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People across Montana can be assured that the state Clean Indoor Air Act will continue to be used to keep air healthy in buildings open to the public.

Local rules properly adopted under the 2004 state law were jeopardized this legislative session when Sen. Doug Kary, R-Billings, introduced Senate Bill 179 at the behest of Billings bar owners. The impetus for the bill was the Yellowstone Tavern Association's disagreement with a Yellowstone County Board of Health Rule that did two things:

1. Added e-cigarettes to the definition of product use prohibited in indoor public spaces.

2. Required a 20-foot no smoking or vaping distance around building entrances and vents to prevent smoke and e-cigarette aerosols from being drawn inside the building.

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