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Topeka City Council approves smoking ban

TOPEKA | The Topeka City Council has approved a smoking ban in the city with limited exceptions.

The council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to approve a clean air ordinance, which bans public smoking indoors and at places of employment. The exceptions include retail tobacco stores and outdoor places of employment.

Also exempted are private buildings and homes, except when they are used as a child care, adult day care or health care facility. It also allows smoking in no more than 20 percent of hotel or motel rooms that are available for guests.

Assistant city attorney Braxton Copley said the ban will take effect 60 days after after notice of its passage has been published in the official city newspaper.

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Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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