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Smoky Bars-A Thing of the Past in Oregon?



May 23, 2007

Smoke-filled bars could soon be a thing of the past. The Oregon Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would expand the state's smoke-free workplace laws, and most Oregonians are applauding the move. A new poll conducted by Grove Insight, shows nearly three-fourths of Oregonians support a law that would prohibit smoking in most indoor public places. Courtni Dresser with the American Cancer Society of Oregon says for Oregonians, this isn't a partisan issue.

“This poll not only shows the voters know the dangers of second-hand smoke, they also know that people shouldn't have to work in that environment.”

The bill, which now heads to the House, would not go into effect until 2009 and exempts existing cigar bars and Portland Meadows Race Track. Gov. Kulongoski has promised to approve the bill.

Dresser notes that even with the exemptions, the law makes working in Oregon safer.

“A vast majority of the 35,000 people who are exposed to second-hand smoke in the workplace will be covered under this new law.”

Dondrea Warner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - OR