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Published June 29, 2011, 07:18 PM

Devils Lake Smoking Ban in Bars Takes Effect Friday

If you go to downtown Devils Lake this weekend, you may see some changes in your favorite bar. A new city law will ban smoking in Devils Lake bars it goes into effect this Friday.

If you go to downtown Devils Lake this weekend, you may see some changes in your favorite bar.

A new city law will ban smoking in Devils Lake bars it goes into effect this Friday.

The new law was put into place in December. There was an advisory vote before the ordinace was approved and 58 percent of the voters were in favor of the ordinance.

The new law has some bars worried about their profits.

"I'm really hoping that it won't affect businesses as much, but I think it's going to be at least three to six months before we can really tell what the impact is going to be," Champions Bar manager Jessica Whetter said.

Devils Lake bar owners got brochures and signs this week from the Lake Region Health Unit to help prepare for the changes.

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