Topeka, Kansas - opponents of smoking ban may drop petition drive..

January 26, 2010 - One of the main organizers of a petition drive to overturn Topeka's new smoking ban says the group is considering dropping the effort because of a lack of support.

Organizer Gail Trembley says in a blog published Tuesday, January 19th that the petition drive will end February 15 unless it gets more support. She asked business owners to take a more active role in the effort.

Topekans Against the Ban was organized after the city's ban on public smoking indoors and at places of employment took effect December 4, 2009.

The petition drive needs at least 5,744 valid signatures from Topeka registered voters. Last month, the organizers said they had gathered 3,838 signatures.

Reference: Opponents Of Kansas Smoking Ban May Drop Petition Drive, KAKE 10 - Associated Press, 1/20/2010.

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