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Minnesota's new statewide smoking ban

'The Land of 10,000 Lakes', Minnesota

(L) Palisade Head on Lake Superior (R) The aerial lift bridge at Duluth, a port town of Lake Superior

Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States.The state population is estimated as 5.2 million.
Nearly sixty percent of residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan area, known as 'Twin Cities', which
is the center of transportation, business, industry and education.

(L) The IDS Tower, the tallest building, reflecting Wells Fargo Center, Minneapolis
(M) A public transit vehicle in Minneapolis, Minnesota (R) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The state is known for its moderate to progressive politics and social policies, civic involvement, and high voter turnout.
Minnesota is ranking among the healthiest states, and has a highly literate population. Minnesotans have the nation's
lowest premature death rate, third-lowest infant mortality rate, and the second-longest life expectancies. According to
the U.S. Census Bureau, 91% of residents in Minnesota are covered by their health insurance, more than in any other
state. These and other measures have led two groups to rank Minnesota as the fourth healthiest state in the nation.

(L)The common Loon A distinctive cry is heard during the summer months in the northern part of the Minnesota state.
(R) Phelps Mill in Otter Tail County, Minnesota

(L) Map of Minnesota's population change This map shows a steady increase in population in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area.
(R) Laurentian Mixed Forest, Minnesota

Medical care is provided by a comprehensive network of hospitals and clinics, headed by two institutions with inter-
national reputations. The University of Minnesota, School of Medicine is a highly rated teaching institution, that has
made a number of breakthroughs in treatment, and its research activities contribute significantly to the state's
growing biotechnology. Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned medical practice, is based in Rochester.

Source: University of Texas Libraries

Minnesota's new statewide smoking ban 2007
Freedom to Breathe Act

The Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 is a piece of Minnesota legislation that restricts the act of smoking tobacco
products in public places. It amends sections of Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act of 1975. This act protects the public
from the hazardous secondhand-smoke by banning smoking in public places.

The need for policy change was fueled by facts of what secondhand smoke does to the human body. Secondhand-
smoke, also referred to as environmental tobacco smoke, is a complex mixture of chemicals from gas exhaled by
a smoker and from a lit tobacco product. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemicals, that include more than
50 known cancer causing agents, and include 200 poisons. Numerous studies have confirmed that exposure to
secondhand-smoke causes many serious illnesses in nonsmokers, such as heart disease, respiratory problems,
low birth weight, and sudden infant death. Secondhand-smoke is estimated to be responsible for 3,000 deaths
from lung cancer per annum among non-smokers in the United States. Secondhand smoke also accounts for up to
62,000 heart disease related deaths every year.

The Minnesota law applies to bars, restaurants, private clubs, lobbies of hotels and motels, public transportation,
taxis, and smaller commercial vehicles carrying more than one person. State law does not address smoking outdoors,
but some local ordinances may prohibit smokingnear the entrances.

Smoking is permitted in the following places:

  • A specified rooms in residential health care facilities.
  • A separated, well-ventilated area of locked psychiatric units.
  • Specified areas for use in peer-reviewed scientific studies related to smoking.
  • Private homes and residences when they are not in use as a place of employment.
  • Hotel and motel guest rooms
  • Tobacco-product shops for sampling products
  • Heavy commercial vehicles
  • Farm vehicles and construction equipment.
  • Buildings on family farms
  • A rest camp for disabled veterans
  • Smoking is also permitted by Native Americans as part of a traditional Native American
  • spiritual or cultural ceremony and by actors as part of a theatrical performance.
Punishment for violations of the smoking ban is a petty misdemeanor with fines up to $300. The owner of a bar or
restaurant could face a similar fine for violations, as well as penalties up to the fine of $10,000.
Minnesota Department of Health
Source: Star Tribune, Minnesota, September 30, 2007 and others

Total Smoking Ban in USA and Canada.

smorking ban bc canada Smoke-free BC Canada
smorking ban alberta canada Smoking Ban in Public and Work places in Alberta
smorking ban Saskatchewan Smoking Ban in Saskatchewan 
smorking ban manitoba canada Nonsmokers Health Protection Act, Manitoba 
smorking ban ontario canada Smoke-free Ontario Act 
smorking ban quebec canada Tobaco Control in Quebec 
smorking ban new Brunswick Smoke-free Places Act, New Brunswick 
smorking ban nova scotia Smoke-free Places Act, Nova Scotia 

smorking ban New Jersey  Smoking Ban in New Jersey 
smorking ban Illinois USA Smoke-free Illinois Act 
smorking ban California USA Smoking Ban in California 1998
smorking ban Beverly Hills California Beverly Hills banned in all outdoor dining areas 
smorking ban condominium Smoking Ban in a condominium of California
smorking ban Washington state Smoking Ban in the State of Washington
smorking ban Oregon USA Smoking Ban in Oregon  
smorking ban Montana USA Montana passed statewide smoking Ban
smorking ban Colorado USA Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
smorking ban Arizona USA Smoking Ban in Arizona 
smorking ban Maine USA Smoking Ban in the State of Maine
smorking ban Vermont USA Smoking Ban in Vermont 
smorking ban Massachusetts Smoking Ban in the Massachusetts state.
smorking ban New York Smoking Ban in New York 
smorking ban Maryland USA Smoking Ban in Maryland 
smorking ban Washington DC Smoking Ban in Washington,D.C.
smorking ban Minnesota USA Smoking Ban in Minnesota 
smorking ban Delaware USA Smoking Ban in Delaware 
smorking ban Ohio USA Smoking Ban in Ohio 
smorking ban Iowa USA Smoking Ban in Iowa 
smorking ban Utah USA Smoking Ban in Utah 
smorking ban Rhode Island Smoking Ban in Rhode Island 
smorking ban Nevada USA Smoking Ban in Nevada 
smorking ban Virginia USA Smoking Ban in Virginia
smorking ban Michigan USA Smoking Ban in Michigan 
smorking ban Wisconsin USA Smoking Ban in Wisconsin

english index tobacco control 日本語

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The article was written in September 2008, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.

smorking ban Delaware USA 
Smoking Ban in Delaware 

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