Re-count confirms passage of Emporia smoking ban

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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 1:06 am

EMPORIA (AP) — A re-count has confirmed that an Emporia smoking ban ordinance has passed.

The measure won approval last week by just six votes, and the margin grew by two votes after Tuesday’s re-count.

The Lyon County Board of Canvassers certified late Tuesday afternoon that the final count was 2,369 votes for banning smoking in public places and 2,361 against it.

Attorney Michael Helbert, who has represented a group opposed to the ban, does not plan to file a legal challenge. He filed the re-count request Monday.

The ban took effect Friday. It prohibits smoking in all public places and businesses including bars and restaurants, and within 10 feet of a business entrance. The ban does not extend to private offices where the public is not regularly or frequently invited inside.

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