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Clean Air Advocates Critical Of New Smoking Ban

Publication Date: 2010-02-04
  • Publication:KSAL News

Advocates of a statewide smoking ban are critical of a new bill they say would overturn local anti-smoking ordinances and actually allow smoking to return to some public places where it's currently banned.

House Bill-2642 would ban smoking statewide. It would allow smoking in public places with ventilation, seperate smoking and non-smoking sections. Also some businesses that pay a fee could allow smoking.

Jake Lowen of Clean Air Kansas tells the "Lawrence Journal-World" the bill undoes a decade of good public policy on the local level. Lowen called it "the tobacco industry's dream bill."