Smoking Ban Legisltaion

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A proposal to ban smoking in bars and restaurants statewide is on its way to the state Senate for a vote.

Today a Senate committee backed the measure after hearing from a 52-year-old man who says he's dying of cancer caused by second-hand smoke.

Charles Oriez of Littleton believes he got sick because his colleagues at a telecommunications company constantly smoked around him in the office.

The ban is backed by health groups along with the Colorado Restaurant Association, whose members fear losing business as more cities adopt their own smoking bans. Group president Pete Meersman says the only way to level the playing field is to ban smoking in bars and restaurants across the state.

Some bar owners testified against the bill as did a trade group representing small bars and taverns.