Take a deep breath. Notice anything?

  • Article by: KATHY SHERAN
  • Updated: September 30, 2012 - 9:56 PM

We have the Freedom to Breathe Act to thank for that -- an important piece of legislation that turns five years old this week.

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goferfanzSep. 30, 1210:24 PM

Wow. this is certainly one self-serving column, so I hope Kathy doesnt strain her neck patting herself on the back. Oddly, she fails to mention the numerous powerhouse and heavily populated casinos, which were somehow excluded from Kathy's fabulous efforts while she and her colleagues were lining their pockets with political donations from these same casinos. Say, something does smell in here...........oh wait, it's just the dfl (Democrats Fetching Loot)

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rlundl02Oct. 1, 12 9:20 AM

Time heals a lot of wounds, and five years have passed. Most people have moved on. But the Kathy Sherans of this world are no doubt looking for something new to conquer. Something new to control. We'll learn what that is sooner rather than later, as sure as I'm sitting here.

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lakestellaOct. 1, 12 9:46 AM

I remember 20+ years ago, my husband and I had an ongoing debate/argument. I said that eventually, maybe not tomorrow or next year, smoking would be banned in all eating and drinking establishments. He said that would NEVER happen, that he felt that private business owners had the right to make that choice and decision. I said just wait and see. It took longer than I expected at the time but it DID happen and thank goodness! The argument that the 75% of us who don't smoke had the freedom to stay home if we didn't like the smoke didn't hold water to me. How about the 25% of smokers having the freedom to stay home if they wanted to smoke? There were predictions of disaster for the businesses if smoking was banned. My husband liked to frequent a local American Legion that used to be smoke filled. They said they would go out of business if the ban went in effect. Never happened. The smokers now just have their cigarettes outside and let us all breathe better. If it is a level playing field, where no business allows smoking, the smokers will come and adapt. My husband probably would still say that this should have been a business owner's decision but I know he prefers the smoke free environment. Thanks to those who made this a reality! Now, how about those Indian Casinos? They are smoky and gross!

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mgmckeOct. 1, 12 9:54 AM

goferfanz: What don't you understand about Sovereign Nations?

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Don9539Oct. 1, 1212:40 PM

"...more than 580 nonsmokers were dying each year from secondhand smoke in the state." Not 575? Not 590? How could you or anyone possibly know this? Seems like cigarrettes are not the only thing that does not pass the smell test.

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netherOct. 1, 12 5:14 PM

@mgmcke I'm guessing the part where they get to run casinos and use the money to influence the government. Just at a glance.

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jd55604Oct. 1, 12 7:14 PM

The nanny state and Mike Ciresi would like you to pat them on the back for extinguishing property rights and filtering lawsuit funds into their own pockets paid for by cigarette sales from statistically low income smokers.

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arielbenderOct. 2, 1212:11 AM

jd55604Oct. 1, 12 7:14 PM The nanny state and Mike Ciresi would like you to pat them on the back for extinguishing property rights and filtering lawsuit funds into their own pockets paid for by cigarette sales from statistically low income smokers._________You left out the part about Tim Pawlenty EAGERLY signing the bill. Last I head, he was a repub.

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chuckdancerOct. 2, 12 9:20 AM

Thhis shows the difference between the two political parties; the DFL has common sense and the Republicans have their ideology.

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waddlebackOct. 2, 1211:55 AM

chuckdancer: You have it backwards.

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