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Lawmaker introduces smoking ban exemption

Publication Date: 1/21/2005
  • Author:SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
  • Publication:Providence Journal
Just a few weeks before a statewide smoking ban is set to take effect, one state legislator is working to exempt a class of bars from the prohibition.

State Rep. Joseph L. Faria, D-Central Falls, says several bar owners in his district have complained about the new antismoking law.

Rep. Joseph L. Faria has introduced a bill that would exempt any bar that does not serve food from the ban.

The law -- which takes effect March 1 -- prohibits smoking in just about every public enclosed space including offices, malls, restaurants, bars and bowling alleys. Smoking would be allowed in a handful of places including cigar bars and sections of Lincoln Park and Newport Grand.