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Pawlenty signs smoking ban

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EAGAN, Minn. - Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday moved Minnesota closer to snuffing out smoking in nearly all workplaces by signing a statewide smoking ban decades in the making.

Minnesota has been a national leader in trying to deter smoking, Pawlenty said, and a ban will help make citizens "more aware about the dangers of smoking itself, but also and importantly the dangers of secondhand smoke."

"This is something whose time has come," the GOP governor said.

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