State Health Board Approves Civil Fines for New Smoking Ban

JULY 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Civil fines and rules to enforce a statewide workplace smoking ban have been approved by the state Board of Health.  The ban already is in effect under criminal rules but the civil rules and fines probably won't take effect until early to mid August.

Violators face fines of up to $500 for a criminal violation.  Under the civil rules approved yesterday, they could face fines up to $1,000.

The law allows smoking areas in certain businesses, including small hotels and motels, retail tobacco stores and long-term care residences.  The law also includes an exemption for bars and restaurants that don't admit people younger than 21.

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