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Smoking ban has broad support

Publication Date: 2007-10-16
  • Publication:Sioux City Journal, IA

A scientific survey indicates 71 percent of those polled believe the Legislature should allow local government officials in South Dakota to regulate smoking.

A state law passed several years ago forbids cities and counties from enacting local ordinances to control tobacco.

Attempts to overturn that law have failed in subsequent years, but the effort is expected to continue in the 2008 lawmaking session.

The poll, done for the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, showed overwhelming support for local control of smoking. Twenty-one percent favored state control and 8 percent were undecided, the newspaper reported Monday in a copyright story.