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State Senate would restrict smoking

Publication Date: 4/23/2010
  • Author:staff
  • Publication:Journal Inquirer

The state Senate has voted to expand a ban on smoking in the workplace by removing a minimum number of employees required for the law to kick in. The bill, which passed Thursday on a 24-11 vote, moves to the House of Representatives for further action.

The prohibition on smoking now applies to workplaces with five or more employees. But some lawmakers said secondhand smoke is harmful no matter how many people work in an office. The bill applies to a person who's self-employed, whether or not that person has any employees, but doesn't apply to an employer's home.