Lawmakers Pass Bill to Ban Smoking on Hospital Campuses

Assembly members pass bill 48 - 26

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012  |  Updated 11:42 AM PDT
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California Assembly members passed a bill yesterday that would ban smoking from hospital campuses throughout the state.

The law already restricts smoking within the hospital, specifically in patient care areas and waiting rooms.

Should AB 1278 pass, smoking would be prohibited in all hospital areas and its campuses. In addition, the law would require hospitals to post sign and educate their employees on the new smoking policy.

It was originally introduced last February, by Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento).

Assembly members voted 48 in favor with 26 against. The bill now awaits a vote by the California Senate.
 

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