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Phoenix, AZ: (Jan-28-08) The state's voter approved Smoke Free Arizona Act of May 2007 claimed that operators of bars, restaurants, and indoor public places had to help prohibit smoking. In order to do that, the facilities had to post "No Smoking" signs, remove ashtrays from areas where smoking is prohibited and stop people who are smoking in prohibited areas. In May 2007, health department inspectors accused Metro Sportz Bar and Restaurant, Boomerang Bar and Billiards, River City Pockets, and the Maverick Saloon, of failing to implement the act. Patrons were seen smoking, which was a violation of the Smoke Free Arizona Act. To circumvent the ban, restaurateurs Alfonso Larriva and Alfonso Ruiz had installed vents so that they would not fall under the enclosed category. Sources stated that as part of a settlement reached, the four Phoenix business owners agreed to a $10,000 payout to resolve allegations. [EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE: SMOKE FREE FINE]

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Published on Jan-29-08


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