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A smoking ban for Washington?

Ross Reynolds
07/12/2005 at 1:00 p.m.

The Washington State legislature wouldn’t pass a smoking ban so citizens are taking it to a public vote. They’ve turned in 100 thousand more signatures than necessary to get Initiative 901 on the November ballot. If voters approve it, Initiative 901 will prohibit smoking in and near bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, mini-casinos, and most hotel rooms. The smoking ban would not affect tribal casinos and businesses. Some in Seattle’s music community don’t like one provision. The smoking ban would extend 25 feet out from the doors of clubs and bars. In some Seattle neighborhoods, that could mean no smoking on the streets outside clubs. We’ll hear from advocates and opponents of the smoking ban. And we want to hear what you think. Do you like it? Hate it? Are you ambivalent? Have you spent time in a city with a smoking ban?

Peter McCullum spokesperson for Initiative 901
David Meinert owns the Mirabeau Room in Lower Queen Anne. He doesn't want Initiative 901 to pass.

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