Lawmakers in both houses of the state legislature want Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act which restricts smoking in most public places to be expanded to include venues that have, until now, been given exemptions.
Those places would include all drinking establishments, private clubs and the state’s casinos.
Senator Stewart Greenleaf, from Montgomery County, and Representative Mario Scavello, from Monroe County, also want to extend the ban on smoking to include outdoor eating and drinking venues.
Scavello is also advocating an expansion of the ban to electronic cigarettes. Other places where smoking would be banned under the lawmakers’ proposals would include sites for fundraising events, hotel rooms, and even the properties owned by tobacco manufacturers, processers and dealers.
Scavello has been told his bill would at least receive a vote in committee this legislative session.