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August 19, 1988

Chicago Ban

JAMA. 1988;260(7):893-894. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410070017003

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CHICAGO IS joining New York and other cities in banning smoking in most public places (JAMA 1988;259:2809-2810). The Windy City's new ordinance bans smoking in:

  • taxis, service lines such as for groceries, public restrooms, polling places, meeting rooms, and assembly halls.

  • at least half the waiting areas of airports and train and bus stations.

  • any workplace or area so designated by an employer (who must advise all employees of that policy).

  • areas designated by employees.

Chicago's ordinance states that, in case of disputes, the rights or concerns of a nonsmoker prevail over those of a smoker.—by