Discusses Attraction, Health Impacts of E-Cigs, Hookah
KSTP.com - May 28, 2014
It's illegal to sell e-cigs to minors, but as it stands they are allowed
in bars, restaurants and other public places. The forum takes place
from 6-7:30 p.m. ...
Minnesota(SM) announces new research grants
PR Newswire - May 21, 2014
The grant awards, which total more than $974,000, will examine topics
including tobacco cessation among African American smokers, various
smoke-free policies and secondhand smoke exposure among children. The
grant recipients are the University of Minnes
Park Heights modifies tobacco ordinance
Stillwater Gazette - May 21, 2014
City Attorney Mark Vierling said state law allows for designated indoor
smoking areas for sampling products, but it may be in the city's interest
to ban such areas.
Legislation Pushing E-Cigarette Shops to SD [VIDEO]
KELOLAND TV - May 19, 2014
It was a trip to an e-cigarette shop in Minneapolis that led Matt Tlougan
to enter the business himself. After vaping for the first time, he started
smoking less, and ...
County Proposes Expansion Of Tobacco Policy [VIDEO]
KEYC - May 19, 2014
WASECA, Minn. - Ecigarettes have reopened the debate about indoor smoking
in Minnesota. But that's just one issue Waseca County is looking at
as they reevaluate their smoking ordinance. Smoking in government buildings
is prohibited, but outside of those structures its still legal. Now
Waseca County is looking to amend that policy to include land and property
owned by the County.
Legislature passes bill to make foster homes smoke-free
Healio - May 19, 2014
The Minnesota Legislature passed the Health and Human Services Policy
Omnibus Bill, with a provision to ensure that foster homes are smoke-free,
according to a press release.
may ban smoking, e-cigs in all parks
KARE - May 17, 2014
The city of Minneapolis is considering a smoking ban in all city parks,
Minnesota legislative action roundup
In-Forum - May 17, 2014
Electronic cigarettes: Provisions to limit the sale of e-cigarettes
to youths passed, along with prohibitions from smoking them in government
buildings, hospitals ...
poised to ban cigarettes and e-cigarettes ...
MinnPost.com - May 16, 2014
I think people are comfortable with banning smoking throughout
the parks, said Park ... Smoking is also banned within 50 feet
of bleachers and youth athletic fields. ... Of those, half are given
a high score for smoking bans including Golden ...
Center to raise price of little cigars
Enquirerherald - May 16, 2014
... is the first city in Minnesota to adopt an ordinance to reduce the
use of little cigars, according to Emily Anderson of the Association
Your Good Health: No shortcut to shedding belly fat
Pioneer Press - May 16, 2014
I tried e-cigarettes about two months ago, and I am hooked on them.
At first I didn't like the taste, but now I have gotten used to it.
There is a large amount of ...
lawmakers strike medical marijuana deal
The Denver Post - May 15, 2014
One sign of the difficulty advocates had in winning over lawmakers is
that Minnesota is the only state to explicitly ban smoking of medical
marijuana, according to ...
potential? MN 2020, NORML advocates in Bemidji for marijuana ...
Insurance News Net (press release) - May 15, 2014
"A lot of them do rely on public assistance, public housing, so
when they're using (marijuana) to try to curb the chronic pain... they
put themselves and their family ...
THE TWIN CITIES SMOKING BAN, 10 YEARS LATER
Vita.mn (Star Tribune Media Company) - May 15, 2014
Restrictions on smoking in Twin Cities bars and restaurants fed the
explosion of patio culture. Ten years ago, Minnesotas bar scene
was embroiled in a fierce political debate. The side of the fence you
stood on may have boiled down to one simple question
won't seek re-election in Beltrami County
Park Rapids Enterprise - May 15, 2014
Rather, it was Beltrami County's move to enact a smoke free ordinance.
When it was passed in 2005, Beltrami County was only the second Minnesota
county to ...
Brede would like ban on e-cigarettes
KIMT - May 14, 2014
The electronic devices give the person smoking nicotine but also emits
a vapor. ... Minnesota Clean Air Act, which would basically ban the
use in public places.
E-Cig Restrictions Won't Advance
KAALtv.com - May 14, 2014
(AP) - An attempt to treat electronic cigarettes like regular smokes
has stalled in the Minnesota Legislature. A House-Senate conference
committee on Tuesday ...
at Capitol on e-cigarette regulations
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews - May 14, 2014
Minnesota lawmakers divided over how strictly to regulate electronic
cigarettes settled on a bill that would keep them out of government
buildings and schools but allow them in bars and restaurants. MPR News
reports the compromise measure that emerged from a House-Senate conference
committee Tuesday does not subject e-cigarettes to the same law that
applies to tobacco, as the Senate bill would have.
