Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2008
Sen. David Myers
Senate Business and Labor Committee Supports
Legislation Expanding Smoking Ban
State Sen. David
Myers said he was extremely pleased to win
the support of the Business and Labor Committee on Monday. His
legislation, Senate Bill 1875, would lift exemptions included
in the 2003 law banning smoking in public places.
know this is just one step, and we have a long way to go, but
this is a good start,” said Myers, R-Ponca City. “Too
many Oklahomans are facing unnecessary health risks because of
secondhand smoke. It kills hundreds of our citizens every
year. They need our help.”
told committee members Monday morning that 27 other states and
several other countries have already enacted bans on public smoking
with no negative impact on business.
know that some restaurants have created special non-smoking areas,
but that doesn’t protect the employees that must work in
those rooms, or the children of diners in those areas,” Myers
Under his legislation, no new or existing restaurant would be
able to add a designated smoking room after July 1, 2008. Establishments
that currently have designated smoking areas would have until
March 1, 2013, to become totally non-smoking.
The bill next will be heard by the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Senator Myers' Office: (405) 521-5628