A statewide smoking ban that would affect most businesses in Alaska now heads to the desk of Gov. Bill Walker.

On Saturday, the Alaska House of Representatives approved S.B. 63, which bans smoking at most businesses in the state. It includes bars, restaurants and most other private businesses. Tobacconists, e-cigarette retailers and private clubs are exempt from the rule so long as they have proper ventilation and do not serve alcohol. Private clubs will be grandfathered in so long as their location has not moved since Jan. 1, 2017.

If passed, the new law will go into effect Oct. 1.

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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.