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Smoking ban fails in House

Publication Date: 4/5/2005
  • Author:James Jefferson
  • Publication:The Log Cabin Democrat of Conway, Arkansas
The House defeated legislation to ban smoking in Arkansas restaurants Monday and rejected potentially killer amendments to a bill to create a state Department of Agriculture...

The smoking-ban bill -- renamed the Dr. Fay Boozman Clean Air in Restaurants for a Healthier Arkansas Act in honor of the late state health director who championed its passage before his death last month -- would prohibit smoking in eating establishments at which food accounts for 70 percent or more of sales.

At restaurants that have bars, even separate ones, the 70-percent rule would apply to the entire establishment.