Just like that, the Legislature has passed a statewide indoor smoking ban. And once Gov. Mark Parkinson signs the bill and it goes into effect on July 1, all Kansans will be able to breathe easier in public places, including bars. It's unfortunate that some Wichita restaurants will lose the investment they made creating a separated smoking area, though it was inevitable that Wichita's partial ban would be overridden as more people see how full bans in other states have improved health and haven't harmed businesses. It also would have been better if the Kansas ban didn't exempt state-owned casinos, but the new law will be a huge improvement to public health. As was said during a previous Winter Olympics: "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
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