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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.

Youth 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:
1-877-270-STOP (270-7867)
1-877-2-NO-FUME (266-3863) (Spanish)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Letter: The 'freedom to breathe' at risk
In-Forum - April 10, 2014

Since workplaces became smoke-free in 2007, clean indoor air has become the standard that Minnesotans expect. E-cigarettes are threatening clean indoor air, ...

E-cigs now available in Park Rapids
Park Rapids Enterprise - April 9, 2014

According to the same Washington Post article, “A December 2013 study compared exhaled vapor from three e-cigarette brands with exhaled tobacco smoke ...

Minnesota State University Moorhead bans the use of electronic cigarettes
WDAZ - April 8, 2014

Students at Minnesota State University Moorhead are finding out they can't use electronic cigarettes on campus.

Faribault gets new, more strict tobacco sales license ordinance
Southernminn.com - April 8, 2014

The Faribault City Council was all action and no talk on Tuesday night, shooting through its agenda in well under an hour with few or no comments on most items. The tobacco license ordinance bans the sale of obvious drug paraphernalia like glass pipes and small baggies and puts in place regulations about signage, lighting, inspections, window displays and video surveillance.

Austin bans e-cigarettes, hookahs for a year
Post-Bulletin - April 8, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, hookahs and other devices to smoke herbs, tobacco or tobacco-laced liquid will be banned for a year from being used in all public spaces in Austin. The Austin City Council on Monday voted 4-3 to ban e-cigarettes because of worries about health risks to those nearby. Voting for the one-year moratorium were Steve King, Janet Anderson, Roger Boughton and Jeremy Carolan. Voting against it were Michael Jordal, Jeff Austin and Judy Enright. Vicki Kiefer said her husband quit smoking cigarettes and switched to e-cigarettes, but even those hurt her asthma. "I have had pretty significant attacks," she said.

With city approval, ban on e-cigarettes in public places could start ...
Austin Herald - April 8, 2014

The Austin City Council approved a one-year e-cigarette moratorium banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places and businesses during its public meeting Monday.

Austin City Council Passes Temporary E-Cigarette Ban [VIDEO]
KAALtv.com - April 7, 2014

The E-Cigarette Moratorium is in Place For One Year and Includes Vaping in Public Places.

City to decide on e-cig moratorium
Austin Herald - April 5, 2014

The Austin City Council will cast the deciding vote Monday on a one-year electronic cigarette moratorium that would ban e-cigarette use in public spaces and inside businesses. The council will consider a second reading of a proposed e-cigarette moratorium at its public meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Terroristic Activity/Hijacking
Fillmore County Journal - April 4, 2014

An ordinance would be required to limit tobacco use by the general public on county ... newsletter will have information about a smoking cessation program.

MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Willmar teen pleads guilty to ...
Pierce County Herald - April 3, 2014

The statewide Smoke-Free law in North Dakota prohibits use of electronic cigarette in all of the same places a traditional cigarette is prohibited. Scott says some ...

Kahn vs. Noor: DFL veteran in showdown with Minneapolis upstart
Minneapolis Star Tribune - April 2, 2014

... Ivy League-trained physicist who led the charge on women's rights and a statewide smoking ban in a seat long considered one of the safest in the Legislature.

Editorial counterpoint: E-cigarette fright is uninformed
Minneapolis Star Tribune by Thomas Briant - April 2, 2014

Allow me to explain, as I have to legislators, whats in these products and why its not dangerous. Thomas Briant is executive director and legal counsel for the Minnesota Wholesale Marketers Association and the National Association of Tobacco Outlets.

County looking to update its tobacco ordinance
Long Prairie Leader - April 2, 2014

Mackedanz said e-cigs currently aren't classified in state law as tobacco, but it was suggested they do it. For more, see this week's edition of the Long Prairie ...

Commissioners review tobacco use policy for employees
Chatfield News-Record - April 2, 2014

Fillmore County Human Resources Officer Kristina Kohn presented a policy for a smoke- and tobacco-free workplace, along with several other updates and a request to hire a part-time custodian during the Tuesday, April 1, Fillmore County Board of Commissioners meeting. .. Commissioner Randy Dahl suggested the policy include an implementation date so employees who smoke any kind of cigarette - even e-cigarettes - or use ...

Report ranks Waseca, Le Sueur counties among the state's healthiest
Southernminn.com - April 2, 2014

Though Waseca County's adult smoking rate is not included in the ... things we're looking at doing this round is creating smoke-free ordinances and policies in ...

E-cigs under pressure
Fergus Falls Daily Journal - April 2, 2014

Despite a likely watered-down version of a state bill aimed at curbing the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces, the Otter Tail County Public Health Department is against the use of the vapor cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are banned.

City's e-cigarettes licensing requirements ensure residents' rights
Southernminn.com - April 1, 2014

On behalf of the American Lung Association in Minnesota, I would like to congratulate the city of Waseca for updating their licensing language to include e-cigarettes and prohibiting their use in public indoor spaces. The city of Waseca and the council have shown the foresight to move forward and protect their community from the unknown effects of e-cigarettes. These ordinances will ensure safe and clean air, put this product out of reach from children and more importantly help curb the temptation for young people to explore this highly addictive substance.

E-cigarettes and 'vaping' hotly debated
Mesabi Daily News - March 29, 2014

ST. PAUL With exotic flavors, a sleek look and potentially less harmful toxins, electronic cigarettes are quickly becoming a hot trend in Minnesota. But at the Capitol, debates on smoking e-cigs indoors (or vaping) are also in vogue with legislators attempting to determine which regulations, if any, should be placed on the smoking devices.

Take a cautious approach on little-studied e-cigs
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 29, 2014

Adult e-cigarette users comfortable with the unknown health risks of vaping should feel free to fire up in their homes, their vehicles and in outdoor spaces where vapor from the devices quickly disperses. What e-cig users shouldnt be allowed is do is decide that e-cigs potential benefits trump the risks for other Minnesotans, such as the kid with asthma at the nearby restaurant table, the pregnant woman two seats down at the theater or the nearby elderly gent with a heart condition.

Public hearing to cover proposed county tobacco ordinance
Post-Bulletin - March 28, 2014

Products added to the law, and now to Olmsted County's ordinance include electronic cigarettes and smokeless products, such as chewing tobacco, snuff, ...

Supporting parents with a message of prevention: Town hall ...
West Central Tribune - March 27, 2014

... in working with local authorities to develop a tobacco-free policy for Kandiyohi County beaches, social host ordinances and a prescription drop box program.

Tobacco license moratorium in the works: Stillwater Council moves ...
Stillwater Gazette - March 27, 2014

“If the same permit is issued, there's nothing on e-cigarettes, would it be treated differently than the current 16?” “No, we would do them all the same,” Gannaway ...

E-Cig Store Holds Grand Opening
KEYC - March 27, 2014

They've been open since February, and have seen heavy interest in the community, mostly they say, because e-cigs are the sole focus of their business.

Minnesota tribes adopt home visits
Bemidji Pioneer - March 27, 2014

BEMIDJI — A new program is being introduced to area tribes through the Minnesota ... the burning of tobacco, cedar, sage or other materials during home visits.

Dayton ignites e-cigarette ban debate
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 27, 2014

"After we came down pretty hard on smokers last session, that's probably enough for this biennium .... Some communities have banned "vaping" in public places.

E-Cigarette Bans Advance in Minnesota and Georgia
NACS Online - March 27, 2014

E-Cigarette Bans Advance in Minnesota and Georgia ... maintain second-hand vapors qualify them for inclusion in Minnesota's statewide indoor smoking ban.

Report ranks Le Sueur, Nicollet counties among state's healthiest
Southernminn.com - March 27, 2014

The county's smoking rate increased in 2014, going from 6 percent to 7 percent, ... looking at doing this round is creating smoke-free ordinances and policies in ...

Flash Points: E-cig rules are not 'undoing'
St. Cloud Times - March 27, 2014

New e-cigarette regulation is not “undoing.” Save that for next time. If they aren't going to “undo” more, go home and save taxpayers per diem money. Don Casey.

Flash Points: Tax e-cigs if they are health risk
St. Cloud Times - March 27, 2014

As an ex-smoker – last cigarette December of 1984 – I do not know anything about these e-cigarettes and what the smokers are inhaling. If they prove to be a ...

Editorial: Danger of nicotine fluids is growing
West Central Tribune - March 27, 2014

The growing debate concerning electronic cigarettes has often focused upon the ... Tuesday that the current proposals this year to ban indoor use of e-cigarettes ...

Senate to consider e-cigarette bill
Brainerd Daily Dispatch - March 26, 2014

ST. PAUL - The full Senate is due to consider a bill that regulates electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco cigarettes. The House, meanwhile, is moving a measure that restricts e-cigarette use by youths, but does not outlaw them in all public places like the Senate bill would do.

Gov. Splits With Health Commissioner On E-Cigarettes
CBS Local - March 26, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton has broken with his Health Department commissioner over the extent of regulation needed on electronic cigarettes. Dayton said that he is uncomfortable with legislative efforts to put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces. His comments published Wednesday directly contradict testimony from Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger. Dayton says he would sign a bill to restrict childrens ability to buy e-cigarettes, but he would likely oppose proposed restrictions on their use indoors.

Minnesota, North Dakota adult smoking rates relatively low
Pioneer Press - March 26, 2014

FARGO -- North Dakota and Minnesota rank among the states with relatively low ... In North Dakota, 18 percent of adults smoke, and the smoking rate ranges from 8 ... Burleigh, 13 percent; Grand Forks, 15 percent; Ransom, 14 percent; ..

Minn Senate to take up E-cigs
KFGO - March 25, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn (KFGO AM) -- A bill that would prohibit E-cigarette sales to minors, and prohibit using them wherever regular cigarettes are banned is headed to ...

City Council approves change to St. Peter tobacco ordinance
Southernminn.com - March 25, 2014

City Council members approved a modification to St. Peter's tobacco ordinance Monday, making it necessary for merchants to hold a license to sell e-cigarettes...

No more smoking at Metro State
East Side Review - March 24, 2014

In hopes of projecting an image of a healthier campus, Metro State University banned on-campus smoking starting May 1. The policy prohibits using any smoking and tobacco products on any part of Metro States property, indoors and out. The ban includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and pipes. The decision comes based on the results of a 2011 survey that indicates the majority of students would prefer not to allow smoking on the schools St. Paul campus. ...

Ramsey County urges foster parents to stop smoking around ...
Pioneer Press - March 19, 2014

County officials said they will add smoking to the list of red flags when they're ... home, but are not intended to ban smoking by foster care providers ... altogether.

Waseca ordinance regulating e-cigarettes passes with no public ...
Southernminn.com - March 19, 2014

At the public hearing on March 18 he said that people "can certainly smoke and ... still be smoked, bought and sold in Waseca, there will be new restrictions on ...

Doctors Say E-Cigs Not as Safe as Promoted
KAALtv.com - March 19, 2014

(ABC 6 News) -- It's "Kick Butt" day in Minnesota, a campaign put on by the group "Quit Plan" to get college age groups to stop smoking. There have been many ...

Council Okays Interim Ban on Tobacco Products Shops
Belleplaineherald - March 19, 2014

A tobacco-related products shop is defined as a retail establishment that ... states that applications for a tobacco license, building permit or zoning approval will not ... public hearing notice indicated) a temporarily ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, ...

Many positive updates at school board meeting
Forest Lake Times - March 19, 2014

.The tobacco-free policy, changed to add e-cigarettes to the list of banned products, received one no vote. Member Karen Morehead said e-cigs should not be ...

Latest e-cig fear: Poisoned kids
Minnesota health officials reported 50 cases of children drinking e-cigarette liquid in 2013, a tenfold increase over the previous year.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 18, 2014

Reports of children consuming poisonous liquid from e-cigarettes rose sharply in Minnesota last year, prompting health officials to warn that the state may be facing a new public health hazard. ...

Metropolitan State University going smoke and tobacco free
Insight News - March 18, 2014

Continuing a commitment to provide a safer, healthier, and cleaner environment for students, faculty, staff and guests, Metropolitan State University's Saint Paul Campus will go fully smoke-free on May 1, joining more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the nation that classify themselves as 100 percent smoke-free. The policy prohibits the use of any smoking and tobacco related products while on Metropolitan State campus property and requires compliance with the policies in place at any of the university's leased facilities. That means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigarette, e-cigarette, cigar, pipe or other such device that contains tobacco or other smoke-producing products will be prohibited in all areas of the Saint Paul Campus. ...

E-cigarettes: Should they be regulated the same as the real thing?
KIMT - March 18, 2014

Over the years, weve come to accept restrictions on smoking in public places, but there are not the same restrictions on the newest form of smoking: e-cigarettes. The ordinance would call for a one year suspension of the electronic cigarettes in all places where smoking is prohibited by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act. ...

Report: E-cigarette poisonings 10 times more common among kids and teens in 2013
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews - March 18, 2014

More Minnesota children and teenagers were poisoned by e-cigarette liquid last year than in 2012. The Department of Health reports there were five reports of e-cigarette related poisoning in 2012. Last year, that number jumped to 50. E-cigarette poisonings accounted for 23 percent of the states 218 teen and child tobacco-related poisonings in 2013. Poisonings include calls where e-cigarette liquids, also known as e-juice, have been swallowed, inhaled, come in contact with the eyes or absorbed through the skin. ...

