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Published July 26, 2010, 06:24 PM

Public Health Helping Businesses Prepare for Smoking Ban

Grand Forks County Public Health said it could be an adjustment for businesses and customers as the smoking ban for bars and truck-stops gets closer.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Grand Forks County Public Health said it could be an adjustment for businesses and customers as the smoking ban for bars and truck-stops gets closer.

Officials at the department of Public Health said they are doing what they can to make sure goes smoothly.

" Our customers need to be aware of the change," said Bonzer's owner Jon Bonzer.

A change just a few weeks away.

" We're in the business of accommodating customers. For the last 30 years we've accommodated customers who smoke," said Bonzer.

Until August 15th, when lighting up in bars or truck-stops will not be an option.

" Certainly attitudes (about smoking) have changed," Bonzer said.

The smoking ban was announced for bars and truck-stops in the spring, and businesses like Bonzer's are getting some help to prepare.

" We intend to do as much education as we can to help alleviate possible violations," said Haley Thorson, with Grand Forks County Public Health.

Thorson said Public Health can be a resource to learn more about the ban. The more notices businesses have.

"Free signage, brochures, table tents. Anything a business can use to start educating their customers."

The more aware their customers will be. Public Health has no smoking packets for area businesses, and they are even using facebook and twitter to remind the community.

"We know communities that embrace the transition will see a smoother transition," Thorson said.

Things like no smoking signs are supposed to help customers get used to the idea of not smoking. Bonzer thinks the ban will take some getting used to.

" Adversity is just something you have to deal with in business," but taking steps early will help smokers adjust.

"We just have to make it as easy as possible."

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