Smoking in your own car is now illegal in a Minnesota county

If you light up, even in your own vehicle, you’ll soon be breaking the law in a county in Minnesota.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t smoke and never have. But even I was a bit surprised how far a new law has gone when it comes to banning places where you can legally smoke – like inside your own car.

Smoking in public places has been banned in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for 15 years now. The Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (MCIAA) went into effect on October 1, 2007, and prohibits smoking in virtually all interiors. public places.

This MN town has the most mispronounced name in the United States

This MN town has the most mispronounced name in the United States

It was amended in 2019 to expand the definition of smoking to include vaping and the use of electronic delivery devices (also known as e-cigarettes or vapes.) Similarly, in my home state of Wisconsin, the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Act came into effect on July 5, 2010, which did the same thing.

But now a county in Minnesota is taking that smoking ban even further, thanks to a new ordinance passed by county commissioners earlier this week. The new Smoking and Commercial Use of Tobacco Ordinance just passed in Ramsey County is scheduled to go into effect August 26. KARE-11 has more on what it prohibits:

Smoking and the commercial use of tobacco products is not permitted by anyone at any time on any property owned, leased, leased, contracted or otherwise used or controlled by Ramsey County. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, all installations; land; parking spaces; work areas, vehicles and equipment; walkways, paths and paths; parks and recreation areas, lands and waters; public golf courses, playgrounds, beaches, swimming pools, natural areas and leisure centers.

And, KARE-11 says the new ban too EXTENDS TO YOUR OWN PRIVATE VEHICLEif parked on county property, as well as no smoking within 25 feet of exits, entrances, and ventilation intakes in public areas.

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Now, this new order probably won’t affect too many Minnesotans, as the latest statistics from the Minnesota Department of Health note that as of 2020, only 13.8% of state residents say they are smokers. And since I don’t smoke and don’t live in Ramsey County, this new ban won’t affect me personally.

But I’m still a little surprised that soon you won’t even be able to sit in your own vehicle and light up while you’re parked on Ramsey County property. It’s home to Saint Paul and Falcon Heights, home of the Minnesota State Fair. What do you think?

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