Kansas Senate debates smoking ban in public places

TOPEKA | The Kansas Senate is debating a bill that would ban smoking in most public places in the state.

The measure is expected to win first-round approval after debate Monday. Senate President Steve Morris predicts passage, if there aren't too many amendments attached.

The measure would bar smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants, and in workplaces and government buildings. It's the third time Kansas lawmakers have considered a smoking ban. Opposition has come from those who believe such restrictions are best handled locally.

At least 23 states require most public places and workplaces to be smoke-free.

Kansas health officials say clean indoor air regulations have already been adopted by at least 25 city and county governments, covering about 28 percent of the state's population.