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Terry Loeffler puffs on a Fifty-One, an electronic nicotine delivery device marketed as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Battery-operated devices are an alternative to lighting up

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On May 16, 2007, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the "Freedom To Breathe Act" banning smoking statewide in all public indoor areas.

The bill went into effect Oct. 1, 2007, and since then, smokers have been relegated to huddling outside buildings when they need to light up.


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