The Kansas House approved a statewide smoking ban on Thursday -- voting 68-54 to send the measure to Gov. Mark Parkinson's desk. The ban, which includes bars, restaurants, and workplaces, has several exceptions -- tobacco shops, private clubs, designated smoking rooms in hotels and the gambling floors of state-run casinos.
While Parkinson has not yet signed the bill into law, he has stated his intention to sign it. If signed, the bill would go into effect on July 1.