MN State Fair moves towards designated smoking areas

1:40 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Minnesota State Fair is moving towards further tightening its smoking policy by establishing specific areas on the fairgrounds where visitors can smoke.

The move comes after a 2-year-old was burned in the eye by a man's cigarette during the 2012 run of the fair. 

In the months since the State Fair's Board of Managers has mandated the creation of designated outdoor smoking areas, which will be located throughout the fairgrounds and made easily accessible to fairgoers.

The change in smoking policy will be implemented for the 2013 State Fair.

Previously the State Fair had banned smoking from all buildings and outdoor performance areas.  

Minnesota State Fair spokesperson Brianna Schutte says the discussion of how many designated smoking areas there are and where they will be located is still in the planning stages.

She also indicates that it hasn't been decided whether or not smoking will be allowed in outdoor vendor dining areas.

The fair has discussed making this change for quite some time to continue to creating a family friendly atmosphere while accommodating both smokers and non-smokers.


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