Where you can and can't vape under Minnesota's new clean indoor air act

Minnesota’s new indoor vaping restrictions went into effect Thursday, Aug. 1 in Minnesota.

Called the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, the law will subject the use of e-cigarettes and vapes to the same restrictions as regular cigarette smoking.  

Here’s what you need to know, according to the state Department of Health.  


  • Outdoors, regardless of distance from building openings.
  • Private places, such as homes, residences or automobiles when they are not being used as a place of employment.
  • Sleeping rooms of hotels and motels.
  • Cabs of commercial motor vehicles that weigh over 26,000 pounds.
  • Family farm buildings, farm trucks and equipment, if certain conditions are met.
  • Licensed residential healthcare facilities in designated, separate, enclosed areas that meet applicable regulations.
  • Locked psychiatric units in separated, well-ventilated areas as approved by the treating physician.
  • Tobacco product shops when customers are sampling products.
  • Traditional Native American ceremonies.
  • Theatrical productions that I, actors and actresses who are smoking as part of the theatrical performance.
  • Disabled Veterans Rest Camp in Washington County.


  • Bars, restaurants and private clubs.
  • Office and industrial workspaces.
  • Retail stores.
  • Common areas of rental apartment buildings, hotels and motels.
  • Public transportation, including taxis.
  • Work vehicles, if more than one person is present.
  • Home offices with more than one on-site employees, or used as a place to meet or deal with customers during work hours.
  • Public and private schools or educational facilities.
  • Auditoriums, arenas, meeting rooms.
  • Day cares.
  • Health care facilities and clinics.


Local law enforcement is tasked with ensuring compliance of this new law. Law enforcement can issue petty misdemeanor citations to proprietors or individuals who knowingly fail to comply with the law.

For more information, see the Department of Health’s web page about the MCIAA.


Two other laws went into effect Aug. 1 in Minnesota. Find out more information on those laws below. 

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