauded Governor Tim Pawlenty for taking another step to protect youth from harmful tobacco products. This afternoon, the Governor signed into law the Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, which updates Minnesota laws to address new generations of tobacco products.
Effective August 1, 2010, these changes apply existing state tobacco taxes and regulations to new smokeless tobacco products, which attract young customers because they are low-cost, come in candy flavors and sometimes resemble mints and breath strips. ...
Parks Expands Tobacco Policy
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is expanding its tobacco use policy this summer, meaning no smoking or tobacco use in larger areas of city parks and athletic fields
The expanded tobacco policy starts July 1, 2010. Adopted at the May
5 park board meeting, the policy includes all tobacco products and increases
the smoke-free and tobacco-free perimeter at family friendly parks and
recreation areas. ...
law closes loopholes on new tobacco products aimed at kids
Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010 enacted
Minnesota's tobacco laws are strengthened to reduce youth access to tobacco products under a bill signed into law this week. The measure, known as the Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, authored by Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Jim Davnie, both DFL-Minneapolis, closes loopholes in current state law that allows many new tobacco products to skirt or avoid the taxation and regulation currently applied to cigarettes.
"The face of the tobacco industry is rapidly changing, and we need to ensure Minnesota's laws and regulations keep up with that pattern," Sen. Dibble said "Right now, there are products being test-marketed, with children as the intended consumers, that were never envisioned when we wrote our tobacco laws decades ago. There is no such thing as a safe tobacco product, and we need to ensure that we have laws in place to make sure these new products are regulated and kept out of the hands of our kids." ...
...The new law also prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to youth. E-cigarettes are electronic nicotine delivery devices that simulate smoking. They rely on a battery-operated nicotine vaporizer that delivers puffs of nicotine vapor to users. Current law does not prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to youth. ...
Housing Units In Duluth To Go Smoke Free
Duluth HRA will become the 42nd Public Housing Authority in Minnesota to implement a smoke-free policy for their buildings.
King Manor, Grandview Manor and Midtowne Manor I and II will implement the no smoking policy on May 1, 2010, while Ramsey Manor and Tri Towers will implement one year later on May 1, 2011.
This is a growing trend among Public Housing Authorities and with Market Rate Property Owners/Managers state and nationwide, to both protect the health and safety of their tenants as well as the bottom line on their (or the publics) investment.
A memo was released last July from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (or HUD) strongly encouraging all public housing authorities to consider adopting no-smoking policies in their buildings.
Duluth adopted their smoke-free policy in December, following Cloquet, Carlton, Ely and Two Harbors HRAs.
However Duluth HRA will be the largest housing authority, with 750
units, in the state to go smoke-free thus far.
might toughen campus smoking restrictions
Further smoking restrictions might be coming to many of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities 54 campuses.
MnSCUs Board of Trustees Wednesday passed a resolution encouraging each college and university to consult with its students, faculty and staff about further restricting tobacco. ...
bill would ban smoking in cars with kids
A proposal to ban smoking in cars with kids is back.
The bill from Democratic Rep. Nora Slawik (SLAH'-wick) of Maplewood gets a hearing - but not a vote - in a House health panel on Wednesday.
The legislation would prohibit smoking in vehicles where children under 18 years old are present. But law enforcement officers couldn't ticket for violations unless they pulled the car over for another reason. ...
OKs urban turkey hunt; bans smoking on downtown street
The city block between the Kahler Grand Hotel and Mayo Clinic's Gonda building in downtown Rochester is being designated a smoke-free zone.
The city council voted 4-0 Monday to approve an ordinance making the block smoke-free along Second Avenue Southwest south of Center Street.
The block adjoins the city's Peace Plaza, where the city also prohibits smoking. ...
Smoking Ordinance Goes Into Effect Sunday
Starting Sunday people riding buses with the DTA will no longer be able to smoke in bus shelters or transit hubs.
That's when Duluth's new ordinance on the prohibition of smoking inside or within 15 feet of a bus shelter will take effect. The No Smoking Ordinance applies to all city bus shelters and transit hubs including those at UMD and Lake Superior College. ...
bans smoking near Duluth bus shelters
Smokers will need to give a wider berth to city bus shelters in the wake of a new ordinance passed Monday by the Duluth City Council.
By a 7-2 vote, the council agreed to prohibit smoking within 15 feet of a transit shelter, responding to concerns about the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Smoking inside shelters already is prohibited by state law, but Duluth will become the first city in Minnesota to create a larger smoke-free buffer zone. ...
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds are now entirely tobacco-free, effective immediately.
According to a press release, "No smoking or use of tobacco is permitted on the grounds of the 1,137-acre University of Minnesota public garden and research facility located in the west metro suburb of Chanhassen. ...
banned in city-owned high rises
By May 2011, all six high rises subsidized by the Duluth Housing and Rehabilitation Authority will go smoke-free, after a vote by its board of directors last week.
Four of the high rises King Manor, Grandview Manor and Midtowne Manor I and II will be smoke-free by May 1, 2010, and the other two buildings the Tri-Towers and Ramsey Manor will ban smoking by May 1, 2011, HRA director Rick Ball said.
Smoking will be disallowed in all 752 units, Ball said, as well as hallways and public areas, where smoking is already banned. ...
counties work to get smoke-free apartments
Three metro counties will spend about $204,000 from state health-improvement grants over the next two years to help apartment landlords and renters make their buildings smoke-free.
They start the effort with a survey showing that half of local renters would consider moving to a smoke-free building, including 16 percent of smokers.
"We know that many people want to live in smoke-free environments, and we know that can improve public health," said Lisa Mueller, who administers the state grants for Hennepin County.
Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota counties, as well as Minneapolis, are pooling
part of their state grants to hire the nonprofit Association for Nonsmokers
Minnesota to advise them on voluntary non-smoking efforts in multi-unit
ban in parks OK'd by City Council
The Savage City Council unanimously approved a policy Monday night
(Oct. 19) that will ban smoking and tobacco use in all city parks.
Public Works Director John Powell said that since this is a policy change, and not an ordinance, once signs have been installed then people will be asked to smoke in the designated areas.
smoking policy in parks moves forward
The Savage City Council decided to move forward with a policy to make
all parks and recreational facilities smoke free at a work session Monday
night (Oct. ...
bans tobacco use on campus
Rochester Community and Technical College said Friday that it will ban all smoking and tobacco use on its 500-acre campus on Jan. 1.
State law had already forbidden smoking in public places, but smoking had been permitted in parking lots, 20 feet outside of building entrances and in an outdoor amphitheater. That will change Jan. 1.
The college had been studying the issue for several years, an official said, but decided to take action after hearing more and more complaints about second-hand smoke. Also, a student nurse had reported a number of adverse reactions to secondhand smoke among students with asthma or some other allergic condition.
There are about a dozen public and private higher education institutions in Minnesota, including Winona State University and Minnesota State University, Moorhead, that have already opted to go smoke-free. ...
SMOKING? Policy to ban smoking in parks considered
still allowed in city parks
The public has spoken. Smoking will continue to be allowed in Hutchinson parks.
Responding to phone calls and comments they had received, City Council members unanimously declined Tuesday night to move forward with a proposed smoke-free parks policy.
Instead, the motion by council members Chad Czmowski and Jim Haugen directed Parks and Recreation Director Dolf Moon to initiate education efforts aimed at making youth activities smoke-free. That could include notices in the regular Parks and Recreation Department publications and signs.
Mayor Steve Cook said some residents may have been confused by media reports that the city was considering a ban on smoking in the parks. Instead, the council was considering a policy, not an ordinance. It would only have encouraged people not to smoke in parks. Fines, ejections from parks or other enforcement methods would not have been part of the policy. ...
scheduled today on smoke-free parks policy
A public hearing is also scheduled at 6 p.m. on a proposal to establish a tobacco-free city parks policy. The policy would not include fines or other penalties against people smoking in the parks, but would encourage making the parks a smoke-free environment. ...
million says Minnesotans can be healthier
Minnesota will announce $47 million in grants to 40 communities to fight smoking and obesity today, the first fruits of a landmark 2008 bill designed to revamp and improve health care in the state.
The program's launch puts Minnesota months ahead of the rest of the country, as Congress debates a national overhaul of the health care system.
"We are the first state in the nation to start with a statewide investment in preventing future health problems," Health Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan said Tuesday.
She and Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce details of the grant this afternoon.
