Fargo Cass Public Health would like to remind e-cigarette users and North Dakota businesses that e-cigarettes are prohibited in all places where smoking is not allowed under the law; and that smoking is prohibited outside within 20 feet of entrances, exits, operable windows, air intakes and ventilation systems of an establishment where smoking is prohibited by law. Also, smoke-free signs must be posted at all entrances to public places and places of employment including: restaurants, bars, truck stops, guest rooms and common areas within hotels and motels, health care facilities, long-term and assisted living centers, and licensed adult day care facilities.
Fargo Cass Public Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Holly Scott says that they have been receiving reports of violations of the use of e-cigarettes in businesses in Cass County, “There seems to be confusion about indoor use of electronic cigarettes in ND. The law is clear: use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is prohibited in the same locations as smoking is. The confusion could stem from the fact that the MN smoke-free law does not include electronic cigarettes. Ultimately, we just want to remind people that it’s illegal to vape inside in North Dakota and we are working with businesses and establishments to make sure they comply.”
The fine for not complying with the law by an owner, manager, or person of general supervisory responsibility of an establishment is not to exceed $100 for the first violation, not to exceed $200 for a second violation within one year, and not to exceed $500 for each additional violation within one year of the preceding violation.
To assist the public and businesses with the transition into the smoke-free law, Fargo Cass Public Health has educational resources and complementary signage available for local businesses. In addition, links to downloadable signage templates and educational resources are available at fargocasspublichealth.com/tobacco.
For more information about the smoke-free law, contact Fargo Cass Public Health at 701-241-8576, or the Center for Tobacco Prevention & Control Policy at 1.877.277.5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.