Texting While Driving, Smoking Target of '10 Laws

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - From texting to smoking to trans-fats and toy guns, a host of new laws taking effect today clamp down on impolite, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous behaviors.

Among the most surprising new laws is a smoking ban for bars and restaurants in North Carolina, the country's largest tobacco producer that has a history steeped in tobacco tradition.

Not including a partial ban in Virginia, smoking is now prohibited in restaurants in 29 states and in bars in 25.

Supporters hope highways get safer as New Hampshire, Oregon and Illinois join 16 other states that ban texting while driving.

A new Arkansas law prohibits selling toy guns that look like the real thing but major retailers say they don't expect a major impact.

And California becomes the first state to partially ban the use of artery-clogging artificial trans fats in restaurants in 2010.

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