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Published June 13, 2012, 01:34 PM

Anti-tobacco group to push indoor smoking ban

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An anti-tobacco group wants to put an initiative on North Dakota's ballot to ban smoking in all indoor work places.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An anti-tobacco group wants to put an initiative on North Dakota's ballot to ban smoking in all indoor work places.

North Dakota law already prohibits indoor smoking in most businesses. But it's allowed in bars, designated motel rooms and a few other places.

A spokeswoman for Smoke-Free North Dakota says the group will be turning in a proposed initiative to Secretary of State Al Jaeger later Wednesday. They're shooting for a November vote.

The North Dakota Legislature approved broad restrictions on indoor smoking in 2005. But they've refused to apply it to smoking in bars.

The initiative will need more than 13,500 signatures from North Dakota voters to get on the ballot.

Eight North Dakota cities already don't allow smoking in bars. They've approved comprehensive bans on indoor workplace smoking.

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