Smokefree advocates in Wyoming are reclaiming their right to breathe smokefree air on terrain previously referred to as "Marlboro County." Over 25 communities have smokefree laws in Wyoming, including the strongest laws in Cheyenne, Burlington, Evanston, Green River, Teton County and Laramie. Many other communities are looking to pass smokefree policies at the local level.
The Wyoming Medical Center is now smokefree on all of their property, and the states correctional facilities are 100% smokefree and tobacco-free throughout their property and grounds. In a landmark sign of the changing times, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo ended its sponsorship with U.S. Smokeless Tobacco and is now being sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Health.
Wyoming advocates show their committment to the smokefree movement at the National Conference on Tobacco Or Health in Minnesota.
The University of Wyoming's Survey and Analysis Center's has created a video documentary on the Laramie smokefree campaign.
Wyoming law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Wyoming.
2014 State Legislative Session: 2/10/2014 - 3/6/2014 (Est.)
Even the Bison wants to breathe smokefree air!
The Bison - a citizen of Jackson, WY signs a smokefree endorsement letter at the Jackson Hole Relay for Life.
Healthways Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669); http://www.wy.quitnet.com/
Smokefree & Related News
smokers in Albany County than state average
column: It's time
County YMCA Approves Smoke-Free Policy
old church proves difficult
editorial board: Potential e-cig ban leaves some huffing ...
board: Settle smoking ban through referendum
Cited for Possession of E-Cigarette
on public use of e-cigs considered
Backs YMCA Non-Tobacco Policy On City Fields
discusses zoning, grants
view: Keep e-cigs from city youth
Keep Casper Smoke Free wants to strip away freedoms
To Keep Casper Smoke Free: What gives you the right to push your opinion and try to force business owners to ban smoking? This is the land of the free if you ...
to consider e-cig restrictions, Cleveland Street development ...
A motion that would group electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, with tobacco products, such as cigars and cigarettes, is scheduled for tonight's City Council meeting.
Casper Smoke Free Wins Summary Judgement Ruling Vs. City of Casper;
Issue Not Yet Over
rules Casper wrong to block pro-smoking ban petition
City Council Candidates Take Part in Forum [AUDIO]
... boards, the hotel and conference center plan, the recently approved-then-repealed public indoor smoking ban and the performance of the city manager.
Considers E-smoking Regulations
E-cigarettes and vaporizers produce a water-based vapor, rather than smoke. I don't think ... There's not quite yet a good justification for an e-cigarette ban.
policy sparks little debate ($$)
School District Board Meeting
bans use or possession of electronic cigarettes for anyone ...
county races continue to fill with candidates
banning minors from using any kind of e-cigarette closer to reality
Phillips Announces City Council Candidacy
Gillette Roughrider's Stadium goes 100% Tobacco Free
Council resurrects e-cigarette issue ($$)
not seeking Council re-election
e-cigarettes on Gillette school property
School Board to vote on banning e-cigarettes
County trustees expand policy to outlaw electronic vapor ...
Smith: Tobacco kills more than other killers combined
Judgment Hearing Held Last Week in Casper Smoking ...
smoking ban lawsuit remains in limbo
Board Revises No-Smoking Policy
Will Talk E-Cigs and Bottle Clubs
College Bans Indoor E-Cigarette Use
Riverton restaurants go smoke-free
The Fremont County Prevention Management Organization helped both businesses to become smoke-free, said community prevention professional Theresa ...
Look Back: New council pivots on smoking ban; Casper group calls foul
Trailhead Restaurant is now smoke free; Reaction has ...
The Prevention Management Organization of Fremont County said Riverton's Trailhead Restaurant has gone smoke free. (Ernie Over photo). (Riverton, Wyo.) ...
Casper Smoke Free: Trial Against City to Occur in March '14
Casper Smoke Free Asking Rejected Petition Signees to Join ...
us defend voters' rights!
says smoking referral count valid
of Casper says its rejection of smoking ban referendum signatures was
smoking ban backers sue to force a recount of petition ...
