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Governor to consider banning smoking in Virginia restaurants

Publication Date: 2007-03-03
  • Author:CHRISTINA NUCKOLS
  • Publication:Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Friday he would like to snuff out smoking in all Virginia restaurants, but he won't push for a statewide ban unless lawmakers signal their support.

Kaine said health care groups have asked him to add the statewide restaurant ban to legislation passed last month that merely requires eateries to post signs if they allow smoking.

"I am actively looking at that," he said. "I don't know that there are any cons."

The governor said he is gauging support among legislators for the idea before he proposes an amendment.