Kansas to join smoking ban list

TOPEKA, KS -- If you're sick of making your way through clouds of smoke in public places, circle July 1 on your calendar if you plan to be in Kansas.

Gov. Mark Parkinson's office says he plans to sign into law, and make effective July 1, a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other enclosed public and work places. The legislation was approved last week by the state House of Representatives.

The 1,000-member Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association had expressed a preference for a weaker law, one that would allow restaurants, taverns, casinos and private clubs to designate their facilities as a smoking section as long as they paid an annual fee and did not admit minors.

Kansas will become the 31st state to ban smoking in restaurants. Michigan will become the 30th when its statewide ban goes into effect on May 1. Virginia became the 29th when its ban went into effect on December 1, 2009.
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WIpatriot said...

The only thing Kansas is doing is killing their small businesses, just like the other ban states! What a bunch of idiots we have elected, that fall prey to special interest that benefits from these bans. Smoking bans are DESIGNED to close pubs, kills two birds with one stone. It drives the need for the sheeple to purchase big pharma's products. Big pharma is all about behavior control, not finding cures. They aren't shy about it, it's right on their tax exempt foundation's website. In fact,you can buy their book on it on Amazon for $80.00: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Series on Health Policy, Tobacco Control Policy. http://www.amazon.com/Tobacco-Control-Johnson-

Anonymous said...

Quite the contrary. I, for one, will not vacation in Kansas, as it's joined the list of nanny states. I retired and my husband and I are going to "see the USA". But we will be visiting FREE states.

My husband and I own a bar in a NANNY state. We've lost a lot of money trying to keep our doors open. Good luck with your ban, Kansas. You're going to need it. What's your unemployment rate right now? Remember it. It'll seem a low number in a couple of months.

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