Casper Smoke Free files lawsuit demanding smoking ban ...
losers always go to court
smoking ban sparks intense debates
Group Begins Fundraiser to Defray Legal Costs
denies recount for smoking referendum petition
council weigh options on smoking ban
Casper Smoke Free Reviewing Rejected Signatures
considering poll on smoking ban
Waiting For Written Request for Recount From Keep Casper ...
Casper Smoke Free to Ask For Recount, Turns Attention ...
enough signatures for vote on Casper smoke ban
Officials Counting Smoking Ban Referendum Signatures
ban supporters garner 2800 signatures ($$)
Casper Smoke Free Approaching Deadline, 2465 Signature ...
sign the petition
the smoking ban and Cindy Hill
Casper Smoke Free Says It's Halfway to 2465 Signatures
sign the petitions
smokers light back up while petitions circulate
smoking ban repeal takes effect in Casper
Patrons of a handful of bars and private clubs will once again light
up cigarettes inside the establishments today, celebrating the loosening
of the Casper smoking ban. Meanwhile, smoke-free advocates will start
collecting signatures for a referendum to reverse the changes and re-strengthen
the ban. ...
ban repealed for some Wyoming bars
up: Casper repeals smoking ban for bars
Ban Amendments Pass: Smoking Soon Allowed in Casper Bars
smoking ban repealed
City Council will take final vote to weaken smoking ban Tuesday
vote set on smoking ban
Starbucks will follow company's smoke-free zone rules
Blame big agriculture and cell phone towers
times (and logic) are a-changin'
smoking ban exceptions advance
Passes 2nd Reading Of Revised Smoking Ban-Morning ...
Casper air quality improves since smoke ban
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A study conducted by anti-smoking groups found that air quality improved in Casper businesses that ceased to allow smoking when a city-wide smoking ban took effect.
Air quality in Casper businesses improves after smoking ban
The air quality in Casper businesses that previously allowed smoking
improved significantly after the smoking ban took effect last September,
according to a study released Monday. The quality went from "very
unhealthy" to "good," the second-lowest and -highest
measurements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality
vote set for Casper smoking ban amendments
The Casper City Council on Tuesday will take the second of three required votes needed to amend a public smoking ban.
vote scheduled for Casper smoking ban amendments
Second vote scheduled for Casper smoking ban amendments ... Smoking would still be banned in restaurants and family establishments, and signs would be ...
public opinion - Journal poll asks about school bond ...
Bar Going Smoke Free Wednesday
ONLY 5-4 again! - Amended smoking ordinance passes first reading
Natrona Co. Response To City Council-Morning Update [AUDIO]
Casper Smoking Ordinance Passes First Reading - K2 Radio
vote, public hearing on Casper smoking ban set
Hearing On Smoking Ban Tuesday-Morning Update [AUDIO]
CASPER RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE CITY'S ...
eyes smoke-free law in Cody
Where are Casper bar patrons going?
mass exodus from Casper in wake of public smoking ban
City Council will review smoking ban amendments
restaurants implement non-smoking policy
opinions and facts locked out of council process
Sheridan Not Ready to Ban Smoke
on Casper smoking ban changes continues
of Casper will prepare smoking ban amendments
City Council plans discussion of possible smoking ban exemptions
Considering Amending Smoking Ban-Morning Update ...
considering smoke-free zone near the county co
the ban an example of good government
to Mull Smoking Ban Repeal, Costs of a Special Election
tag for Casper smoking ban vote: $10K-$25K
the Casper smoking ban campaigns ended? Think again.
is not listening to the majority
in smoke: City council's decision a waste of breath
of Casper city councilors favor changing or repealing 5 ...
the Smoking Ban Being Revisited, Smokefree Natrona County to Watch Council
City Council to revisit smoking ban
councilman quits Tipsy Limo to avoid conflict on smoking ban repeal
smoking ban reignites
Council agrees to review smoking ban after businesses ...
