Smokers out in the cold
The N.D. ban barring smoking in public places went into effect Dec. 6. The ballot measure passed statewide with nearly 67 percent of voters in favor. Oliver County voters also passed the measure, but only with about 57 percent of the voters in favor. The ban applies to all enclosed public areas and places of employment; electronic cigarettes are included in the ban.
One of the businesses most heavily affected by the ban is bars—venues where people commonly light up a smoke while enjoying their adult beverage of choice. The ban forces smokers to go outside to smoke, and not just right outside the doorway where the building might provide some protection from the weather. Smokers must be a minimum of 20 feet away from entrances, exits, operable windows, air intakes and ventilation systems.