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House endorses statewide smoking ban

Publication Date: 2005-03-24
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:Rapid City Journal
A statewide ban on smoking in businesses and public places would be phased in starting in six months, under a bill endorsed Wednesday night by the Montana House.

The measure, tentatively approved 60-40, marks a major advancement is efforts to curb people's exposure to secondhand smoke after years of dispute over some local smoking restrictions.

Supporters praised the bill as a carefully crafted compromise between public health advocacy groups and the gambling and tavern industries, while opponents complained the proposal is an unenforceable infringement of Montanans' basic freedom.

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