Lawmakers criticized over inaction on cities smoking legislation
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The president of the Oklahoma State Board of Health criticized state lawmakers Tuesday for not passing a bill that would have allowed cities to make smoking ordinances more strict than state law.
?"There will continue to be many lives lost as a result of this," Dr. Jenny Alexopulos said at a regular board meeting.
House Bill 2267 went dormant last week when it was not heard in a Senate committee. ?Alexopulos said the board was disappointed with the result but will not stop efforts to limit smoking.
?"We will continue to fight against tobacco at every stage because it is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in this country and this state," she said.
House Bill 2267, which would have allowed cities to make smoking ordinances more strict than state law, went dormant last week when it was not heard in a Senate committee. Tulsa World File