WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Fuming over a new state law that bars smoking in bars, Drew Carey puffed away on cigarettes to protest the ban. And he isn't even a smoker.

Carey said he thinks the no bar-smoking law goes too far.

``I don't think there should be a total ban,'' the sitcom star said Tuesday through a cloud of blue smoke inside Barney's Beanery, a bar, restaurant and pool hall frequented by showbiz types. ``It should be up to each bar owner and patron to decide if they want to smoke or not.''

About a dozen other protesters also puffed away on cigars and cigarettes in a stunt sponsored by Reason magazine, which was promoting a newly released book on the ``anti-smoking crusade.''

Smoking in bars became illegal in January to protect California's 850,000 bar employees from the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Owners who allow smoking can be fined several hundred dollars for each infraction. Customers can also be fined.

No citations were issued Tuesday.