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Group sues to halt smoking ban

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of bar and restaurant owners has filed a lawsuit in Polk County District Court seeking to overturn a new statewide smoking ban.

The Iowa Bar Owners Coalition, based in Clinton County, filed a petition in Polk County District Court in Des Moines on Tuesday. The group’s attorney, George Eichorn says he’s seeking a temporary injunction on the enforcement of the ban until the case can go to trial.

No court date has been set.


The petition names Iowa Department of Public Health Director Thomas Newton, his agency and the State of Iowa as defendants.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

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