Clark Johnson's Legislative Update - May 10
Southernminn.com - May 12, 2014
Nicotine is very addictive, and we don't know much about the effect
of second-hand vaping (the use of e-cigarettes). The tobacco companies
are clearly involved ...
in a frenzy as end of session draws near
Hibbing Daily Tribune - May 11, 2014
A bill regulating electronic cigarettes rounded out the week, passing
through the Senate on Thursday. The measure which was included in the
passes bill to restrict e-cigarette use in indoor public places
PR Newswire - May 8, 2014
The Freedom to Breathe coalition, a group of Minnesota's major health
organizations, responded today to the Minnesota Senate's passage of
a Health and Human Services Policy omnibus bill that includes provisions
restricting the use and sales of e-cigarette
Wing HRA housing to go smoke-free
Republican Eagle - May 8, 2014
Red Wing Housing Redevelopment Authority's public housing units and
market-rate rental units will go smoke-free starting July 1, the HRA
Board of ...
Senate Votes To Legalize Medical Marijuana
Mintpress News - May 8, 2014
Under the legislation, patients would not be allowed to smoke the substance.
... D.C., that have legalized medical marijuana, none have included
a smoking ban.
View: Sometimes the state should act like a 'nanny'
Post-Bulletin - May 8, 2014
The House and Senate agree that something must be done, and if the Senate
prevails in the conference committee, e-cigarettes soon will be covered
by the ...
Senate Passes Medical Pot Legislation
KDLT News - May 7, 2014
The measure is more ambitious than Gov. Mark Dayton and law-enforcement
officials have said they would support. In a 48 to 18 vote, senators
approved legislation that would make Minnesota the first state that
prohibits smoking marijuana used for medical purposes. Both pieces of
legislation would allow patients to use marijuana in the form of pills,
oil and vapor.
move to impose regulations on e-cigs
Post-Bulletin - May 6, 2014
Jesse Ly smoked an e-cigarette at the Smokeless Smoking kiosk at the
Roseville ... defining electronic cigarettes in the same light as traditional
tobacco products won a ... The bill would expressly bar sales to minors,
outlaw their use on school ...
passes e-cigarette restrictions, ban on tanning beds for minors
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews - May 6, 2014
The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday night to restrict the use of
e-cigarettes by minors. The measure, which was part of a larger health
and human services bill, makes selling e-cigarettes to minors a misdemeanor
crime. It also prohibits use of e-cigarettes on public school property
and state office buildings, bans e-cigarettes from being sold at kiosks,
and requires child-resistant packaging for e-cigarette liquid.
Legislature moves to regulate e-cigarettes. But how much ...
Pioneer Press - May 5, 2014
Minnesota lawmakers moved Monday to regulate the sale and use of electronic
cigarettes with measures particularly fashioned to stop children from
gaining access. But it remained unclear if anti-smoking groups would
achieve their ultimate objective this year: To classify the devices
like standard tobacco products.
would be same as tobacco under bill passed in commitee
St. Cloud Times - May 5, 2014
The Senate Finance Committee has sent a bill putting the e-cigarette
devices under the indoor ... It also makes clear that sales to minors
are forbidden. ... The House e-cigarettes bill is confined to measures
meant to bar sales from minors and ...
bill survives challenge
Mankato Free Press - May 5, 2014
ST. PAUL Sen. Kathy Sheran's bill to regulate electronic cigarettes
passed through a finance committee Monday morning with the indoor public
places ban ...
City Council bans smoking in parks
WDAY - May 5, 2014
DILWORTH - The City Council here has passed a resolution banning smoking
in Dilworths parks, joining dozens of Minnesota and North Dakota cities
that have created similar laws.
City Council bans smoking in parks
Bismarck Tribune - May 4, 2014
The City Council here has passed a resolution banning smoking in Dilworths
parks, joining dozens of Minnesota and North Dakota cities that have
created similar laws. Fargo and West
demands restrictions on e-cigarettes
MinnPost.com - May 1, 2014
In the Minnesota Legislature, lawmakers have proposed updating the statewide
smoke-free law so that it applies to e-cigarettes. This move is a scientifically
don't pick winners and losers in the vaping market
Minneapolis Star Tribune - April 30, 2014
Minnesota's retailers are leaders in preventing youth access to tobacco
and e-cigarette products. Collaborative efforts to extend the downward
trend in youth ...
