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Move to ban indoor smoking in public places gets $275,000 boost

Publication Date: 5/23/2005
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Move to ban indoor smoking in public places gets $275,000 boost

Source: AP, 2005-05-23

Intro:

An initiative to ban indoor smoking in public accommodations has gotten a new lease on life with a $275,000 pledge by the American Cancer Society, backers say.

"I was getting a little bit nervous, I must confess," said Chris Covert-Bowlds, a family doctor in Bellingham who filed Initiative 901.

Last year he was involved with a similar measure that failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot after contributions from the cancer group and other health-related organizations fell short of projections....

in and near bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, minicasinos, most hotel rooms and most other nontribal businesses. Violations would be punishable by a $100 fine.