E-cig ban fails in Austin
Albert Lea Tribune - March 18, 2014

The Austin City Council couldnt unanimously pass an e-cigarette moratorium during its meeting Monday night, but the issue isnt dead. The council could enact a ban on e-cigarette use in public places and businesses for up to one year at its April 7 meeting, which is likely to happen. Austin isnt the only Minnesota community looking at the issue. Duluth has banned e-cigarettes in public places while Waseca and Mankato debate a similar ordinance. Eden Prairie recently banned e-cigarette and hookah lounges, while Sauk Rapids City brought e-cigarettes under its tobacco sale license requirements. More than 100 cities and three states ban e-cigarette use in tobacco-free environments as of January 2014, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. Minnesota legislators are discussing whether to add e-cigarettes to the state Clean Indoor Air Act, which would ban e-cigarettes in public places similar to other tobacco products. The measure has already passed House and Senate committees. ...

Vapers, sellers, cities adapt with tobacco-free e-cigarettes
St. Cloud Times - March 17, 2014

As electronic cigarettes become more popular, local and state government are figuring out how to best regulate them. Last week, Sauk Rapids City Council decided to regulate e-cigarette sales under its tobacco license, bringing it in line with other St. Cloud-area cities that require a license. And the state Legislature is discussing this session whether to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places. . As of Jan. 2, 108 cities and three states include e-cigarettes as products that are prohibited from use in smoke-free environments, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. ...

Smoke-free childcare survey results shared
The Daily News - March 17, 2014

In a larger, state-wide public survey in Minnesota, the women noted that 78 percent of respondents felt that secondhand smoke continues to impact our health, and 83 percent support a smoke-free foster care system.

Metro State drops hammer on smoking on campus
Pioneer Press - March 13, 2014

More than 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. classify themselves as 100 percent smoke-free, and more than 400 colleges and universities are ...

Dayton doesn't endorse pot, but says it's there for anyone willing to ...
West Central Tribune - March 13, 2014

Melin has said she is willing to consider amending her bill to restrict use to using marijuana in a water vapor instead of smoking it. “What constitutes vapor vs.

MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: E-Cig bill clears Senate committee
Pierce County Herald - March 13, 2014

ST. PAUL -- E-cigarette sales to minors would be prohibited everywhere in Minnesota ... regular cigarettes are banned, under a bill that passed a Senate committee ... Duluth banned e-cigs indoors and regulates them as other tobacco products, ...

Waseca council looks to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes
Southernminn.com - March 12, 2014

While the debate is still on as to whether e-cigarettes are beneficial or a health risk, the Waseca City Council is considering an ordinance which would regulate their sale and use.

Isanti County Board approves less intrusive security measure
Isanti County News - March 12, 2014

Regulating e-cigs - Following an uneventful public hearing, board members approved an ordinance regulating minors from accessing e-cigarettes, just as any other tobacco product, at point of sale.

SE Council considers tobacco licensing, Snow Farm abatement
NUjournal - March 11, 2014

SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider the second reading of a tobacco licensing ordinance and a resolution for Snow Farm First Addition abatements at its meeting today

Sauk Rapids Adds E-Cigs To City's Tobacco License Ordinance
WJON News - March 10, 2014

SAUK RAPIDS The Sauk Rapids city council has tightened the regulations on who is allowed to sell electronic cigarettes. City Attorney Adam Ripple says there was no licensing requirement for a business to sell e-cigs in the city limits.

Key events this week in Central Minnesota
St. Cloud Times - March 8, 2014

E-CIG POLICY: The Sauk Rapids City Council will meet Monday to discuss expanding the citys tobacco license to address electronic smoking devices. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Whole Foods complex in Minneapolis earns LEED nod
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) - March 7, 2014

... in common areas, dual flush toilets, door and window frames made with more than 25 percent post-consumer recycled content, and a smoke-free atmosphere.

E-cig bill clears state Senate panel
Mankato Free Press - March 6, 2014

Sheran, who also sponsored the original smoking ban bill in 2007, said polls show that ... The Mankato City Council banned e-cigs from indoor public places in ...

E-CIGARETTES: Minn. lawmakers mull restrictions to cut kids' use
FOX 9 News - March 6, 2014

More and more people are using electronic cigarettes, but there are still many questions about just what is inside those vapors and whether the devices are safe ...

E-cigarette ban gets boost from Senate committee [VIDEO]
KARE - March 4, 2014

The latest stop for a bill that would include a ban on e-cigarettes in public places was the Senate's Health, Human Services and Housing committee. On Monday night, the committee voted in favor of the bill. It still has a long way to go on the legislative road, but another senate hearing is scheduled this week. ...

MN Lawmakers Debate E-Cigarettes
Valley News Live KVLY - March 4, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Are e-cigarettes the next public health menace or a safe alternative to the real thing? That question is at the core of a debate that is winding its way through the State Capitol. ...

Legislators discuss protecting Minnesota's clean indoor air and keeping our kids safe
Bills would include e-cigarettes in Freedom to Breathe Act and keep them out of kids' hands
PR Newswire (press release) - March 3, 2014

Today the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Policy Committee passed Senate File 2027, which would expand protections under the Freedom to Breathe Act by prohibiting e-cigarette use where smoking is prohibited, require that e-cigarettes be placed behind the counter in stores and penalize retailers who sell to minors. The bill was authored by Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato), who in 2007 was the chief author of the Freedom to Breathe Act, which eliminated smoking in bars and restaurants. "Seven years ago, we could not have anticipated technology that would allow people to get around the smoke-free law," Sen. Sheran told committee members. "This is a loophole that needs closing." A new poll from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota shows the law to be hugely popular with Minnesotans. Eighty-seven percent support the standard of clean indoor air that the law provides, and 79 percent support including e-cigarettes in existing smoke-free policies. Eighty-seven percent also support keeping e-cigarettes behind the counter so they are less visible and accessible to youth.

ClearWay Minnesota(sm) Launches New QUITPLAN Services for ...
PR Newswire (press release) - March 3, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, ClearWay Minnesota launched a new version of QUITPLAN Services, the free cessation program available to any Minnesotan who wants to quit tobacco. The new services now include free access to text messages, email support, a downloadable quit guide and free "starter kits," which provide a two-week supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to help tobacco users quit. In addition, tobacco users can now speak to a quit coach over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week for support and help quitting.

Lileks: Legislators huffing and puffing over e-cigarettes
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 1, 2014

Prediction: If e-cigs are found to be relatively harmless, their use in public will still be regulated.

Eden Prairie approves moratorium on e-cigarette lounges
The Sun Current - February 28, 2014

The Eden Prairie City Council approved a moratorium banning electronic cigarette, or “e-cigarette,” lounges and hookah lounges, in addition to sampling of ...

Students Question How U Will Enforce Campus-Wide Smoking Ban
CBS Local - February 27, 2014

Students already are not allowed to smoke inside buildings on campus. But starting in July, the ban will extend outdoors. Ask any University of Minnesota ...

E-cigarette regulation bill begins to move in Minnesota Legislature
WDAY - February 27, 2014

ST. PAUL, MN -- Electronic cigarettes would not be available to youths under a bill the Minnesota House is considering, but a provision that would have banned ...

Minnesota Legislators try to clear confusion over e-cigarettes
Minneapolis Star Tribune - February 26, 2014

Minnesota Legislators try to clear confusion over e-cigarettes ... Opponents call electronic cigarettes the next public health menace, geared toward luring kids ...

Poll: Minnesotans strongly support prohibiting e-cigarette use indoors
SYS-CON Media (press release) - February 26, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A poll released today shows that a strong majority of Minnesotans (79 percent) support prohibiting e-cigarette use indoors in places where smoking is prohibited. Other regulations to prevent youth from using e-cigarettes are also overwhelmingly supported by Minnesotans.

Minn. Bills Would Treat E-Cigs as Standard Smokes
WDIO-TV - February 26, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The growing popularity of smokeless electronic cigarettes has Minnesota lawmakers weighing whether they should be regulated in similar fashion to traditional tobacco products.

House committee to hear bills proposing ban of e-cigarettes
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews - February 26, 2014

Hearings are scheduled for Wednesday in front of the House Health and Human Services Committee to address the possible restriction of electronic cigarettes ...

City Considering Moratorium to Prohibit E-Cigarette Sales
Belleplaineherald - February 26, 2014

The Belle Plaine Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, March 10 on a proposal to at least temporarily prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and to prohibit the establishment of any tobacco products shop in Belle Plaine.

Council bans smoking at arena
Albert Lea Tribune - February 25, 2014

At a prior meeting he said the ban takes away a smoker's right to choose. The ordinance applies to ... Smoking is already banned inside the building. Any person ...

University of Minnesota campuses go tobacco-free on July 1
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews - February 23, 2014

Four University of Minnesota campuses will become smoke- and tobacco-free this summer. The new policy, which will take effect July 1, bans smoking tobacco or e-cigarettes as well as chewing tobacco on university campuses in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester and Crookston, according to the Minnesota Daily. It applies to all university property inside and out. The policy also prohibits people from selling, distributing or advertising tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on university property....

Twin Cities campus to go smoke-free in July
Minnesota Daily - February 21, 2014

The University of Minnesota will become a smoke-free campus this summer.

Business brisk at first E-CIG STORE
Mankato Free Press - February 20, 2014

Anyone wanting to try electronic cigarettes will need to learn a new vocabulary that includes terms such as clearomizer head, RDA atomizer, mods, drip tip and ...

City to look into e-cigarette regulations
Austin Herald - February 19, 2014

The Austin City Council will explore regulating electronic cigarettes after hearing during its work session Tuesday how little information there is on the alternative tobacco product. The council will learn more about local e-cigarette regulations and consider a moratorium on e-cigarette sales after listening to Karissa Studier, Mower Countys State Health Improvement Program coordinator, and Erin Simmons, from the American Lung Association We have an e-cigarette that has Hello Kitty on it, Simmons said.

North Mankato Holds Off on E-Cig Decision [VIDEO]
KEYC - February 18, 2014

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. - The city of North Mankato will hold off on addressing the electronic cigarette issue. The council took comments on including e-cigs to its indoor smoking ban, and debated on when the council may take up the issue, with a vote to table the issue until after the Minnesota State Legislature session was over failing 3-2…

LGBTQ community claims unfair targeting [VIDEO]
KIMT - February 18, 2014

Project Shift MN is a group from the Twin Cities who advocate for the LGBTQ community, and say they've been targeted by big tobacco through e-cigarettes.

North Mankato latest city to look at e-cig regulations; state rule ...
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews - February 18, 2014

North Mankato will consider becoming the latest Minnesota city to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes at a Tuesday night hearing, the Mankato Free Press reports. At the same time, some lawmakers are gearing up for a push to subject the nicotine vapors to the same restrictions that apply to tobacco smoke under Minnesotas Clean Indoor Air Act. WCCO reports Rep. Phyllis Kahns bill would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes indoors in public places.

North Mankato Public Hearing Tonight on E-Cig Ban
KEYC - February 18, 2014

A public hearing will be held tonight to consider a ban on e-cigarette use and sales in one local city. The City of North Mankato is considering a similar ban on E-Cigarettes as what the City of Mankato passed in January

Minn. Lawmaker Proposing Statewide Restrictions On E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
CBS Local - February 17, 2014

Communities from West Mankato to Rochester are considering or have put into effect limitations on where you can light up an e-cigarette. Now, a Minnesota legislator is now proposing a bill that would put e-cigarettes across under the same state-wide restrictions as cigarettes. The bill from DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn would limit the use of e-cigarettes under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Act...

North Mankato to consider e-cig ban
Mankato Free Press - February 16, 2014

NORTH MANKATO — Following Mankato's move to treat electronic cigarettes like the smoldering sort, the North Mankato City Council will hold a public hearing ...

E-cigarettes take off in Minnesota — and so does fight over ...
MinnPost.com - February 14, 2014

These futuristic-looking cigarettes – better known as electronic-cigarettes or simply e-cigarettes – are gaining popularity across the country and particularly in ...

Survey probes tobacco-free grounds ($$)
Lakefield Standard - February 12, 2014

A new survey of Jackson County government employees sets the stage for elected officials to consider practicing what they preach about the dangers of secondhand smoke. In recent years, staff with the countys Start Noticing and Statewide Health Improvement Program initiatives have strived for colleges, businesses and childcare providers to have tobacco-free policies. Their new January survey posed the question of expanding a tobacco-free policy from just buildings to grounds too, and an 80 percent majority of employees who responded supported or expressed no preference in tobacco-free grounds, according to health educators Susan Vileta and Angela Naumann

Falcon Heights makes changes to tobacco-related ordinances
Lillie News - February 11, 2014

The Falcon Heights City Council approved two changes to the citys ordinance related to tobacco sales last month. The first change amends the language used to describe electronic smoking devices, such as e-cigarettes, and the second change makes it illegal for minors under the age of 18 to sell tobacco products and all electronic smoking devices. According to a press release issued by the city of Falcon Heights, the change in language used to describe electronic smoking devices is significant, because amending the previous language of nicotine or lobelia delivery device to electronic delivery devices makes the smoking devices subject to the same rules as all tobacco products

SE Council considers new tobacco ordinance
NUjournal - February 11, 2014

SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider a new tobacco licensing ordinance at its meeting today.. Other agenda items include the second ...

