Can cities and counties pass stronger smoking regulations?

According to the Freedom to Breathe amendments to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act which went into effect on October 1, 2007, local governments can adopt more stringent measures to protect individuals from second hand smoke.  To read the Freedom to Breath Act in it’s entirety, click here.

In Philadelphia, farmers’ markets have already adopted the smoke free policy. 

Why is this policy needed?  By selling locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods, farmers’ markets encourage the community to eat healthy. A smoke-free policy at farmers’ markets will go a step further by also promoting other healthy behaviors by not allowing smoking. The policy will serve to protect and enhance air quality and contribute to the health and well-being of all employees and the public. 

What are the benefits of the policy?  The smoke-free policy will help protect children and adults from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, create a cleaner environment, lessen cigarette butt pollution and reduce the risk of fire.  And, most importantly, the policy will help in reducing smoking rates in Philadelphia and encourage smokers to quit.  To read more about Philadelphia’s non-smoking policy at farmers’ market, click here.

Some local business in Kanabec County and Partners in Healthy Living have discussed the possibility of adopting a non-smoking policy at local farmers’ markets by posting non smoking signs. 

For a list of local farmers’ markets, click here.

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