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Group Pulls Support of Idaho Town’s Smoking Ban

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GARDEN CITY, Idaho (AP) — Smokefree Idaho has withdrawn its support of a southwest Idaho city’s proposed smoking ban after city leaders adopted a less restrictive version.

Spokeswoman Stacy Satterlee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on Wednesday that the amendments the Garden City Council adopted Monday mean the ordinance no longer protects all workers from secondhand smoke. The council moved ahead with a ban on smoking in most indoor public places but not in bars and bingo halls for people age 21 and over.

The plan requires two more public readings before becoming law. One version of the ordinance snuffed out smoking inside all businesses but city leaders approved a less restrictive version after bar owners said they could lose money. Health officials backed the more restrictive version.

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