Council Taking Another Look At Smoking Ban
residents adjust to impact of Casper's smoking ban
businesses prepare to go smoke-free
Indoor Public Smoking Ban, Set To Start Sept 1st
On Smoke Free Ordinance Falls Short
A referendum on the city of Caspers recently created public indoor
smoking ban wont happen. Were very disappointed. Were
disappointed for the community in that the community doesnt get
to vote on their feelings. Casper Businessman, Pat Sweeney, was
the driving force behind the petition that circulated, but failed to
raise the required number of signatures in order to bring a referendum
to the ballot.
The referendum effort for Ordinance 17-12, the smoking ban, failed
and will not be put to a public vote. Review of the signatures received
for the referendum effort for Ordinance 17-12 has been completed. 130
petition forms were received with 3,636 signatures. Of those signatures,
1,587 were confirmed against the registered voter rolls received from
the Natrona County Clerk, representing a 43.6% signature confirmation
rate. 1,999, representing 10% of the voters registered in the City of
Casper, signatures were needed to place the issue on the 2012 General
Election Ballot. The referendum petition effort failed by 412 signatures
and will not be on the proposed ballot.
After failing to collect nearly 2,000 valid signatures needed for a
public vote, opponents of Caspers smoking ban say they will set
their sights on elections as proponents hope to continue education efforts.
Ban Petition Turned In
Today was the deadline to turn in petition signatures in the effort to put Casper's tough new smoking ban to a public vote. Earlier tonight, petition organizers Pat Sweeney and Dan Miner turned in the petition. ...
Free Natrona County Confident Ordinance Will Stand
Smoke Free Natrona County, the coalition of individuals and businesses who supported the development of an indoor public smoking ban for the city of Casper, ...
smoking ban opponents collecting signatures
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) Opponents of Casper's smoking ban are busy
circulating a petition to put the issue on November's ballot. ...
.maybe - Council supports public vote on ...
A non-smoking ordinance passed the Casper City Council last week after
a long and contentious journey, but it wont go into effect until
a citizens ballot initiative to overturn the law is resolved.
City Council supports referendum effort
The Casper City Council may have passed a city-wide smoking ban on
Tuesday, but city voters will likely have the final say. Local businessman
Pat Sweeney, who is leading a referendum effort, said he would start
collecting signatures this week to place the issue on the November ballot.
To sign, people must be registered to vote in the city of Casper, which
can be confirmed at the Natrona County Clerks Office.
OKs smoking ban but voters could have say
(AP) Casper has approved a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, offices and ... The Casper Star-Tribune ( ) reports that will give opponents of the ban time to ...
City Council approves smoking ban
Councilmen Paul Bertoglio and Bill Brauer cast the only votes against the ban, although they joined the rest of the council in voting in favor of the Sept. 1 start date, which Bertoglio had proposed. The start date could be effected by the success of a
Ordinance Passes, Referendum Anticipated
Consistent with the first two readings, an indoor public smoking ban for the city of Casper passed on a 6-2 vote at Tuesday night's city council.
City Council plans final vote on smoking ban
The Casper City Council will vote today for a third and final time
to determine a city-wide smoking ban.
Vote On Smoking Ban Set
The Casper City Council is expected to take its final vote next week
on a measure that will ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other public
buildings within city ...
smoking ban penalty stays the same for now
Any amendments to the penalty that would be imposed under a proposed
smoking ban will be determined during the next Casper City Council meeting.
groups seek $1 million for youth boxing and financial center
The Casper City Council will also discuss the penalty for smoking ban
... As the proposed ordinance stands, any violations of a smoking ban
would be a ...
ordinance passes second reading - Third reading set June ...
