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State smoking ban legislation leads to a new kind of border battle

The smoking ban legislated by state lawmakers that went into effect in October has caused Minnesota smokers to drive across the border to Wisconsin to smoke while they dine out, an article published Saturday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune says.

Wisconsin currently has no such ban, and restaurant and bar owners in cities near the border claim they have seen an influx of Minnesotan customers who hop across the border. Geralyn Karl, a tobacco-free specialist at the St. Croix County's health department says that non-smoking Wisconsinites also travel to Minnesota for the smoke-free atmosphere.

Minnesota's and other states' bans have prompted some discussion of a statewide smoking ban in Wisconsin, the article also said.