The Minneapolis Park Board is looking at snuffing out smoking in all city parks. Currently, people are allowed to smoke in designated areas, a hundred feet away from playgrounds, pools and beaches.
The University of Minnesota is going smoke free. Students already are not allowed to smoke inside buildings on campus. But starting in July, the ban will extend outdoors.
The Freedom to Breath Act went into effect five years ago on Monday, banning smoking in restaurants, bars and public work places.
The state’s first city to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants wants to take the war against tobacco one step further. The Duluth city council will soon be voting on a proposed ordinance that would ban smokers from lighting up outside along its popular waterfront and parks.
The last place where smokers could light up at Target Field is being snuffed out.
Mayo Clinic said there is more evidence that smoking bans in Minnesota are keeping more people alive.
Three years after Minnesota enacted a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants, most people are happy with it. More than 70 percent approve of it, in public opinion polls.
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