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Questions Asked About Fallin's Tobacco Ban (Feb 07, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin's order to ban tobacco on all state-owned and leased property is raising questions about how it will be enforced and how far it will extend.

State Rep. Paul Roan - a self-described smoker of 50 years - said Tuesday that he believes smoking while driving on an interstate would violate the order signed Monday. The ban is to take effect in six months.

The ban doesn't include penalties for violations and is to be implemented with help from the state Department of Health and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

Tobacco trust director Tracey Strader said interstates may "technically" be included in the ban - but said it's aimed at workplaces. She says she doesn't believe there will be any effort to enforce it on roadways.



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