Dec 6, 2012 at 7:18 am
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.