Rhode Island smoking ban takes effect

Rhode Island smoking ban takes effect

[JURIST] Rhode Island [government website; JURIST States archive] became the seventh state to ban smoking indoors Tuesday, as a state law [text] took effect at midnight. The ban covers all indoor workplaces and almost all bars and restaurants, but certain bars not serving food and private clubs have until October to comply with the law. Several state gambling facilities are exempt. Read more about the state's Tobacco Control Program. Even as the ban took effect, some lawmakers were moving to cut back on its breadth. State Rep. Joseph Faria has introduced a bill that would exempt neighborhood bars from the ban. AP has more.