Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

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No ifs, ands, or butts about it -- we're on the path toward banning smoking in all public places.
One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.

FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today

In other words, smoking continues down the path toward criminalization, but in the meantime, government hopes to make as much money as it can from cigarette sales.

KSTP details Dayton's proposed cigarette tax increase:
Governor Mark Dayton is asking for a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, which he said would bring in an additional $370 million in new revenue. The request was made as part of Dayton's budget proposal...

"In state after state, when the tobacco tax has been raised, we've seen the amount of youth smoking go down markedly," said Bob Moffitt, communications director for the Minnesota chapter of the American Lung Association.

Anti-smoking advocates, and Gov. Dayton, insist the tax increase will decrease smoking rates, while also pumping money into state government.

"This is going to be something that really saves Minnesota a lot of money in the long term," Moffitt said.
However, the claim that higher cig taxes correlates with more revenue for the state is a controversial one, as we told you about last year in our "History suggests increasing Minnesota cigarette tax won't be as lucrative for state as some think" post.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune provides more information about the State Fair's smoking crackdown:
The fair's board of managers over the weekend gave the go-ahead for the creation of outdoor designated smoking areas starting with the 2013 Great Minnesota Get-Together, whose attendance over 12 days totals nearly 1.8 million a year.

That means smoking in virtually all other open-air spaces on the 320-acre grounds will be banned. Smoking already was prohibited in fair buildings or in entertainment seating areas, such as the bandshell and the grandstand...

The fair is joining a growing list of public places -- among them municipal parks and college campuses -- with outdoor smoking restrictions.
The number and size of the State Fair smoking areas is yet to be determined.

Last year, smoking was banned at all Target Field events, including Twins games. Hell, even candy cigarettes have been kyboshed. Put it all together, and it makes us wonder -- what'll happen first, the outright ban of cigarette smoking in public places or the legalization of recreational pot?


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Mufo Rommney Zomby
Mufo Rommney Zomby

look minnesota is lame just think about all thir lame laws and how they bankruped their own city? of stpaul.. pushed all the bars out .. becouse of this lame smoking law.. cant u see this?

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

I re-iterate my earlier point to everyone who is a non-smoker that is either happy about this or doesn't care. Group A doesn't smoke and doesn't like smoking - they don't care that Group B is losing out on their right to do so. So, laws are passed and now Group B can't smoke and Group A is happy. Group B doesn't like alcohol. They detest it - they don't care that Group A is losing their right to drink. So, laws are passed and now Group A can't smoke and Group B is happy. Except, both of those groups should have cared just a little bit more about what they didn't care about, because now they are both missing something they enjoyed and that's how bullshit law, after bullshit law, after bullshit law has been piled onto city, county, state and federal rule books over the last couple hundred years and now (smoke or not) it's getting just a little bit hard to breath. IT'S TIME EVERYBODY STARTED FUCKING CARING! BEGINNING WITH EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED ABOVE WHO IS HAPPY OR INDIFFERENT TO THIS STATE FAIR SMOKING STORY.

Liesl Henz
Liesl Henz

Smoking is slowing, becoming illegal in MN? Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in MN? How can we educate ourselves on this topic when we can't get past the headline?

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

Smokers at the fair blowinh big clouds of smoke my way is disgusting. Glad they are doing something

Loukia M. Janavaras
Loukia M. Janavaras

This is ludicrous! And I don't even smoke. Oh and CP, don't you mean *slowly* ?

Moffitt
Moffitt

Thanks for The Blotter love, Aaron. It's been a busy week in tobacco-related news. We were among the many who asked the state fair board to make this move -- glad they listened.

Bob Moffitt

Matty Stewart
Matty Stewart

*your, *twinkies... Damn auto correct, mixed with my poor grammar.. Lol

Matty Stewart
Matty Stewart

If it is SOO bad to EVERYONES health, make them illegal. I highly doubt that second hand smoke, in the OUTDOORS, is any worse for you heart than deep fried twinkles..

David McGinley
David McGinley

I never said smoking had anything to do with anything, just the fact that we keep having things taken away from us. It doesn't really matter what it is,but it is a right of some kind that is being taken away. How about they make alcohol illegal again, that went over well last time...

Mr. Little Guy
Mr. Little Guy

people are always throwing their cigarette butts near my house :(

Evan Walde
Evan Walde

E-cigs everywhere after this is enacted.

Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson

Yeah, ya lost the right to litter your nasty-ass butts all over the ground and blowing your shitty mouth exhaust all over. Big loss, to the losers who still smoke haha!

Dustin Haning
Dustin Haning

One of the many benefits of being a non-smoker is not giving shit where you can and can't smoke.

Steve Burgett
Steve Burgett

Well Cannabis is illegal so how about talking about it in Austin,Mn. on the 25th of March.We are doing a screening for What if Cannabis Cured Cancer.We would Love if You could post this and start a conversation about the subject.THINK ABOUT IT ! peace beats

Nathan Hoffmann
Nathan Hoffmann

Because smoking is the sign of an individualistic and free thinking person.

David McGinley
David McGinley

This planet is a prison for the free-thinking individual

David McGinley
David McGinley

society is fucked. let's just take more rights away...

Joan Scanlan
Joan Scanlan

Should be interesting to see them inforce it at the fair. Its a mob!

Frank Neubecker
Frank Neubecker

Good! Less people and less smoke will actually make it enjoyable!

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Fuck this!! Hey non-smokers, this is no longer (or frankly never was) about smoking or not smoking, it's about rights - the right for anyone to smoke a cigarette, cigar, pipe or whatever, if they so choose. Look around this fucking ridiculous country - outdoor smoking bans??? No smoking in parks?? No smoking in Times Square?? What the fuck? Whether or not you like or appreciate or even approve of smoking - this should be ringing a loud and unpleasant bell of rights violations in your ears. If it doesn't, you are either not paying attention or you need to get your ears checked.

jrwmn
jrwmn

"...slowing becoming..." 
"Slowly" perhaps?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Moffitt: People should picket at your house for being a fat guy preaching about what others should or shouldn't do with their health. Do you hate the world that much guy? Freakin terrorist

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Trevor Ludwig : how is killing you illegal?

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@jrwmn Oops! Thanks for catching that. Fixed.

Moffitt
Moffitt

Whoa, bro. Don't yell at a fat guy! My girth alone should be proof I love the Minnesota State Fair. Even more, now.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran You are such an angry bitter gun nut weirdo its easy to tell you have what doctors call a "micro penis". 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Moffitt : don't be a big fat guy pretending his shit doesn't stink and I won't yell at a big fat guy. Somehow I just knew you'd be fat before I even looked at your pics... you and rob reiner should date

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