District Smoking Ban

By: AP
By: AP

Starting on Tuesday, smokers are being forced
outside of the District of Columbia's bars and nightclubs.

That has some businesses saying they're worried about losing
dollars to their counterparts in Virginia.

The smoking ban passed one year ago by the DC Council took
effect in April 2006 for restaurants and offices. It extends to
bars and nightclubs after New Year's Day.

Opponents of the ban have included business owners and the
Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, which also
expressed concerns that the smokeout will send business outside the

Others complain the new restrictions will increase noise and
litter on city streets, where smokers will be forced to smoke.

The nation's capital follows 21 states and more than 2,300
municipalities that have mandated smoke-free workplaces, many of
which extend to bars and restaurants.

Virginia is not among those 21 states.

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