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Bars find loophole in smoking ban

Minnesota bars have found a loophole in the states ban on smoking through "theater nights," reports Minnesota Public Radio.

The ban, put into place in 2007, legally bans smoking from bars and restaurants but allows it for theatrical productions. This is where bar owners have found their loophole. Owners have declared that their bars are in fact theaters and the employees as well as the patrons are the actors.

This loophole has many at the department of health fuming. Officials say they will be taking measures to ensure that bars start following the law despite the newly found loophole.

Bars that violate the ban could face a $10,000 fine or lose their licenses.

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