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Smoking Ban Battle Moves North

The battle over a smoking ban has moved to Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Tavern League is fighting a proposal by a
group called Smoke Free Air for Everyone, or SAFE.
It wants to ban smoking in restaurant dining rooms and
workplaces.

Both sides say a compromise is unlikely.

Oneida County Tavern League spokesman Rob Swearingen says the
group supports a state Assembly proposal that would outlaw smoking
in dining room areas of restaurants but leave bar areas available
to smokers.

SAFE Coordinator Adam Schmidt says the Assembly bill pre-empts
local control. He says it could clear the way for smoking in areas
such as courthouses and city halls where ``lighting up'' was
previously prohibited.

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