Restaurant Smoking Bill Passes Committee

February 15, 2007

A bill that would require restaurants to post "smoking permitted" signs and could eliminate non smoking sections cleared a Senate committee Thursday.

H Morgan Griffith, the House Majority Leader, hopes that requiring restaurants to post "smoking permitted" signs would persuade more to go smoke free.

He says that restaurants have an imaginary line separating smokers and non smokers, making the idea of a non smoking section fiction.

Opponents say that the bill would be a step backward in Virginia and would encourage, not discourage, smoking.

The Senate Education and Health Committee voted to pass the bill 11-3.

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