Speaking against a proposed smoking ban at last weeks ... with, "No to Smoking Bans, Yes to Freedom," while supporters had smaller sticker ... Bertoglio also said banning smoking would likely force some places out of ... a modified smoking ban, such as in Rock Springs, which banned smoking in ...
vote will determine Casper smoking ban
Rachel Bailey, spokeswoman for SmokeFree Natrona County, said there
was good testimony presented by both supporters and opponents of the
ban. She said ...
Casper City Council considers banning smoking ... The Casper City Council
is considering a proposed indoor smoking ban, with a final vote scheduled
vote on smoking ban awaits Casper City Council
CASPER, Wyo. With one Casper City Council vote in favor of a
public smoking ban, the council on Tuesday will cast the second of three
required readings to ...
study isn't accurate
I would like to comment on a letter that claimed that a smoke-free
ordinance will increase drinking and driving ("Smoking bans and
DUI rates," by Brandon Dorn, ... The letter refers to a Wisconsin
study discussing the increase in drunk driving after the passage of
smoking ordinances. I would first like to point out that driving while
under the influence is an illegal activity, which anyone who operates
a moving vehicle knows before they get behind the wheel. Id also
like to share that is not an accurate study for many reasons
Why would the smoke-free ordinance be exempt from this umbrella of
health and ... I hope that the council re-includes private clubs in
the smoke-free ordinance ...
the next target?
All this big deal about a smoking ban would be funny if it wasn't so
silly. Why? Well to start off, the only places that now allow smoking
inside are one or two restaurants and a few bars. Smoking is already
banned in all other businesses. Who are we protecting with this big
City Council majority supports smoking ban, will discuss private clubs
smoking ban clears first hurdle
The Casper City Council voted late Tuesday to approve a ban on smoking
in public places, the first of three votes necessary for the measure
to become law.
proposed smoking ban gets first reading
he Casper City Council will host a public hearing and the first of
three readings for a proposed smoking ban at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council
Chambers at City Hall, 200 N. David St.
ban is about health
However, if any business determines that they want to allow smoking
and they are not exempted in the list above, they simply have to create
a nonsmoking ...
City Council sets smoking ban hearing for May 15
The first public hearing to review the proposed city smoking ban will
be held during the Casper City Council meeting at 6 pm May 15 in Council
Chambers at ...
to reconsider outdoor smoking ban
WYOMING An effort to ban smoking near municipal playgrounds and sports fields ... A month after rejecting a bylaw that would also have banned smoking near ...
restaurants and bars are 'public places'
As discussion about the smoking ban continues, I wanted to clarify
that point ... Describing the ban as a public smoking ban covers all
the establishments ...
The current proposal would ban smoking in most public places, including
restaurants and bars. Private clubs and tobacco shops would be exempt.
As the Casper City Council struggles with a decision on banning smoking
in most public places, activists on both sides of the issue have presented
multiple arguments supporting their respective positions.
OGara, director of the Wyoming Center for Business & Economic
Analysis, said the city of Cheyenne faced the same opposing rhetoric
as Casper: assertions of an impending loss in restaurant and bar business.
But nearly six years after the ban was enacted, OGara said those
claims have amounted to nothing more than fear-mongering.
We didnt see any bars or restaurants close down because
of the ban, he said. Actually, there were increases in sales
Smoking Ban Ordinance Gets Line By Line Review
After a review of a proposed Casper city ordinance banning indoor public
smoking Wednesday, private clubs were added to the exempt list.
the health of the community
So, Smokefree Natrona County isn't proposing anything new, and the
draft ordinance currently before the Casper City Council mirrors the
ordinances passed in ...
The Casper City Council heard nearly two hours of testimony from smoking
ban opponents last week, capping months of input as it starts to finalize
the wording of a controversial proposed smoking ordinance.
they imposed a non-smoking ordinance in Cheyenne, we lost almost 200
... were congregating outside away from the main entrance and the non-smokers,
ban opponents want Casper proposal nixed or amended
Owners, employers and private club representatives made the case for
a limited smoking ban at Tuesdays Casper City Council meeting.
