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Published December 06, 2012, 08:46 AM

New North Dakota smoking ban takes effect

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's new smoking ban has taken effect.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's new smoking ban has taken effect.

The state had a limited ban for seven years. 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.

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