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Jul 14, 2011 9:06 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Alexandria considers smoking ban in bars

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The city of Alexandria is considering expanding its ban on smoking to include all businesses in the city, including bars.
The Town Talk reports the ordinance, if passed by the Alexandria City Council, would go into effect on Aug. 27.
A public meeting is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the City Council Chambers to discuss the merits of expanding the city's current smoking ordinance.
City officials originally adopted a limited smoking ban in February 2006. The state adopted smoke-free guidelines in most public buildings on Jan. 1, 2007; however, smoking is still permitted in bars and casinos.

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