To the disdain of smokers and acclaim of abstainers, the University of Minnesota's campus-wide tobacco ban was officially enacted in July, a few months shy of the fall semester. Ashtrays were present throughout campus for the first few weeks of school, but have since been removed. Signs informing st ... More >>
Like a vape with your whiskey? Not so fast. Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon plans to introduce an amendment banning e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants. Gordon spoke briefly with MPR about his amendment, citing a recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health that e-cigs a ... More >>
The e-cig regulation Gov. Mark Dayton will almost certainly sign into law over the weekend doesn't outright ban vaping in public places. Bars and restaurants can continue to allow e-cigs inside their premises, assuming local laws don't prohibit it.Speaking of local regulations, one that will soon be ... More >>
This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would roll e-cigs into the "smoking" section of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Art Act, thereby banning vaping in indoor public places.A companion bill in the House doesn't go as far, however. It'd prohibit vaping in public schools and sales to mi ... More >>
Right now, e-cigarettes are essentially unregulated in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, meaning individual businesses can decide whether or not to allow vaping inside their premises.SEE ALSO: E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO] Bills addressing that state of affairs h ... More >>
Inhaling E-cigs might not be bad for you, but simply having one charging in your car can be dangerous.SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session Consider the case of local Christian author Jerry Lindberg, who shared the above photo of the inside ... More >>
This winter will likely be the last University of Minnesota students can light up a heater outside the Walker Library.RELATED: State smoking ban turns five today After a year of preparation, the school is moving toward finally implementing a campus-wide smoking ban next fall. And in order to make th ... More >>
In recent months, e-cigarettes have become increasingly regulated at the business, municipal, and county level.SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn on Seward voting lines: "Someone at the city should be executed"But Rep. Phyllis Kahn, D-Minneapolis, isn't satisfied with that, and next legislative session, sh ... More >>
For better or worse, farting is legal pretty much everywhere and will be for the foreseeable future. Vaping is also legal, but it's becoming increasingly restricted.SEE ALSO: Rainbow Health Initiative comes out against e-cigs The latest city to clamp down on vaping is Rochester. According to a KAAL ... More >>
You can't smoke real cigarettes at Target Field -- in fact, you can't even leave the stadium to puff on one during the game. (Weed, on the other hand? At least one guy has gotten away with it!)PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Hennepin County bans e-cigs So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that tea ... More >>
After we published our post about Hennepin County's move to ban e-cigarettes from county property yesterday, Tiffany Paulson, communications and marketing manager for the Rainbow Health Initiative, passed along a letter to the editor penned by her organization, which is devoted to "improving the hea ... More >>
A lot remains unknown about e-cigarettes, but there's one thing we can report with certainty -- Hennepin County workers and visitors will no longer be able to lawfully smoke them on county property.SEE ALSO: Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [I ... More >>
Last week, the University of Minnesota Senate approved a resolution that would ban smoking campus-wide. The only thing needed for the ban to become policy is the signature of University President Eric Kaler, and he has already signaled his support.FROM JANUARY: Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in ... More >>
In control of the House and Senate following November's election, DFLers promised heading into this legislative session to focus on jobs and the economy. But first, they're taking care of the really important stuff -- like banning smoking during theatrical productions.FROM JANUARY: DFL Rep. Tina Lie ... More >>
One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... More >>
The Freedom to Breathe Act turns five today! That's five years of shamed huddling outside the bar (or restaurant, or workplace) in rain, sleet, snow, just to light up. And for what? Well... "Simply put, Minnesotans are healthier," says Dr. Edward Ehlinger, the state's Department of Health commission ... More >>
MORE WAR-ON-SMOKING COVERAGE:-- Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars-- Bad news for cig smoking Twins fans: You can no longer smoke at Target FieldIn June, Fridley resident Stephanie Cannon got a job as a receptionist with Park Nicollet Health Services at the Frauenshuh Cancer Cent ... More >>
In 1998, then-Minnesota Attorney General "Skip" Humphrey and Philip Morris reached a $6.1 billion settlement after the state alleged that the tobacco company used deceptive marketing, advertising, and research to encourage people to smoke. The settlement barred any future lawsuits regarding Philip M ... More >>
We all know there are fewer and fewer places where smokers can light up these days, including anywhere indoors other than a private dwelling or tobacco store.Now, the Minnesota Twins are taking the smoking crackdown to the next level. Fox 9 reports that before Monday's home opener, the designed smok ... More >>
