House panel votes to allow smoking in assisted living facilities
DENVER – The House Health and Human Services Committee approved a measure Monday to allow smoking in assisted-living facilities after lawmakers said the statewide smoking ban is unfair to people confined to their rooms.The measure (House Bill 1196) now goes to the full House for debate.House Minority Leader Mike May, R-Parker, said the primary purpose of the Clean Air Act was to prevent exposure to second-hand smoke. He said exceptions were made for a smoking lounge at Denver International Airport for travelers who couldn’t go outside.Lawmakers said people should be allowed to smoke in their own homes, and assisted-living residence who don’t like smoke could choose a nonsmoking facility.
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