Smoking ban petition exceeding expectations

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Daniel WinnBy Daniel Winn

Smoking ban supporters are counting down the days until it is the law, but opponents say “not so fast.”

Opponents of the smoking ban are reporting a lot of interest in a petition, and they say support is actually exceeding their expectations.

Andrew Gray with the Kansas Libertarian Party says about one thousand supporters have signed the petition so far.

Some business owners say they have been surprised how many non-smokers have been advocated for their cause. George Finch with “Churchill’s Pipe and Cigar Shop” believes it’s not about smoking, but rather a business owner’s right to choose. He says government needs to stay out of it. Finch asks “What’s next? will burger joints only be able to sell cheese burgers to slim people?”

The smoking ban is scheduled to go into effect on December 4, according to local petition organizers.

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