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New York's Clean Indoor Air Act Is Five Years Old

By Mark Scott


Buffalo, NY – New York's Clean Indoor Air Act is marking its fifth anniversary Thursday. It essentially banned smoking at all restaurants and bars in the state.

Today, many of us -- even smokers -- probably don't give it a second thought. You walk into a restaurant and it's smoke free. But when the new law took effect on July 24th, 2003, there was much controversy. Some restaurant owners complained they would lose business. So, did they?

Joining us to talk about the impact of the Clean Indoor Air Act is Anthony Billoni, director of the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Robert Syracuse, president of the local chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association.

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