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Smoking and tobacco restrictions

Throughout the county, there are prohibitions against smoking, including electronic cigarettes, and use of tobacco products in most public indoor spaces and on county property.

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In addition to the smoking restrictions of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, Hennepin County also bans the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere conventional smoking is banned.

Smoking and electronic cigarettes are prohibited in businesses and organizations throughout the county including restaurants, hotels, bars, daycares, health care clinics and facilities, group homes, public transportation and any space or establishment covered by state law. Read the county's smoke-free ordinance.

Establishments can order smoke-free signs to post at all building entrances:

  • No cost
  • Sign dimensions: 8.5" x 3.75"
  • Sign text: "This entire establishment is smoke-free including electronic cigarettes. Hennepin County Ordinance 24."
  • To order signs, email

Make a comment or report a violation

  • 1011 First Street South, Suite 215
    Hopkins, MN 55343
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 612-543-5200
  • Fax: 952-351-5222

County policy prevents smoking, all other forms of tobacco use, and electronic cigarettes on all property owned by Hennepin County government.

Applicable properties

  • All county-owned buildings including downtown Minneapolis and suburban property
  • Leased space where the county is the only tenant
  • County libraries
  • Parking garages, lots and ramps owned by the county
  • County-owned vehicles and equipment
  • Personal vehicles on county property
  • Areas within 45 feet of street-level entrances to county buildings

The policy is intended to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce hazardous tobacco use among visitors and employees, and uphold the county's commitment to enhancing the health of its residents.

Read the county's tobacco-free property policy (DOCX).
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