Moorhead council denies tobacco license renewal to owner of ...
In-Forum - February 11, 2014

The City Council here denied a tobacco license renewal for Derek Bitar, the owner of Pyromaniacs Smoke Shop, after hearing police have been called routinely to Bitars home and businesses. Bitar submitted an application for renewal in December after the City Council passed an ordinance requiring background checks as part of the licensing and renewal process.

E-cigarettes raising concerns in local communities
Coon Rapids ECM Publishers - February 10, 2014

The proliferation of e-cigarettes is of concern to law enforcement and others ... Some people see e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to smoking because the vapor ...

Officials hope to educate on e-cigarettes
Wahpeton Daily News - February 10, 2014

The laws in the different states throughout the country also give challenges to regulating the e-cigarette product. In North Dakota, Mauch explained, there is no age restrictions on the products which she called a major gateway. North Dakota was proactive in another law, though, which bans using e-cigarettes inside all places that traditional tobacco products are not allowed. However, in other states, such as Minnesota, it can still be used inside such places. The fear is that its becoming a social norm again, Mauch said. So its like moving backwards. Currently, Mauch said the best thing she can do is educate the public about e-cigarettes.

Our View: Kids in foster care deserve a smoke-free home
Post-Bulletin - February 5, 2014

But in most counties across Minnesota, those providers aren't prohibited from smoking around the kids they're paid to care for. That's flat-out wrong.

E-cigarettes: raising concerns in local communities
East Central Minnesota Post Review - February 5, 2014

Some people see e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to smoking because the vapor ... than Chisago County and banned the use of e-cigarettes in all public areas.

Joe Soucheray: So why don't the anti-smoking zealots care about ...
Pioneer Press - February 4, 2014

Joe Soucheray: So why don't the anti-smoking zealots care about marijuana? ... People who have quit smoking but accidently walk past the guy standing in the ...

Savage, Prior Lake move to block hookah lounges
Minneapolis Star Tribune - February 1, 2014

The city councils in Prior Lake and Savage are the latest to explore preventing hookah lounges from settling within their borders.

Freiberg, M.; Boyle, R.G.; Moilanen, M.; St. Claire, A.W.; Weisman, S.R., "The 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.

E-cigarette store opens in New Ulm
NUjournal - January 31, 2014

NEW ULM - A new electronic (e)-cigarette store, Blue Blaze Vapes, opened Monday morning at 206 N. Minnesota St. A sign on the front door states that nobody ...

Legislators discuss protecting Minnesota's most vulnerable children by providing smoke-free foster care: Liebling bill would keep children safe from dangers of secondhand smoke
Sacramento Bee - January 29, 2014

The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee heard testimony in support of HF1966 today, a bill that would make foster care homes smoke-free. "Secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous for children, as their bodies are still developing. It is known to cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, respiratory infections, asthma attacks and ear infections," said bill author and Committee Chair Representative Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester). "Many children in foster care have already been subjected to hardships in their lives, and 80 percent of them suffer at least one chronic medical condition. They should be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke."

Liebling authors smoke-free foster care bill
Post-Bulletin - January 29, 2014

House Health and Human Services Policy Chairwoman Tina Liebling is sponsoring the measure that would require foster parents provide a smoke-free ...

Brooklyn Center considers banning smoke shop sampling
Minneapolis Star Tribune - January 25, 2014

The Brooklyn Center City Council will consider banning the sampling of tobacco products at tobacco shops. The ban would include smoking conventional cigarettes, cigars and tobacco pipes at smoke shops as well as inhaling or vaping electronic cigarettes

Our View: War against smoking has not yet been won in US
St. Cloud Times - January 23, 2014

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak recently marked 50 years of America's battle against smoking by releasing the nation's 32nd report on tobacco.

Sleepy Eye takes action on e-cigarettes
NUjournal - January 15, 2014

...American Lung Association Tobacco Program Manager Ann Christensen of Mankato told the city council e-cigarettes are being sold in mall kiosks located near ...

Mankato bans e-cigs like smoking
Minneapolis Star Tribune - January 14, 2014

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.

Mankato bans e-cigs in most indoor places
Mankato Free Press - January 13, 2014

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 ...

Smoke-free foster-care legislation would protect Minnesota's most ...
EIN News (press release ) - January 13, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of ClearWay Minnesota, made this statement today, reacting to a bill ...

E-cigarettes' perceived benefits may lead to higher experimentation rates
ANI - January 8, 2014

...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...

OUR OPINION: Ban on e-cigs would show St. Peter isn't blowing ...
Southernminn.com - January 8, 2014

While the jury is still out on electronic cigarettes — battery-operated nicotine inhalers — the St. Peter City Council's move to consider banning them on public ...

Lonsdale Apartment Goes Smoke-Free
Northfield (MN) Patch.com - January 2, 2014

Southside Apartments in Lonsdale is now a smoke-free complex. According to a Rice County Public Health release, the new smoke-free policy began Jan.

Proposed St. Peter ordinance could ban e-cigarette use on city ...
Southernminn.com - December 31, 2013

A proposed city ordinance could ban the use of e-cigarettes on city property.

Doctors, City Leaders Grapple With E-Cigarettes
KEYC - December 16, 2013

Minnesota - There has been a lot of discussion lately about ecigarettes...where it should be allowed and if it's even safe.

Park Board bans smoking, e-cigs in all park property
Post-Bulletin - December 10, 2013

A new policy adopted last week by the Rochester Park Board prohibits smoking in all of the parks and park buildings except in designated areas. The new rule includes electronic cigarettes and any type of electronic nicotine delivery device. It is not part of an ordinance and, therefore, by itself, would not subject a violator to a ticket, said Deputy City Attorney Dave Goslee.

Tobacco ban on home stretch
Minnesota Daily - December 10, 2013

A tobacco-free policy at the University of Minnesota opened for public comment online Monday, one of the final steps to its approval.

Sarah Reese, Crookston, letter: Strengthen the tobacco-free policy at UMC
Grand Forks Herald - December 9, 2013

As the director of Polk County Public Health and a lifetime Polk County, Minn., resident, I want to applaud the University of Minnesota Crookston for being among the first colleges in Minnesota to put in place a tobacco-free policy.

Edina Considers Banning E-Cigarettes From City Property
Patch.com - December 5, 2013

Edina is considering banning electronic cigarettes from all public buildings and parks. The Edina School Board recently added e-cigarettes to its list of tobacco products banned on school district property.

Vote on e-cig ban to come next year
Mankato Free Press - November 14, 2013

MANKATO A decision wont come until early next year on whether Mankato will ban electronic cigarette use in the same places that traditional smoking is prohibited. The City Council appeared to be on the verge of banning e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces earlier this year, but Councilman Jason Mattick asked for a delay until Nov. 25 to await an anticipated report from the Food and Drug Administration on the relatively new product.

E-cig shops taking hold in the Twin Cities suburbs
Minneapolis Star Tribune - November 9, 2013

Anthony Haugen kicked his smoking habit five years ago. But a business opportunity lured him back, and hes now selling and puffing on the new smoking alternative: electronic cigarettes.

Representative Phyllis Kahn proposes ban on indoor e-cigarettes
Minnesota Daily - November 6, 2013

“The same controls that apply to smoking regular cigarettes would apply to ... network banned e-cigarettes from its buses, trains and facilities this summer.

Free workshop slated for Northfield landlords
Southernminn.com – November 5, 2013

The workshop will highlight the benefits of smoke-free policies for apartments, town homes and other properties with presentations by the director of the Live ...

E-cigs issue sparks public debate: Amendment to require license for ...
Bemidji Pioneer - November 5, 2013

Townspeople filled City Hall Monday to speak on the issue of e-cigarettes facing the Bemidji City Council. They were participating in a public forum on a draft ordinance amendment that would add e-cigarettes to the city code requiring licensing of tobacco sales and prohibiting their sale to minors.

Legislation would add e-cigarettes to Minn. smoking ban
Minnesota Public Radio - November 2, 2013

State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, wants to clear up confusion about the use of electronic cigarettes by adding the so-called vaping devices to the statewide cigarette ban.

Hopkins passes moratorium on e-cigarette sample rooms
Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 29, 2013

Hopkins passes moratorium on e-cigarette sample rooms ... It's a smoldering issue for many cities — how to handle electronic cigarettes, the increasingly ...

Rice County Public Health: Should there be a law?
Southernminn.com - October 28, 2013

24-hour Smoke-Free Day Care, Smoke-Free Foster Care, and Tobacco Retailer Restrictions is that still legal? Some people are surprised to learn that day care providers can smoke inside their homes when children arent present, and that foster care parents can smoke indoors even if children are present. Local citizens support policies to protect youth from tobacco, according to a recent survey of Rice County residents. Smoke-free rules for day cares and foster care received the strongest support, while smoke-free apartment buildings and changes to local tobacco retailer ordinances also were supported.

Does Minnesota's smoking ban law include employees' use of 'e-cigarettes?
Business Management Daily - October 26, 2013

A. The use of e-cigarettesbattery-powered devices that allow users to inhale nicotine vapors from a heated liquidhas grown dramatically, raising issues about how no-smoking laws and policies apply. You are not required to ban the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the states smoking ban does not apply to e-cigarettes.

OPINION: Electronic cigarettes, a new pathway to addiction
Spring Grove Herald - October 23, 2013

Yet, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still is not regulating e-cigarettes. The absence of regulatory oversight means the tobacco industry is free to ...

Goodhue County survey: protect youth from tobacco
Southernminn.com - October 22, 2013

People support policies to protect youth from tobacco, according to a recent survey of Goodhue County residents. Smoke-free rules for day cares and foster care ...

Rochester City Council adds e-cigarettes to smoking bans
myfox47 - October 22, 2013

(FOX 47) -- Two weeks ago when the Rochester City Council banned e-cigarettes ... The amendments ban e-cigarettes in all areas where the city already bans ..

E-Cig Ban Takes Another Step Forward in Rochester
KAALtv.com - October 22, 2013

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Monday night, the Rochester City Council approved moving a ban on electronic cigarettes forward. Despite other local media reports, city ...

Council scrutinizes e-cig sales
Bemidji Pioneer - October 22, 2013

BEMIDJI — An expansion of the city's ordinance regulating the sale of tobacco to include e-cigarettes had its first public trial by fire Monday before the Bemidji ...

Wright County Board amends ordinance to include e-cigarettes
Monticello (MN) Times - October 21, 2013

At the Oct. 8 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners debated whether to categorize e-cigarettes as a component of the county’s tobacco ordinance. The county regulates where tobacco products can be sold and requires a license be issued for...

Tobacco sales down in Minn., up in ND
Fargo (ND) InForum - October 20, 2013

In the months since Minnesota raised taxes on tobacco products, more cigarettes were sold to retailers in North Dakota. And at the same time, it’s too early to tell whether the tax hike has reduced the number of smokers, one of its intended effects. ...

Beltrami County Commissioners tackle issue of e-cigarettes, seek comment from community
Bemidji (MN) Pioneer - October 16, 2013

people are outraged at the newest nicotine ingestion technique. Beltrami County commissioners will hear how ignited or vapid the public feels on the topic in the next few weeks. The board unanimously voted to initiate a three reading process necessary to

Ely Places Six-month Moratorium on E-Cigs, Synthetics
WDIO-TV - October 15, 2013

The measure prohibits the use of e-cigs anywhere that regular tobacco cigarettes are not allowed to smoked, such as restaurants, bars, and public parks...

Electronic Cigarette Gets Breathing Break in Mankato Reviews ...
SBWire (press release) - October 15, 2013

Mankato is one other city which was to vote on banning electronic cigarettes in ... electronic cigarette like tobacco cigarettes, says city manager Pat Hentges.

Council delays e-cig decision
Mankato Free Press - October 15, 2013

25 to make a final decision about where electronic cigarettes can be used and sold in the ... Earlier action by the council put e-cigarettes in the same category as ...

The risks are still unclear as the use of e-cigarettes grows
Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 9, 2013

The offerings at Fridleys eCig & Supply Company store sound like something a kid might choose as a slushie or smoothie flavor on a hot summer day: Melon Mist; Blueberry Cream; Lemon Blast, and Papa Smurfs Brother, a root beer and vanilla combo named for the iconic cartoon character.

New rules won't thwart Duluth e-cigarette shop owner
Budgeteer - October 9, 2013

Daniel Albrecht said his e-cigarette store isnt leaving Duluth, in spite of restrictive ordinances on his product that take effect today.

E-Cig Empire
Budgeteer - October 8, 2013

E-Cig Empire co-owners Daniel Albrecht (left) and Mike Albrecht, both of Duluth, straighten out the sample area of the store Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. New city ordinances on e-cigs go into effect today. The store wont be able to allow its customers to sample products once the ordinance is in place.

New E-Cig Rules Take Effect in Duluth
WDIO-TV - October 8, 2013

Come Wednesday people that use e-cigarettes won't be able to smoke them where tobacco cigarettes are already banned.

Tobacco-Free Initiative rekindles old debate
The Gustavian Weekly (blog) - October 4, 2013

Theres a growing trend on college campuses to completely ban smoking and tobacco use. The Gustavus Tobacco Free Initiative stems from this nationwide movement and advocates for a tobacco-free campus. The student-led group is partnering with the American Lung Association to support a campus wide tobacco ban.

