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Smoking Ban Initiative

Ross Reynolds
10/05/2005 at 1:00 p.m.

This November 8th, Washington state voters be asked to vote on one of the nationís toughest smoking restrictions. Initiative 901 bans smoking in buildings and vehicles open to the public. If the measure passes, smoking will be banned in bars, bowling alleys, and hotel rooms. I-901 goes beyond most other measures because it also bans smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to public buildings and businesses. You could still smoke in your home. Today on The Conversation: more details on what the smoking ban would do, why advocates say itís a necessary public health measure, and the reasons opponents oppose the smoking ban. Does Washington state need a smoking ban?

Also today, there may be changes to a 28 year old law that limits tanker traffic in Puget Sound. US Representative Jay Inslee is concerned about the possible changes. We talk with him and find out why.

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) represents Washington state's 1st Congressional District

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