Health official eyes Butte smoking violations

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Butte-Silver Bow health department official says more complaints are being made about people violating state law by smoking inside bars, restaurants and casinos.

Tobacco use prevention specialist Frank Rozan says the agency has received five complaints this year through Friday. That's equal to the number of complaints all of last year.

State law requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smoke-free.

Rozan says increased competition among bars and restaurants could be fueling the rise in complaints.

He says some people might wrongly think the law isn't being enforced.

The fine for an individual breaking the smoking law is $25. After a business gets a warning, fines start at $100 and can go up to $500 for repeated violations.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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