Those in opposition to a proposed indoor public smoking ban made their
point in a lengthy presentation to the Casper City Council on Tuesday
smoking ban rejected, but county may consider limited ...
WYOMING - Efforts to outlaw smoking within nine metres of municipal
playgrounds, sports fields and building entrances are down, but not
To Smoking Ban Goes Before City Council-Morning Update ...
Opposition to a proposed indoor smoking ban for the city of Casper
got an informal hearing at Tuesday evening's city council meeting.
ordinance possible in Casper
Smoke Free Wyoming, a non-profit anti-smoking group, has had limited
success ... A public opinion survey for Smoke Free Natrona County (conducted
by Keating ...
City Council will draft public smoking ban
The Casper City Council agreed Monday to draft an ordinance prohibiting smokers from lighting up in public places. ...
City Council gathers information for public smoking ban
to consider smoking ban
While the exact scope of the ban hasn't yet been established, one proposal
will likely be a measure put forward by Smoke Free Wyoming that would
City Council plans for smoking ban debate
The Casper City Council agreed Thursday to continue on schedule with
consideration of a smoking ban proposal. Initial discussion of the proposal
Ban Most Likely Not Coming to Sheridan Anytime Soon
ban gains acceptance in Cheyenne
I love it, dude, she says, between drags. Whether
you like to smoke or not, you dont like to be suffocated at a
hears from Smoke Free Casper
Natrona County Telephone Poll
Natrona County, WY Smoke-Free Live Telephone Poll May/June, 2011 ...
shows support for Natrona County smoking ordinance
Two-thirds of Natrona County voters favor an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in all indoor businesses and public places, according to a poll released today. ...
Co. board renews push to ban smoking
(AP) MMembers of the Teton County Board of Health say they will continue to push for a smoking ban despite a court ruling against their first attempt. Board members also said they want to start talking to state legislators and the Wyoming Health ...
finds unhealthy pollution levels in local bars
Natrona County bars and restaurants that allow smoking expose customers and workers to harmful levels of air pollution, according to a report being released today. ...
No Smoking ordinance back on the table
No Smoking to get second reading
board adopts smoke-free resolution in Wyoming county
The campaign to end smoking in Casper area businesses earned an endorsement
Wednesday from the Natrona County Board of Health. ...
to push with smoking bans despite ruling
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) A group pushing for smoking bans in Natrona County says it will continue its efforts despite a judge's ruling striking down a smoking ban in Teton County.
Organizers for Smokefree Natrona County say they'll continue to push for workplace restrictions at local levels. ...
shoots down Teton County smoking ban
A district judge has shot down Teton County's public smoking ban.
Day kills smoking ban
Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Timothy Day on Wednesday struck
down the county-wide smoking ban passed by the Teton County Board of
Health two years ago. ...
View council adopts smoking ban This was brought to us.
panel kills bill allowing smoking bans
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) Wyoming legislators have rejected a bill that would have given county commissioners or local health departments the power to ban smoking in public places.
The Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee voted 4-1 against the proposal Thursday. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the bill's sponsor, Sen. Charles Scott, R-Casper, was the only one to vote 'yes.'
Lawmakers say they opposed the bill because local elected officials
did. The Wyoming County Commissioners' Association spoke against it
board preps non-smoking resolution for Legislature's consideration
CHEYENNE -- Any decision concerning a smoking ban in rural areas should come from an elected body and not from a local board, the Cheyenne-Laramie County Board of Health says.
Board members on Tuesday approved a resolution directed to the Legislature that outlines that position, which they have expressed before.
The resolution was prompted by a bill in the state Senate that would allow counties to prohibit smoking in public places or allow them to delegate the same control to local public health departments.
"Our resolution says that we are not in support of the bill," said city-county health department director Gus Lopez.
