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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Act Under Attack!

Less than a month into the 2011 legislative session and the Freedom to Breathe Act has come under fire. Members of the Minnesota House have introduced a bill that would essentially repeal the Freedom to Breathe Act by allowing “smoking rooms” in bars and restaurants and allowing the dangerous secondhand smoke to return to the workplaces of thousands of Minnesota hospitality.

Tell Your Legislator to Protect the Freedom to Breathe Act and be sure to include a personal message on how you have benefited from the Freedom to Breathe Act.

With so many new lawmakers, many don’t know the harms of weakening the Freedom to Breathe Act, nor are they aware of the high level of bipartisan support of the law. 77% of Minnesotans support the law, with 41% strongly supporting it. Overwhelmingly, Minnesotans know that smoke-free restaurants and bars are healthier for customers and employees.

Tell your legislators to protect Minnesotans from the dangers of secondhand smoke! We can’t afford to go back; we must to protect Minnesota's health!

Thank you for your support on this important issue!

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