Kansas - governor signed into law the Clean Indoor Air legislation..

March 14, 2010 - To advance the fight against cancer and improve the overall health of all Kansans, Governor Mark Parkinson signed into law HB 2221, the Kansas Clean Indoor Air today, March 12th.

“The journey of passing a statewide public smoking ban has been long and hard, but today we are able to cross the finish line knowing that we have built a better future for generations to come,” said Parkinson. “With this legislation, our state takes the necessary steps to save Kansas lives by reducing cancer, tobacco-related diseases and teen smoking. I appreciate the vision of former-Senator Wysong, the bipartisan collaboration in the legislature and the continuous support of so many Kansans.”

HB 2221 amends current law concerning cigarette or tobacco infractions and the taxation and unlawful use of cigarette and tobacco products. The bill bans smoking and makes the act of smoking in the following a cigarette or tobacco infraction: public places; taxicabs and limousines; common areas in public and private buildings, condominiums and other multiple-residential facilities; access points of all building and facilities unless exempted by the bill; and any place of employment.

The legislation makes it unlawful for any person who controls the use of the area where smoking is prohibited to fail to comply with any of the provisions set out in the bill or to allow smoking to occur where prohibited. It will also be unlawful for any person to smoke in an area where smoking is prohibited. The bill will take effect upon publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

More information on Governor Mark Parkinson's signing of clean indoor air law..

Reference: Governor signs smoking ban bill, ksnt-24, 3/12/2010.

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