More Alaska businesses ban smoking

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) Despite no state law to the contrary, Fairbanks businesses are among those that are banning smoking inside their establishment.

    Alaska currently has no law that demands smoke free workplaces according to a report in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

    A number of restaurants and bars in the city decided to ban smoking indoors last years.  Owners told the paper they have received mostly positive feedback on the move. 

    Pete Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer's Association, said there has been a trend of Alaska businesses going smoke free for the past 30 years.

    Alaska has different issues that states in the lower 48 with smoking bans because this means many customers are forced to smoke outside in frigid temperatures, especially in Fairbanks.


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