Smoke-free coalition pushes smoking ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Anti-smoking advocates are expressing support for legislation that would eliminate smoking rooms in restaurants.
Members of Smoke-Free Oklahoma lobbied for the legislation Monday at the state Capitol. American Cancer Society volunteer Tammy Padgett says the bill would improve the health of Oklahomans and help lift the state's health ranking from 49th in the nation.
The bill by House Speaker Pro Tem Kris Steele of Shawnee provides incentives for restaurants to voluntarily eliminate smoking rooms.
But Padgett says the bill doesn't go far enough. Coalition members also want to include bars in the statewide smoking ban and give cities the ability to ban smoking in restaurants and bars within the city limits.
More than 7,000 cities and 28 states already have smoke-free laws.

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