Statewide Smoking Ban Law Clears Another Hurdle

Colorado lawmakers got one step closer Wednesday to a state–wide smoking ban in public places, but the bill still faces some tough resistance before it will become law. Grand Junction is one of 13 local governments already imposing a smoking ban, however that ban does not go into effect until January 1,2006.

The bill, currently in the state legislature, would ban smoking in most restaurants and since Grand Junction is already on its way to becoming smoke–free, this new proposal may not have an adverse affect on businesses. When the ordinance was proposed in 2003, it caused a lot of controversy.

Opponents to the new bill say the measure is too much regulation, however some say this bill may actually be good for local businesses. Grand Junction's ordinance will allow smoking in attached bars. That includes restaurants and bowling alleys, but only when the bar or smoking area is physically separated from the non–smoking section.

The bill is headed for another vote in the state senate.

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