SC Supreme Court hesitant to uphold smoking ban

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January 9, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court appears
hesitant to uphold about a dozen smoking bans in counties and
cities across the state.

The justices heard arguments today in a lawsuit filed against
the City of Greenville, which banned indoor smoking in public
places last year. Dozens of bars and restaurants sued the city,
claiming the ban hurts business.

A lower court overturned the Greenville ban, but that decision
contradicts an earlier ruling by another judge involving a smoking
ban on Sullivans Island.

Today, Chief Justice Jean Toal took issue with Greenville's
argument that the ban would merely be an addition to state law.

The justices made no decision today but are expected to issue
their ruling later. The final decision could affect smoking bans

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