Connecticut upholds 2003 state smoking ban in restaurants, bars

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Monday to uphold the state's smoking ban in restaurants and bars.

The state law, which went into effect in 2003, was challenged by a group of bar and restaurant owners who believed it was unconstitutional and hurt their businesses. However, the court rejected the argument with a four-to-one decision.

Private clubs and state casinos are the only organizations exempt from the ban.

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