Gov. Mary Fallin's support may make difference with smoke-free bill

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 12, 2013
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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.

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.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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