Anti-Smoking Ban in New Mexico begins this Friday

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

There are no butts about it, New Mexico will become the 17th state to put an anti-smoking ban on the books. The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes affect Friday.

At the North Forty stopping smokers at the Door has been good for business, they started enforcing the act more than a month early.

"It makes it easier to wash and actually saves money in the long run. You don't have cigarette butts lying around," said Owner Ron Stewart.

"It will make it healthier for the owners and management and for those people who are doing this long term," said Stewart.

Law Enforcement will be called in to keep second hand smoke at bay.

"It's punishable by $100 dollars on the first offense," said Cpt. Donnie Graham, Hobbs PD.

Down at Diamond Lil's, some are worried about the change.

"I've got customers that are yelling about it and some that are nonsmokers and they come in here and the smoke bothers them," said Bartender Lou Gilg.

"It's going to be hard, especially after years of cigarettes in the bar," said Gilg.

The Act will not apply to Casinos or Cigar Bars.