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“The law is stupid because it bans smoking in bars or nightclubs, and everyone knows that people who go there smoke, and if they don’t like it, they shouldn’t come and that’s that,” said Gustavo Valladares, a bar manager and smoker.

Nonsmokers see it differently.

“It was about time that the government did something,” said elementary teacher Esteban Quijano, a nonsmoker. “I like to visit bars, but I hate the smoke of others. Most of my friends smoke and I know that it indirectly hurts me and now it will be different. I support the law.”

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Associated Press writer Olga R. Rodriguez in Mexico City contributed to this report.