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New law exempts churches from 'No Smoking' sign rules

Publication Date: 5/14/2008
  • Publication:WRCB TV Channel 3 (Chattanooga, TN)

Churches in Tennessee will no longer have to post "No Smoking" signs at their entrances.

Gov. Phil Bredesen this week signed the exemption for places of worship into law.

The state's indoor smoking ban went into effect in October. The ban applies to most indoor businesses and public places, and requires that the international "No Smoking" symbol be posted at all entrances.

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Mike Bell, a Riceville Republican, and Sen. Dewayne Bunch, a Cleveland Republican. It passed both chambers unanimously.