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No-smoking ban on Hennepin County property widens

Hennepin County’s new ban on tobacco anywhere on county-owned property begins kicking in July 1, starting with downtown Minneapolis property, including the central library.
The ban on smoking and all tobacco products is being phased in around the c

Hennepin County’s new ban on tobacco anywhere on county-owned property begins kicking in July 1, starting with downtown Minneapolis property, including the central library.

The ban on smoking and all tobacco products is being phased in around the county and includes:

  • Buildings and grounds of property owned by Hennepin County government and leased properties where Hennepin County is the sole tenant
  • Parking garages, lots and ramps owned by Hennepin County government
  • County-owned vehicles and equipment
  • Personal vehicles on county property
  • Tobacco use within 45 feet of street-level entrances to county buildings.

 Dates the ban takes effect:

  • July 1, for all downtown Minneapolis property
  • Aug. 1, for Hennepin County libraries
  • Sept. 1, for suburban Hennepin County facilities
  • Oct 1, for sites where Hennepin County is the single leasing tenant

“By making our campuses tobacco-free, we’re beginning an era of cleaner facilities and lower costs — and hopefully getting folks to reconsider smoking altogether,” said County Board Chair Mike Opat.