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CUPE Alberta president DArcy Lanovaz expressed support for a province wide smoking ban in restaurants, bars and other public spaces this week in response to a government trial balloon.

Everybody knows that second-hand smoke is a killer, said the CUPE division interim president. Waitresses, bartenders and musicians shouldnt have to risk their health to make a living.

Lanovaz said that the existing policy of leaving the decision up to municipalities doesnt work. The only effective way to do it is across the board, so everyone is in the same place.