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Bills to Restrict Smoking Pass Va. Senate

Publication Date: 2/3/2009
  • Publication:Washington Post

Bills that would outlaw lighting up in bars, restaurants and public places won Virginia Senate passage Tuesday.

With no debate and scant dissent, the four bills rushed through the Democratic-controlled Senate by comfortable margins.

But they now head to the Republican-run House where smoking bans have gone for years to die.

Two of the bills would allow cities and counties to tailor smoking bans to their own tastes.