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Tobacco giant aids smoke ban repeal bill

Publication Date: 2005-02-02
  • Author:Trip Jennings
  • Publication:Hartford Republican-American
Rep. Leonard Greene, R-Beacon Falls, wants to repeal the statewide ban of smoking in restaurants and bars a year after identical legislation died in the General Assembly.

But this time Greene has help from a powerful ally.

Tobacco giant RJReynolds has bankrolled a Torrington nonprofit with $10,000 to run radio spots in Hartford, New London, New Haven and Fairfield counties and to pay for direct mailing to every liquor license holder in the state to mobilize support for Greene's bill, said Robin Potwora, executive director of the nonprofit, Smoke Signals Coalition...