St. Paul bans smoking in city parks, near public buildings and outside workplaces


September 28, 2023

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune file

The St. Paul City Council, shown at a September 2022 meeting, voted 4-3 on Wednesday for the smoking restrictions.

St. Paul is banning smoking in certain outdoor places, joining several cities responding to the state's recent legalization of recreational cannabis.

A split City Council voted 4-3 on Wednesday to restrict smoking in city parks and within 25 feet of public buildings and workplaces.

The law, which will take effect in 30 days, allows property owners and the city's Parks and Recreation director to establish designated smoking areas marked by a sign. Exceptions will be made for cultural ceremonies involving tobacco.


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