"Our position is very straightforward. The resolution states our feeling again that this is a decision for an elected body, such as the Legislature or the county commissioners, and not our board."
The resolution cites a report from the U.S surgeon general that details
the dangers of second-hand smoke and reiterates that the board "has
long supported and collaborated with efforts to encourage tobacco cessation."
clarifies smoking ban authority
CHEYENNE, Wyo. Two key legislators are sponsoring a bill to allow county commissioners to delegate authority to local public health boards to impose countywide smoking bans.
The bill, favored by the two chairmen of the state Legislature's Labor, Health and Social Services committee, is aimed at answering questions about the authority of these boards to regulate smoking inside businesses within counties.
Sen. Charles Scott, R-Casper, chairman of the Senate committee, said he asked that the bill be drafted after reading about a lawsuit filed to block a smoking ban in Teton County.
The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health recently declined to pursue a workplace smoking ban in part because of the Teton County lawsuit, which is pending.
Why fight over this? Let's make the law very clear, Scott
County Declines To Pursue Smoking Ban
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health has decided not to seek a ban on smoking in public.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the board voted 3-2 on Wednesday against an advocacy group's request to ban smoking within all businesses in the county.
The board instead directed the county health director to encourage state lawmakers to pursue a comprehensive public smoking ban. Some board members say they believe the Wyoming Legislature should address the issue. ...
was right to reject smoking ban
The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health was right in its decision Wednesday against enacting a public smoking ban, for several reasons.
First, there's the question of whether the board even has the authority to adopt such a ban. The health board in Teton County passed one earlier this year that is the subject of a lawsuit that contends a public smoking ban is beyond the scope of the board's powers. It doesn't make sense for the Casper-Natrona County board to take action that is likely to spark costly legal action until the courts decide the Teton County case.
Beyond that, we believe that the city-county health board isn't the proper venue for such a ban, which should be considered by the elected city and town councils within Natrona County. Members of the health board are appointed, and don't represent voters ...
board won't pursue smoking ban
CASPER, Wyo. The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health declined to pursue a workplace smoking ban Wednesday.
By a 3-2 vote, the board turned down an advocacy group's request for a regulation prohibiting smoking inside all businesses within the county. Instead, board members directed the county health director to draft a resolution encouraging state lawmakers to pursue a comprehensive public smoking ban.
Several members said the issue should be decided by the Wyoming Legislature. They also expressed concern over a Teton County lawsuit that contends that health boards don't have the power to enact smoking bans.
I think we would support, as a health department, whatever we
can do to help in (the legislative) arena, Chairman Karl Killmer
said shortly after casting the deciding vote. But ... it is my
opinion we shouldn't try to press authority we don't know we have. ...
vote could come today
The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health gave no indication Tuesday how it might vote on a proposed smoke-free workplace regulation.
Instead, members listened to an hour of public comment concerning a group's request to prohibit smoking in all indoor businesses within Natrona County. A formal vote on whether to pursue the workplace smoking ban could come this afternoon when the board meets again.
"What the board might do is anybody's guess," Chairman Karl Killmer said after the informal work session.
Roughly 35 people attended Tuesday's meeting. Proponents of the regulation said it would protect the public from second-hand smoke, which can increase the risk of heart disease and lung cancer. They insisted workers shouldn't have to choose between a paycheck and exposure to cigarette smoke.
"The freedom that is most important is the freedom to breathe
unpolluted air," Casper resident Pam Martin said ...
debate set for tonight
The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health could decide this week whether to pursue a regulation that would prohibit smoking in all indoor businesses.
Board members are expected to discuss the smoke-free workplace regulation at an informal work session set for tonight. However, they can't take any formal action until their meeting Wednesday.
Both meetings are open to the public.
