Iowa first lady admits violating state smoking ban
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Her husband just signed a smoking ban into law in April. Now Iowa first lady Mari Culver admits she already broke it.
The wife of Gov. Chet Culver released a statement Thursday saying she quit smoking last year but started again a few months ago and smoked in a state vehicle.
The ban outlaws smoking in most workplaces, including cars of employers.
The first lady’s admission followed a report in The Des Moines Register that she was seen smoking in a sport-utility vehicle the state provides to her family. A trooper was driving, with Mari Culver in the passenger seat with the window down.
A spokesman for the first lady did not comment about whether she would be fined.