Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    A Smoker's Manifesto: 11 Reasons to Revoke the University's Tobacco Ban

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Cam Gordon to Introduce Minneapolis E-Cig Ban for Bars and Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Minneapolis considering park vaping ban

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Gov. Dayton has "concerns" about Senate's proposed e-cig ban

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Minnesota, Wisconsin taking opposite approach to e-cig regulations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Months ahead of campus-wide smoking ban, U of M offering students gift cards to quit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    E-cigarette shop owner compares vaping to farting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    E-cigs banned at Target Field

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Rainbow Health Initiative comes out against e-cigs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Hennepin County bans e-cigs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Campus-wide University of Minnesota smoking ban almost a done deal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin introduces theatrical smoking ban after constituent complains

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    State smoking ban turns five today

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Stephanie Cannon says she was fired from cancer center job for smelling like cigarettes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    MN Supreme Court's dismissal of Marb Lights lawsuit represents victory for big tobacco

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Bad news for cig smoking Twins fans: You can no longer smoke at Target Field

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    History suggests increasing Minnesota cigarette tax won't be as lucrative for state as some think

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    American Lung Association: Minnesota should do more to prevent smoking

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Mayo Clinic study credits smoking bans for dramatic decrease in heart attacks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Minnesotans support taxing smokers to close budget gap

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Hennepin County explains the smoking ban

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Minnesota smokers now just 16.1 percent of population

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Tom Hackbarth files bill to bring back smoking in bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Twin Cities smokers' numbers drop by half since 1980

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    American Lung Association prefers $20-a-pack cigarettes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Smoking ban isn't hurting TC business, study shows

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Law would ban smoking in cars with children

    Still more smoke-banning hocus pocus.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    11/12 Morning Must Reads: Lazy hunters, campus smokers and PiPress layout problems

    Mass_media_4.jpg Wednesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Smoking Ban: still more folly!

    no-smoking%5B1%5D.jpg The University of Minnesota is considering banning smoking on campus, including all outdoor areas. We believe this to be busybodied meddling run amok and, therefore, we humbly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Minnesotans love the smoking ban as much as the Vikings, less than walleye dinners, State Fair

    Nearly a year after Minnesota implemented a statewide smoking ban, the new law is getting high marks from residents.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    U of Wisconsin study: Smoking ban = More DUI Deaths

    A report on a connection between smoking bans and an increase in DUI deaths should give pause to Minnesotans.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2006

    10/4 Morning Communiqué

    Government looking through blogs and e-mails for terrorists, France prepares to enact a smoking ban, hamsters on planes, a Jim Carrey shor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2006

    MFD: This space still for rent

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2006

    St. Paul goes smoke free

    Smoking ban update: Bar owners go on the attack

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2005

    McLaughlin for mayor and the smoking ban

    For some folks, the biggest issue in a rather indistinctive Minneapolis mayoral race is the smoking ban.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2005

    The Patios of Minneapolis: Keepers of the flame

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2005

    The 418 Club: Still smokin?, despite the ban

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2005

    Quote of the day

    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."

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2005

    MPLS: Still smokin' ... on the sidewalk

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2005

    Do you want to take this outside?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2005

    Like paper in fire

    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 >>

  • Books

    June 6, 2001

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    A longtime antismoking advocate just says no to billboards

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