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The Oklahoma Restaurant Association opposes the bill, saying it would be unfair to businesses. But Cline points out that in other states that allow local control, businesses haven't been adversely affected. And changing the law could improve health outcomes in Oklahoma and reduce tobacco-related costs, which are monumental — Oklahoma businesses, for example, spend $1.7 billion annually for health-related illness and lost productivity.
Gov. Mary Fallin's support may make difference with smoke-free bill
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Legislators often preach the importance of local control in schools and other areas, yet they've been OK with the state dictating cities' and towns' smoke-free policies. Fallin's right: This needs to change.
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