View: State needs to take action on e-cigs
St. Cloud Times - April 29, 2014
The No. 1 lesson from America's half-century battle with smoking is
consumers should know exactly what they are inhaling and for the safety
of those nearby ...
not just blowing smoke at Capitol
Marshall Independent - April 29, 2014
A group of Marshall High School students took a trip to the Cities last
week, but it wasn't for a concert or for shopping at Mall of America
or to see the farm babies exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo. "The visit
was important because we believe that by talking to our legislators,
we could help pass the bill to regulate the use of e-cigs and the smoke-free
Peter city councilmember talks Libertarian message
Mankato Free Press - April 26, 2014
He said he's using logic in issues like armored vehicles for the police,
a roundabout for improved safety, and regulating e-cigarettes to make
other members ...
bill takes a detour
Mankato Free Press - April 24, 2014
Sen. Kathy Sheran's bill to banish electronic cigarettes from public
places was sent on another unexpected detour Wednesday, this time due
to its estimated ...
advocates push for smoke-free foster homes
In-Forum - April 19, 2014
MOORHEAD Local advocates of smoke-free foster homes hope the Minnesota
Legislature will make it law this year. A smoke-free foster care provision
Tobacco Issues Continue to Accelerate
CSPnet.com - April 16, 2014
In 2012, NATO established the NATO Local Project to track and respond
to proposed local tobacco regulations. That year, NATO responded to
some fifty ordinances. Then, in 2013, the number of local ordinances
monitored more than doubled to 119. Earlier this year, NATO projected
that 200 local tobacco restrictions would be proposed by cities and
counties. However, during just the first three months of 2014, already
56 ordinances have been proposed which, if the current pace continues,
would mean more than 200 local tobacco regulations will be introduced
this year for consideration by town boards, city councils, and county
View: Temporary ban could solve e-cigarette dilemma
Post-Bulletin - April 16, 2014
Who will act first to tighten rules regarding the sale, marketing and
use of e-cigarettes the Minnesota Legislature or the federal Food and
Board OKs sponsoring grant, local match
NUjournal - April 16, 2014
Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Tobacco-Free Certification.
Program goals include reducing the percentage of Minnesotans who use
or are exposed to tobacco. All applicants must show evidence that their
workplace is tobacco-free. Brown County did not have a policy in place
that included grounds and events without designated smoking areas or
of work ahead
Austin Daily Herald - April 14, 2014
Last Monday, the Austin City Council passed a one-year ban on the use
of e-cigarettes in public places and businesses. A state bill was moving
through the legislature before it hit a roadblock when Dayton voiced
opposition to e-cigarette regulations last month, noting tobacco users
had already been hit hard by the 2013 cigarette tax increase. Both Sparks
and Poppe are undecided on whether to add e-cigarettes to the states
Clean Indoor Air Act, but Poppe encouraged more municipalities to consider
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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; ..
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 ...
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...
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
E-cigarette poisonings 10 times more common among kids and teens in
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. ...
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. ...
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
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
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
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.
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, ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
discuss protecting Minnesota's clean indoor air and keeping our kids
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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....
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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
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.
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
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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,
land of 10,000 tobacco products: how Minnesota led the way in regulating
tobacco products," American Journal of Public Health
104(2): e10-e12, February 2014.
store opens in New Ulm
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 ...
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."
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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,
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 ...
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 countys
tobacco ordinance. The county regulates where tobacco products can be
sold and requires a license be issued for...
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,
its too early to tell whether the tax hike has reduced the number
of smokers, one of its intended effects. ...
County Commissioners tackle issue of e-cigarettes, seek comment from
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
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
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
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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
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
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. ...
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
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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
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
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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
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
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 ..
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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. Its a clarification in language. The changes
do not affect where electronic cigarettes can be smoked.
City Council has concerns about tobacco-free park policy
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 ...
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%
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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,
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
advisory board pitches tobacco-free park policy to Blooming Prairie
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
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
creating buzz in St. Paul
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 2, 2013
In St. Paul, cigarette regulations dont 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. Pauls smoking bans, thinks that
anything tougher than banning e-cigarette sales to minors would be overkill.
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,
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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. Its been kind of rough, but Im doing
OK, the 85-year-old said of his St. Peter apartment complexs
recent ban on smoking anywhere in the building.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 yearâ€s
fair, smoking will be limited to designated areas.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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? ...
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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,
Studies have documented movement of secondhand smoke (SHS) between
units in multi-unit buildings, but none has focused on owner-occupied
units in common-interest communities (CICs). In Minnesota, approximately
170,000 households (8%) live in such units. CIC households may experience
long-term SHS exposure because owner-occupants typically live in the
same unit for many years. ...
