Minneapolis Bans Smoking; St. Paul to Follow

Restaurants and bars in Minneapolis will go smoke free on March 31, 2005 after a surprising 12-1 vote by the city council. Minneapolis joins Bloomington, Minn. in stamping out smoking in public places, primarily as a workplace safety issue.

St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, who vetoed a similar measure last month in favor of a regional approach, said he is now willing to approve a similar ban in St. Paul. Good to know we have such bold, daring leadership in the mayor’s office.

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