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Smoking ban vote likely in state Senate today

Publication Date: 2007-03-27
  • Author:Mark Brunswick
  • Publication:Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

A lively debate is expected over the rights of business owners versus the health of workers and non-smokers.

The Minnesota Senate stands poised to vote this afternoon on a sweeping statewide smoking ban that supporters hope will eliminate almost all smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants.

Seventeen other states have laws similar to the one proposed in Minnesota that include some prohibition on smoking in bars and restaurants. Twenty-five states overall have some sort of statewide smoking ban, though some of them exempt certain establishments. Eighteen cities or counties in Minnesota have enacted their own smoking bans and supporters of a statewide ban have suggested the measure would eliminate a patchwork or ordinances and regulations.