Oklahoma Senate Approves Rebate Program For Smoking Rooms
Publication Date: 4/21/2010
In 2003, Oklahoma legislators passed a law banning smoking in restaurants unless the owner built a separate ventilated room for smokers.
Tuesday, the Oklahoma Senate voted 38-8 for the Clean Air in Restaurants Act, which would pay restaurants half of what it cost them to build the room if they remove it and go smoke-free by January 2013.
The State Health Department would fund the program using money from the Tobacco Use Reduction Fund, a revolving fund that includes money from the state's tobacco tax.
The bill now returns to the House.