MN House Would Torch Restaurant Smoking Ban

2011 Legislative Session

2011 Legislative SessionSeventy-seven percent of Minnesotans support the ban against smoking in restaurants that was enacted in 2007, according to a 2008 poll conducted by ClearWay Minnesota. The law has not strained business for most restaurants and bars — in fact, the number of people working in restaurants and bars has increased by 3 and 5 percent, respectively, since 2007.

Nevertheless, the Republican-led State House’s Health and Human Services committee has proposed legislation (HF0188) that would allow smoking in eating establishments, so long as the restaurant or bar installs a wall-to-wall closure for the smoking section and a ventilation system in the closed-off area.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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