Soaring health care costs -- projected to rise 43 percent over the next five years in Minnesota, from $40 billion this year to $61.5 billion in 2014 -- are driving states and Congress to take on the complex and politically charged task of rethinking how health care is provided and financed. ...
puts more health care cost data online
Minnesota residents got access to more online health care cost information on Wednesday, but they're still a ways off from tapping into easy price-quality comparisons that could force efficiencies.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty showed off the improvement to a nonprofit Web site, mnhealthscores.org, at a news conference where he also championed $47 million in previously appropriated grants to help communities curb smoking and obesity.
That prevention spending, approved by the Legislature in 2008, survived the Republican governor's own proposal earlier this year to cut the grants in half to help balance the budget. . . .
The prevention grants will go to 39 local and tribal governments, paying for projects such as college smoking bans and quit-smoking programs, safe walking routes for schoolchildren and fresh produce in city neighborhoods. The changes are supposed to save the state $1.9 billion by 2015 as people lose weight and stop smoking. ...
workplaces? The entire property?
The AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project is about making the healthy choice
the easy choice, and local business representatives learned how they
can make it an easy choice for their employees to quit smoking.
Kelli Thielges, Wellness Manager, Schwans Shared Services LLC, spoke Tuesday in the Freeborn Room of the Freeborn County Government Center about Schwans policy to prohibit smoking on company property. She also spoke about the businesses partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to provide employee assistance programs and nicotine replacement therapy to all employees to help them quit smoking.
Thielges said she turned to her father, a former smoker, for advice to get the project going. He told her most smokers want to quit.
Her father said he wanted to quit for three reasons: expense, family and his workplace banned indoor smoking.
Since he couldnt smoke indoors at work, it was an extra inconvenience to go outside. ...
shows support for smoking ban in public housing
Linda Ankrum doesnt get a fresh breeze when she opens her apartment window at Grandview Manor.
Instead, the air is polluted by cigarette smoke that bothers her and her daughter, who has asthma. Smoking is allowed at the public housing apartment building at Second Street and Third Avenue East.
Ankrum, who has lived at Grandview Manor for seven years, shares the opinion of more than three-fourths of renters in public housing who would rather live in a smoke-free apartment building over one that allows smoking, according to an American Lung Association of Minnesota survey of tenants in Lake, St. Louis and Carlton counties. ...
Court: Bar Violated Smoking Ban
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has agreed with a judge's ruling that "theater nights" in a northeastern Minnesota bar were violating the state's smoking ban.
Tank's Bar in Babbitt had allowed patrons to smoke under a loophole in the smoking ban that allows actors to smoke as part of a theatrical production.
But a St. Louis County judge ruled in May that wearing a badge that says "Actor" doesn't make it a theatrical production. On Tuesday, the appeals court agreed.
In its decision, the appeals court says "Gun SMOKE Monologues"
was not real, but a sham. ...
Smoking bans do not cause job losses in bars and restaurants
New research suggests that exempting bars from community smoking bans makes no economic difference in terms of preserving bar employment, and that even the most comprehensive clean indoor air policies do not lead to a reduction in hospitality jobs. Researchers hope the findings, based on a study in Minnesota, will factor into future debates within municipalities and states considering the economic and health issues surrounding smoking-ban proposals.
The study examined employment trends over three years in eight Minnesota cities with different types of clean indoor air policies and two cities with no laws restricting smoking. Of the policies examined, some were comprehensive bans prohibiting smoking in all workplaces, while others banned smoking in most public places and businesses, but exempted bars.
Though economic effects of smoking bans have been studied in many individual communities, this is the first analysis to compare the economic effects of different levels of clean indoor air policies in multiple cities.
"In the end we can say there isn't a significant economic effect
by type of clean indoor air policy, which should give us more support
for maintaining the most beneficial public health policies," said
Elizabeth Klein, assistant professor of health behavior and health promotion
at Ohio State University and lead author of the study. "The public
health benefit clearly comes from a comprehensive policy where all employees
are protected from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke." ...
apartments in Minnesota snuffing out smoking
"I remember sitting out on my balcony last year and being able to smell someone smoking," she said. "Even if you can't smell it, there's toxins in the air."
The number of apartment buildings with non-smoking policies -- while small -- is growing, according to Live Smoke Free, a program of the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota funded by a Minnesota Department of Health grant.
The group has identified about 280 multi-unit apartment complexes with at least one non-smoking building, said Carissa Duke, community outreach coordinator for the organization. About a half dozen housing co-operatives and condominiums also have gone smoke free. All told, the smoke-free buildings account for about 2 percent of the state's rental properties, she said.