Secondhand smoke incursion is common in CICs, and interest in smokefree
CICs greatly exceeds the supply. Given the known health risks of SHS
exposure, tobacco control efforts in multi-housing should address CICs
as well as rental households.
St Claire, A.W.; Boyle, R.G.; Schillo, B.A.; Rode, P.; Taylor, K.A.,
home rules adoption by smokers and nonsmokers: Minnesota, 1999-2010,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S197-S204,
Smokefree workplace policies have successfully limited indoor exposure
to secondhand smoke. However, exposure still exists in other indoor
locations, most notably in the home. ...
Over 10 years, Minnesotans reported a significant decline in exposure
to secondhand smoke and a significant increase in voluntary smokefree
home rules. Such a trend is notable as virtually all public tobacco
control efforts were aimed at raising awareness and support for smokefree
policies within workplaces. These findings demonstrate positive changes
in social norms and suggest that behavior change in public settings
might also be translated into practice in private settings.
Levy, D.T.; Boyle, R.G.; Abrams, D.B., "The
role of public policies in reducing smoking: the Minnesota SimSmoke
Tobacco Policy Model," American Journal of Preventive Medicine
43(5 Suppl 3): S179-S186, November 2012.
Following the landmark lawsuit and settlement with the tobacco industry,
Minnesota pursued the implementation of stricter tobacco control policies,
including tax increases, mass media campaigns, smokefree air laws, and
cessation treatment policies. Modeling is used to examine policy effects
on smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths ...
Minnesota SimSmoke demonstrates that tobacco control policies, especially
taxes, have substantially reduced smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable
deaths. Taxes, smokefree air laws, mass media, cessation treatment policies,
and youth-access enforcement contributed to the decline in prevalence
and deaths averted, with the strongest component being taxes. With stronger
policies, for example, increasing cigarette taxes to $4.00 per pack,
Minnesota's smoking rate could be reduced by another 13%, and 7200 deaths
could be averted by 2041.
Bernat, D.H.; Choi, K.; Erickson, D.J.; Lenk, K.M.; Forster, J.L.,
comprehensive statewide smokefree law: short-term effects on young adults,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S156-S162,
Young adults have the highest rate of smoking among any age group.
The purpose of this study is to assess the short-term effects of Minnesota's
comprehensive statewide smokefree law on young adult smoking perceptions
Telephone surveys were conducted before and up to 18 months after Minnesota's
statewide smokefree law went into effect on October 1, 2007 (data analyzed
2010-2011). Participants included young adults from a population-based
cohort in Minnesota (n=1458) and from five other upper Midwest states
that serve as a comparison (n=248). Differences in perceptions and smoking
behavior were examined between Minnesota participants who lived with
and without a local smokefree law prior to Minnesota's statewide law,
and participants who lived in the comparison states.
The majority of youth in Minnesota were aware of the smoking restrictions
in restaurants and bars following the law. After implementation of the
law, Minnesota participants who previously lived without a local law
(versus comparison) were more likely to perceive fewer adult and peer
smokers and less likely to report leaving social events early because
it was too smoky. No changes in smoking behaviors were observed before
and after the law. Minnesota participants, however, who lived without
a prior law (versus participants with a prior law) were more likely
to attribute a quit attempt after the law to smoking restrictions in
restaurant and bars.
Results suggest that Minnesota's law has changed perceptions of the
tobacco environment. Longer-term follow-up may be needed to observe
changes in smoking behavior. ...
Boyle, R.G.; D'Silva, J.; Whittet, M.N.; St Claire, A.W.; Lee, J.K.,
investment in tobacco control: research findings to inform practice
and policy," American Journal of Preventive Medicine
43(5 Suppl 3): S153-S155, November 2012.
Schillo, B.A.; Keller, P.A.; Betzner, A.E.; Greenseid, L.; Christenson,
M.; Luxenberg, M.G., "Minnesota's
smokefree policies: impact on cessation program participants,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(5 Suppl 3): S171-S178,
Abstinence and relapse rates for those enrolling in cessation programs
appeared more favorable after the implementation of Minnesota's statewide
smokefree law, suggesting that smokefree policies may have a small but
beneficial impact on cessation outcomes. Previous exposure to local
smokefree ordinances may lessen this effect.
bans drive down heart attack rates
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.
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
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
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 ...
write (Oct. 15): Secondhand smoke, Minnesota Orchestra ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 15, 2012
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.
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.
