Long Term Effects of Smoking Ban in Minnesota


Five years ago, the State of Minnesota put into effect the Minnesota Clean Air Act, which outlawed smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.  The American Lung Association estimates that 625,000 residents of Minnesota still continue to smoke and 5,100 deaths occur each year due to smoking.  However, a recent study shows a significant decline in heart attacks, exposure among the population to second hand smoke and fewer health problems for the residents of Minnesota.  These positive effects may be due to the Minnesota Clean Air Act. Not only was the health of Minnesota residents improved, restaurants have taken on a more family centered atmosphere since the Minnesota Clean Air Act went into effect.  “When people can’t smoke indoors, they start thinking about quitting,” said Dr. J. Taylor Hayes of the Nicotine Dependency Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.