Waterstone Place is the fourth area smoke-free apartment building managed by Steven Scott Management, which handles 62 buildings in the Twin Cities. ...
tobacco ordinance for parks
During a council workshop discussion last spring, parks staff posed the option for the council to consider banning smoking in all parks and trails in ...
to vote on tougher tobacco restrictions in parks
The Woodbury City Council is expected to vote Wednesday, March 25 on an ordinance amendment that would take a tougher stance on tobacco use in city parks.
Earlier this month, the citys parks and recreation commission voted to recommend approval of a parks ordinance amendment that would ban any form of tobacco use within 100 feet of any public beach, athletic field or playground.
The recommended ordinance amendment state that tobacco use would be
restricted within 100 feet of any beach, athletic field or playground
contained within any public site or open space. No tobacco product shall
be used by any person upon the grounds of the facilities at Central
Park, Ojibway Park or the Bielenberg Sports Center. ...
Economic Impact of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Minnesota
Results. The total annual cost of treatment in Minnesota for conditions for which the 2006 surgeon general's report found sufficient evidence to conclude a causal link with exposure to SHS was $228.7 million in 2008 dollars-equivalent to $44.58 per Minnesota resident. Sensitivity analyses showed a range from $152.1 million to $330.0 million.
Smoking, cars and kids
Lawmaking gets a bad rap, and we all know of a bill that seems to be a fix in search of a problem. But the act of discussing and debating an idea can educate the public on a subject that hasn't fully taken hold.
We hope the attempt to ban smoking in cars where children are riding
falls into the category of 'legislation-as-education.'' The bill is
to have its first hearing today in a committee of the Minnesota Senate.
Getting parents and caretakers to stop smoking when young lungs are present is an important goal, and we support it. We think this law, as written, would have the effect of driving home the message without nailing drivers with a lot of tickets and fines. We admit that it raises equally good questions about the reach of government into our private lives. . . .
Many of us who would accept a no-smoking-with-kids rule for the car would be nervous about a similar law for the home. At some point, legislation must give way to education. We think this bill could do both -- protect those vulnerable breathers strapped into the back seats and stimulate the widest possible public discussion about the dangers of exposing growing lungs to secondhand smoke anywhere.
the Type of CIA Policy Significantly Affect Bar and Restaurant Employment
in Minnesota Cities?
Clean indoor air (CIA) policies that include free-standing bars and restaurants have been adopted by communities to protect employees in all workplaces from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, most notably employees working in restaurants and free-standing bars. However, due to the perception of negative economic effects on alcohol-licensed hospitality businesses, partial CIA policies (those that provide an exemption for free-standing bars) have been proposed as a means to reduce the risk of economic effects of comprehensive CIA policies applied to all worksites. Bar and restaurant employment per capita were used to determine if partial CIA policies produced differential economic effects compared to comprehensive CIA policies. Ten cities in the state of Minnesota were studied from 2003-2006. Economic data were drawn from monthly employment in bars and restaurants, and a pooled time-series was completed to evaluate three types of local CIA policies: Comprehensive, partial, or none beyond the state law. Communities with a comprehensive CIA policy had a decrease of 9 employees per 10,000 residents compared with communities with partial CIA policies (p = 0.10). Communities with any type of CIA policy (partial or comprehensive) had an increase of 3 employees per 10,000 residents compared to communities without any CIA policies (p = 0.36). There were no significant differential economic effects by CIA policy type in Minnesota cities. These findings support the adoption of comprehensive CIA policies to provide all employees protection from environmental tobacco smoke exposure.
tobacco ordinance eyed for citys parks
The city of Woodbury is looking to move forward with a tougher stance on tobacco in its parks.
Last week, the citys parks and recreation commission was to address a recommendation regarding a parks ordinance amendment that would ban any form of tobacco use within 100 feet of any public beach, athletic field or playground.
looks at wider ban on tobacco
Proposed changes to Woodbury's park ordinance would forbid smoking and other forms of tobacco within 100 feet of public recreational property, including the city beach at Carver Lake. Tobacco also would be banned from city property surrounding Central Park, Ojibway Park and Bielenberg Sports Center.
smoking foes want ban in cars with kids
Now, under a bill expected to be introduced today at the state Capitol,
lawmakers will consider extending that prohibition to your ride.
"It's our children who are breathing this air," said Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, chief author of the bill in the House. "That is a concern for all of us."