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
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
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.
came the Freedom To Breathe Act in Minnesota five years ago that banned
smoking in bars, restaurants and public workplaces. And on the anniversary
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
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.
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.
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."
call for a smoke-free campus
Minnesota Daily - October 1, 2012
Oct. 1 marks the fifth anniversary of Minnesotas 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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Our view: Lakewalk smoking ban welcome, but not enough
Duluth (MN) News-Tribune - Sep 12, 2012
Going smoke-free in all of Duluths parks also would be the right
and healthy thing to do. The City Council can let the Lakewalk, Leif
Erikson Park and Lake Place Park be just the first step toward that
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
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
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
View: Extend 'no smoking' to Lakewalk, all parks
Duluth News Tribune - September 4, 2012
City policy already snuffs cigs in Duluths parks. So an ordinance
to ban smoking along the Lakewalk and its adjacent splashes of green?
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
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.
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.
Notes: Former owner of Moose Lake cafe recognized for role in promoting
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
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Commons passes Smoke-Free Policy
Dominium Incorporateds Larson Commons Senior Apartments in
Cloquet passed a smoke-free policy that will go into effect on Sept.
Pine Journal - May 12, 2012
The American Lung Associations Smoke-Free Housing Program
was invited to do a tenant presentation on lung health, secondhand smoke
and the trends around smoke-free multi-unit housing in partnership with
Dr. Skip Hofstrand from Raiter Clinic, Cloquet. As part of the presentation,
the resident attendees were given a survey and 93 percent said they
would prefer a smoke-free building or had no preference. The survey
also identified that 23 percent of residents surveyed were suffering
from heart disease or a lung condition which could be worsened by the
exposure to secondhand smoke.
Lean smoke-free in public housing
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.
says her smoking indoors doesn't bother her neighbors. ... Because the
dangers of secondhand smoke are well-documented, cigarette users should
roundup: Exodus on Lake Street, smoking ban in public housing
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)
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.
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,
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
Council Enacts Universal Ban on Public Indoor Smoking
Roseville (MN) Patch.com - February 16, 2012
Rosevilles city council voted unanimously to enact a universal
ban on indoor public smoking at its Monday meeting.
also voted on Monday to permit the sale of new tobacco products such
as tobacco-laced mints and e-cigarettes.
John Marty Among Co-Sponsors on Bill To Ban Onstage Smoking
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 ...
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
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 Countys first
smoke-free law for restaurants was passed in 2002, the regional incidence
of heart attacks was 212.3 cases per 100,000 residents. In the 18 months
following a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance in 2007, in which restaurants
and workplaces became smoke-free, that rate dropped to 102.9 per 100,000
residents a decrease of about 45 percent. Additionally, during
these two time periods, the incidence of sudden cardiac death fell from
152.5 to 76.6 per 100,000 residents a 50 percent reduction. ...
TV Program Spotlights Secondhand Smoke in Minnesota's Diverse Communities
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.
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
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, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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
The bills are awaiting hearings in the Health and Human Services committees
in their respective bodies. Jungbauer did not return multiple requests
for an interview ...
ban debate lights up again
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
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
The proposal, which awaits a hearing, would allow smoking in bars that
provide a room sealed off from the adjoining restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling
walls and a ventilation system that exchanges the indoor air every two
hours. Smoking would still be banned in the remainder of the restaurant
in Smoking Prevalence --- Minnesota, 1999--2010
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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?
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found no statistically
significant loss of jobs at bars and restaurant statewide since the
smoking ban took effect. Multiple studies, published in the December
2010 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, support
the contention that the smoking ban hasn't resulted in economic disaster
for the entertainment, tourism and hospitality industries ...
quitters and fewer starters cut Twin Cities smoking rate in half since
And those still lighting up do it less, 29-year study finds
Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press, 2010-11-15
But a lot has changed in the past three decades, including the cost
of the smoking habit. The impact shows in survey results that Luepker
and colleagues at the U presented Sunday at a large meeting of heart
doctors in Chicago.
In 1980, about one-third of those surveyed in the metro area said they
were current smokers. By last year, the rate had been cut by more than
half, according to the survey.
Perhaps even more striking, Luepker said, is that those who still smoked
were lighting many fewer cigarettes. Whereas women in the metro area
said they were smoking more than a 20-count pack per day in 1980, they
were smoking an average of just 10 cigarettes per day last year.
"I think the bite of price is beginning to take a hit," Luepker
said, referring to taxes that have increased the price of cigarettes
over the past 30 years. Noting laws that have snuffed out smoking in
bars and restaurants -- not to mention hospitals -- Luepker added: "It's
also the inability to smoke anywhere."
