Kansas launches a statewide public smoking ban

March 12th, 2010 - 11:44 pm ICT by BNO News  

TOPEKA, KANSAS (BNO NEWS) – On Friday, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson signed into law the Kansas Clean Indoor Air, HB 2221, which is a statewide public smoking ban, the Office of the Governor announced.

Governor Parkinson was joined by First Lady Stacy Parkinson, former-Senator David Wysong, Secretary of Health and Environment Roderick Bremby, state legislators and health advocacy organizations.

“The journey of passing a statewide public smoking ban has been long and hard, but today we are able to cross the finish line knowing that we have built a better future for generations to come,” Gov. Parkinson said.

The Kansas Clean Indoor Air makes unlawful the act of smoking in many public places. The ban applies at public places; taxicabs and limousines; common areas in public and private buildings, condominiums and other multiple-residential facilities; access points of all building and facilities unless exempted by the bill; and any place of employment.

The new law will help to advance the fight against cancer and improve the overall health of Kansas’ citizens.

“With this legislation, our state takes the necessary steps to save Kansas lives by reducing cancer, tobacco-related diseases and teen smoking. I appreciate the vision of former-Senator Wysong, the bipartisan collaboration in the legislature and the continuous support of so many Kansans,” Gov. Parkinson added.

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