Lawmakers to try again on tougher smoking ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Lawmakers who want public smoking banned will try again next year to rid bars and other smoky spaces of tobacco use.
This time, anti-smoking advocates are armed with a Legislature-ordered state health improvement plan that recommends eliminating smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces by May.
Sen. David Myers, a Republican from Ponca City, says the health
improvement plan will help.
Bills filed by Myers and Representative Doug Cox, a Republican from Grove, banning smoking in most public workplaces failed earlier this year in the face of opposition from the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Nationwide, 26 states have enacted various statewide smoking bans, sometimes against the wishes of bar and restaurant owners who say that the bans will hurt business and infringe on their property rights.

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