Minnesota Resources

National Resources

Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke Resources


  • Association for Nonsmokers — Minnesota: www.ansrmn.org
    The Association for Nonsmokers--Minnesota (ANSR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the human and economic costs of tobacco use in Minnesota. Our core commitments are to reduce the number of young smokers and to continuously advocate for the rights and health of nonsmokers.
  • Dakota County Public Health Department: www.co.dakota.mn.us
    The Dakota County Public Health Department provides services to individuals, families and communities to prevent disease and disability and promote and protect the health of the residents of Dakota County.
  • Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association: www.minnesotabedandbreakfasts.org
    We're here to help you plan your next getaway to Minnesota. Imagine igniting reminiscences in a lighthouse or enjoying the experience of a sod house overnight or lock up in a jailhouse B&B. Tuck into a sweet night's sleep in a pullman car, caboose or carriage house. Choose from Victorian mansions, cottages in the woods, lakeside castles, log houses, a former hospital or a former church. The adaptive reuse of historic properties along with new construction into splendid accommodations is complimented by warm hospitality, gracious sharing of the area's offerings and delicious food.
  • Minnesota Department of Health Office of Tobacco Prevention and Control: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/tpc/
    Tobacco Prevention & Control connects health professionals, and the public to valuable resources including smoking cessation, reports detailing the effects of tobacco use, educational materials, and guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs.
  • Public Health Law Center: www.publichealthlawcenter.org
    The Public Health Law Center is a national non-profit organization of law and policy specialists that help health leaders, officials, and advocates use the law to advance public health. Founded in 2000, our organization today is a preeminent authority in U.S. public health policy and a respected legal resource for dozens of local, state, national and international health organizations. Every few years, the law center publishes Tracking Tobacco Laws, a summary and explanation of Minnesota's tobacco-related laws.

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  • American Bed & Breakfast Association: www.abba.com
    The American Bed and Breakfast Association is an organization dedicated to the promotion of bed & breakfast (B & B) inns nationwide. Bed and breakfasts are ideal getaways from the stresses of life for a weekend -- or longer, if you wish. With a more home-like, intimate atmosphere, a bed and breakfast inn is the perfect alternative to a larger hotel chain or resort for your vacation.
  • Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights: www.no-smoke.org
    Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. ANR pursues an action-oriented program of policy and legislation. Learn more on the Smoke-Free Travel portion of the web site.
  • FreshStay: www.freshstay.com
    FreshStay is the world's leading on-line directory of smoke-free hotels! FreshStay brings you 100% smokefree hotels, with fast, easy and secure on-line booking. FreshStay is dedicated to promoting the improvement of indoor air quality for Frequent Breathers™ worldwide that are seeking these accommodations at resorts, hotels, motels, inns, B&B’s and more. Our listings of all smoke free hotels will help to ensure that you Breathe Easy, Sleep Great™ during your next stay at one of these lodging properties.

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Air Movement & Ventilation

  • ASHRAE Position Statement on Environmental Tobacco Smoke
    Produced by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). PDF. Opens in new window. Information on the health consequences of exposure of nonsmokers to tobacco smoke in indoor environments, and on the implications of this knowledge for the design, installation and operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. It states: “At present, the only means of effectively eliminating health risk associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity.” 
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Multi-Family Buildings
    Produced by the Center for Energy and Environment in Minnesota. Web page. Opens in new window.
    NOTE: This research was conducted in multi-family apartment buildings. Since many lodging establishments are built similar to apartment buildings, this research may be applicable to the smoke-free lodging movement.
    This project included in-depth owner interviews, a survey of a large sample of renters, legal research and measurements of the movement of secondhand smoke tracers between units in apartment buildings before and after air sealing and ventilation treatments. The project produced some of the most extensive multiple fan measurements of inter-apartment air leakage and multiple tracer gas measurements of inter-apartment air transfer. http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/Projects/Current/Environmental-Tobacco-Smoke/

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