VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The home state of Marlboro and the world's largest cigarette factory is banning most smoking in restaurants and bars.
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine signed a bill Monday that generally restricts smoking to separate rooms that have their own ventilation. It takes effect Dec. 1.
Kaine had been working for years for a total ban on smoking in all restaurants, but compromised with lawmakers in the bill that passed last month.
The measure also exempts private clubs and open-air outdoor areas of bars.
The first substantial tobacco curb is remarkable, however, in a state that began growing tobacco at Jamestown 400 years ago and is home to Philip Morris and its Marlboro cigarette factory, the world's largest.