Last month, Smokefree Natrona County asked the health board to adopt a resolution that would effectively ban smoking at all indoor businesses and outdoor areas near establishments' doors. It would not prevent people from smoking in other places, including their homes or in public spaces such as parks. ...
could delay workplace smoking ban
A legal challenge to Teton Countys public smoking ban could have implications for a similar proposal in Natrona County.
Ban opponents filed suit last year, claiming the Teton District Board of Health did not have the authority to pass a countywide prohibition on workplace smoking. Lawyers in the case are awaiting a key ruling by Ninth Judicial District Judge Timothy Day.
If Day sides with the opponents of the ban, his ruling could present a new obstacle for supporters of a workplace smoking ban in Natrona County. An advocacy group asked the Casper-Natrona County Board of Health to enact a smoke-free workplace regulation earlier this month.
Lawyer Steven Freudenthal, who represents the plaintiffs in the Teton
County case, said the suit could have serious implications for Natrona
County if Day rules in their favor. ...
case could pose obstacle for workplace smoking ban
Next month, the Casper-Natrona County Board of Health is expected to decide whether to pursue a workplace smoking ban. The proposal has already sparked considerable debate and I expect opponents of the effort will make their feelings known at the November board meeting.
That said, the effort to make Natrona County businesses smoke free could face a bigger obstacle than local critics: A Teton County judge.
Judge Timothy Day is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit filed by opponents
of a Teton County workplace smoking ban. The opponents argue the Teton
County Board of Health did not have the authority to impose the ban
to Board of Health
On behalf of Smokefree Natrona County, I would like to thank the Board of Health for allowing us to present at their working session on Tuesday, Oct. 12. We appreciate their consideration of our request to regulate smoking in all indoor public places -- including restaurants and bars. This is to protect the workers and citizens of Natrona County from the inhalation of secondhand smoke, which can cause cancer, heart disease and other respiratory illnesses. Smokefree Natrona County is looking to the Board of Health for leadership on this important health issue and feels that all five members should weigh in.
I would like to dispel a popular argument about smokefree policies.
Smoking regulations have passed in Cheyenne, Laramie and Evanston and
not one of these towns have businesses seen negative impact. The Wyoming
Survey and Analysis Center conducted an economic survey in Laramie and
Cheyenne looking at tax receipts three years prior to the regulation
and three years after the regulation. There was no net economic impact
in either community as a result of the smokefree policy. We feel confident
that businesses in Natrona County will not be negatively impacted and
some may even benefit ...
elected city officials decide smoking ban
The last time the city of Casper seriously considered a smoking ban -- more than a decade ago -- it dominated the local news for several months. A new attempt to institute one shouldn't consume nearly as much time.
A group, Smokefree Natrona County, has asked the Casper-Natrona County Board of Health to consider banning smoking in all indoor businesses. It would also include outdoor areas within 20 feet of an establishment's doors.
Our objection to the proposal has nothing to do with the merits of the ban, which is aimed at providing a healthier environment for workers and customers due to the dangers of secondhand smoke. It has everything to do with a board that is appointed, not elected, making such a decision that would affect the entire county.
We believe any formal proposal to ban smoking is a call that should be made by elected officials or the voters themselves. That was the case here in 2000, when the Casper City Council passed a restaurant smoking ban by a 5-4 vote. Many residents opposed the ban, including some business owners who believed government should not interfere in their decision whether to allow smoking in their establishments. They successfully pushed for a referendum, and an intense campaign was waged by both sides.
On May 16, 2000, Casper voters rejected the smoking ban by a 52 to 48 percent margin. Although it died, that was hardly the end of the movement to convince restaurant and bar owners to stop allowing smoking. During the next year many establishments decided to institute a voluntary ban, and some owners credited the move with increasing their business.
Five other Wyoming jurisdictions, including Cheyenne, Laramie, Rock
Springs, Evanston and Teton County, have passed their own smoking bans.
The Jackson Town Council considered but refused to adopt an ordinance
regulating smoking in public facilities, and earlier this year the Legislature
rejected a statewide smoking ban in public places ...
