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Idaho City Moves to Ban Smoking in Buildings Except Bars

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Garden City Council in southwest Idaho is moving 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 council on Monday supported the plan that requires two more public readings before becoming law. One version of the ordinance snuffed out smoking inside all businesses but city leaders instead approved the less restrictive version after bar owners said they could lose money.

Health officials backed the more restrictive version, citing health concerns, particularly for workers in smoking areas.

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