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ARDMORE, OK-- Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin, held a press conference today along with city leaders and health professionals, to reveal a plan to reduce smoking-related deaths.

Fallin would lead an initiative petition drive on the smoking issue. Governor Fallin also launched a website, www.DontSmokeOnMe.com, where Oklahomans can sing up to get more information.

One local restaurant in Ardmore, is already taking a stand to help keep a healthier environment.

Chealsi Wright has been working at Budro's Rib Joint for about 7 months now and said since the restaurant went smoke free in January, it smells and feels better.

"Everything smells better. My clothes don't stink when I get home anymore, and there's more kids that come in here. I'm seeing more families come in and I think it's just great," Wright said.

Co-owner Caren Braunagel of the restaurant said it was a decision they've been battling with for several years now, but said it had to be done to help keep a healthier environment.

"It's healthier, I had a death in my family that was totally related to smoking, and that's part of it. We also have grandchildren that are running around here now. A two-year-old and a six month-old baby," Braunagel said.

According to the CDC, exposure to second hand smoke or sometimes called environmental tobacco smoke, causes nearly 50-thousand deaths among adults in the United States each year.

One local resident said she's glad the restaurant went smoke free because she can now bring her son to Budro's again.

"We like to bring my son here now because it's smoke free and it's good for him. It makes your meals much more enjoyable," Resident Carol McLean said.

Enjoyable for everyone that's been coming here for years. Resident Dave Rickard is a long time resident who's a fan of the now smoke free restaurant.

"I love them going non-smoking. I've been a patron of Budro's since they were over on fourth and Commerce at the old tower restaurant so I guess I've been coming since they opened it," Rickard said.