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Debate on statewide public smoking ban keeps smoldering

Publication Date: 3/15/2005
  • Author:David Hunt
  • Publication:Pittsburg Tribune-Review
Randy Larson said he sees the benefits: cleaner air and a cleaner bar.

Joyce Bowen said she thinks smokers should light up where they please, as long as they're not bothering anyone.

Larson, the owner of the HomeTowne Tavern in Swissvale, Allegheny County, and Bowen, a bartender at Darby's Pub in Uniontown, Fayette County, are two voices in the debate over whether Pennsylvania should ban smoking in public places.

Though pending legislation died for lack of a vote last year, health advocates have continued pushing for change.

There are reports that legislators plan to revisit the issue during this voting session. Some people think that a smoking ban proposal under review in the city of Philadelphia, if passed, could be a step toward a ban statewide.