The survey results, which were presented at the American Heart Association's
annual scientific meeting, are generally in line with what other smoking
surveys have shown in Minnesota and across the country ...
creates smoking buffer at parks
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." ...
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.
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
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
In Minnesota, we are happy to report smokers and nonsmokers have embraced
our law, and we have few complaints or violations. Many businesses tell
us they are doing well and appreciate the reduced maintenance costs.
We marked the anniversary of the law with an informal celebration at
one of our local establishments. The owner, who was vocally opposed
to the law, welcomed us with open arms. ...
joins ranks for smoke free HRAs
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
Smoke free housing policy is a growing trend among public housing authorities
and with market rate property owners/managers state and nationwide,
to both protect the health and safety of their tenants as well as the
bottom line on their or the publics investment.
In July 2010 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released
a memo strongly encouraging all public housing authorities to
consider adopting no-smoking policies in their buildings." ...
attorney working on controlling E-cigarettes
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 citys
ordinance complies with state law. He also is reviewing tobacco regulations
of six other cities in which he serves as legal counsel. ...
Minnesota(SM) is Available for Comment on Three- Anniversary of States
Smoke-Free Law and What is Ahead
PR Newswire (press release) - September 27, 2010
ClearWay Minnesota, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated
to reducing the harm of tobacco, is available for interviews regarding
the three-year anniversary of the Freedom to Breathe Act. The law took
effect on Oct. 1, 2007 and made all Minnesota indoor workplaces, including
bars, restaurants and private clubs, smoke-free.
Three years after the implementation of the Freedom to Breathe Act,
the law is still very popular and ignites few complaints and violations.
But while Minnesota's smoke-free law has protected Minnesotans from
secondhand smoke and neighboring states also have gone smoke-free, national
smoking rates have stagnated, according to the Centers for Disease Control
Minnesota has a long history of health leadership, but the costs of
tobacco use are still too high: 5,500 Minnesota deaths and more than
$2 billion in related health care costs each year. Minnesota needs to
move forward with proven strategies, such as higher tobacco prices,
to reduce tobacco use.
Freedom to Breathe Anniversary Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
Radio Actuality Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010
Interview Availability Ongoing by request...
Park Smoking Ban on Hold Again
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. ...
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
The Ohio State University study, published in the Journal of Public
Health Management Practice, found that in Minneapolis, the comprehensive
smoking ban was associated with a 3 percent gradual permanent increase
in employment at restaurants and an increase of between 5 percent and
6 percent employment in bars. In St. Paul, the clean indoor air policy
was associated with a 4 percent increase in restaurant employment. Bars,
which were not subject to the smoking ban until a year later than restaurants
in that city, saw no statistical change in employment after the smoking
ban took effect.
Researchers said the findings should qualm fears about potential economic
repercussions for bars and restaurants in states considering implementing
smoking bans. Opponents have argued that these policies lead to large
revenue losses, worker layoffs, and business closures in the ...
Ban for Parks and Playgrounds
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
Stauber said there already is a similar policy in place in the city,
but he wants to take it a step further by making it law. He said it's
not only a move about healthy living, but it also might help clean up
some of the litter in the city's parks and playgrounds. ...
charitable gambling jackpot shrinks
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.
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. ...
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." ...
restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking bans
in 2 cities
The passage of smoking bans in two large Minnesota cities was not associated
with job losses at bars and may in fact have contributed to higher employment
in restaurants, according to new research.
The study is the first to examine the economic effects of clean indoor
air policies on bars and restaurants as independent types of businesses,
the researchers said. Consistent with previous published studies of
the economic impact of smoking bans, this analysis did not find significant
economic effects on the hospitality industry as a whole.
In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the policies were associated with
an increase of at least 3 percent in employment at restaurants over
a 2 ½-year span following adoption of a local clean indoor air
policy. Employment in Minneapolis bars increased more than 5 percent
after passage of that city's smoking ban, while in St. Paul, bar employment
had a nonsignificant decrease of 1 percent - a decrease that cannot
be statistically distinguished from zero, or no change in employment.
City Council to discuss two-hour limit at downtown meters
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. ...
