Smoking Ban Proposed

Governor Tim Kaine proposed a statewide smoking ban in restaurants Monday.

Kaine's proposal would exclude exterior dining areas. He was joined by elected officials, public health advocates and a group that represents restaurants in announcing his proposed ban at the Hot Tuna Bar & Grill in Virginia Beach.

Kaine said the ban is needed to protect workers and patrons from second-hand smoke.

The General Assembly passed legislation last year that would have required restaurants that allow smoking to post a "Smoking Permitted" sign on the door, and in return they would no longer have to offer a nonsmoking section.

Kaine amended the bill to ban smoking in restaurants statewide. The House of Delegates voted 59-40 to reject the amendment, so Kaine vetoed the bill. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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