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CONVENTION 2000 / THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

Use a Lighter, Go to Jail

August 15, 2000

The Democratic convention may not be taking tobacco money, but its delegates brought a lot of tobacco. Before Myra Friend-Ellis left Kentucky for the convention, she packed a supply of Barclays, made in Louisville, only to discover California law forbids her to smoke them in her hotel, in restaurants, even in the convention hall. Bob Turner, an Ohio alternate blowing his smoke out a Staples Center doorway, was philosophical about it. "At least the weather's better out here," he said.

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Compiled by MASSIE RITSCH / Los Angeles Times

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