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Published December 10, 2012, 09:34 PM

Smokers making transition to new law

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A pleasant surprise for workers at Fargo-Cass Public Health: not one complaint over the smoking ban in its first weekend.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A pleasant surprise for workers at Fargo-Cass Public Health: not one complaint over the smoking ban in its first weekend.

The tobacco-prevention coordinator cleared her schedule today, in preparation for follow up calls.

She says no complaint is likely because of the media attention this law had. Also, businesses were sent packets clearly stating the rules and what can happen if they don't comply.

If smokers violate the ordinance, people are asked to contact public health.

Robyn Litke, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator: “We won't be able to take enforcement action but we will contact the business, work with them, give them a warning if you will and help them get into compliance with the law.”

On a first offense the smoker gets a $50 fine. It's $100 for the business.

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