In a commentary published in the Star Tribune today, economist Patrick Fleenor of Fiscal Economics Inc. makes a persuasive case that the state stands to gain less than lawmakers think from a GOP-proposed cigarette tax hike.Minnesota's cigarette tax is currently near the national average, but the ... More >>
The ALA Minnesota would like to see more anti-smokinng advertising and higher cigarette taxes.The American Lung Association thinks Minnesota should do more to counteract tobacco use.In its annual report, the ALA gives the state an "F" grade in the area of spending on tobacco prevention and contro ... More >>
Smooth.If you live in Olmstead County, you're now about half as likely to die of a heart attack than you were ten years ago. That's according to a new paper out of the Mayo Clinic. So what are our southern neighbors doing that's so heart healthy? Researchers at Mayo think it's because they can' ... More >>
More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help so ... More >>
Hennepin County's smoking ban: Does it go too far? Take the poll below.We mentioned the other day that Hennepin County Commissioners have now passed a far-reaching ban on smoking in and on all country property. The new rule builds on previous policies that banned smoking in, and within 45 fee ... More >>
Not as popular as it used to be.Smokers aren't going to be welcome anywhere on Hennepin County property, including in county-owned vehicles, after commissioners approved a smoking ban by a 6-1 margin yesterday. The goal of the measure is to just clear the air uniformly for all county proper ... More >>
Smoking: We're doing less of it than ever.The percentage of adults in Minnesota who smoke cigarettes has dropped to its lowest level in 11 years, and heavy smokers are consuming fewer and fewer cigarettes. But a report out today suggests that folks are finding new ways to feed their habit: ... More >>
Rex RoofReturn of the smoky bar?Smokers haven't been able to light up in Minnesota bars since 2007, but a group of state representatives want to bring us back to those heady days of barside cigarettes. A bill filed today would allow smoking in bars, provided the bars install a ventilation system ... More >>
Not as much fun as it used to be.The number of Minnesota adults who smoke cigarettes has dropped by about half since 1980, according to new numbers presented recently to an American Heart Association gathering. The findings are emblematic of a larger trend. Like Americans in general, most Mi ... More >>
Photo: SuperFantasticThe health and economic costs to Minnesota from smoking are pegged at $5 billion a year.Minnesota smokers might wince every time they put down an average $5.53 for a pack of cigarettes, but the American Lung Association says that's a bargain. If you tally up all the cost ... More >>
Gross. The argument that the smoking bans enacted in Minneapolis in 2005 and St. Paul in 2006 would hurt local bars and restaurants is being refuted by a recent study, which shows that the number of employees working at food and drink establishments has remained the same or even risen since the l ... More >>
Still more smoke-banning hocus pocus.
Just two years ago, the Minneapolis Fire Department drew some criticism for selling advertising space on its trucks as a potential revenue generator. The criticism passed, but apparently the need for money didn't: The contract is likely to be renewed soon.
The battle at this stage has revealed one interesting strategy: Opponents of the ban are looking toward the capitol to push for a statewide ban in the upcoming legislative session.
For some folks, the biggest issue in a rather indistinctive Minneapolis mayoral race is the smoking ban.
There is no construction trend in Minneapolis to rival the condo craze. Any fool can see that there is a vast conspiracy to re-people the City of Lakes. Giant cranes loom at every corner and condo-related eviction sagas are as common as complaints about the weather. There is, however, another const ... More >>
Dick Wise, a sex-industry veteran and proud rabble-rouser, is smoking a cigarette. This act would not be particularly noteworthy to anyone but Wise and his personal physician if not for the setting. Dressed in jeans and cowboy boots on a recent weekday afternoon, Wise is seated at a table at the 41 ... More >>
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak on pot smokers [via the Strib]: "You're paying to put a bullet in the head of a kid in north Minneapolis."
PS&RS sees slew of sidewalk apps Over the weekend, one news break on KSTP-AM (1500) noted that since the smoking ban took effect, the city of Minneapolis has seen a spike in requests for construction permits--bar and restaurant owners are quickly adding patios or decks to their venues. We can't fi ... More >>
Do you want to take this outside? Another locale's smoking ban hasn't spoiled the taste of stout Minneapolis smokers have been predicting the next apocalypse as a result of the pending cigarette ban in city bars. (The scent of brimstone couldn't make your clothes smell any worse than a nig ... More >>
Like paper in fire: Effort to stop smoking ban thwarted Last weekend to puff away inside your favorite dive The movement to stop the Minneapolis, Bloomington and Hennepin County smoking bans likely gasped its last breath this afternoon, after Hennepin County District Court Judge John Q. McShane de ... More >>
A longtime antismoking advocate just says no to billboards