Ely City Council to Vote on Synthetic, E-cig Moratorium
WDIO-TV - October 2, 2013

The Ely City Council is proposing a moratorium on both electronic cigarettes and synthetic drugs. If passed, the ordinance would ban the sale and indoor use for the time it takes for the Planning and Zoning Commission to provide a report on the substances to the council.

Park Board bans e-cigs in Mayo Civic Center
Post-Bulletin - October 2, 2013

The Rochester Park Board on Tuesday approved a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in Mayo Civic Center.

Minnesota man's e-cig explodes while charging
FOX 9 News - October 2, 2013

BLAINE, Minn. (KMSP) - E-cigarettes are gaining popularity by the day, but there are still a lot we don't know about the unregulated product. Just ask Renae Leslie, who said her husband's e-cig recently exploded while charging. "I heard this explosion, jumped up and screamed," Leslie said. "It was unreal to think it was in my house doing this." The e-cig, plugged into the computer, started sparking like a fountain firework. Seconds later, Renae said it "shot out like a missile" from the computer. The e-cigarette landed on the carpet burning several spots. "This is something that is supposed to be safe and is not," Leslie said. "It turned into a firework." Mike Swafford bought E-Cig Clubhouse in Ham Lake, Minn. six months ago. "I hear about it two or three times a week," Swafford said. "There's a lot of inferior products out there."

Steele County landlords should decide whether to keep rental ...
Southernminn.com - October 1, 2013

When the state of Minnesota enacted a smoking ban in bars and restaurants a law that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2007, or six years ago Tuesday we questioned and even objected to the law.

St. Cloud HRA To Ban Smoking In Rental Units Starting Tuesday
WJON News - September 30, 2013

ST. CLOUD – Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) the St. Cloud HRA will have a no smoking policy through out all of their rental buildings. ...

Our view: State, feds can step up for e-cig safety
Duluth News Tribune - September 30, 2013

Three weeks ago today, Duluth made headlines across the state, becoming the first city in Minnesota to ban e-cigarettes indoors where tobacco use already is ...

As e-cigarette stores pop up in Twin Cities, so do the questions
Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press - September 29, 2013

While the FDA considers regulating e-cigarettes, states, counties and local governments are taking the matter into their own hands. Chris Turner, program and media specialist for the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, said Minnesota is one of the few...

Steele County landlords learn more about smoke-free building ...
Southernminn.com - September 26, 2013

OWATONNA — Ron Dagit and Shirley Pichner have been landlords in Owatonna for more than 20 years, and they believe it's time for a change — a smoke-free ...

Hermantown temporarily bans sale and use of e-cigarettes
Duluth News-Tribune - September 26, 2013

Hermantown has temporarily snuffed out the sale and use of electronic cigarettes inside public spaces while it considers a more permanent solution.

Reader's View: Restricting e-cigarettes supports community's health
Duluth News Tribune - September 23, 2013

Many electronic cigarettes look very similar to a cigarette, and seeing someone using an electronic cigarette can trigger smoking behavior in others.

City, county consider new e-cigarette regulations
Bemidji (MN) Pioneer - September 21, 2013

City and county officials, as well as local law enforcement, met Thursday to discuss the issue of how to deal with the e-cigarettes that are being sold and used locally. ...

PB Dialogues: Studies still needed for e-cigs
Post-Bulletin - September 19, 2013

Medical experts, public health officials, a Rochester City Council member and advocates for e-cigarettes were involved in the Post-Bulletin Dialogues program ...

In response: E-cigs are clean, don't cause cancer
Duluth News Tribune - September 19, 2013

In response: E-cigs are clean, don't cause cancer. The News Tribune's Sept. 8 editorial stated many false things, and I'd like to take an opportunity to clear up ...

Reader's View: Restricting e-cigarettes protects public health
Budgeteer - September 18, 2013

Reader's View: Restricting e-cigarettes protects public health. Congratulations, Duluth, for being the first city in Minnesota to restrict the use of electronic ...

Hermantown Places Moratorium on E-Cig Sale, Indoor Use
WDIO-TV - September 16, 2013

The Hermantown City Council voted on Monday night to place a suspension on the sale and indoor use of electronic cigarettes. The move comes exactly one week after the Duluth City Council passed similar regulations on the popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes, becoming the first city in Minnesota to ban them from bars and restaurants along the way.

PB Dialogues meeting on e-cigs Wednesday
Post-Bulletin - September 16, 2013

Last week, the Duluth City Council voted to restrict the use of e-cigarettes, the new, high-tech and fashionable alternative to smoking. Duluth will be the first city ...

Reader's view: Editorial unfairly demonized e-cigarattes
Duluth News Tribune - September 15, 2013

How irresponsible for the News Tribune to publish such a blatantly wrong opinion on e-cigarettes as it did with the Sept. 8 Our View editorial, Obvious danger ...

Four Corners Partnership to hold free workshop for Steele County ...
Southernminn.com - September 12, 2013

The workshop will include presentations by staff from the Live Smoke Free program and a staff attorney from the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell ...

Smoking Showdown in Duluth Over E-Cigarettes
KSTP.com - September 12, 2013

It's not the first community to prohibit the devices, and it's creating a smoking showdown over where you can power up an e-cigarette in public. The rules for ...

Sherburne smoking ban could extend to county parks
Princeton Union Eagle - September 11, 2013

Sherburne smoking ban could extend to county parks ... Cigarette smoking has been banned at most of the campus doorways since 2007, after state legislators ...

Our View: Smoking bans should apply to electronic cigarettes
Post-Bulletin - September 11, 2013

In the 2005 film "Thank You For Smoking," an executive for a tobacco company wonders why sales to teenagers were declining. "We don't sell Tic Tacs, we sell ...

Duluth Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes
Reason - September 11, 2013

DULUTH — If it looks like a cigarette, puffs like a cigarette and fits in your hand like a cigarette, the city of Duluth says it should be banned like a cigarette.

Students using more e-cigs
Minnesota Daily - September 11, 2013

University of Minnesota staffer Brad Kaufman said he began smoking electronic cigarettes a few months ago because they contain fewer chemicals than regular ...

New NB business a 'paradise' for e-cigarette users
East Central Minnesota Post Review - September 11, 2013

Vapers Paradise employee Robley Liebelt helps a pair of customers select new e-cigarettes. Liebelt has been using e-cigarettes for about four months and said ...

Duluth restricts e-cigarettes, bans hookah bars
Pioneer Press - September 10, 2013

The Duluth City Council has voted to ban hookah bars and restrict the use of ... People smoking electronic cigarettes will be subject to the same restrictions as ...

Duluth Treats Water Vapor-Emitting E-Cigarettes Like Regular Smokes
Budget & Tax News - September 10, 2013

City officials in Duluth, Minn., have extended the city's cigarette regulations to include the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes), which ...

Council votes to restrict e-cigarette use in Duluth
Bemidji Pioneer - September 10, 2013

... night by the Duluth City Council will subject people using e-cigarettes to the same ... She also noted that e-cigarettes have been a helpful tool in helping wean ...

Duluth City Council Votes To Regulate E-Cigarettes
KDAL - September 10, 2013

DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - Duluth City Councilors had a late night debating and eventually passing three ordinances that will regulate e-cigarettes. The ordinances ...

E-cigarette debate at the City Council
Duluth News Tribune - September 9, 2013

... wears a sticker encouraging the Duluth City Council to vote yes for health by voting in favor of regulating e-cigarettes. McAvoy later spoke on the topic during ...

Duluth City Council to take up e-cigarette debate
Duluth News Tribune - September 9, 2013

Brian Annis plans to open a store selling e-cigarettes in Duluth, but he said he would be forced to locate elsewhere if the City Council enacts new restrictions.

E-Cig Empire Manager Speaks on Possible Regulations
WDIO-TV - September 8, 2013

E-cig Empire Chief Manager Mike Albrecht said he does not care if the Council regulates e-cigs in places like restaurants. Outlawing the sampling that takes ...

Reader's view: City Council must regulate e-cigarettes
Duluth News Tribune - September 6, 2013

What do batteries, flavored liquids and LEDs have in common? They are major components of e-cigarettes, a new method of delivering nicotine to the consuming public. E-cigs are made to look like regular cigarettes. They even produce visible fake smoke like cigarettes.

University should ban e-cigs
Minnesota Daily - September 5, 2013

As the University of Minnesota and Boynton Health Services work toward a smoke-free campus, they would be wise to follow suit and ban e-cigarettes as well.

City of Duluth Considers Nonsensical Regulations on e-Cigarettes
Americans for Tax Reform - September 4, 2013

By using e-cigs instead of smoking cigarettes, consumers can obtain a nicotine fix without the combustion and smoke responsible for much of the negative ...

Answer Man: Mankato among Minn. cities restricting e-cig sales
Post-Bulletin - September 3, 2013

Dear Answer Man, I'm interested in these new e-cigarettes that people are sucking on, but I've heard that some cities in Minnesota are outlawing them, though ...

Debate rages over e-cigarette rules in Duluth
Budgeteer - September 1, 2013

The growing national debate over the definition and safety of electronic cigarettes has crashed upon the shore of Lake Superior in the last week. On Monday, ordinances that mirror those being enacted across the country were introduced to the Duluth City Council regarding the sale of the smokeless devices and where they can be used.

Medford council approves a tobacco-free parks initiative
Southernminn.com - August 30, 2013

With a 3-2 vote Monday night, the Medford City Council approved a tobacco-free parks initiative after months of discussion with the city's parks board and the ...

Duluth City Council to consider e-cigarette rules
Duluth News Tribune - August 27, 2013

The aim is to regulate the devices as the city regulates cigarettes, including restricting their use where smokers are banned. The council will take up the issue ...

Council to consider e-cigarette rules
Budgeteer - August 27, 2013

Three ordinances dealing with electronic cigarettes were introduced to the Duluth City Council on Monday night. The aim is to regulate the devices as the city regulates cigarettes, including restricting their use where smokers are banned.

Councilors Discuss Possible E-Cig Regulations
WDIO-TV - August 26, 2013

City Attorney Gunnar Johnson stressed that the regulations would not completely ban e-cigs, as they're popularly called, but it would give the city more control ...

At Minnesota State Fair, smokers know where to light up
Pioneer Press - August 26, 2013

New restrictions on smoking have meant she travels between the designated smoking areas instead of meandering around the grounds, Kite said. "Normally ...

State Fair opens with new restrictions for smokers
Minnesota Public Radio - August 23, 2013

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. Nancy Larsen smokes, so you'd expect the State Fair's tougher smoking policy to bug her. But she's fine with it and doesn't mind ...

Duluth City Councilors Amend Ordinances for E-Cigarettes
Northland's NewsCenter - August 22, 2013

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --Now that the city has regulated synthetic drugs, Duluth city councilors have Ecigarettes in their sights. Councilors Jennifer ...

Minnesota communities ban e-cigarettes
WCSH-TV - August 22, 2013

MANKATO, Minn. (KARE) -- As the e-cigarette business continues to boom, you might see more and more people inhale the product's "vapor" indoors, but that's ...

Coffee Club: Should E-Cigarettes Be Allowed Indoors?
Big County - August 22, 2013

So, what do you think of e-cigarettes? Should smokers be allowed to use them indoors? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page for a chance to be featured ...

Snuffing out e-cigs
WWLP 22News - August 22, 2013

MANKATO, Minn. (KARE) - As the E-cigarette business continues to boom, you might see more and more people inhale the product's "vapor" indoors, but that's ...

E-Cigarette Shop to Open in Duluth
WDIO-TV - August 13, 2013

Lake Effect Vapor E-Cigarettes & Vapor Lounge is expected to open September 15, according to store owner Brian Annis. He says it will be a store filled with a ...

Mankato limits e-cigs
Mankato Free Press - August 13, 2013

MANKATO Electronic cigarettes, which use a smoke-free process to deliver vaporized nicotine to users, will be banned in the same way as traditional ...

Secondhand smoke in bars, restaurants increases asthma, cancer risk
Medical Xpress (PhysOrg.com) - August 2, 2013

In the first study to evaluate the health risks of exposure to secondhand smoke for patrons of restaurants and bars, researchers have found that the risks are well above the acceptable level. The study assessed the risk for lung cancer and heart disease deaths among both patrons and servers and also for asthma initiationthe first study to do soamong servers.

Smoke-Free at the Fair
KIMT - July 31, 2013

ALBERT LEA, MN Folks at the Freeborn County Fair are kicking the butt when it comes to smoking. Today marked the first of two smoke-free days that will ...

E-CIGARETTE BAN: Hennepin County property now off-limits
FOX 9 News - July 30, 2013

Smokers may be able to smoke in vehicles and their homes, but there are fewer public places to light up. Now, even electronic cigarettes are banned on Hennepin County property.

Cities Struggle to Classify E-Cigs as They Grow in Popularity
KSTP.com - July 27, 2013

Minnesota's recent tobacco tax hike seems to have given the business a boost. ... are former smokers or people who want to transition off traditional cigarettes."

