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Published June 11, 2010, 07:12 PM

The Smoking Ban Affects Area Businesses.

Lighting up that cigarette in a Grand Forks bar is soon going to be a thing of the past.

Lighting up that cigarette in a Grand Forks bar is soon going to be a thing of the past. With around two months before the smoking ban goes into affect, one local bar isn't letting that get them down.

“A little apprehensive...initially we were...” said bar owner Dennis Blackmun

Apprehensive, but not too worried.

“There are some that say I really like coming there but I don't like the smoking.” Bar owners of Joe Blacks are thinking customers will still be swinging open those doors after the smoking ban comes into effect on August 15th.

“Comments we have gotten from both smokers and non-smokers have been positive.” said Blackmun.

Even some people working at the bar aren't against the ban. “ The employees, who are predominantly smokers, they're also looking forward to it.” said Blackmun, “They don't care to work in that environment day after day after day.”

With the ban, some bars may try to have a more "family friendly" environment, but not this place.

“ Our license is a license that dictates you have to be 21 or older to be in here, which we want. For those bars who serve more food than liquor. They would welcome families. That won't change for us.” said Blackmun. And although a little apprehension still remains…

“ Well, maybe we're wrong, but me and Joe think it's going to have a positive impact in the long term.” Blackmun says because about half of their customers are smokers, they may see a small difference for a couple months.

But after that, he anticipates things to go back to normal.

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