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Bismarck, North Dakota, makes bars smokefree

smoker no. 85

smoker no. 85 by filtran, courtesy of flickr

If they can do it in North Dakota, it can be done anywhere.

North Dakota’s capital city is making bars smokefree. Voters this week approved a smokefree bar measure by 60 percent. What’s more, they rejected a proposal for outdoor smoking huts.

The final tally: 5,273 voted to make bars, truck stops and tobacco stores smokefree while 3,554 voted against. The measure permitting smoking huts was defeated by a 4,482-4,285 margin.

Unlike many cities (such as Washington, D.C.), Bismarck isn’t wasting time in implementing its new law; it takes effect next week.

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