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What were the changes when the new smoke-free law took effect on December 6, 2012?

Updated 08/24/2017

The law will protect all people from exposure to secondhand smoke in all enclosed public places and places of employment, including: restaurants, bars, truck stops, guest rooms and common areas whinin hotels and motels, healthcare facilities, long-term care centers, assisted living centers, licensed adult day care facilities, retail tobacco stores, hookah estabishments, workplace vehicles, charitable gambling and gaming licensed facilities, and places of public access that may be leased for private functions in addition, smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of entrances, exits, operable windows, air intakes and ventilation systems attached to enclosed public places and places of employment. The use of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited in areas where smoking is not allowed (NDCC 23-12-9 to 23-12-12). Some Steps required by proprietors are to post smoke-free signage, remove ashtrays from any area where smoking is prohibited, and to educate all employees on the smoke-free law. To assist in the transition, smoke-free signs are available at Pembina County Public Health, 301 Dakota Street West in Cavalier, ND.