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Published February 16, 2010, 10:15 PM

Grand Forks City Council Discussing Smoking Ban Vote

The Grand Forks City Council will be having a special work session to talk about changing indoor smoking restrictions in the city.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

The Grand Forks City Council will be having a special work session to talk about changing indoor smoking restrictions in the city. Council members said tonight that they have three options: They can do nothing, make a decision as a council, or leave it up to the public to decide. The council heard from the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition about a study, which suggested that a strong majority of people in Grand Forks support a smoking ban. The council would have to decide by April 13 whether or not to put the issue on the June election ballot. The council scheduled a worksession for February 24th to talk about whether to have the vote.

Eliot Glassheim/Grand Forks City Council: "You're not allowed to hit somebody in the nose in a bar, even if the bar owner wants you to. I mean, you're not allowed. And you shouldn't be allowed to smoke in somebody's nose in a bar, even if the bar owner wants you to."

Terry Bjerke/Grand Forks City Council: "I'm not going to vote to change the ordinance. It's private business. You don't go to a bar for health reasons. You know what you're getting. If you don't want it don't go there."

Right now people are allowed to smoke in certain businesses in Grand Forks like casinos, bars, and truck stops.

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