Bredesen Signs Workplace Smoking Ban Into Law

Nashville (AP) -- Governor Bredesen signed into law a measure to extinguish most workplace smoking in Tennessee.

The law will go into effect in July, but the ban will not be enforced until October to give businesses time to comply. The ban would apply to most businesses, including restaurants.

Exclusions include bars or restaurants that prohibit people under 21 years old at all times, businesses employing no more than three workers and retail tobacco stores.

About a quarter of Tennesseans smoke.

The smoking ban was the second of two major pieces of anti-tobacco legislation passed this year. Lawmakers also agreed to more than triple the tax on a pack of cigarettes to 62 cents, mostly to fund increased education spending.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by James Location: Knoxville on Jun 29, 2007 at 02:46 PM
    It is about time. Talk about taking away personal freedom: what about the freedom of someone who does NOT smoke having to inhale it because they are seated in the "non-smoking" section 6 feet away from a table in the smoking section. Go outside if you want to smoke. You can't even compare drinking to smoking. If someone chooses to imbibe in 4 beers at the table next to me with dinner that really has no bearing on me at all. If a person chooses to imbibe in 4 cigarettes at the table next to me during dinner, then I have to "share" in the experience without consenting to it. THAT is taking away personal freedom. Nobody is saying you can't smoke.....just saying you have to do it where it won't affect those who don't want to participate it in as well.
  • by Lisa Location: Strawberry Plains on Jun 20, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    Where can I read this Law? When I am OFF the clock, can my employer stop me from smoking on the premises, such as the parking lot, in my own vehicle? That would seem like prejudism considering that customers would be smoking in the parking lot. I totally disagree with this law. The Government can do anything they want at any time, and we just let our freedom slowly be taken away from us. It is time that we stand up for our rights as human beings and adults. There are many other situations that our Gov. should be more concerned about. Example: Crack Houses and the Meth problem we have here.
  • by Don Location: Knoxville on Jun 19, 2007 at 12:24 AM
    Poor babies got their way. Bet they don't cry over 2nd hand pot smoke.
  • by JOHNNIE Location: NEW TAZEWELL TN on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:51 PM
    I THINK HE SHOULD LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE IT IS OUR RIGHT IF WE WONT TO SMOKE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A NO SMOLING SECTION THAT CAN BE PUT INTO PLACES WHERE YOU EAT AND STUFF. WHY CAN HE NOT CONCENTRATE ON THE PEOPLE THAT DRINK AND DRIVE OR THAT USES DRUGS AND DRIVES. THAT KILLS MORE PEOPLE. O I UNDERSTAND WHY BECAUSE THERE IS PEOPLE IN THE OFFICES THAT DRINL AND THEY DO NOT WONT TO STOP THAT. WELL I COULD SAY A LOT MORE BUT I WILL STOP FOR NOW I HOPE HE GETS TO LOOK AT THIS BECAUSE HE NEEDS TO AND STOP PICKING ON PEOPLE THAT SMOKE IT IS OUR LIFE LEAVE US ALONE PLEASE.
  • by amazed Location: knox on Jun 12, 2007 at 06:59 PM
    i can't understand banning and taxing smoking,trying to outlaw it, and at the same time using the money off of it to fund the public schools.how about the same tax on booze?what happened to all the money from the lotterty?when are they going to tax tea?Kentucky is not that far.
  • by BETTTY Location: POWELL on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT SMOKING, I MEAN THEY TO FOCUS MORE ON PEOPLE THAT GO OUT A DRINK AND THAN GET IN THERE CARS AND END UP HAVING A ACCIDENT AND MAYBE KILLING THEMSELF IN IT OR SOMEONE ELSE.AND NEVER KNOW IT COULD BE YOUR FAMILY THAT IS GOING SOMEWHERE AND SOME STUPID PERSON DECIDES TO DRINK AND DRIVE. SO I THINK THAT BREDESEN NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING MORE THAN SMOKING.SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS THAN THAT. I MEAN I KNOW THAT IT COULD KILL YOU TO BUT IT TAKES LONGER THAN SOMEONE DRIVING DRUNK. IF HE DON'T LIKE SMOKING TELL HIM TO STAY HOME WHERE THERE IS NOT ANY, UNLESS HE SMOKES HIM SELF!

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