Statewide smoking ban looks more likely; With a new DFL majority, advocates are optimistic, while opponents seek to limit impact
Minnesota is close to banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Law-makers believe that they may have enough votes to get a smoking ban passed. Even people who once were against a smoking ban are now accepting it. Bar owners are not very optimistic about this idea however. But more and more major cities in Minnesota are favoring smoking bans in bars and restaurants. Supporters of a ban say this is because of the Surgeon General's report that said that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke is a health hazard. It is believed that this subject will bring up a lot of controversy over the next year. More people that favor smoking bans are being elected into the House of Representatives.