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Smoking ban bill heads to governor

Publication Date: 2005-04-01
  • Author:CHUCK WILLIAMS
  • Publication:Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Senate approves less restrictive House version; ban will take effect July 1

The Georgia General Assembly, in one of its final acts of the 2005 session, passed a bill Thursday night that will "allow all Georgians to breathe easier."

The Senate accepted the House version of the Clean Air Act that will restrict smoking in restaurants and other public places throughout the state.

"It will save thousands of lives, millions of tax dollars and allow all Georgians to breathe easier," said Rep. Don Thomas, R-Dalton.

Gov. Sonny Perdue must sign the bill before it can become law. If the governor approves it, the law will go into effect by July 1.

Brenda Kennedy, chairwoman of the Columbus Tobacco Free Action Coalition, called it "a great day for all Georgians and the health of all citizens."