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Minneapolis joins anti-smoking wave

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MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 23, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The Minneapolis City Council has approved a sweeping anti-smoking ordinance that will ban lighting up in bars and restaurants beginning March 31.

Friday's 12-1 vote came three days after suburban Bloomington, Minn., prohibited smoking in all public buildings and workplaces and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows and ventilation intakes.

The Minneapolis law does not ban smoking in all workplaces.

The Minneapolis City Council rejected several attempts to amend the ordinance to permit smoking in designated areas of bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and pool rooms because of its potential economic impact on small businesses, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.

The St. Paul City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to override the mayor's veto of a ban that would permit smoking in ventilated designated smoking rooms.

Twin Cities-area politicians said they would look into countywide smoking bans.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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