City officials in Rochester, Minn., this year lost what would have been the first national meeting of the American Veterans Association in their city. The event had been booked five years earlier, according to Brenda Riggott, executive director of the Rochester Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. But once Am Vet officials learned of the city's new anti-smoking ordinance, which bans smoking in public restaurants and bars, they quickly looked elsewhere — rebooking in Kansas City.
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