Smoking Bans

BEIJING - In China, tobacco companies sponsor schools.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza's Hamas rulers are banning women from smoking water pipes in cafes, claiming it violates tradition and leads to divorce.

BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers enthralled with the lure of easy casino cash are having a tough time squaring the 24-hour world of smoke-filled, free-booze gambling haunts with the state's Puritan roots and high-minded liberal reputation.

TOPEKA, Kan. - Attorneys representing bars and bingo parlors asked a Kansas judge to put a hold on the state's smoking ban Tuesday, arguing it would hurt their businesses and violate their constitutional rights to property.

BOSTON - Six years after Massachusetts passed a ban on smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants because of public health concerns, Senate leaders are backing a gambling bill that would allow smoking in new casinos proposed for the state.
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