In 1975, Minnesota became the first state to pass legislation limiting smoking in the workplace. The historic Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act required separate no-smoking areas in most indoor work environments with the notable exception of bars.
Now, Minnesota has passed the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, which will extend secondhand smoke protections to virtually all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The Freedom to Breathe bill was passed by a bipartisan majority of lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Tim Pawlenty on May 16, 2007. The law, which went into effect on October 1, 2007, makes Minnesota the twentieth state to go smoke-free.
Highlights of the new law:
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