19 businesses warned of violation of smoking ban

Warnings that the new smoking ban has been violated in their business are going out to owners.

Iowa Department of Public Health will mail letters to owners of businesses where state officials substantiate smoking violations, said Aaron Swanson, an executive with the department.

The ban so far has resulted in 19 warnings to businesses.

If substantiated claims result in a second warning letter, a copy will be sent to local law enforcement officials, who can ticket the person smoking and the business.

A person caught smoking in a banned area could pay a $50 fine. Employers who fail to enforce the law could pay a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and $500 for other violations within one year.

The department received about 240 complaints of potential violations about the law as of Friday.

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