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Smoking Ban Controversy

By: AP
By: AP

With smoking bans on the ballots in three jurisdictions this fall, anti-smoking advocates are worried state legislators may try to pass some kind of ban on local smoking bans.

Any action by the state could supersede piecemeal local laws that have completely or partially banned smoking in restaurants and bars in seven Colorado cities.

Sam Mamet of the Colorado Municipal League says that would just be like how the Legislature handled gun legislation last session, passing a weaker law that overrode stricter local laws.

However the Colorado Restaurant Association, which includes the
tobacco industry, may favor a statewide smoking ban. They say that
way no business would have to worry about losing customers to
another city without a ban.


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