Tenn. First Lady Leading Smoking Ban Statewide Tour

Nashville (AP) -- Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte and other advocates of a bill that would ban smoking in the workplace plan to push for the legislation's passage in a statewide tour.

Advocates will kick off the tour Monday with a rally outside the capitol.
There will be a rally supporting the bill in Memphis on Thursday at the newly smoke-free Rendezvous Restaurant.

Governor Phil Bredesen put forth the proposal, which would ban smoking, with some exceptions, in all enclosed public places and places of employment with two or more employees, including all restaurants and bars.

The bill would also prohibit smoking within 25 feet of entrances and windows of places required to be smoke-free.

Under the bill, smoking in a non-smoking area would be punishable by a fine of up to $50.

A person who controls a place designated as non-smoking under the law and who doesn't comply would be subject to a fine of up to $100 on the first violation.

The bill has not moved since it was assigned to committees in the House and Senate shortly after the General Assembly convened in January. No hearings are currently scheduled.

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