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Smoking Ban Still Smolders in Iowa

December 4, 2008

Des Moines, IA –Iowa lawmakers are likely to revisit the smoking ban they approved just last session when the new session begins in January. Some lawmakers want to see it expanded to include casinos; opponents would like to see the ban revoked entirely.

Peggy Hubbard with the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society says it's best to leave it alone.

"The Cancer Society is actually advocating that we not revisit it in the next legislative session. We feel like the law needs time to work, it hasn't even been effect for six months."

Hubbard says poll after poll shows people supported the ban before it was passed and still do.

"Our polling shows the vast majority of Iowans support it and I think that the longer the law is in effect the more support it will gather."

The ban, which took effect July 1, prohibits smoking in public buildings, including restaurants and bars.

Dick Layman/Steve Powers, Public News Service - IA