Slawik said she expects the bill to be controversial, though versions of the ban have passed in at least four states: California, Arkansas, Louisiana and Maine.
The ban would be part of a new frontier in anti-smoking advocates' efforts to fight the harmful effects of smoking, as state and municipal governments have pushed legislation into new areas. They include not only bans on smoking in cars with children, but passing bans on foster parents smoking around their children, for example.
directory of smoke-free apartments now available
"Tenants are looking for smoke-free apartments, and apartment building owners want to promote their smoke-free buildings. Secondhand smoke migrating into apartments is a common problem, and renters are unable to protect themselves and their families from the harmful toxins in secondhand smoke," said Brittany McFadden, Director of Live Smoke Free. "The only way to avoid exposure is to live in a smoke-free apartment building." ...
For information on finding or listing a smoke-free apartment building, contact Live Smoke Free at email@example.com or at 651-646-3005.
First Anniversary Approaches, Poll Finds Statewide Smoke-Free as Popular
as Leading Minnesota Icons
The survey found that an overwhelming 77 percent of Minnesotans support
the statewide smoke-free law, with 41 percent indicating strong support.
Survey Finds 76 Percent of Minnesotans Support Smoke-Free Law
Report Says Secondhand Smoke Costs Minnesota $215.7 Million
"This study is
based on the 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report on
comparison, the $215.7 million annual cost of secondhand smoke
"These data show that passing a
comprehensive statewide smoke-free law is good health policy and good economic
policy," said Marc Manley, M.D., vice president and medical director for
population health at Blue Cross.
ban plan restored to near its original form: Senate panel removes provisions
ST. PAUL. A Senate committee overturned three days worth of northern Minnesota senators work Monday when it restored a statewide smoking ban proposal to near its original form.
The panel removed provisions that would have allowed smoking in bars if they install ventilation equipment and to forbid local ordinances stronger than the state law. Northern senators successfully changed the bill in an earlier committee to include those provisions, which many smoking ban supporters said weakened it. ...
Allowing local governments to adopt stricter nosmoking ordinances is important, Sen. Tony Lourey, DFLKerrick, said, especially since two local governments in his district Carlton County and Cloquet have tougher ordinances.
I could not go home to these folks and tell them I preempted their local ordinances, Lourey said.
Survey Finds Majority of Minnesotans Support a Strong Statewide Smoke-Free
A new survey released today by the American Cancer Society and ClearWay Minnesota(SM) found that 69 percent of Minnesotans support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law that includes bars and restaurants. The survey also provides evidence that going smoke-free is broadly supported by Minnesotans from all leading demographics; similar responses were given regardless of geography, political and ideological affiliation, income, age and gender. The survey was conducted by Minneapolis research firm Decision Resources, Ltd. "It doesn't matter where you live or who you voted for in November. The overwhelming majority of Minnesotans understand the health dangers of secondhand smoke," said Nancy Tyra Lukens, American Cancer Society Board Member. "Every Minnesotan -- and every worker -- deserves protection from the cancer-causing chemicals found in secondhand smoke. This survey clearly says Minnesotans are ready for a statewide smoke-free law that will protect everyone's right to breathe clean air." . . .
On January 30, 2007, hundreds of smoke-free advocates will come to the capitol for the Smoke-Free Minnesota Day at the Capitol. Advocates will hear from Dr. Dileep Bal, the architect of California's ground-breaking statewide smoke-free law, and then meet with legislators to discuss the importance of passing a strong statewide smoke-free law this year. This event represents an unprecedented effort and partnership among health plans, nonprofits and businesses to advance smoke-free legislation in Minnesota.
Poll shows new support for smoking bans
A large majority of residents in Minnesota jurisdictions that initiated smoking bans this spring favor the restrictions, according to polls released at the end of June.
The finding is contained in a series of surveys conducted in Minneapolis, Bloomington, Golden Valley, Hennepin County and Beltrami County in late May and early June on behalf of the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT).
The polls found that about 74 percent of those surveyed favor the smoking bans. They also found that more than 80 percent of those surveyed are going out as often - or more often since the bans took effect. (Star-Tribune)
Backers of statewide smoking
ban say this is their year
of both major parties joined bartenders and restaurant patrons at a German eatery
in St. Paul Friday to back a statewide smoking ban that would snuff out cigarettes
in restaurants, bars and private clubs.