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No smoking allowed -- Health Department prepares restaurants for new rules

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on November 5, 2009 1:46 PM

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From left, Russ Gordon, Jane Patton, Bob Patton, Jim Burrell, Maureen Burrell and Jim Gurganus enjoy breakfast at the Lantern Inn this morning. Starting Jan. 1, a new state law will forbid smoking in almost all restaurants and bars. Even convenience stores, if they provide any form of food service, fall under the ruling. The Lantern Inn already has instituted a no-smoking policy.

Come Jan. 1, House Bill 2, prohibiting smoking in designated public places, will go into effect. The bill primarily targets restaurants and bars, with the local Health Department tasked with enforcing the restrictions. Essentially, the new law forbids smoking in...

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