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Lawmakers plan no-smoking bills

Lawmakers plan no-smoking bills

Posted - Dec. 17, 2004 at 7:49 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Some lawmakers plan to propose bills that would make it illegal to smoke in Utah's private clubs.

Supporters of the move say it's dangerous for non-smokers in the establishments where smokers are free to light up. They want Utah to pass a law similar to those in California and New York, which have banned smoking in bars.

Current Utah law specifically exempts private clubs and taverns from a workplace smoking ban.

Another less-restrictive bill would leave it up to local leaders whether they want to ban smoking in bars. And there's another proposal to prohibit smoking in "fine-dining" establishments but not private clubs and taverns.

A group of bars and restaurants is raising money to fight the potential smoking ban.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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