LEGISLATION: The Big Flameout

The Big Flameout

The crusade to ban smoking on U.S. airline flights gained altitude last week. In the first legislation of its kind, California prohibited smoking on flights that begin and end in the state as of Jan. 1. Whether the law can be enforced, however, is an open question. California Governor George Deukmejian admits that the legislation may exceed the state's authority, since federal law gives % the U.S. Government the right to regulate the airlines.

In any case, antismoking forces were also making progress in Washington. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill containing a provision that would prohibit travelers from lighting...

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