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Bill provides for entrance smoking ban

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Many people have walked into convenience stores or other businesses only to get an unwanted sniff of cigarette smoke from someone puffing away outside the door.

But a bill by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, could make residents’ air a little cleaner as they pass into these places. The bill, which was approved by the House in an 81-12 vote on Monday, would prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned.

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