ANNAPOLIS, Md--Last year, a Maryland court placed on indefinite
hold a proposed ban on smoking in all public places, including
bars, restaurants, and every workplace in the state.
That ban may see new life, however. Governor-elect Parris Glendenning
has endorsed the main provisions of the proposed sanctions except
for hotels and very small restaurants and taverns, where such
a ban might be unduly economically burdensome. The ban would be
one of the first of its kind in the nation and is opposed by various
tobacco industry and business groups.