Rod Driver

Excerpts from the Providence Journal-Bulletin, January 13, 1989

Familiar confrontation preceded vote in House to ban smoking

In the end, the advocates of a smoking ban in the House chamber won out over the opposition... Smoking is now banned in both the House and Senate chambers.

Rep. Rodney Driver, who is also championing smoking bans in railroad depots, bus stations and teachers' lounges this year, argued that the House should set an example.

"In the first place, it's not very pleasant for people who are nonsmokers to be forced to smoke," said Driver yesterday. He said he sits far enough away from the nearest smokers in the House that he is not bothered personally by their smoke. But, "we already have several laws on the books on smoking in the work place and public places," so "it seems rather hypocritical to be continuing to smoke ourselves."