In Minnesota border towns, smokers weigh options
Grand Forks Herald - July 26, 2013

Drive farther or pay more for cigarettes. That's the choice confronting smokers in border towns now that a higher cigarette tax has taken effect in Minnesota. Northern Iowa convenience shops are anecdotally reporting a slight uptick in sales since Minnesota boosted its per-pack tax by $1.60 on July 1, the Albert Lea Tribune reported this week.

Minn. State Fair limits smoking to 18 sites
INFORUM July 25, 2013

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. Smoking will be a little trickier at this year's Minnesota State Fair. A new rule limits smoking to 18 stations set up around the fairgrounds. Smokers will no longer be allowed to light up while walking down Dan Patch Avenue.

Owatonna City Council sends smoke-free park policy back to Park ...
Southernminn.com - July 18, 2013

OWATONNA Though Owatonna City Council members say they see some benefits to having smoke-free parks in the city, a proposed policy that would accomplish that goal needs more work. And so, nearly two months after hearing a proposal to that would institute a policy to make Owatonnas parks entirely smoke-free, the council has sent the policy back to the Parks and Recreation Board for further tweaking.

Rochester Elks Club bans all smoking
Foster's Daily Democrat - July 18, 2013

ROCHESTER Thats one small step for local fraternal organizations. One giant leap for the Elks. On July 1, it became official: the Rochester Lodge of Elks 1393 is smoke free. A longtime bastion for beer at the right price and the freedom to light up, the Rochester Elks voted to end smoking inside their facilities and the National Lodge agreed. According to Elks Secretary Norm Gervais, theyre the first fraternal organization in Rochester to make the move to a completely smoke free indoor facility.

Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune - July 13, 2013

It was trivia night, and Michael Jamnick didnt want to leave the TGI Fridays in Maple Grove to go outside and have a smoke. So he started puffing right where he sat. The 27-year-old from Minnetonka wasnt breaking the law: He was using an electronic cigarette.

Smoke-free housing workshops offered
Alexandria Echo Press - July 12, 2013

Live Smoke Free, the Public Health Law Center and local public health invite the public to a free workshop on how to effectively adopt a smoke-free policy for ...

'Not enough research' on e-cigarettes health beneifts
KARE - July 11, 2013

Within the last two months, four stores specializing in e-cigarettes have opened in St. Cloud. In recent years, several stores have opened in the Twin Cities.

Isanti adopts tobacco-free park policy
Isanti County News - July 10, 2013

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (second from left) presented the Mayor's June Great Yard Awards during the July 2 council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Aaron ...

Indian Gaming provides 13000 jobs says excutive director of gaming ...
Hastings Star Gazette - July 5, 2013

"The economic realities of tribal gaming have been misunderstood by the general ... E Indians also pay taxes, with all Indian workers paying federal taxes and all but ... while the tax rate has risen only 12 percent; job creation is up 29 percent and ... retail sales are up 54 percent; employment is up 52 percent since 1992.

Heard on the Street : People turning to e - cigarettes
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin - July 4, 2013

Vapin Midwest, which opened in February as Rochester's first e-cigarette store, is now enjoying increased attention, as more people are turning to the tobacco alternative after taxes on conventional cigarettes in Minnesota increased on July 1.

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.

Minnesota doubles state tax on cigarettes
THV 11 - July 1, 2013

The state has more than doubled its tax on cigarettes. ... now has the sixth highest cigarette tax in the nation, according to the campaign for tobacco-free kids.

Hennepin Technical College Goes Tobacco Free July 1
Patch.com - June 30, 2013

This is the third post-secondary school to go tobacco free as a result of funding and technical assistance provided by Hennepin County through the Statewide ...

Some turn to e-cigarettes as a cheaper alternative
Duluth News Tribune - June 29, 2013

With a cigarette tax increase looming in Minnesota, a trend toward cheaper alternatives is accelerating. That includes roll-your-own cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.

Hennepin Technical College Goes Tobacco Free July 1
Patch.com- June 26, 2013

This is the third post-secondary school to go tobacco free as a result of funding and technical assistance provided by Hennepin County through the Statewide ...

High Rise apartments are now smoke-free
Staples World (subscription) - June 20, 2013

Residents of the Staples High Rise celebrated the new smokefree policy that went into effect on May 1, 2013.

The Four Corner's Partnership, including Steele, Rice, Dodge and ...
Southernminn.com - June 20, 2013

It is part of the Partnership's new effort to organize a Coalition for Smoke-Free Housing. The coalition is made up of volunteers, such as property managers, ...

Heard on the Street: Kiosk offers electronic cigarettes
Post-Bulletin-June 17, 2013

A new kiosk selling electronic cigarettes opened in Apache Mall on Saturday, offering an alternative for people who want to quit conventional cigarettes.

Tobacco-free park policy is a good thing for Owatonna
Southernminn.com-June 16, 2013

As a former Park and Rec Board member, I would like to comment on the recent editorials on tobacco free parks. Owatonna has a history of being one of the first ...

Kandiyohi County park beaches are tobacco-free
West Central Tribune-June 14, 2013

While the beaches are currently considered tobacco-free, the plan is to post signs on all of the county's beaches so beach-goers will know the beaches are ...

Four Corners Partnership Conducting Survey on Availability of ...
Patch.com-June 14, 2013

The Four Corners Partnership is conducting a local survey about housing as part of the Partnership's new effort to organize a Coalition for Smoke-Free Housing.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center enhances tobacco free policy
The Lake Country Echo-June 11, 2013

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby now maintains a 100 percent tobacco free environment and an updated policy will be in place. The new ...

Presenting the Smoke-free Class of 2025
Hibbing Daily Tribune - June 9, 2013

Washington Kindergarten students participated in a Smoke-Free Clean Air For Kids and Growing Things curriculum during the month of May. The activities ...

Tobacco-free park policies don't waste time
Southernminn.com - May 30, 2013

We as members of the Steele County Safe and Drug Free Coalition believe that it is time for Owatonna and Medford to pass a tobacco-free parks policy. Passing a policy that makes it clear that our community does not want people to smoke in our parks is a first and important step toward taking a stand for the health of all the residents that use the parks. It promotes healthy lifestyles for all of our residents. It also reduces the number of kids who start smoking by promoting positive role modeling for youth. It protects our children and other citizens from second hand smoke. It reduces litter throughout the park system. It is also less confusing for residents who already know that our school facilities and youth events at our parks are tobacco free.

Owatonna council should stop wasting time with smoke-free park ...
Southernminn.com - May 24, 2013

Lets get one thing clear right from the get-go: We do not endorse smoking or tobacco use of any kind. Using tobacco products are a proven detriment not only to the health of those using them, but in the cases of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, a detriment to those in the near vicinity.

Owatonna City Council to vote on smoke-free parks policy
Southernminn.com - May 22, 2013

OWATONNA If two Owatonna High School students have their way, Owatonna will enact a no-smoking policy in its parks. Cigarette butts litter the walkway at Mineral Springs Park in Owatonna. The Owatonna City Council will vote on a proposed policy that would make most of the ...

GETTY: St. Paul Saints' mandatory smoking section
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune - May 23, 2013

For the first time, Midway Stadium is entirely smoke-free, the announcers voice hollered out from behind home plate. To my surprise, about half of the men, women and children in the stands gave a standing ovation. Double chins swayed as some of these fans grunted from their seats and began to applaud. Soda swigs were taken to clear their mouths of giant pretzel clusters clinging to their gums before they cheered. But fortunately, for those smokers out there, we have the Smoking Gulag in center field. It looked like a pirate ship had crashed its rotted wood frame into the outfield and had come to take what remained of Midways spoils. Sporadic puffs of smoke drifted a few stories above the center fielders head.

Duluth's public-housing high-rises earn kudos for going smoke-free
Duluth News Tribune - May 16, 2013

Duluths public-housing high-rises earned a state nonprofits plaudits for going smoke-free. The Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority and its executive director, Rick Ball, were presented with the Mission Leadership Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota during a May 7 ceremony in the Twin Cities, the nonprofit announced. All six high-rises subsidized by the housing authority and their 752 units went smoke-free by May 2011. The decision by the authoritys board in December 2009 followed a survey of the high-rise tenants that found 73 percent preferred smoke-free buildings and 78 percent said they could smell secondhand smoke coming into their units.

HUMPHREY: A Clearer View: Tobacco settlement made state healthier
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune - May 12, 2013

This past week marked the 15th anniversary of Minnesotas tobacco settlement. Those of us involved in the trial will never forget it. In 1994, as Minnesota attorney general, I joined forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to bring an antitrust lawsuit against the tobacco companies. Mike Ciresi, Roberta Walburn and their stellar legal team agreed to partner with us. We had an active partnership, a dynamic team of assistant attorneys general working alongside a private legal team.

U of M poised to ban smoking on Twin Cities campus
Southernminn.com - May 7, 2013

Schools often take a year or more to phase in a smoking ban as they educate ... use communication and social enforcement to impose smoking or tobacco bans.

University of Minnesota is set to ban smoking campus-wide
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 6, 2013

But he wouldn't mind if the campus banned his puffs between classes, he said. Soon ... After years of debate, the U's Twin Cities campus is poised to ban smoking ... Banning smoking in parking lots, sidewalks and everywhere else can cause ...

Smoking on campus isn't the only secondhand health problem
Minnesota Daily - May 6, 2013

However, to every person that has written for a smoking ban on campus, I'm 99.9 ... Simply put, banning cigarettes on campus is the most ludicrous idea imaginable. ... I wonder what would ensue if high-caloric foods were banned on campus?

Smoking ban gains traction on campus
Minnesota Daily-May 6, 2013

Christopher Sheehy, a University research specialist, said a smoking ban would make the University “anti-competitive” with recruiting professors from other ...

Our View: State colleges, universities should be smoke-free
Post-Bulletin-May May 6, 2013

Thirty-two schools in Minnesota have smoke-free policies, including Rochester Community and Technical College and the University of Minnesota Rochester.

Apartments go smoke-free
Fairmont Sentinel-May 6, 2013

On May 15, Garden Court Apartments in Winnebago, a Thies and Talle Management property, will celebrate the implementation of its smoke-free housing policy.

Land of a thousand taxes
Daily Caller-May 6, 2013

Among other things, the bill would raise cigarette excise taxes by $1.60 per pack, bringing the state's total excise tax on cigarettes to $2.83 per ... Raising taxes on smokers hasn't solved Minnesota's budget woes because tobacco taxes are ..

Rice County health nurse joins hundreds rallying at the Capitol to ...
Southernminn.com-May 6, 2013

A $1.50 per pack increase in the tobacco tax would prevent 47,700 Minnesota kids ... Representative Bly voted to increase the cigarette tax by $1.60 last week, when the House Tax ... Reclassifies “little cigars” as what they really are, cigarettes.

U campus could become smoke-free
Minnesota Daily-May 3, 2013

Katie Bobich, a Minnesota State Student Association member and student at Mankato, said the university's smoke-free policy only slightly cuts down on smoking ...

Senate passes tax bill after it's initially defeated
Minnesota Public Radio - April 29, 2013

There were a few hiccups along the way but the Minnesota Senate voted for a tax bill that raises income taxes on top earners, increases tobacco taxes and ...

Smoking ban begins Oct. 1 in subsidized St. Cloud HRA housing
St. Cloud Times - April 29, 2013

The St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority last month adopted rules making all of the more than 700 units it subsidizes smoke-free. The change is part of an effort to improve the health and safety of residents, and save money an estimated $521 million a year if such a ban were enacted nationally. But it does mean they cant smoke in them. Designated smoke areas outdoors will be set up.

St. Paul bans 'e-cigs' for minors
Minneapolis Star Tribune - April 27, 2013

The City Council last week unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the sale of e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that look like cigarettes but deliver ...

St. Paul votes to treat e-cigarettes same as tobacco cigarettes
Pioneer Press (blog) - April 24, 2013

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. “It’s a clarification in language.” The changes do not affect where electronic cigarettes can be smoked. …

Medford City Council has concerns about tobacco-free park policy
Southernminn.com - April 24, 2013

MEDFORD — The Medford City Council narrowly rejected a policy that would make city-owned parks and recreational facilities in Medford tobacco-free after the ...

Clouds of smoke lead to community conversation on tobacco use
Macalester College The Mac Weekly April 19, 2013

... 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.

Expect more tobacco-free zones soon
Alexandria Echo Press - April 5, 2013

…The money comes from a Tobacco-Free Communities in Minnesota Grant that was awarded to the Horizon Community Health Board, which serves the five counties of Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Grant. Projects in the five-county area will focus on reducing the harmful effects of tobacco exposure in multi-unit housing, preventing tobacco marketing and sales to minors, and increasing tobacco-free ground policies in public places, according to Reineke. …

Live Smoke Free
KSTP.com - April 4, 2013

On April 23, the City of Bloomington is hosting a forum to help property managers make their buildings smoke free. Smoke free policies help managers and residents save money and their investments. ...

Park board will ask city to declare Barden tobacco-free
St. Cloud Times - April 3, 2013

The city Parks & Recreation Advisory Board approved a resolution Tuesday night that aims to make Barden Park tobacco-free. After public testimony that largely ...

Partnership begins work to increase smoke-free housing in Steele ...
Southernminn.com-April 3, 2013

Apache Apartments in Owatonna went smoke-free in 2009, and the Four Corners Partnership, that includes public health departments from Steele, Dodge, ...

