Minnesota's Smoking Ban Kicks in Monday
According to the Star Tribune, â€śMinnesota's "Freedom to Breathe Act" takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, forcing smokers to put out their cigarettes or take their habit outside of bars and restaurants.â€? Minnesota will become the 17th state to issue a statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. Carrying a lighted cigarette or cigar will be prohibited in most public places and workplaces. It will be legal in homes, cars, hotel rooms, a disabled veteran camp in Washington County, casinos, and in tobacco shops, if youâ€™re trying out products. The new ban is supposed to be enforced by bar and restaurant owners, and local law enforcement. The consequences could be a fine of up to $300. The ban will be noticeable throughout the state.
The Pioneer Press printed the same Associated Press article 35 minutes earlier with a slightly different title. The article format is easy to read because it is written in a Q and A style, that allows the readers to get what they want.