Virginia - December 1, 2009 smoking ban goes into effect in most bars and restaurants..

November 28, 2009 - Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Virginia's no smoking ban in most bars and restaurants will take effect. The ban will snuff out a tobacco tradition more than 400 years old.

The Virginia Department of Health provides answers to frequently asks questions about the smoking ban.

According to the American Lung Association 28 states and the District of Columbia have laws that ban restaurant smoking.

References: Bars Prep for the Start of Virginia Smoking Ban, News Channel 8, 11/27/2009; In tobacco-loving Va., bars to quit cold-turkey by BOB LEWIS, The Associated Press, 11.27/2009.

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