Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Minnesota

Creating Safer, Healthier Communities

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 protections for employees and patrons at restaurants, bars and other workplaces. Still, some Minnesota residents continue to be exposed 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 dangerous chemicals. More than half of all Minnesotans live in communities that prohibit their use wherever smoking is already prohibited.

At Feeling Good MN we worked with state legislators in 2019 to add e-cigarettes to the clean indoor air law, which prohibits smoking in indoor areas. The state legislature approved the expansion to include e-cigarettes, becoming the 14th state to do so.

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!