North Dakota Statewide Smoke Free Ban Now In Effect


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N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s new smoking ban has taken effect. The new law passed by voters a month ago expands the ban to bars, motels, private nursing homes, cabs and public transportation. It also prohibits smoking within 20 feet of an entrance to a public building.

People who violate the ban can be fined $50. Bars that don’t comply can be stripped of their tobacco and liquor licenses. The ban passed with 67 percent of the vote in the Nov. 6 general election. The law went into effect Thursday.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( The use of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited in areas where smoking is not allowed. Vicki Voldal Rosenau, tobacco prevention coordinator with the City County Health Department will work with local business owners in Barnes County to help make the implementation smoother.

For more information about the smoke-free law, contact CCHD at 845-8518, or the Center for Tobacco Prevention & Control Policy at 1-877-277-5090 or go to

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  1. brownstarr Reply

    I see the Subway smokers are already practicing for the 6th. They are now standing by main street smoking. Yum!!!!