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State lawmakers consider workplace smoking ban

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The Wisconsin Legislature is apparently close to adopting a statewide public indoor smoking ban.

The measure, which would prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars, sports arenas and most other workplaces, was approved by a 5-2 vote of the Senate Health Committee and by an 11-2 vote of the Assembly Health and Healthcare Reform Committee Friday.

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Both houses of the Legislature are expected to vote this week on the bill, which would take effect July 5, 2010.

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