Minnesota

Waseca County, Minn. To Look at Smoking Ban on County Property Today

A pair of proposals that will limit the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes are slated to be presented to the Waseca County Commissioners at…

Minneapolis Could Ban Tobacco Use and Smoking in Parks This Summer

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is likely to consider a proposal to create a complete ban on tobacco use and smoking at its next meeting on June…

Dilworth, Minn. Passes Park Smoking Ban

The Dilworth City Council recently passed a resolution that immediately bans the use of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes in parks in the town of just…

Minnesota City Could Ban Smoking in Cigar Shops

The Hastings, Minn. City Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on a proposal to prohibit smoking in all tobacco shops, though it would maintain…

Weekly News (December 2, 2013)

 Editor’s Note: Another busy week. Remember, no cigar is too pretty to smoke. Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve 2013 Arrives in Stores — Two sizes, twice…

Otter Tail, Minn. Bans Smoking on County Property

Smoking will be banned in and on all Otter Tail County property come 2014. Last week, the county approved a measure that bans smoking around…

Minnesota Raises Cigar Tax, Adds Cap

A state with some of the highest taxes on cigars is getting a tax hike, and at least one retailer is calling it a victory….

Weekly News (May 27, 2013)

Editor’s Note: I’ve never made these columns about my personal life. Many others do it in their blogs—most notably Jerry Cruz, who does it better…

Weekly News (January 31, 2011)

Can he do it? Will he do it…? Yepp, another week, another Viaje LE announcement. Nope, I’m not kidding. It marks the seventh sixth (I…

Editorial: Minneapolis Smoking Ban

Minnesota passed the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act in 1975. Fast forward pretty much thirty years. In 2005, St. Paul’s City Councilman Dave Thune proposed a smoking ban and two years later it passed. In the time in between, Minneapolis and a host of other cities passed smoking bans. This led state lawmakers to pass the Freedom to Breathe Act in 2007 amending the 1975 legislation by placing much more restrictions on the consumption and sales of tobacco products. There are two main contentions of the act being debated, the use of “sampling” and where smoking is allowed. The Freedom to Breathe Act does not limit smoking in the following areas: