Too hot for North Dakota

North Dakota, rugged North Dakota. Now home to one of the most restrictive smoking bans in the country:

Measure 4 bans smoking in places where North Dakota state law previously allowed for it, including bars, tobacco shops, taxis, motel rooms and private nursing home rooms.

The ban also requires smokers to be at least 20 feet away from buildings. Tobacco-less e-cigarettes are also included in the ban.

Violators could be fined $50, and bars that still allow smoking could be subject to having their liquor license revoked.

North Dakota will be the 30th state to implement a smoking ban in bars and restaurants, but few are this restrictive. The impact on cigar bars and tobacco shops could be devastating, as Stogie Guys reports.

This is speculative, but I imagine that the average North Dakota resident is not so intolerant as to object to smoking in these specialized businesses. However the anti-smoking groups who pushed this initiative didn’t give them the option to allow exceptions, forcing voters to choose between all or nothing.