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Tenn. First Lady leading smoking ban statewide tour

Publication Date: 2007-04-01
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:The Tennessean

Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte and other advocates of a bill that would ban smoking in the workplace plan to push for the legislation's passage in a statewide tour.

Advocates will kick off the tour on Monday with a rally outside the Capitol, while Conte will lead a rally supporting the bill in Memphis on Thursday at the newly smoke-free Rendezvous restaurant.

Gov. Phil Bredesen put forth the proposal, which would ban smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment with two or more employees, including all restaurants and bars.

Exceptions include private residences, except when used as a child- or adult-care center; up to 20 percent of the rooms in a hotel or motel; private or semiprivate rooms in nursing homes and long-term care facilities; and private clubs with no employees except when open to the public and outdoor areas of places of employment...

The bill has not moved since it was assigned to committees in the House and Senate shortly after the General Assembly convened in January. No hearings are currently scheduled.