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July 28, 2014

Man seeks smoking ban on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence

A software developer who moved to Lawrence less than a year ago has started an online petition seeking to ban smoking on one of the city’s most popular streets through downtown.

A software developer who moved to Lawrence less than a year ago has started an online petition seeking to ban smoking on one of the city’s most popular streets through downtown.

Mike DuPont says he’s sick of walking on Massachusetts Street and smelling like cigarette smoke when he gets home. He says a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars has pushed smokers outside, where they often disobey restrictions meant to keep them away from entrances.

DuPont says that when his family moved to Kansas in October, he chose Lawrence because of its downtown area.

Several smokers on Massachusetts Street told The Lawrence Journal-World they would oppose such a ban because they feel current restrictions are strict enough.

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