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Rolling smoke ban back faces high heat at hearing

Publication Date: 2/9/2005
  • Author:GREGORY B. HLADKY
  • Publication:Bristol (CT) Press
A proposal to roll back Connecticut's ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and bowling alleys barely a year after it took full effect encountered fierce opposition at a legislative hearing Tuesday.

But the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Leonard C. Greene, R-Beacon Falls, and a several owners of bars and bowling alleys insisted that many establishments are losing business to private clubs and casinos where smoking remains legal....

Nikki Palmieri of North Haven, who won the title of Miss Connecticut last year, cited polls showing that 85 percent of residents in this state support the statewide ban on smoking in public places...