North Dakota Fair Board Rejects Tobacco-Free Day

State News

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State Fair officials have decided against holding a tobacco-free day at next year’s event.

The state Health Department and Bismarck tobacco prevention coalition had asked the fair board to designate Family-Military Day as smoke free at the 2020 event.

Fair Board President Gary Knell says it would be difficult to make a fairgrounds ban work.

The board decided to continue following state guidelines regarding tobacco in public places. State law prohibits smoking in enclosed public spaces, within 20 feet of doors, windows or ventilation systems of public buildings.

Knell says even though the board denied a tobacco-free day, advocacy groups could set up booths at the fair to encourage people to go tobacco-free on the grounds.

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