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The 2003 state law prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars exempted private clubs. In 2007 the Supreme Court upheld the law in a challenge filed by a few bar owners. When the law passed, many believed that private clubs would become more popular as sanctuaries for smokers. However, according to yesterday’s Hartford Courant, a growing number of clubs, in CT and nationally, have voluntarily implemented smoking bans. The clubs are responding to members’ preferences.
Ellen Andrews