Smoke ban to face added challenges

September 28, 1993|By Staff Report

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker said yesterday that he might try to remove the exemptions from the smoking ban.

When the ban takes effect in two years, the only smoking allowed in public will be at overnight truck stops, retail tobacco stores and in self-enclosed, separately ventilated bar areas of restaurants.

Mr. Ecker said he wants to eliminate the exemption for bars, but hasn't decided about other exemptions. He probably will put his bill on the November docket. If so, the council would have hearings on the bill mid-November and vote on it Dec. 6.

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