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I-Team: Up In Smoke

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The statewide smoking ban has been on the books since 2006, and enforcement began in 2007.  The idea was to stop people from lighting up inside bars, restaurants and all workplaces.  But the 13abc I-Team has discovered that smoking is still happening inside establishments. 

The I-Team has also found there are problems collecting the fines from smoking ban violators.  Those fines can top out at $5,000, but several establishments have not paid their fines, some dating back to 2007. The I-Team is looking into why there are problems collecting these fines and what's being done to bring these establishments into compliance. 

We ask the experts: If the collection of fines is so difficult, will this law go up in smoke?