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Fairfax: Ban smoking at bus shelters

Fairfax County officials are pushing to ban smoking at all public bus shelters, eight months after Virginia's restaurant-and-bar smoking ban went into effect.

The ban would address the "health implications of breathing secondhand smoke," said Fairfax Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), the board's transportation committee chairman. Virginia's no-smoking law was approved by the General Assembly in February 2009 and went into effect last December. The District and Maryland have similar state laws regarding smoking in restaurants and bars.

Read more at the Post's Virginia Politics blog.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 28, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Virginia  
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Will it be an effective ban of the cancerous stink or will the stinkers will just stand in front of the bus shelter and stink it up or on the sidewalk in the path of everyone?

Posted by: jiji1 | July 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I think "jiji1" makes a valid point. What's to stop the smoker from just moving down the sidewalk to a spot NEAR, but not AT, the bus shelter so that they can still see the bus coming? Then no doubt they'll engage in their usual piggish behavior of throwing cigarette butts on the ground in order to hurry over to catch the bus (for surely there will be no suitable ash-cans available, and it's well-known that the vast majority of smokers refuse to dispose of their litter properly if you don't make it ultra-convenient for them).

Posted by: 1995hoo | July 28, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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