Montgomery County Passes Expanded Smoking Ban

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Montgomery County Passes Expanded Smoking Ban

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The County says it hopes to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.

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It's going to be tougher to light up in Montgomery County.

The County Council approved an expansion of its smoking prohibitions.

Beginning August 12, smoking will not be allowed in the common areas of apartment buildings and town house complexes.  That includes hallways, laundry rooms and lobbies.

Smoking will also be banned within 25 feet of playgrounds on those public properties. 

The Council says the measure is aimed to prevent second-hand smoke.  Opponents said the bill is too intrusive.

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