Salina to Consider Tougher Smoking Ban

By: AP
By: AP

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ A community that was a leader in banning
smoking in public places wants to make its ordinance tougher.

City commissioners in Salina will begin discussing the changes Monday.

In 2002, the city council passed a ban that allows smokers to light up inside Salina restaurants only from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. or while in outdoor eating areas.

Other communities followed suit and passed their own ordinances, many of them tougher than Salina's.

The new, more restrictive ordinance would prohibit smoking in
practically all buildings, with the exception of private homes.

It is modeled after ordinances passed in Manhattan, Lawrence and Garden City.

Several public hearing sessions have been scheduled so city leaders can hear from residents before voting.

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