Rice County organization receives tobacco-free grant
Southernminn.com-April 3, 2013

Four Corners Partnership recently received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Tobacco-Free Communities program, with the goal of ...

St. Cloud residents want park to be smoke-free
Crookston Daily Times - April 2, 2013

St. Cloud, Minn. -- St. Cloud State University has been tobacco-free for almost a year, but the decision has had unpleasant consequences for a nearby historical site. A St. Cloud Times report ( http://on.sctimes.com/Z2aOJZ ) says smokers have begun converging on Barden Park. The land is surrounded on two sides by university property. A recent city report says the park now gets hundreds of visits per week from smokers, and hundreds of cigarette butts litter the ground. …

Minnesota residents want park to be smoke-free
La Crosse Tribune - April 1, 2013

ST. CLOUD, Minn. ­ St. Cloud State University has been tobacco-free for almost a year, but the decision has had unpleasant consequences for a nearby historical site. A St. Cloud Times report says smokers have begun converging on Barden Park. The land is surrounded on two sides by university property. …

Tobacco-Free SCSU Causing Trouble For Nearby Park
KVSC-FM News - April 1, 2013

(AP) - St. Cloud State University has been tobacco-free for almost a year, but the decision has had unpleasant consequences for a nearby historical site. …

Quit smoking, have a chance to win $5000
Alexandria (MN) Echo Press - March 30, 2013

Minnesota tobacco users looking for an incentive to kick their tobacco habit only have a couple days left to enter the QuitCash Challenge for their chance to win $5,000. Last year, more than 3,000 people signed up for this challenge from ...

Dayton hears about smoking border battle
Red Wing (MN) Republican Eagle - March 29, 2013

MOORHEAD, Minn. ­ Frank Orton made sure Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton understands problems he faces in competing against North Dakota stores. “Minnesota must not adopt a tax policy that makes our businesses unable to compete,” Orton wrote in a letter to Dayton in connection with a Monday night Moorhead town hall meeting. “At times those of us on the Minnesota-North Dakota (line) feel like we are playing with the deck completely stacked against us. At some point the economics will be as such that we just quit playing the game.” …

Youth advisory board pitches tobacco-free park policy to Blooming Prairie City Council
Southernminn.com - March 13, 2013

BLOOMING PRAIRIE ­ Twelve Steele County students came together last February as the youth advisory board of the Steele County Safe and Drug-Free Coalition to discuss what they care about. And the students care about making parks in Steele County tobacco-free for the individuals’ health and to help the environment, said Tanya Paley, coalition project manager. …

Rock County gets tougher on tobacco
Worthington (MN) Daily Globe - Mar 6, 2013

Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday morning an ordinance restricting the sale of tobacco and tobacco-like products...

Time to end smoking ban's exemption for theaters
Southernminn.com- March 5, 2013

Where there's smoke, there's usually fire – and such is the case with a push by a state lawmaker to end the exemption in Minnesota's smoking ban for theatrical ...

Minnesota Democrat moves to ban smoking onstage
Washington Times - March 5, 2013

Minnesota currently allows actors to light up onstage during a theatrical performance, but one state senator says even that is too harmful to an unwitting audience. “It's so much easier to use e-cigarettes or to use something else that doesn't have all the carcinogens in it,” said Barb Goodwin, a Columbia Heights Democrat. …

To Smoke, or Not To Smoke? That Is the Question
WDIO-TV - March 4, 2013

Theater employees in Minnesota are pushing back against a call to ban smoking on stage. Bain Boehlke, the artistic director at a theater in Minneapolis, worries that alternatives like electronic or herbal cigarettes will pull audiences out of the action of a performance. Boehlke says the smell and feel of a real cigarette is essential to portraying a play, especially those set in the past. …

Smoking in theater productions comes under fire in Minnesota
Grand Forks Herald - March 4, 2013

During a key scene in the play "Venus in Fur" the lead actress lights up a Marlboro from her purse and takes a drag, tilting her head backward while exhaling a long stream of smoke. … Minnesota lawmakers are trying to amend the state's smoking ban to ... Minnesota is one of 11 states, plus Washington, D.C., in which smoking bans don't apply ...

E-cigarettes creating buzz in St. Paul
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 2, 2013

In St. Paul, cigarette regulations don’t stop with the bar and restaurant ban. Single cigarette sales are prohibited, as are novelty lighters with cartoon characters on them. … Now the city is wrestling with the issue of how to regulate electronic cigarettes ­ battery-powered devices that resemble tobacco cigarettes but deliver a nicotine hit by inhaling vapor rather than smoke. Some are nicotine-free. No less an authority than Council Member Dave Thune, a reluctant smoker who has nevertheless championed St. Paul’s smoking bans, thinks that anything tougher than banning e-cigarette sales to minors would be overkill. …

St. Paul's proposed rules on 'e-cigarettes' being revised
Pioneer Press - February 27, 2013

A proposed St. Paul City Council resolution that would regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes has been sent back to the drawing board after conversations with the city's Department of Safety and Inspections. The resolution would treat "e-cigs" like a tobacco product, limiting their sale to retailers that have tobacco licenses. DSI officials expressed concern about the resolution's wording, which could unintentionally restrict sales at restaurants and bars that are also licensed to sell tobacco. City officials expect to rewrite the resolution and reintroduce it April 3. Lorillard Tobacco Co., the manufacturer of Newport cigarettes, has objected to the resolution in writing, …

St. Paul uncertain about e-cigarettes
Minnesota Public Radio - February 28, 2013

The St. Paul City Council has decided to take a deep breath before it regulates electronic cigarettes. The council today delayed a scheduled vote on an ordinance that would add e-cigarettes to the list of tobacco products regulated by the city. "Whenever we do ...

Fair adds another smoke-free day
Albert Lea Tribune-February 27, 2013

19 requested the Fair Board make Senior Day a smoke-free day, and the board approved. Kids Day last year was smoke-free. Smokers could smoke only in ...

Campus to go tobacco-free?
Manitou Messenger - February 21, 2013

… On Tuesday, February . 12, the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate passed a proposal 20 to 6 to place a referendum gauging students’ support for a tobacco-free campus on the SGA Spring Election ballot. …

Mpls. nets $25k prize for healthy living initiatives
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)-by Eric Roper - February 21, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded Minneapolis a $25,000 prize for its ... to reduce smoking and obesity, and successes expanding biking and walking. ... Supporting smoke-free multi-unit housing, forcing corner stores to sell ...

St. Peter apartment complexes ban smoking
Mankato Free Press - February 3, 2013

ST PETER ­ Charles Schnitzler used to be able to smoke in his home, but no longer. “It’s been kind of rough, but I’m doing OK,” the 85-year-old said of his St. Peter apartment complex’s recent ban on smoking anywhere in the building. …

Foster Care Smoking Ban Proposed
KAALtv.com - February 1, 2013

One Minnesota lawmaker is fighting to protect foster children from second-hand smoke. On Thursday, Rep. Tina Liebling (D) of Rochester proposed a bill that would ban people from smoking in foster care facilities, meaning foster parents could not smoke in their own homes. …

Nelson goes after 'little cigars,' backs cigarette tax hike
Post-Bulletin - January 29, 2013

One would boost taxes on cigarettes by $1.29 a pack so they are taxed at the same rate ... Health advocates are optimistic some form of tobacco tax increase will win ... those taxes to other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and snuff. …

ICC celebrates 5 years of tobacco free campus
Herald Review - January 28, 2013

The Itasca Community Colleges Student Ambassadors will be hosting a 5 year celebration of the college's Tobacco Free Campus Policy with cake and games ...

Minn. State Fair To Limit Smoking To Designated Areas
WCCO-Channel 4000 - Jan 23, 2013

Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said he wants to make it clear: Smoking will still be allowed on the fairgrounds, but not nearly in as many areas. Starting with this year’s fair, smoking will be limited to designated areas.

Tighter limits will greet smokers attending '13 Minnesota State Fair
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune - Jan 23, 2013

The fair's board of managers over the weekend gave the go-ahead for the creation of outdoor designated smoking areas starting with the 2013 Great Minnesota Get-Together, whose attendance over 12 days totals nearly 1.8 million a year.

Outdoor smoking limits under consideration at MN state fair
WHBL Sheboygan-Jan 23, 2013

PAUL, MN (WSAU) - Wisconsin has adapted to indoor smoking bans in public places. Now, neighboring Minnesota is considering an outdoor smoking ban at its ...

Bill: No smoking in MN theater productions
AP - Associated Press - January 18, 2013

The curtain could soon fall on smoking as part of theatrical productions in Minnesota, under legislation introduced Thursday. The bill by Democratic Sen. Barb Goodwin would bar actors from puffing away as part of plays. ...

Legislator wants to ban actors from smoking on stage
St. Cloud Times - January 17, 2013

The curtain could soon fall on smoking as part of theatrical productions in Minnesota. A state senator wants to outlaw actors from puffing away as part of plays. Democratic Sen. Barb Goodwin of Columbia Heights introduced her bill doing that on Thursday. …

More no-smoking drama coming to Minnesota Capitol
INFORUM - January, 17, 2013

ST. PAUL ­ The curtain could soon fall on smoking as part of theatrical productions in Minnesota. …

St James HRA adopts Smoke Free Policy for Park Apartments
St. James Plaindealer - January 15, 2013

The St James HRA board adopted a smoke free policy that will go into effect on ... The smoke-free policy covers all units, all common areas, and 25 feet around ...

Cottage Grove rejects city park smoking ban
Pierce County Herald - January 9, 2013

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Cottage Grove will use a Minnesota Nice approach to snuffing out smoking in city parks. The City Council last week rejected a policy that would have banned smoking in city parks and instead suggested an informal campaign to appeal to smokers’ sense of decency to not light up near children and nonsmoking park users. …

Cottage Grove council unanimously rejects smoking ban in city parks
South Washington County Bulletin - January 3, 2013

Cottage Grove City Council members snuffed out a proposed smoking ban in city parks. …

No smoking, 3M style
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) - December 24, 2012

There's just one week left of smoking on the massive Twin Cities campus. Employees will have to get in the car and drive somewhere to smoke at the first of the year. We're interested in hearing from smokers on the campus. What's your plan? ...

Smoke free city hall
KIMT - December 14, 2012

ALBERT LEA, MN -- Those in Albert Lea may soon notice some changes starting in January. The city council voted Monday to prohibit smoking and any tobacco-related products on the sidewalks around city hall and nearby city parking lots. …

Letter: Congratulations to HRA on smoke-free housing
Worthington Daily Globe - December 12, 2012

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) will be celebrating the implementation of its smoke-free housing policy.

MSA to reconsider tobacco-free campus, award grant
Minnesota Daily - November 28, 2012

After turning down a position statement in support of a tobacco-free campus two weeks ago, the Minnesota Student Association will reconsider its stance on the ...

Foster homes must now be smoke free
Princeton Union Eagle - November 27, 2012

Commissioner Jack Edmonds, defeated later that day in an attempt to be re-elected to the Mille Lacs County Board, had to cast two tie-breaking votes at the ...

No smoking outside City Hall?
Albert Lea Tribune - November 26, 2012

The Albert Lea City Council tonight will consider an ordinance prohibiting smoking or use of tobacco products outside City Hall. City Manager Chad Adams said ...

Letter: Minnesota is a healthier state
INFORUM - November, 24, 2012

As a Moorhead resident of more than 40 years, I have witnessed many social changes in our region. For the past five years, every bar, restaurant and public workplace across the state of Minnesota offers smoke-free service. When we take our families and friends out to a bar or restaurant, we have come to expect clean air without the danger of secondhand smoke. …

St. Louis Park Discusses Smoke-Free Housing
KSTP.com - November 8, 2012

Rental property owners, managers, housing authority representatives and others can attend an upcoming meeting and learn how adopting smoke-free policies for multi-unit housing facilities that can save money and attract renters. …

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.

BACKGROUND:

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. ...

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

BACKGROUND:

Smokefree workplace policies have successfully limited indoor exposure to secondhand smoke. However, exposure still exists in other indoor locations, most notably in the home. ...

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

BACKGROUND:

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 ...

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

BACKGROUND:

Young adults have the highest rate of smoking among any age group.

PURPOSE:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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., "Minnesota's 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, November 2012.

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

Smoking bans drive down heart attack rates
Los Angeles Times - October 29, 2012

… Workplaces and eating and drinking establishments that are free of second-hand smoke have shored up Americans' health even in the face of rising levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, says a new study. Published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the latest research focused on Olmsted County in Minnesota, and tracked the rate of heart attacks and sudden heart attack deaths in the wake of smoking bans that cleared Olmsted County's restaurants, bars and workplaces of tobacco smoke. …

Do secondhand smoke laws prevent heart attacks?
Reuters - October 29, 2012

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."

Future need for a campus ban on smoking
Minnesota Daily - October 22, 2012

The previous two letters to the editor in the Minnesota Daily, “A call for a smoke free campus” and “Following the smoke free lead,” aptly showcase the need for a ...

Readers write (Oct. 15): Secondhand smoke, Minnesota Orchestra ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 15, 2012

SECONDHAND SMOKE
Regulated, just like any toxic substance

Wade Yarbrough ("'Freedom to breathe,' at the cost of choice," Oct. 10) is concerned that the five-year-old Freedom to Breathe Act infringes on business owners' "property rights," which in his view apparently extend to the right to force employees to work in an environment contaminated with cancer-causing cigarette smoke. …

Following the smoke-free lead
Minnesota Daily - October 7, 2012

Oct. 1 was the fifth anniversary of Minnesota's smoke-free law. ... that students report the place that they are most exposed to secondhand smoke is on campus.

