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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.

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

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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