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New Proposal To Lift MN Smoking Ban

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 9:49 am

At least one Minnesota lawmaker wants to let bar patrons smoke again, more than three years after a statewide smoking ban took effect.

Republican Rep. Tom Hackbarth of Cedar introduced legislation on Monday, Jan. 24 that would allow smoking in bars to resume, including bars attached to restaurants.

Hackbarth’s bill would still restrict smokingĀ  in restaurants. Bars attached to restaurants would have to be separated by walls and doors kept closed.

Kare11 reports that the bill would give bars as long as six years to install ventilation systems, depending on how much of their sales come from drinks. The ventilation requirement would kick in next year for bars that sell more food than alcohol.

Many bar owners have complained that the smoking ban has negatively affected their business.

The bill has been referred to a health panel.

5 Comments

  1. DENNIS 01/25/11 at 5:44pm

    I HOPE THIS DOESNT BILL DOES NOT GET PASSED. IT IS NICE TO GO TO A BAR AND NOT HAVE TO TAKE CLOTHES OFF IMMEDIANTLY WHEN Y/GET HOME AND TO SHOWER. AND ALSO I BELIEVE ITS MY RIGHT TO HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WHERE AS IF WE CHOOSE NOT TO SMOKE WHY SHOULD WE BE SUBJECT TO OTHERS THAT MAY.

  2. Eric 01/26/11 at 8:28am

    Let it be up to the bars, if they make more money with smoking, let them. I don’t know that I would frequent a bar with smoking anymore, but I will vigorously support the bar’s right to CHOOSE what they or their patrons want. I spent a lot of time in VFWs and Legions, they should have been allowed an exception if they chose. A smoking section in bars probably would have worked better than the smoking section at Perkins did… AND employees wouldn’t have to go in there. Hey, charge extra for the liquor license if the bar allows smoking, extra revenue for the cities/counties.

  3. Jennifer 01/27/11 at 12:30pm

    I live in a very small town & unless we want to drive 45 minutes to go out to dinner, we visit one of the local bars/ pubs/ taverns – we don’t have other local options… It is very nice to have those places smoke free so we can bring the entire family and also support our friends and neighbors by doing business locally.

  4. Gloria 01/31/11 at 12:56pm

    Cigarette’s & Cigarette smoke STINKS! it reeks! Keep Minnesota smoke free! Is Repubilican Rep. Tom Hackbarth a smoker? is this why he wants to resume the smoking in bars and public places? He should look at the proven facts from The Legacy Tobacco Document Library, how the Big tobacco companies targets everyone and everything to get people & children to buy their cancer sticks. Smoking commercial tobacco is a proven health risk and secondhand and thirdhand smoke are even a bigger health risk. I lost 2 very dear friends due to their smoking addictions and lung cancer, and also a friend who had to have a lobe removed from his lung due to lung cancer. Representative Tom Hackbarth needs to look at what the effects and dangers of smoking & secondhand smoke has on employees including his own family. Think twice representative! is your suggestion really going to benefit anyone? health wise?

  5. mark 02/9/11 at 4:23pm

    “Many bar owners have complained that the smoking ban has negatively affected their business.”

    If by negatively you mean devastated or closed down, then I’d say yes…..nearly 500 MN bars & restaurants have closed since smoking bans were enacted here:

    cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/01/100-bars-and-restaurants-put-out-of.html

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