Fairfax Goes Tobacco Free
KNUJ (New Ulm, MN) - October 6, 2012

The City of Fairfax is going tobacco-free. The Fairfax City Council has adopted a new policy reportedly designed to protect the health and welfare of Fairfax park patrons. The city will no longer allow the use of any tobacco products on city-owned park land, recreational facilities, city facilities and open space, other than within the confines of a privately-owned vehicle in designated parking areas. The policy also does not apply to chewing tobacco at the Memorial Park baseball facilities in recognition of the long-standing connection between chewing tobacco and baseball.

Loving her Freedom to Breathe
Marshall Independent - October 4, 2012

If I ever go someplace where smoking is still allowed, I am amazed that it was ... the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. …

We seem to have adjusted to smoking ban
Mille Lacs County Times (blog) - October 4, 2012

Fifty years ago a crusty old sergeant in the United Sates Army, who had been through combat in World War II and the Korean War, told me that if I could complete my three-year enlistment without getting hooked on coffee or cigarettes, it would be an accomplishment. … Then came the Freedom To Breathe Act in Minnesota five years ago that banned smoking in bars, restaurants and public workplaces. And on the anniversary ...

Editorial: It has been quite a good 5 years
Albert Lea Tribune - October 2, 2012

It's been five years since Minnesota enacted its ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other workplaces. Who could imagine ever going back to how it was? …

Charitable Gaming, Businesses Still Hurt from Smoking Ban
kstc45 - October 2, 2012

Monday marked the fifth anniversary of Minnesota's smoking ban and health advocates celebrated a drop in heart attacks, second hand smoke and smokers. But some bars are still trying to recover from a drop in business. According to the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, about 500 bars closed shortly after the ban went into effect. There are now 250 to 300 fewer licenses for on premise liquor sales than there were before the ban. Some of those licenses were inside service organizations. …

MN Smoking Ban Positives and Negatives
Valley News Live - October 1, 2012

The impact has been huge. Mayo Clinic research shows heart attacks and cardiac deaths have been cut nearly in half over the past five years in Minnesota, thanks to a state wide smoking ban in public facilities. While there are many benefits that come with the ban, there have been a few negatives. … Twenty-three states, plus Washington D.C. have banned smoking in public businesses. North Dakota does not have a state wide smoking ban. …

Northland Business Benefits From Freedom to Breathe Act
Northland's NewsCenter - October 1, 2012

… The Red Star Lounge in Fitger's complex got on board with the smoking ban about three months before the Freedom to Breathe Act went into effect in 2007. Restaurant and bar manager, Matthew Brown says their business didn't suffer any loss when the ban went into effect. In fact, he believes the healthier environment for employees and patrons alike may have helped. "To not have to deal with people blowing smoke on you, to not have to deal with cigarette ashes and cigarette butts on the floor, it's just a much better environment to be working in,” Brown said. “You feel physically better." …

A call for a smoke-free campus
Minnesota Daily - October 1, 2012

Oct. 1 marks the fifth anniversary of Minnesota’s smoke-free law, Freedom to Breathe. At the time, there were countless arguments that establishments would go out of business and that it would be impossible to enforce. Recently, I learned that University of Minnesota students report the place that they are most exposed to secondhand smoke is on campus. ...

Take a deep breath. Notice anything?
Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 1, 2012

On any given night across Minnesota, families sit down at their favorite neighborhood restaurants and bars and enjoy meals together. Many don't even notice what's no longer there: plumes of cigarette smoke, which used to hover over our heads, permeate our clothes and infiltrate our lungs. We have the Freedom to Breathe Act to thank for that -- an important piece of legislation that turns five years old this week. …

Local view: Happy birthday, Freedom to Breathe
Duluth News Tribune - October 1, 2012

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Freedom to Breathe Act, the law that made Minnesota's bars, restaurants and workplaces smoke-free. I have a little ...

Minnesota marks 5 years smoke-free
Grand Forks Herald - October 1, 2012

Minnesota health advocates are proclaiming the law that banned smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces an “overwhelming success” on its fifth anniversary today. “Minnesotans have embraced our smoke-free law,” said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Department of Health commissioner, in an American Lung Association ...

Duluth Event Celebrates 5 Years Of Smoke Free Air
KDAL - September 28, 2012

DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - Monday marks the 5th anniversary of the Minnesota Freedom to Breathe Act, the law that made state bars, restaurants and other work ...

Five-Year Anniversary Of Minnesota's Smoking Law
KELOLAND TV - October 1, 2012

Even though strides have been made in the health of Minnesotans, the American Lung Association estimates 625,000 Minnesotans still smoke. It attributes the ...

Column: Except for Lakewalk smoking ban, City Council has done ...
Duluth News Tribune – September 30, 2012

… But Duluth city councilors crossed an unfortunate line in voting 6-3 to forbid smoking along the Lakewalk. Smoking should be banned in some outdoor sites such as bleachers at sports ...

EDITORIAL: Our view: Lakewalk smoking ban welcome, but not enough
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune - Sep 12, 2012

Going smoke-free in all of Duluth’s 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.

Duluth police say nonsmoking ordinance will improve life on Lakewalk
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune - Sep 12, 2012

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.

Duluth Implements Smoking Ban on Lakewalk
KAALtv.com - September 11, 2012

Smokers have been banned from lighting up outside on the Lakewalk in Duluth. The City Council passed a resolution Monday night which prohibits smoking on the 7-mile pathway bordering the downtown area along Lake Superior. …

Duluth City Council Approves Lakewalk Smoking Ban
KDAL - September 11, 2012

DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - The Duluth City Council has made it illegal to smoke tobacco, synthetic marijuana or other such substances along the Lakewalk, in Lake ...

Lakewalk Smoking Ban Passes Duluth Council 6-3
WDIO-TV - September 11, 2012

Duluth city councilors voted 6-3 to ban the use of tobacco products on the Lakewalk, at Leif Erikson Park and at the Lake Place in their meeting Monday night. ...

Duluth City Council to debate Lakewalk smoking ban
Budgeteer - September 10, 2012

When the Duluth City Council meets tonight, it will take up a couple of resolutions designed to polish the ...

Our View: Extend 'no smoking' to Lakewalk, all parks
Duluth News Tribune - September 4, 2012

City policy already snuffs cigs in Duluth’s parks. So an ordinance to ban smoking along the Lakewalk and its adjacent splashes of green? Absolutely. ...

VIDEO: Girl's burned eye prompts questions about state fair smoking
KARE NBC 11 (Minneapolis, MN) - September 4, 2012

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - A 2-year-old girl is recovering from burns after she was accidently poked in the eye by a lit cigarette at the Minnesota State Fair. …

St. Cloud to Discuss Tobacco-Free Parks
WJON News - September 3, 2012

ST. CLOUD ­ The St. Cloud Park and Recreation Advisory Board tomorrow (Tuesday)will again take up the discussion of a tobacco-free ordinance in city parks. …

Outdoor Smoking Bans
Lew Rockwell (blog) - August 30, 2012

The Duluth city council looks like it will vote to ban outdoor smoking in its parks. Next up is on our own property outdoors, in your house, and in your car. …

Health Notes: Former owner of Moose Lake cafe recognized for role in promoting smoke-free laws
Budgeteer - August 24, 2012

The former owner of a Moose Lake cafe is cited in a 24-page report on tobacco use in rural communities released this month by the American Lung Association. In the portion of the report on success stories, Romelle Jones is credited with championing the Moose Lake smoke-free ordinance in 2000 that spread to other cities, including Duluth, and eventually went statewide. …

Day without smoking at fair went well
Albert Lea Tribune - August 10, 2012

The people who initiated a smoke-free day at the Freeborn County Fair said it went well. Many people were spotted on Saturday wearing T-shirts in support. …

Smoking banned in city's tallest building
Albert Lea Tribune - August 8, 2012

The largest housing complex owned and operated by the Albert Lea Housing and Redevelopment Authority has gone smoke-free. Starting Aug. 1, people living in Shady Oaks, 800 S. Fourth Ave., can no longer smoke in their apartments or in common areas. Tenants now must go outside if they want to light up a cigarette. …

SCSU ready to use tobacco-free policy
St. Cloud Times - July 30, 2012

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 Use Policy Implementation & Sustainability Committee
University Chronicle (St. Cloud State University) - July 31, 2012

St. Cloud State will be a tobacco-free campus, effective Aug. 1, 2012. …

A Tobacco-Free Life for All!
WomensRadio - July 27, 2012

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 ...

Otter Tail County going smoke free
Fergus Falls Daily Journal - June 27, 2012

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. ...

St. Cloud State Becomes Tobacco-Free Aug. 1
KSTP.com (MN)- June 12, 2012

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 ...

Protecting nonsmokers is the goal
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 18, 2012

Protecting nonsmokers is the goal ... That perspective disregards the concerns of the thousands nonsmoking residents who live in neighboring units and are ...

Larson Commons passes Smoke-Free Policy
Dominium Incorporated’s Larson Commons Senior Apartments in Cloquet passed a smoke-free policy that will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2012
Pine Journal - May 12, 2012

… The American Lung Association’s 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. …

Editorial: Lean smoke-free in public housing
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 8, 2012

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. … McGovern says her smoking indoors doesn't bother her neighbors. ... Because the dangers of secondhand smoke are well-documented, cigarette users should not ...

Monday roundup: Exodus on Lake Street, smoking ban in public housing
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) - Apr 30, 2012

Housing authority to ban smoking in all 5,000 units: By going smoke-free, the Minneapolis authority will join Duluth and more than 230 housing authorities nationwide that have banned smoking in some or all of their residential units. But some residents are fuming. (Randy Furst)

Our View: Freedom to Breathe should extend to foster children
Post-Bulletin - April 13, 2012

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. …

Bill would make foster homes smoke free
Post-Bulletin - April 13, 2012

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, DFL Rep. …

Lawmaker seeks smoking ban for Minn. foster homes
Bemidji Pioneer - April 12, 2012

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. …

Smoke-free foster care is common sense; state should act
MinnPost.com - April 12, 2012

... 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 ...

Twins lift ban on chewing tobacco at Target Field
Minneapolis Star Tribune - April 11, 2012

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 ...

Target Field to become 100 percent smoke-free
Pioneer Press - April 5, 2012

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 ...

No butts about it: Target Field's last smoking locale snuffed out
Minneapolis Star Tribune - April 5, 2012

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 Plaza, ...

Target Field and Plaza to be Smoke Free this Season
KAALtv.com (MN)- April 4, 2012

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 ...

Our view: And they're leading the charge to end smoking
Duluth News Tribune - March 21, 2012

But today in the Northland they're helping lead the charge against smoking and secondhand smoke. And for that: credit. Seven Northeastern Minnesota campuses ...

Roseville Council Enacts Universal Ban on Public Indoor Smoking
Roseville (MN) Patch.com - February 16, 2012

Roseville’s city council voted unanimously to enact a universal ban on indoor public smoking at its Monday meeting. … The council also voted on Monday to permit the sale of new tobacco products such as tobacco-laced mints and e-cigarettes.

Roseville's John Marty Among Co-Sponsors on Bill To Ban Onstage Smoking
Roseville (MN) Patch.com - Jan 28, 2012

The current state smoking ban gave an exclusion to theaters, Goodwin said, ... which now bans smoking in bars and restaurants, actually have helped improve ...

Fridley Resident's Allergies Prompt MN Bill to Ban Onstage Smoking
Fridley (MN) Patch.com - January 27, 2012

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 in ...

Research Links Drop in Heart Attacks to Smoke-Free Ordinance
Texas Insider - January 27, 2012

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 County’s 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. ...

New TV Program Spotlights Secondhand Smoke in Minnesota's Diverse Communities
ClearWay Minnesota(SM) and ECHO Minnesota coproduction discusses tobacco's impact in eight languages
PR Newswire (press release) - January 5, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearWay Minnesota(SM), in partnership with ECHO Minnesota, has produced a unique television program warning that secondhand smoke should remain a public health priority for Minnesotans – particularly among Minnesota's ethnic communities. ...

A doctor's view: Laws limiting smoking have improved Minnesotans ...
Duluth News Tribune - January 6, 2012

The dawn of a new year seems a good time to reflect on information recently released by the Mayo Clinic about the effects of smoke-free workplace laws. ...

Smoke-free areas expand in county
Alexandria Echo Press (MN)- December 7, 2011

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, ...

Smoking Ban Still Burning
Hopkins (MN) Patch - James Warden - October 14, 2011

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Hopkins council members on Tuesday backed a proposed citywide ban on smoking in retail establishments. ...

6 AL businesses go tobacco-free
Austin (MN) Herald - Tim Engstrom - October 12, 2011

Alliance Benefit Group, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, Albert Lea Family Y and The Children's Center also adopted policies banning tobacco use ...

County Is Clear On Library Smoking Ban
Patch.com - Kevira Voegele - July 29, 2011

The ban does not include drivers on county roads, psychiatric patients in a certain area of Hennepin County Medical Center or "tobacco use done as part of a ...

