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Illinois law change could force smokers out of beer gardens

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers have quietly made it tougher for smokers to find a public place to light up.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that a committee of lawmakers has tweaked a definition in the Smoke Free Illinois Act to ban smoking in any public place with a floor and ceiling - whether or not the walls are retractable or permeable. That has restaurant and bar owners wondering if those beer gardens they built to give smokers a spot to smoke might soon be smokeless beer gardens.

The state's health department won't comment on the fate of beer gardens. But a spokeswoman says that the new language might clarify an act that has long been so vague that it has proven all but impossible to enforce.

Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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