Australian Brothels Battle Ban on Butts

The southern Australian state of Victoria has banned smoking in the workplace — including brothels. A trade group called the Australian Adult Entertainment Industry is requesting an exception. It warns that if people can't smoke afterward, the business will go back on the streets.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Just yesterday, a guy was telling me he didn't like a ban on smoking in restaurants. This man and people like him would be especially unhappy in Australia. The southern state of Victoria banned smoking in the workplace, and the affected workplaces include Australian brothels. A trade group called the Australian Adult Entertainment Industry is requesting an exception. It warns that if people cannot smoke afterward, the business will go back out on the streets. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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