Smoking Ban Set To Take Effect

Colorado's new smoking ban will take effect after midnight tonight, outlawing smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces.

Smokers can still light up in outdoor patios but some businesses are worried that smokers will abandon their favorite watering holes. Others see an opportunity to attract nonsmokers with fresh air.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants say they've learned to adapt with outdoor patios, convenient ashtrays and understanding bouncers willing to let smokers come and go as needed.

In Pueblo, Don Gray says alcohol sales dropped 30 percent at his Coors Tavern after the city adopted its own smoking ban. But he's compensated by increasing food sales and building an outdoor patio.


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