Airport Could be Spared From Proposed Smoking Ban

Airport Could be Spared From Proposed Smoking Ban

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- People who want to smoke a cigarette indoors would have better luck at the Salt Lake City airport than in bars if proposed legislation is passed.

Three potential smoking bills are being considered for the legislative session starting in a couple weeks.

One would ban smoking in private clubs and taverns. Another would allow local officials to impose their own ban, and yet another would prohibit smoking in -- QUOTE -- "fine-dining" establishments.

However, two bills already posted on the Legislature's Web site wouldn't do away with the international airport's glass-encased smoking lounges.

Airport officials say they want to keep the in-terminal lounges. They say addicted passengers want to light up when they step off the plane, and they don't want to deal with people trying to secretly smoke in restricted areas.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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