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 Points smoke-free policy was driven by residents who gathered
signatures of fellow tenants for support, and the need for a healthier
smoke-free environment. The American Lung Associations Smoke-Free
Housing Program was then invited to do a tenant presentation on lung
health, secondhand smoke and the trends around smoke-free multi-unit
housing. As part of the presentation, residents were given a survey
and 100 percent said they would prefer a smoke-free building. The survey
also identified that two of the respondents were currently smoking in
their unit and 42 percent were suffering from heart disease or a lung
condition which could be worsened by the exposure to secondhand smoke.
force to seek downtown smoking solutions
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
The task force was formed two days after the Rochester city council
voted to extend a downtown smoke-free zone to include two blocks of
West Center Street between the Kahler Grand Hotel, Methodist Hospital
and the Gonda Building. The council referred the matter to the RDA to
see if the zone should be extended to other areas amid complaints about
smoking and cigarette litter downtown.
"The solution is that we have to clean this up," said Gary
Smith of Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. "Moving them
around is not going to solve the problem. It's just going to move the
City Council OKs expanded smoking ban downtown
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
The council also referred the matter to the Rochester Downtown Alliance
to review whether the zone should be extended to more areas. ...
Signs Act to Protect Youth From New Tobacco Products
ClearWay Minnesota (nee MPAAT), 2010-05-16
Today Minnesotas leading health groups applauded Governor Tim
Pawlenty for taking another step to protect youth from harmful tobacco
products. This afternoon, the Governor signed into law the Tobacco Modernization
and Compliance Act of 2010, which updates Minnesota laws to address
new generations of tobacco products.
Effective August 1, 2010, these changes apply existing state tobacco
taxes and regulations to new smokeless tobacco products, which attract
young customers because they are low-cost, come in candy flavors and
sometimes resemble mints and breath strips. ...
Parks Expands Tobacco Policy
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. ...
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. ...
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 publics) investment.
A memo was released last July from the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (or HUD) strongly encouraging all public housing
authorities to consider adopting no-smoking policies in their buildings.
Duluth adopted their smoke-free policy in December, following Cloquet,
Carlton, Ely and Two Harbors HRAs.
However Duluth HRA will be the largest housing authority, with 750
units, in the state to go smoke-free thus far.
might toughen campus smoking restrictions
Further smoking restrictions might be coming to many of the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities
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.
MnSCUs Board of Trustees Wednesday passed a resolution encouraging
each college and university to consult with its students, faculty and
staff about further restricting tobacco. ...
bill would ban smoking in cars with kids
A proposal to ban smoking in cars with kids is back.
The bill from Democratic Rep. Nora Slawik (SLAH'-wick) of Maplewood
gets a hearing - but not a vote - in a House health panel on Wednesday.
The legislation would prohibit smoking in vehicles where children under
18 years old are present. But law enforcement officers couldn't ticket
for violations unless they pulled the car over for another reason. ...
OKs urban turkey hunt; bans smoking on downtown street
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 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. ...
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
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. ...
Eden Prairie News - January 21, 2010
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds are now entirely tobacco-free,
According to a press release, "No smoking or use of tobacco is
permitted on the grounds of the 1,137-acre University of Minnesota public
garden and research facility located in the west metro suburb of Chanhassen.
banned in city-owned high rises
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. ...
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
"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
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. ...
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.
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. ...
bans tobacco use on campus
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin, 2009-10-10
Rochester Community and Technical College said Friday that it will
ban all smoking and tobacco use on its 500-acre campus on Jan. 1.
State law had already forbidden smoking in public places, but smoking
had been permitted in parking lots, 20 feet outside of building entrances
and in an outdoor amphitheater. That will change Jan. 1.
The college had been studying the issue for several years, an official
said, but decided to take action after hearing more and more complaints
about second-hand smoke. Also, a student nurse had reported a number
of adverse reactions to secondhand smoke among students with asthma
or some other allergic condition.
There are about a dozen public and private higher education institutions
in Minnesota, including Winona State University and Minnesota State
University, Moorhead, that have already opted to go smoke-free. ...
SMOKING? Policy to ban smoking in parks considered
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. ...
still allowed in city parks
Hutchinson Leader - Terry Davis - September 9, 2009
The public has spoken. Smoking will continue to be allowed in Hutchinson
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
Mayor Steve Cook said some residents may have been confused by media
reports that the city was considering a ban on smoking in the parks.
Instead, the council was considering a policy, not an ordinance. It
would only have encouraged people not to smoke in parks. Fines, ejections
from parks or other enforcement methods would not have been part of
the policy. ...
scheduled today on smoke-free parks policy
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. ...
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
"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
puts more health care cost data online
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
That prevention spending, approved by the Legislature in 2008, survived
the Republican governor's own proposal earlier this year to cut the
grants in half to help balance the budget. . . .
The prevention grants will go to 39 local and tribal governments, paying
for projects such as college smoking bans and quit-smoking programs,
safe walking routes for schoolchildren and fresh produce in city neighborhoods.
