Boise restaurants say smoking ban inequitable but rarely damaging to business
By Laura Wylde
According to the state Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho is one of 11 states whose restaurants are smoke-free. The smoking ban, introduced in the 2004 Legislature by Idaho Falls Republican Sen. Brent Hill, prohibits patrons from lighting up in any public facility except bowling alleys and establishments that do not allow minors. While most in the restaurant or bar industry say the change was a step in the right direction, some argue the law should be more equitable, affecting any type of establishment-not just those who check IDs.
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