Tobacco Use Since March 31, 2005, there has been a major smoking ban within many cities around the Twin Cities Metro Area. The most important part of this bill includes banning smoking on all food and bar premises within Minneapolis. However, in St. Paul, if your establishment receives more than 50% of its revenue from the sale of alcohol, then you may appeal for a license to permit smoking within your establishment.
The air pollution and smoking in particular have always been major arguments within the Twin Cities. And although this ban will probably help to reduce the major effects of smoking, it has hampered economic development. Many bars and restaurants have closed since the ban, and tobacco sales have always been a major part of the mid-west. The mid-west has been known as a smokers haven, and I've noticed than even since the smoking ban, there still remain many tobacco shops all around that have good business. But the owners often complain, and a friend of mine who works at Applebee's tells me that the number of regulars and patrons has reduced noticeably 4.
However, there are the positive effects. Personally I have noticed that I breathe more easily. I've been a second hand smoker nearly my entire life, and it is rather nice that I can go to many pool halls without coming home smelling of smoke. Official statistics of changes from the ban haven't been gathered yet since the ban is so young, but many health officials predict that it should have a significant effect on the health of the community.
However, who can know until the studies are done? It will take some time to find out for sure, and by then the smokers may have accomplished to repeal the ban. Talk of many groups developing to list the ban is spreading around. And, it has always been a tradition to have tobacco and tobacco products here in the Twin Cities.
1 City Rank Minneapolis, (1997)
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