The changes are supposed to save the state $1.9 billion by 2015 as people
lose weight and stop smoking. ...
workplaces? The entire property?
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.
Its still a leading cause of illness and death in America,
and its preventable. It is an addiction and a very challenging
thing, said Joel Spoonheim, director of health initiatives with
Kelli Thielges, Wellness Manager, Schwans Shared Services LLC,
spoke Tuesday in the Freeborn Room of the Freeborn County Government
Center about Schwans policy to prohibit smoking on company property.
She also spoke about the businesses partnership with Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Minnesota to provide employee assistance programs and nicotine
replacement therapy to all employees to help them quit smoking.
Thielges said she turned to her father, a former smoker, for advice
to get the project going. He told her most smokers want to quit.
Her father said he wanted to quit for three reasons: expense, family
and his workplace banned indoor smoking.
Since he couldnt smoke indoors at work, it was an extra inconvenience
to go outside. ...
shows support for smoking ban in public housing
Duluth News Tribune - David Cowardin - July 22, 2009
Linda Ankrum doesnt get a fresh breeze when she opens her apartment
window at Grandview Manor.
Instead, the air is polluted by cigarette smoke that bothers her and
her daughter, who has asthma. Smoking is allowed at the public housing
apartment building at Second Street and Third Avenue East.
Ankrum, who has lived at Grandview Manor for seven years, shares the
opinion of more than three-fourths of renters in public housing who
would rather live in a smoke-free apartment building over one that allows
smoking, according to an American Lung Association of Minnesota survey
of tenants in Lake, St. Louis and Carlton counties. ...
Court: Bar Violated Smoking Ban
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
But a St. Louis County judge ruled in May that wearing a badge that
says "Actor" doesn't make it a theatrical production. On Tuesday,
the appeals court agreed.
In its decision, the appeals court says "Gun SMOKE Monologues"
was not real, but a sham. ...
Smoking bans do not cause job losses in bars and restaurants
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." ...
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,
Waterstone Place is the fourth area smoke-free apartment building managed
by Steven Scott Management, which handles 62 buildings in the Twin Cities.
tobacco ordinance for parks
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 ...
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 citys parks and recreation commission
voted to recommend approval of a parks ordinance amendment that would
ban any form of tobacco use within 100 feet of any public beach, athletic
field or playground.
The recommended ordinance amendment state that tobacco use would be
restricted within 100 feet of any beach, athletic field or playground
contained within any public site or open space. No tobacco product shall
be used by any person upon the grounds of the facilities at Central
Park, Ojibway Park or the Bielenberg Sports Center. ...
Economic Impact of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Minnesota
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.
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
We hope the attempt to ban smoking in cars where children are riding
falls into the category of 'legislation-as-education.'' The bill is
to have its first hearing today in a committee of the Minnesota Senate.
Getting parents and caretakers to stop smoking when young lungs are
present is an important goal, and we support it. We think this law,
as written, would have the effect of driving home the message without
nailing drivers with a lot of tickets and fines. We admit that it raises
equally good questions about the reach of government into our private
lives. . . .
Many of us who would accept a no-smoking-with-kids rule for the car
would be nervous about a similar law for the home. At some point, legislation
must give way to education. We think this bill could do both -- protect
those vulnerable breathers strapped into the back seats and stimulate
the widest possible public discussion about the dangers of exposing
growing lungs to secondhand smoke anywhere.
the Type of CIA Policy Significantly Affect Bar and Restaurant Employment
in Minnesota Cities?
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
tobacco ordinance eyed for citys 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 citys parks and recreation commission was to address
a recommendation regarding a parks ordinance amendment that would ban
any form of tobacco use within 100 feet of any public beach, athletic
field or playground.
looks at wider ban on tobacco
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
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.
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 651-646-3005.
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.
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
Report Says Secondhand Smoke Costs Minnesota $215.7 Million
(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.
comparison, the $215.7 million annual cost of secondhand smoke
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.
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
The panel removed provisions that would have allowed smoking in
bars if they install ventilation equipment and to forbid local ordinances stronger
than the state law. Northern senators successfully changed the bill in an earlier
committee to include those provisions, which many smoking ban supporters said
weakened it. ...
Allowing local governments to adopt stricter nosmoking
ordinances is important, Sen. Tony Lourey, DFLKerrick, said, especially since
two local governments in his district Carlton County and Cloquet
have tougher ordinances.
I could not go home to these folks and
tell them I preempted their local ordinances, Lourey said.
Survey Finds Majority of Minnesotans Support a Strong Statewide Smoke-Free
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
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.