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Published April 09, 2013, 05:09 PM

Some wondering about details of North Dakota smoking ban

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Some people are wondering, with the smoking ban in effect - Can you smoke in a multi-unit apartment building? Health officials say it's up to a building owner or manager to decide if a building is non-smoking or smoking.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Some people are wondering, with the smoking ban in effect - Can you smoke in a multi-unit apartment building? Health officials say it's up to a building owner or manager to decide if a building is non-smoking or smoking.

If the building is a smoking building, each tenant can smoke in their own individual unit. They can also smoke on their balcony just as long as they aren't 20 feet away from a public place like a mail room, court yard, or hallway.

Holly Scott - Community Health Educator: “If a person chooses to smoke on their balcony and they live next to a person who is perhaps a non-smoker and that non-smokers window is open, even if its within that 20 feet, that person can still smoke on their balcony.”

Fargo Cass Public Health has received about 100 calls about people smoking in apartments since the ban took effect.

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