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Editorial : Too bad

Publication Date: 4/14/2005
  • Author:Editorial
  • Publication:Northwest Arkansas Times
Mind you, none of us were surprised to learn House Bill 1883 — the one banning smoking in restaurants throughout Arkansas — failed by a vote of 41 to 48 in the state House of Representatives. 

There was progress... 

At this rate, there’s decent reason to believe a similar bill could become law by the time spring 2007 finally rolls around. So there’s that. From the beginning, we’ve viewed a smoking ban in restaurants as something that should be based on science, and if it’s provable that secondhand smoke is dangerous, it should be banned in restaurants statewide. 

Faced with inaction at the state level, Fayetteville residents adopted their own ban, but it would be far more fair if every city abided by the same health-conscious approach...