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Post smoking ban: it's business as usual for KOTA Territory bars

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State data shows bar owners and pub patrons appear to be complying with an indoor smoking ban.

The voter - approved smoking ban started two years ago.

And for the most part during those two years bar managers say it has been business as usual.

Matt D'Hont, Manager at Dublin Square, says before the ban they had a smoking room.

"People who smoked enjoyed it, but it was pretty gross," remembers D'Hont.

But right before the ban went into effect, D'Hont says they went smoke free and got rid of the smoking room.

"The majority of our customers don't smoke, I don't want them having to smell other people's smoke and I think the people who do smoke, don't have a problem with going outside," said D'Hont.

A trend that seems to have swept South Dakota.

Since the smoking ban went into effect two years ago, only 16 citations were issued to patrons and 4 to bars for breaking the law.

Chief Deputy Brian Mueller with the Pennington County Sheriff's office says his office received little to no complaints during the past two years and issued no citations in Pennington County.

And bar managers agree, saying the transition was pretty seamless.

"We just took away the ashtrays and asked them to step outside when we went non-smoking," said Wade Lampert, General Manager of the Alex Johnson Hotel.

He says business at Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub has seen an increase in business.

"We're a little busier then we were before. You don't come to the bar and smell like an ashtray anymore and we're getting a lot more people in. So business has been good," said Lampert.

D'Hont says the same goes for Dublin; business is steady and smoke free.

"Actually a lot of people I know who smoke actually like the law they prefer to be outside anyway," said D'Hont.

A violation of any portion of the law is a petty offense, resulting in a $25 fine.

Today also marks the 'Great American Smoke Out' hosted by the American Cancer Society; to encourage people to quit smoking.

 

 

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