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Sitka may vote on expanding smoking ban

May 01, 2010

by The Associated Press
Friday, April 30, 2010

SITKA, Alaska -- Sitka residents could get the chance to expand a ban on smoking in public places.

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that could let voters decide whether the smoking ban should be extended to bars and private clubs, which are currently exempt from the ban.

Voters in 2005 allowed the exemptions. Two Sitka clubs and two bars allow smoking on premises.

The ordinance to expand the ban would have to be approved by the Assembly before a question is put on the October election ballot.

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