Effective January 1, 2017
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SMOKE FREE ORDINANCE SUMMARY
MN Statute 144.413 Subd.4 does not include electronic delivery devices in the definition of “smoking.” The ordinance includes the use of electronic delivery devices in the definition of
MN Statute 144.4167 Subd.4 permits sampling inside tobacco shops (as defined in the MCIAA). However, as of August 8, 2016 Federal FDA regulations (CFR1140.6(d)) have been implemented prohibiting free sampling of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in tobacco shops. The ordinance prohibits all sampling inside tobacco shops by not including tobacco shops under the ordinance’s exclusion section, Section 4.04.
Section 4.01 E of this ordinance prohibits smoking 25 feet from entrances of public buildings and places of work.
- A. To prevent secondhand tobacco exposure and its adverse health effects on employees, patrons, and the general public while in public indoor areas and places of employment; and
- B. To protect, in particular, the health of vulnerable populations including children and those with chronic health conditions; and
- C. To maintain consistency in enforcement of clean air in public indoor areas and in the use of products that simulate combustible tobacco products.
- A. Smoking in public places. Smoking shall not be permitted in and no person shall smoke in a public place, at a public meeting, in a place of employment, or in public transportation, except as provided in this section or Section 4.04 below.
- B. Day care premises. Smoking is prohibited in a day care center licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9503.0005 to 9503.0175, or in a family home or in a group family day care provider home licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9502.0300 to 9502.0445, during its hours of operation. The proprietor of a family home or group family day care provider must disclose to parents or guardians of children cared for on the premises if the proprietor permits smoking outside of its hours of operation. Disclosure must include posting on the premises a conspicuous written notice and orally informing parents or guardians.
- C. Health care facilities and clinics.
- 1. Smoking is prohibited in any area of a hospital, health care clinic, doctor's office, licensed residential facility for children, or other health care-related facility, except that a patient or resident in a nursing home, boarding care facility, or licensed residential facility for adults may smoke in a designated separate, enclosed room maintained in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
- 2. Except as provided in Minnesota Statutes section 246.0141, smoking by patients in a locked psychiatric unit may be allowed in a separated well-ventilated area in the unit under a policy established by the administrator of the program that allows the treating physician to approve smoking if, in the opinion of the treating physician, the benefits to be gained in obtaining patient cooperation with treatment outweigh the negative impacts of smoking.
- D. Public transportation vehicles. Smoking is prohibited in public transportation vehicles except that the driver of a public transportation vehicle may smoke when the vehicle is being used for personal use. For purposes of this subdivision, “personal use” means the public transportation vehicle is being used by the driver for private purposes and no for-hire passengers are present. If a driver smokes under this subdivision, the driver must post a conspicuous sign inside the vehicle to inform passengers.
- E. Building entrances. Smoking is prohibited within (25) feet of entrances, exits, open windows, and ventilation intakes of public places and places of work, including public streets, sidewalks, and alleys located within (25) feet of said building entrances, to help prevent tobacco smoke from entering public places and places of work and to protect individuals entering such places from being exposed involuntarily to secondhand smoke, e-cigarette vapor, and vaporized medical cannabis.
- A. Scientific study participants. Smoking by participants in peer reviewed scientific studies related to the health effects of smoking may be allowed in a separated room ventilated at a rate of 60 cubic feet per minute per person pursuant to a policy that is approved by the commissioner and is established by the administrator of the program to minimize exposure of nonsmokers to smoke.
- B. Traditional Native American ceremonies. This Ordinance does not prohibit smoking by a Native American as part of a traditional Native American spiritual or cultural ceremony. For purposes of this section, a Native American is a person who is a member of an Indian tribe as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 260.755, subdivision 12.
- C. Private places. Except as provided in Section 4.02 of this Ordinance, nothing in this Ordinance prohibits smoking in:
- 1. Private homes, private residences, or private automobiles when they are not in use as a place of employment.
- 2. Hotel or motel sleeping room rented to one or more guests.
- D. Heavy commercial vehicles. Nothing in this Ordinance prohibits smoking in the cabs of motor vehicles registered under Minnesota Statutes section 168.013, subdivision 1e, with a total gross weight of 26,001 pounds or greater.
- E. Farm vehicles and construction equipment. Nothing in this Ordinance prohibits smoking in farm trucks, as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 168.002, subdivision 8; implements of husbandry, as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 168A.01, subdivision 8; and special mobile equipment, as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 168.002, subdivision 31. This subsection applies to farm trucks, implements of husbandry, and special mobile equipment, when being used for their intended purposes.
- F. Family farms. Nothing in this Ordinance prohibits smoking in the house, garage, barns, other buildings, vehicles, and equipment on a family farm that meets the following criteria: (1) the family farm is engaged in farming, as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 500.24, subdivision
- G. Theatrical productions. Nothing in this Ordinance prohibits smoking by actors and actresses as part of a theatrical performance conducted in compliance with Minnesota Statutes section 366.01. Notice of smoking in a performance shall be given to theater patrons in advance and shall be included in performance programs.
- H. Situations where members of the public that are passing through on an outdoor street, alley, or sidewalk where smoking is prohibited by this Ordinance while en route to another location.
- A. Posting “no smoking” signs that comply with the requirements for sign placement and size of letters consistent with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act Rules, Minnesota Rules, part 4620.0500, as may be amended from time to time; and
- B. Asking any person who smokes in an area where smoking is prohibited to refrain from smoking and, if the person does not refrain from smoking after being asked to do so, asking the person to leave. If the person refuses to leave, the proprietor, person, or entity in charge shall handle the situation consistent with lawful methods for handling other persons acting in a disorderly manner or as a trespasser.