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Tobacco prevention experts say transition to smoke-free has been smooth

Publication Date: 2010-05-13
  • Author:SUSAN OLP
  • Publication:Billings (MT) Gazette

Seven months after the ban on smoking in all public buildings in Montana took effect, the transition has been relatively smooth.

"I'm very happy to report that we have more than 90 percent compliance," said Linda Lee, Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program section supervisor, on Wednesday.

Lee and about 100 tobacco prevention specialists and public health advocates are attending a two-day statewide conference on tobacco prevention at the Crowne Plaza.

The Montana Clean Indoor Air Act was passed by the Legislature in 2005. The law required all public buildings except casinos and bars to go smoke-free on Oct. 1, 2005.

On Oct. 1, 2009, the ban expanded to include all enclosed public spaces--including bars and casinos that in the past catered to smoking patrons. There was some concern that owners of those establishments would balk at the law.

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