Minneapolis considering park vaping ban

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The proposed ban would cover all forms of smoking and vaping.
The e-cig regulation Gov. Mark Dayton will almost certainly sign into law over the weekend doesn't outright ban vaping in public places. Bars and restaurants can continue to allow e-cigs inside their premises, assuming local laws don't prohibit it.

Speaking of local regulations, one that will soon be considered by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board would ban all forms of smoking and vaping throughout all Minneapolis parks.

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The proposed smoking/vaping ban is being pushed by Park Commissioners John Erwin and Jon Olson.

Reached for comment this morning, Erwin says the Park Board's current smoking policy, which bans smoking in certain places based on proximity to buildings, ballparks, and so forth, is "confusing for enforcement and for residents."

"Frankly, I think a lot of people think there's no smoking in the parks anyway," he says.

But why ban vaping too?

"There's been a lot of recent news about how bad these things are in getting kids to eventually move to cigarettes," Erwin replies. "We wanted to expand to e-cigs and also take into account medical marijuana, and protect any residents that go to parks from those. They go to parks to breathe in clean air and exercise and we didn't want to have that influence."

Erwin believes Minneapolis residents are supportive of the type of ban he's proposing.

"Part of the Park Board's core mission is to promote public health and recreation, and allowing people to smoke in parks seems antithetical to that," he says.

The park smoking ban will be considered by the Park Board's Recreation Committee during its June 4 meeting. If it's approved there, it'll advance to the full Park Board for a final vote on June 21.

It's not yet clear whether the smoking/vaping regulation will take the form of a policy (which is unenforceable) or an ordinance (which is enforced with tickets).

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Christopher Ray Hunnicutt
Christopher Ray Hunnicutt

Oh, no! Now where can we see people practicing fellatio on a flashlight, and/or sucking down cigarettes in a public space?

Lance Hagen
Lance Hagen

I'm not a smoker, but this is an example of the "snowball" effect. Laws regulations start out to be well intended and reasonable- than gets stretched over the years.

Joe Banz
Joe Banz

I see nothing wrong with banning smoking in parks. But what I don't agree with is the park board member arguing that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking cigarettes. These concerns should be left up to parents to deal with rather than making more rules that are to "protect" the kids.

Tc Largaespada
Tc Largaespada

I don't know Carmen, sometimes some "Vape" comes out of you too.

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

I could care less if you smoke....anything. But being an ex smoker, I see nothing wrong with this. If you want your "fix", quit bitching and leave the property...smoke up, then go back to the park. I do agree there are FAR more important issues to be dealt with, but since this is already out there.....deal with it and lighten up.

David Huset
David Huset

I guess all the real problems have been dealt with.

John Bunch
John Bunch

Smoking ban yes, due to all the butts that smokers leave all over, as if the world were their ashtry. But vaping? That is too much Nanny State.

KennyX
KennyX

I notice that most of you whining on here about this are most likely liberals. But I thought you love large overbearing government that decides how you think, act and feel? Isn't this what you voted for? Oh wait, I see. Once the liberties that YOU value get imposed upon, oh then it's all evil and bad. You can't have it both ways, Sheeple!

Jason Buchan
Jason Buchan

If we cant smoke anywhere how are we gonna fund that stupid ass vikings stadium?

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Big babies. Go smoke in your own house and kill yourselves instead of everyone else.

Amanda Kay
Amanda Kay

I walk far away off paths and when someone walks by I walk further away my butts go into my pocket until I'm by a trash.. I am tired of being picked on BC I'm a smoker we pay extra tax for a football stadium for a team that sucks!

Kris Windom
Kris Windom

Dumb. Just dumb. People who keep comparing ecigs to cigarettes are totally uneducated about the product. Saying that kids will take up smoking because the see someone vaping is like saying that the kid will start drinking beer because the saw a person drinking a can of soda.

Amanda Rae
Amanda Rae

Maybe Minneapolis should stop incinerating it's garbage & pharmaceuticals for us all to breathe too. Oh, and don't forget to ban any corporations that also pollute the air. No semi's or any vehicles either, for that matter.

Kevin Jay
Kevin Jay

want to make sure people in parks enjoy clean air? really? uhhh air pollution not in parks? why not have signs informing people of smoking areas to stay away from? Stupid regulatory jerks

Jordan Petersen
Jordan Petersen

Yeah they are trying to pass that in California too. Stupid ass laws!!

Jason A Lee
Jason A Lee

When is government going to start passing laws against goverment ,instead of everything and one else.

Eric Hurst
Eric Hurst

I'll still smoke. Just go off the unbeaten path.

Carmen Largaespada Nickisch
Carmen Largaespada Nickisch

Better ban drinking hot tea or hot coffee in parks too. You never know what's in the "vape" that comes out of those cups.

Marc Petersen
Marc Petersen

This is ridiculous. I don't smoke but think smoking and vaping should be allowed outside. And proper receptacles for butts would be great.

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

You have to be kidding me Brad. It's outdoors. Man you sheep will follow any illogical argument off the cliff of individual freedom.

Brad Bolin
Brad Bolin

Good idea until their safety is determined.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

The uneducated douce bags are running the show.

Mc'Real Dtj
Mc'Real Dtj

use coupon code #dtj and save 5% at www.vapes.com

Wini Von Bago Johnson
Wini Von Bago Johnson

alright thats just ridiculous....seriously they legalized medical weed...IN VAPOR FORM so someone has to punch a few dicks until they get it right or does the entire population that uses weed, have to move to Colorado first?

Jennifer Boltjes
Jennifer Boltjes

How are smokers supposed to continue paying for stadiums and the like if there's nowhere to smoke? Can't smoke inside (which is understandable), but now people can't smoke outside. How do we expect sin taxes to continue to pay for things if we don't give people snywhere to "sin"?

Candy Dailey
Candy Dailey

This state is becoming a joke!Laws for law rules for rules dam!

JopySchmopy
JopySchmopy

Ah, the march toward total control continues.  The religion of governmentalism is so all-consuming.  All you kids who think Democrats are hip and swingin' have a big shock coming to you, if you ever start thinking independently and not how your "race, class and gender" professors want you to think.  People who worship government are going to govern you.  They're not going to lay off you for a second, and you better not be doing anything unhealthy.  Why?  Well, because you're hurting other people by doing some unhealthy.  You're increasing others' insurance and health care costs.  If you're not living like someone from Stepford, then you don't care about other people.  Get used to it -- that's the Democratic Party nowadays.  Every personal decision you make will be governed and controlled by them.  Democrats can't even tolerate mist that disappears in the air.  Why?  Because of the way it looks!  Wow.  Keep votin' them in, you morons.  

John Sloan
John Sloan

glad i don't live in minneapolis it's not going to be america no freedom.

Dustin Skaalerud
Dustin Skaalerud

Yea, your welcome for the new stadium MN gov, and NON Smokers! Now i want a law requiring iq tests for all MN legislature personal

Eric Koscak
Eric Koscak

How about the city focus on fixing the potholes first maybe....

Robb Naatz
Robb Naatz

We pay taxes that keep this gov. operating, and we our second class citizens. Talk about discrimination. So maybe i will go out of state to buy all my smoking pleasures, and If you vape or smoke maybe we all protest and buy our hated habit across state lines. Let's start a riot!

Ray Gilman
Ray Gilman

Have to ban things regularly for the sake of banning things!

littlefinger1984
littlefinger1984

@JopySchmopy Yeah, smokers are such independent thinkers.  Ideally they will all have died off in twenty years or so. 

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