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Smoking ban might prompt even more restrictions for restaurants

And article published Sunday in the St. Paul Pioneer Press highlights the issues municipalities have had to deal with in the wake of the smoking band, which went into effect October 1.

Reporter Maricella Miranda cites the examples of many restaurants and businesses that have responded to the smoking ban by setting up patios which sometimes consist of merely a canvas tent. The article includes examples of how cities have responded to these businesses by proposing stricter regulations on these patios. This includes requiring additional liquor licenses and emergency exits.

This article points out the top-down reactions that occur when new state laws are passed, requiring local governments to increase their own statutes and ordinances to comply.