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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider End To Smoking Ban Exemptions

Publication Date: 6/16/2015
  • Author:Tony Romeo
  • Publication:CBS Local

State lawmakers heard testimony Monday on a bill that would eliminate most of the exemptions in the 2008 Pennsylvania law that banned smoking in public places.

The sponsor of the bill, Philadelphia and Montgomery County Republican Thomas Murt, says in order to get the smoking bill passed in 2008, the legislature agreed to many compromises.

"Presently, Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act contains far more exemptions that any other neighboring state," he says.

Murt's bill would eliminate exemptions other than those for private residences, cigar bars, tobacco shops, and the designated outdoor smoking area of certain public buildings...