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    Bill Could Allow Smoking In NY Establishments

    For a $100 fee, bars and restaurants could override statewide anti-smoking law.

    NEW YORK -- A new bill proposed by New York Assemblymen Howard Mills and Matthew Mirones would permit any business with a liquor license to obtain a smoking permit for a $100 fee.

    "It's not about smoking. It's about freedom of choice and personal liberty," said Mills in a New York Daily News report.

    The permit would be issued by the state Department of Health, and is among several proposed exemptions to the anti-smoking law. A hardship waiver is another proposal on the table to give exemptions to businesses that can prove they have lost substantial revenue due to the smoking ban, reported the Daily News.

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