A state judge in Topeka was set to hear
arguments Tuesday in a legal challenge to the statewide smoking ban
that takes effect this week.
The challenge was filed by a group of businesses that claim the
new law does not treat all businesses equally, in violation of the
The law taking effect Thursday bans smoking in most public
places, including bars, restaurants and some private clubs.
Smoking will be allowed in the gambling areas of state-owned
casinos, but lighting up in bingo parlors will be against the law.