Hennepin Co. Board Bans Smoking On County Property

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The use of all tobacco products on county-owned properties is now prohibited.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved the new policy Tuesday, in an effort to reduce the hazards of second-hand smoking.

Smoking is prohibited inside county buildings, facilities and within a 45-foot radius of street-level entrances to county buildings, including inside vehicles.

This policy also applies to rented property where the county is the only tenant. It will still be OK to smoke on roads and right of ways.

The rule will go into effect on July 1.

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