Our View: Don't amend Minnesota's smoking ban
St. Cloud Times - March 17, 2011

Exposure to secondhand smoke (the driving force in the state's smoking ban) declined 11 percentage points to a new low of 45.6 percent in 2010. And more than 90 percent said they believe secondhand smoke is harmful. Those findings clearly point to ...

West metro town briefs
Minneapolis Star Tribune - February 23, 2011

The City Council adopted the no-smoking prohibition on February . 14 at the urging of Students Promoting Positive Actions, a group from Hopkins North Junior High School. Council members took the action as a policy change rather than by creating an ordinance, ...

Lawmakers, lobbyists and bars unite to oppose indoor smoking ban changes
Minnesota Daily - Kyle Potter - February 22, 2011

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 ...

Smoking ban debate lights up again
Legislators are discussing a plan to roll back part of Minnesota's three-year-old smoking ban.
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2011-02-15

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 ...

Decrease in Smoking Prevalence --- Minnesota, 1999--2010
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 2011-02-10

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. ...

Cigarette Smoking, Secondhand Smoke Exposure Decline in Minnesota
PR Newswire (press release) - February 10, 2011

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. ...

Editorial: Keep smoking ban for sake of public health
Post-Bulletin - January 28, 2011

The statewide workplace smoking ban is one such law. Passed in 2007, this law made bars and restaurants safer places to work or enjoy an evening with family ...

Minnesota proposal would allow smoking in bars
InForum, January 24, 2011

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. ...

Editorial: Freedom to Breathe Act has stood the test of time
Post-Bulletin - December 3, 2010

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?

Apparently not.

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 ...

More quitters and fewer starters cut Twin Cities smoking rate in half since 1980
And those still lighting up do it less, 29-year study finds
Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press, 2010-11-15
Christopher Snowbeck

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 ...

Blaine creates smoking buffer at parks
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Maria Elena Baca - November 9, 2010

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." ...

Tobacco butting out of hospital grounds
Tobacco is being snuffed out completely at the hospital and a couple of nursing homes in the area.
Alexandria (MN) Echo Press, 2010-10-22

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. ...

LETTER: Minnesota likes smoking law
Sioux Falls (SD) Argus-Leader, 2010-10-17
Paula J. Anderson * Nobles-Rock Community Health Educator

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. ...

Woodland joins ranks for smoke free HRAs
International Falls Daily Journal - Tammie Calder - October 13, 2010

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 public’s — 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." ...

City attorney working on controlling E-cigarettes
Faribault County (MN) Register, 2010-10-04

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 city’s ordinance complies with state law. He also is reviewing tobacco regulations of six other cities in which he serves as legal counsel. ...

ClearWay Minnesota(SM) is Available for Comment on Three- Anniversary of State’s Smoke-Free Law and What is Ahead
PR Newswire (press release) - September 27, 2010

WHAT:

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.

WHY:

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 and Prevention.

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.

WHEN:

Freedom to Breathe Anniversary – Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

Radio Actuality – Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Interview Availability – Ongoing by request...

City Park Smoking Ban on Hold Again
WDIO-TV - Alan Hoglund - September 24, 2010

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. ...

Minnesota: Study finds no adverse employment impact smoking bans
Workers Comp Forum - August 30, 2010

The passage of smoking bans in two large Minnesota cities did not have a negative economic impact on the hospitality industry, according to a study. In fact, researchers said the adoption of clean indoor air policies in Minneapolis and St. Paul may have actually contributed to higher employment.

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 ...

Smoking Ban for Parks and Playgrounds
WDIO-TV - Sandy Drag - August 11, 2010

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. ...

Minnesota's charitable gambling jackpot shrinks
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Jean Hopfensperger - July 29, 2010

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. ...

After three years, smoking ban compliance better than expected
Minnesota Public Radio - Mark Steil - July 28, 2010

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. ...

Hookahs, patio bars ­ St. Paul city council is skeptical
Pioneer Press - Dave Orrick - July 22, 2010

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.

They can buy more and smoke more after that, he said. "It's a sampling, but it's more of a social thing, too." ...

Bars, restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking bans in 2 cities
EurekAlert, 2010-06-29

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.

Duluth City Council to discuss two-hour limit at downtown meters
Duluth News Tribune - Peter Passi - June 14, 2010

... of work on Park Point's Minnesota Avenue. An ordinance requiring that rental agreements specify whether smoking is or is not allowed in rental properties. ...

Harbor Point apartments to be smoke free
Lake County News Chronicle - June 10, 2010

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 Point’s 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 Association’s 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. ...

Task force to seek downtown smoking solutions
Post-Bulletin - Matt Russell - May 20, 2010

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 problem. ...

Rochester City Council OKs expanded smoking ban downtown
Post-Bulletin - Jeffrey Pieters - May 18, 2010

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. ...

Governor Signs Act to Protect Youth From New Tobacco Products
ClearWay Minnesota (nee MPAAT), 2010-05-16

Today Minnesota’s 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. ...

Minneapolis Parks Expands Tobacco Policy
FOX 9 News - May 12, 2010

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. ...

New law closes loopholes on new tobacco products aimed at kids
Review Messenger - May 12, 2010

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. ...

HRA Housing Units In Duluth To Go Smoke Free
Northland's NewsCenter - 4/29/2010

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 public’s) 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 HRA’s.

However Duluth HRA will be the largest housing authority, with 750 units, in the state to go smoke-free thus far.

MnSCU might toughen campus smoking restrictions
Further smoking restrictions might be coming to many of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune, 2010-03-19
News Tribune, Duluth News Tribune

Further smoking restrictions might be coming to many of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ 54 campuses.

MnSCU’s Board of Trustees Wednesday passed a resolution encouraging each college and university to consult with its students, faculty and staff about further restricting tobacco. ...

Minn. bill would ban smoking in cars with kids
AP, 2010-03-17

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. ...

Council OKs urban turkey hunt; bans smoking on downtown street
Post-Bulletin - Jeffrey Pieters - March 16, 2010

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. ...

DTA Smoking Ordinance Goes Into Effect Sunday
KDLH NewsChannel 3 (Northland's News Center, Duluth, MN), 2010-03-05
KBJR News 1 Posted by Kevin Jacobsen

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. ...

Council bans smoking near Duluth bus shelters
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune, 2010-01-26
Peter Passi , Duluth News Tribune

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. ...

Arboretum goes smoke-free
Eden Prairie News - January 21, 2010

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. ...

Smoking banned in city-owned high rises
Duluth News Tribune (registration) - Brandon Stahl - December 8, 2009

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. ...

3 counties work to get smoke-free apartments
Half of metro area renters would consider moving to a nonsmoking apartment, according to a new survey.
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2009-11-15
WARREN WOLFE, Star Tribune

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 housing.
The association used part of that grant money to conduct the renters survey. It was conducted by Wilder Research and released to coincide with the annual Great American Smokeout, a stop-smoking effort started in 1974 in Minnesota. ...

Smoking ban in parks OK'd by City Council
Savage (MN) Pacer, 2009-10-23
Nancy Huddleston, Editor

The Savage City Council unanimously approved a policy Monday night (Oct. 19) that will ban smoking and tobacco use in all city parks.
The policy change has been under consideration by the City Council for the past month and discussed by the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission since April.

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.

No smoking policy in parks moves forward
Savage Pacer - Nancy Huddleston - October 13, 2009

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. ...

RCTC bans tobacco use on campus
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin, 2009-10-10
Matthew Stolle

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. ...

NO SMOKING? Policy to ban smoking in parks considered
Savage Pacer - Nancy Huddleston - October 2, 2009

Signs in city parks remind visitors that smoking is prohibited at outdoor city facilities while youth activities are being conducted. ...

Smoking still allowed in city parks
Hutchinson Leader - Terry Davis - September 9, 2009

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. ...

Hearing scheduled today on smoke-free parks policy
Hutchinson Leader - Terry Davis - September 8, 2009

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. ...

$47 million says Minnesotans can be healthier
State grants to reduce obesity and smoking are part of an effort to improve Minnesotans' health -- and health care.
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2009-08-26
WARREN WOLFE, Star Tribune

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. ...

Minnesota puts more health care cost data online
AP, 2009-08-26
MARTIGA LOHN The Associated Press

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. ...

Smoke-free workplaces? The entire property?
Albert Lea (MN) Tribune, 2009-08-19
Jason Schoonover * Albert Lea Tribune

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.
“It’s still a leading cause of illness and death in America, and it’s preventable. It is an addiction and a very challenging thing,” said Joel Spoonheim, director of health initiatives with Blue Zones.

Kelli Thielges, Wellness Manager, Schwan’s Shared Services LLC, spoke Tuesday in the Freeborn Room of the Freeborn County Government Center about Schwan’s 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 couldn’t smoke indoors at work, it was an extra inconvenience to go outside. ...

Survey shows support for smoking ban in public housing
Duluth News Tribune - David Cowardin - July 22, 2009

Linda Ankrum doesn’t 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. ...

Appeals Court: Bar Violated Smoking Ban
WCCO - July 14, 2009

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. ...

Study: Smoking bans do not cause job losses in bars and restaurants
Eureka! Science News - Quebec,QC,Canada, May 18, 2009

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." ...

More apartments in Minnesota snuffing out smoking
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2009-05-08
Susan Feyder, Star Tribune

"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. ...

Tougher tobacco ordinance for parks
Woodbury Bulletin - April 1, 2009

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 ...

Council to vote on tougher tobacco restrictions in parks
Woodbury Bulletin - Mar 23, 2009

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 city’s 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.” ...

The Economic Impact of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Minnesota
Waters, H.R.; Foldes, S.S.; Alesci, N.L.; Samet, J.
American Journal of Public Health 99(4): 754-759, April 2009

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.

EDITORIAL: Smoking, cars and kids
Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press, 2009-02-25

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.

Does the Type of CIA Policy Significantly Affect Bar and Restaurant Employment in Minnesota Cities?
Klein, E.G.; Forster, J.L.; Erickson, D.J.; Lytle, L.A.; Schillo, B.
Prevention Science. January 29, 2009, [Epub ahead of print].

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.

Tougher tobacco ordinance eyed for city’s parks
Woodbury Bulletin, MN - February 11, 2009

The city of Woodbury is looking to move forward with a tougher stance on tobacco in its parks.

Last week, the city’s 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.

Woodbury looks at wider ban on tobacco
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN - February 3, 2009

Cigarettes and other tobacco products would be off-limits in Woodbury's parks, playgrounds and athletic fields under a measure to be considered today by the city's Park and Recreation Commission.

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.

Minnesota smoking foes want ban in cars with kids
Lawmakers to introduce legislation today; fines would start at $100
Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press, 2009-01-29

Now, under a bill expected to be introduced today at the state Capitol, lawmakers will consider extending that prohibition to your ride.
Backed by the same groups that helped enact the statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the new bill would prohibit smoking in cars when children are present.

"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.

Online directory of smoke-free apartments now available
Oakdalel Lake Elmo Review, MN - January 22, 2009

Minnesota renters looking for smoke-free apartment buildings can easily find them by using a new online directory launched this month by the Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota (ANSR). Compiled by ANSR's Live Smoke Free program, the online directory, www.mnsmokefreehousing.org, lists more than 250 Minnesota apartment buildings that are 100 percent smoke free. The new user-friendly directory provides renters with a free, easy way to search for apartment buildings in their community that do not allow smoking inside the building, including the individual apartment units.

"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 info@mnsmokefreehousing.org or at 651-646-3005.

As First Anniversary Approaches, Poll Finds Statewide Smoke-Free as Popular as Leading Minnesota Icons
MarketWatch, September 25, 2008

The survey found that an overwhelming 77 percent of Minnesotans support the statewide smoke-free law, with 41 percent indicating strong support. ...

New Survey Finds 76 Percent of Minnesotans Support Smoke-Free Law
Biloxi Sun Herald, January 31, 2008

By ClearWay Minnesota A new survey released today by ClearWay Minnesota(SM) found that 76 percent of Minnesotans support the statewide smoke-free law, ...

New Report Says Secondhand Smoke Costs Minnesota $215.7 Million
PR Newswire (press release), NY - March 2, 2007

According to a new study, Health Care Costs and Secondhand Smoke, $215.7 million is spent each year in Minnesota to treat health conditions caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Dr. Marc Manley of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) will present the report findings to the Minnesota House Commerce and Labor Committee during its 4 p.m. hearing today on the Freedom to Breathe legislation.

"This study is based on the 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report on
secondhand smoke and also on Minnesota-specific data, so it provides the first-ever look at the health care costs related to secondhand smoke in Minnesota," said Hugh Waters, Ph.D., lead researcher for this study and health economist at Johns Hopkins University.

In comparison, the $215.7 million annual cost of secondhand smoke
exposure exceeds the 2006 state budget for early childhood education,
transportation and the Department of Agriculture combined.

"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.

Smoke ban plan restored to near its original form: Senate panel removes provisions
By Don Davis State Capitol Bureau, Forum

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.

New Survey Finds Majority of Minnesotans Support a Strong Statewide Smoke-Free Law
PR Newswire, 2007-01-18

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
African American Tobacco Network argues tobacco harms poor more than tobacco taxes
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, 2005-08-17

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
Associated Press, January 14, 2005

Lawmakers 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.

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