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Get out the tape measure, smokers

The recent smoking ban seems to have sent smokers outside the front door of businesses to have a puff, which I find very offensive when going into an establishment.

I don't think any of us should have to be exposed to the carcinogens. The Rogue Valley Mall is a prime example of this. At nearly every entrance is at least one employee or customer in a big cloud of smoke near the doors. Is there any penalty for businesses that allow this to occur?

— Kristen B., Medford

Get your tape measure out, Kristen. The new smoking ban requires businesses to keep smokers 10 feet away from entrances.

If they violate the law, they could get slapped with a $500-a-day fine, up to a maximum $2,000 a month.

Signs indicating that no smoking is allowed within the 10-foot limit also need to be posted.

If you think a business is allowing someone to smoke within 10 feet of the entrance, you can report it to public health officials by calling 866-621-6107 or by going online to www.healthoregon.org/smokefree.