virginia recently passed a partial ban on smoking. (a big shock for us, as virginia loves her tobacco industry). the new ban isn't complete, but requires that private establishments have separate ventilation systems for smoking and non-smoking sections. since this in most cases would involve quite an infrastructure overall, it will effectively remove smoking sections from most restaurants.
this is a great success for the public health community, restaurant workers, non-smoking consumers, and the health of virginians in general.
you can read about the bill and its history here. (at least this year's history... the effort has been going for many, many years). as a general plug, richmondsunlight is a great resource for tracking the progress of bills in the general assembly. its informed, interactive, and user-friendly. hooray!