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USA Today reports that smoking bans like those put in place across San Diego continue to multiply across the country.

The paper says:

The number of cities and counties that bar smoking in outdoor areas — including parks, cafes, concert venues, stadiums and beaches — has soared from 30 in 1999 to at least 1,124 today, according to the American Non-smokers’ Rights Foundation, an advocacy group that tracks local ordinances.

“What we’re seeing is the trend is going from the inside out,” says Cynthia Hallett, the foundation’s executive director. She says many places that have indoor bans are expanding their restrictions, which include 47 beaches and 222 parks.

ROB DAVIS

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