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Thursday, July 7, 2005

The Smoking Ban

Posted by on July 7 at 10:13 AM

There’s a testy debate going on in the Politics section of our forums concerning the proposed statewide smoking ban and its discontents. The proposed ban, Initiative 901, is almost certain to be on the ballot this November, and if past polls on the subject are any indication, the ban has a very strong chance of passing.

However, as more and more people are starting to notice, and as we report in this week’s Stranger, the proposed ban includes some troublesome fine print that makes it more restrictive than other statewide indoor smoking bans. That fine print could lead to vast swaths of outdoor urban space being placed off-limits to smokers.