Dear [Decision Maker],
I strongly support the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act (MCIAA) as it was passed by the Montana legislature in 2005. I appreciate that Montana continues to prioritize protecting the public's health and welfare and that we recognize the rights of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air by prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.Please vote no on HB 481. This bill was portrayed as a clarification bill. It is not. HB 481 adds a new exemption to the MCIAA. The Proponents already admitted that three cigar bars already exist. In present law, places where smoking is allowed must not share a building with other places of business or where the public is allowed to enter as the smoke would infiltrate smoke-free places of employment. If this bill passes a smoking club or private social club could set up in the same building as a daycare, health care facility or senior center, and the law would not protect those more sensitive populations from secondhand smoke. This defeats the purpose of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act.
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