Latest ban on smoking might make it to ballot
Publication Date: 2005-05-19
- Author:KENNETH P. VOGEL
- Publication:The News Tribune
The American Cancer Society’s donation will nearly double the campaign’s fundraising and significantly boost Initiative 901’s chance of making the November ballot.
“I was getting a little bit nervous, I must confess,” said Chris Covert-Bowlds of Bellingham, the family doctor who filed I-901. Last year, he was involved with a similar initiative that failed to reach the ballot when contributions from the cancer group and other health-related non-profits fell short of projections...
The campaign, called Healthy Indoor Air for All Washington, had stumbled, despite receiving $323,000 in contributions, the most of any initiative campaign this year. The group had been running a deficit and had stopped paying signature gatherers...
I-901 would prohibit smoking in and near bars, restaurants, bowling centers, minicasinos, most hotel rooms and most other nontribal businesses. Violations would be punishable by a $100 fine.