Enforcement Begins On Smoking Ban

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September 1, 2010

There are no more ashtrays on the tables inside Harry’s Uptown Bar And Grill and signs on the doors say to smoke, you have to do it outside.

“We abide by all the laws and we certainly will abide,” Michele Cocking said. “We don’t like it, but will abide by the law."

It’s the first official day the state wide smoking ban goes into effect in Wichita. Tuesday, a judge ruled the law was legal, lifting a temporary injunction.

"It's disappointing in a way, private business, make our own rules, taken away from us," Cocking said.

Wichita Police will now be watching for violators.

“We're really hoping that club owners and businesses will police themselves if someone is smoking please ask them to stop advise them to stop," Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said.

Stolz says with only 35 to 60 officers on the streets, it’s going to be difficult to enforce.

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