JUNEAU (AP) -- A new ordinance banning smoking in and near most public places went into effect in Juneau on New Year's Day.
The ordinance makes it illegal to smoke in enclosed public spaces and within 10 feet of entryways and ventilation system intakes.
Bars, restaurants and private clubs are exempt as are the entryways of state and federal buildings.
Hotels with more than 10 beds and a tourism beverage license are given 180 days to comply with the new law.
Juneau police will enforce the ban, but spokesman Tom Porter said the department will initially focus on educating the public through warnings.
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