By CHRIS FARMER-LIES
The city of Duluth was the first in the state to adopt a clean indoor air ordinance that includes electronic cigarettes in September 2013. As of today, almost half of all Minnesotans live in a city or county with a comprehensive clean indoor air ordinance, according to ClearWay Minnesota. This includes Hennepin and Ramsey counties, the two most populous counties in Minnesota. Carver County, Waconia, Steele County, Moorhead, and Wilkin County have all adopted comprehensive clean indoor air ordinances in the last few weeks.
A February 2014 poll by ClearWay and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota found that 79 percent of Minnesotans support including electronic cigarettes in the state Clean Indoor Air Act. However, repeated proposals at the legislature have been unsuccessful.