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Lawmakers debate anti-smoking bill

By Candice Dehnbostel

A statewide smoking ban is gaining momentum after its first legislative committee meeting Thursday.

The ban would be effective in most bars, private clubs and restaurants beginning in August. Supporters of the ban said employees of restaurants and bars, along with patrons, will avoid the dangers of secondhand smoke, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
the Star Tribune is reporting several owners in the food and beverage industry oppose the ban. They said they want to be allowed to install ventilation systems to alleviate secondhand smoke.

The ban would replace existing counties’ and cities’ restrictions, reported the Star Tribune