Reducing Second & Thirdhand Smoke Exposure in Minnesota

Creating a Safer, Healthier Community

Secondhand smoke exposure has dropped dramatically in Minnesota in recent decades thanks to the 1975 Clean Indoor Air Act and the 2007 Freedom to Breath Act, which added those protections for employees and patrons at restaurants and bars and other employers. Still, some Minnesota residents are subjected to secondhand smoke because of where they live or work.

Feeling Good MN is working with county, state and federal agencies to raise awareness of the benefits of offering smoke-free housing options. People who live or work in apartments or other multi-unit housing complexes and those who work in hotels or motels can be exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors or while at work, so it is important to help people avoid this exposure.

  • CLICK HERE for the list of PHAs that the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes currently knows have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all of their public housing units.

Exposure to Secondhand E-Cigarette Vapor

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices used to inhale a heated vapor of nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals. More than half of all Minnesotans live in communities who prohibit their use wherever smoking is already prohibited.

We believe it is time to protect all Minnesotans in restaurants, bars and other workplaces not yet covered and we support efforts to include these products in public policies that apply to cigarettes. There is not yet a body of evidence on the effects of using or being around e-cigarettes, and allowing an unknown substance to be used in indoor public places exposes bystanders.

A poll funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in February of 2014 found that Minnesotans strongly support e-cigarette restrictions in public places. 79% said they support prohibiting e-cigarette use in places where smoking is already prohibited.

Recent changes to Minnesota law prohibit e-cigarette use in public schools, hospitals, clinics and government-owned buildings, including city and county buildings. It also includes licensed daycare facilities during hours of operations.

Are you interested in reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and vape? Connect with us today and learn how you can get involved in efforts to clear the air!