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Sunday, January 28, 2007

County should not follow towns' lead on smoking ban

The issue: After three southwest suburbs backed away from their smoking bans in bars and restaurants, the area's county commissioner wants the county to follow suit. We say: County board members should keep health concerns a higher priority than the economic arguments and hold firm on the March 14 effective date. Elected officials in three southwest suburbs already have turned tail and run on the issue of smoking in bars and restaurants. Now Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman (R-Orland Park) wants the county to do the same thing. Last week, Oak Forest, Orland Park and Tinley Park officials lifted their municipal bans on smoking in bars and restaurants after business owners complained their businesses were in jeopardy after two and a half weeks of the prohibition.

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