The Associated Press
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - An Alamogordo restaurant and bar owner has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges of violating the state's new smoking ban.
And Henry Smith vows to continue letting his customers light up.
Smith was cited more than a dozen times earlier this month for violating the smoking ban in his restaurant.
The ban took effect in June and prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and most other indoor workplaces.
Smith appeared in Magistrate Court yesterday and entered his plea.
He says he has no space where smoking is not permitted at his business, and that it's his choice to do so.