April 14, 2005

Anti-smoking activists want to extend their reach in Illinois

Cities around the state soon may be able to snuff out smoking in restaurants and taverns if they wish.

Rep. Karen Yarbrough, D-Maywood, said state law should give local governments the power to ban smoking in restaurants and bars in their cities and towns. The state House approved the measure on Wednesday.

Opponents argue that the decision should be up to individual restaurant and bar owners rather than local government.

Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, voted against the measure. Certain establishments, such as taverns and bars, should be exempt from the bill, he said.

But supporters of the bill said all workers, whether in restaurants or bars, should be assured of smoke-free air.

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At 4/14/2005 1:18 PM, Blogger Fly-on-the-wall said...

IMHO, it would be good if we had local control here in Iowa. This isn't an area where uniformity is necessary and a patchwork would better suit everyone.

At 4/14/2005 4:20 PM, Blogger corn husker said...

they already pushed people out of businesses who are afraid to have two or three drinks in a bar for fear of a dui. now smoking. next they will ban iowa pork because it's meat. we will all have to stay home all the time to do what we want to do so we don;t offend anybody

At 4/15/2005 2:44 AM, Blogger Truthbait said...

Well CORn please consider that if the innocent public has to bare toxic 2nd hand smoke and Pigs-foot breath while you are out, then has to worry about being killed when you driving home or barfing your swine in our yards it might be better for you to buy a grill and a home bar and stay at home.


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