Dillingham voters to decide smoking ban

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2003

DILLINGHAM Voters in Dillingham will be deciding whether to ban smoking in public places.

City Clerk Vi Braswell said it appears that a citizens' group has collected more than the 109 signatures required to get the initiative on the Oct. 7 municipal ballot.

If approved by voters, the initiative would ban smoking in public places such as restaurants, taxis and other businesses. Bars and 25 percent of hotel rooms would be exempt from the ban.

Dillingham City Councilman Ron Bowers is a spokesman for Bristol Bay Tobacco Control Coalition, which sponsored the initiative. He said the ordinance would be similar to one adopted by Anchorage about a year and a half ago.

The proposal does not regulate smoking inside private homes or within a reasonable distance outside public places, Bowers said.

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