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Savannah’s new smokefree law is stronger than state’s

Way to go Savannah, Ga.! The City Council there has passed a really strong smokefree law that not only makes bars and restaurants smokefree, but covers outdoor areas of bars and restaurants as well as playgrounds, private clubs and retail tobacco stores, according to the Savannah Tribune.

What’s more, smokers must stay 10 feet from any intake system of buildings covered under the law. The idea is to protect people inside the buildings from breathing secondhand smoke that drifts in from smokers outside. (See? It’s not such a crazy idea after all, D.C.)

The ordinance is stronger than the state law, which was controversial among smokefree advocates when it passed in 2005 because it is fairly weak. Savannah’s law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

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