Great Forks, North Dakota - extends smoking ban to bars and truck stops..

April 7, 2010 - On August 1, 2005, North Dakota's smoke-free law went into effect. The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed areas of public places and places of employment, with some exceptions. (North Dakota's Smoke-Free Law) Lawmakers have declined to extend the ban to bars and truck stops, but local governments may approve stricter anti-smoking laws.

The Grand Forks City Council has approved extending the city's workplace smoking ban to bars, truck stops and casinos. The ban begins August 15, 2010. The council voted 4-3 on Monday, April 5th to approve the new rules. Mayor Mike Brown cast the tie-breaking vote.

The cities of Fargo and West Fargo have had similar bans for almost two years.

Reference: Grand Forks City Council extends smoking ban, by: Grand Forks Herald, INFORUM, 4/6/2010.

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North Dakota's Comprehensive State Plan to Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use 2009-2014..;
North Dakota - statewide anti-tobacco plan to be released in July 2009..;