Minnesota Smoking Bans And Laws went into effect on 1st of October 2007, expanding the existing Clean Indoor Air Act of 1975 to ban smoking statewide in all enclosed workplaces in Minnesota such as public transportation, bars, and restaurants.
However, the law exempts places such as:
- Designated rooms in nursing homes,
- Designated areas in psychiatric facilities,
- Places where scientific studies related to smoking occur,
- Private homes and residences not in use as a place of employment,
- Designated hotel and motel smoking rooms,
- Retail tobacco shops,
- Heavy commercial vehicles,
- Farm vehicles and construction equipment,
- Buildings on family farms,
- The Minnesota disabled veterans' rest camp,
- Smoking by Native Americans as part of a traditional spiritual or cultural ceremony,
- Stage performances involving smoking,
- Outdoor areas.
The following cities have more stringent smoking laws:
- Beltrami County - Banned within 10 feet of the entrances to restaurants and bars.
- Bloomington - Banned within 25 feet of entrances and in 50% of outdoor eating areas of restaurants.
- Carlton County - Banned on 50% of outdoor patio seating in restaurants and bars.
- Cloquet - Banned within five feet of the entrances to restaurants and bars.
- Duluth - Banned within 15 feet of a bus shelter or transit center.
- Golden Valley - Banned within 25 feet of entrances, exits, and ventilation openings of all areas of restaurants and bars; also in public parks and recreational facilities.
- McLeod County - Banned within 10 feet of the entrances to restaurants and bars.
- Rochester - Downtown smoke free zone includes the block of Second Avenue Southwest between Gonda and the Kahler, and the two-block pedestrian mall known as the Peace Plaza. The zone will be extended to include two blocks of West Center Street between the Kahler Grand Hotel, Methodist Hospital and the Gonda Building.