This week, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners passed a ban on the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on county-owned property, which includes parks and other open spaces as well as buildings such as the county courthouse and parking structures, even within a privately owned vehicle.
The ban does have a handful of exemptions, notably while using or visiting individual campsites, on open water and within private vehicles on parks property. There is also an exemption for tobacco use during as part of traditional spiritual or cultural ceremony that has prior county approval.
The ban goes into effect on April 1, 2020.
Blue Earth County is home to approximately 67,000 residents and is situated approximately 100 miles southwest of the Minneapolis metro area.