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Published March 22, 2010, 10:32 PM

Hotels Included In Smoking Ban?

What businesses should be included in a proposed Grand Forks smoking ban?

What businesses should be included in a proposed Grand Forks smoking ban?

Right now bars, casinos, and truck stops are included in the proposed ordinance.

However, some council members wonder if hotel rooms should be. Some council members are concerned if the people who clean the smoking rooms are inhaling too much third-hand smoke.

But health officials say second-hand smoke is more of a concern right now.

Haley Thorson, The Grand Forks Public Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, says, “Basically the evidence that we have on third-hand smoke is so new that we feel that the argument for exposure to second-hand smoke is much stronger.”

Tonight the council also got information on patio and outdoor smoking areas.

A vote on the ordinance could come at the next meeting in two weeks.

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