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Proposed Smoke-free Arizona Act Rules

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It's official May 1: bars, restaurants and most businesses in Arizona will be required to be smoke free.

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But how far will smoking be allowed near the entrances of buildings? What about smoking on patios?

The Arizona Department of Health Services is seeking public input on those questions and others as the agency undertakes the proposed rule making process to implement the Smoke-free Arizona Act (Proposition 201), passed by voters in November.

The Department is proposing a "15 foot rule" prohibiting smoking within 15 feet from main entryways of businesses. Colorado has adopted a 15 foot rule, while other states are even more stringent