Again, I find myself writing to defend the rights of business owners to allow smoking in their businesses. In my opinion, the only law concerning smoking that should be enacted is the requirement for signs to be prominently displayed at the entrance stating whether or not the restaurant or bar allows smoking.
Completely banning smoking would be useless since smokers congregate
at the door of the establishment. From my experience, if someone is
smoking as they approach the entrance, they are going to stop just before
going in and take a couple more drags before stuffing it out and going
in. Even if they have to stay 20 feet from the door, customers would
have to walk through the smoke cloud to get in ...
I would like to clarify that Smokefree Natrona County is not campaigning to "ban" smoking. We have asked the Board of Health to regulate smoking, in all indoor work environments in Natrona County. We are not asking anyone to quit smoking -- that is a choice that should be left up to an individual.
We are simply asking for a policy to regulate where a person can smoke:
outside protecting workers and patrons from secondhand smoke. Did you
know that frequent smoke inhalation in an enclosed area can increase
a persons chance of lung cancer by 25 percent and heart disease
by 30 percent? ...
County group asks health board to enact smoking ban
The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health could consider a countywide workplace smoking ban as soon as next month.
The group Smokefree Natrona County asked for the prohibition during a Tuesday work session. The board was set to vote Wednesday on whether to pursue such a ban, but decided to postpone any action until November because two members weren't present.
As currently proposed, the ban would affect all indoor businesses,
as well as outdoor areas within 20 feet of an establishment's doors.
It would not affect parks and other outdoor spaces.
ban is up to voters
The Cheyenne-Laramie County Board of Health has decided not to pursue a countywide smoking ban in public places.
The job of regulating smoking belongs to the Legislature, whose members are elected, said Chris Bartholomew, president of the city-county health board. People are appointed to the health board.
Also, it's unclear if the health board has such authority. A lawsuit against a similar smoking ban has been filed in Teton County.
The Teton County case is waiting for a judge's ruling. The lawsuit contends that the Teton health district does not have the power to decide. Attorney Keith Gingery, who represents the Teton Health District, expects the issue will be appealed to the state Supreme Court no matter who wins. ...
growing for smoke free community
Smokefree Natrona County is not asking smokers to quit.
If smokers would simply to step outside to smoke it would protect the 80% of the population that doesnt smoke from exposure to second hand smoke, explains Rachel Bailey, campaign manager for the organization.
Smokefree Natrona County is a coalition of educators, business owners, professionals and approximately 2,600 concerned private citizens with a single shared goal: to protect people from the devastating effects of second hand smoke by making the indoors of all workplaces 100% smoke free. The coalition is backed by national organizations, including the American Cancer Society, and local organizations that include Natrona County Tobacco Prevention Coalition, Mercer House, Jasons Friends, ARC, Mountain View Hospital, Rocky Mountain Oncology, and Wyoming Medical Center.
The Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the surgeon general concur: there is no safe level of second hand smoke. A mere thirty minutes of exposure to second hand smoke increases chances of heart attack. Regular exposure to second hand smoke increases a persons chances of developing heart disease or lung cancer by 20 to 30%. The 1997 CA EPA Report states that of the 53,800 non-smokers who die from second hand smoke each year, 2,300 are babies who succumb to smoke-related SIDS.
"Its all very well to say that anyone who objects to second
hand smoke in bars and restaurants can patronize another business,
says Bailey, but what about the people who work in those establishments?
They cant always find different jobs. Smokefree Natrona Countys
big push right now is to protect the health of bartenders, servers,
and musicians who work regularly in bars, restaurants and nightclubs
where smoking is allowed." ...
to Go Smoke-Free
At Tuesday's Sheridan County Commission meeting, commissioners formally adopted a Smoke-Free policy that will go into effect for all County buildings, vehicles and equipment. It will not, however, include smokeless tobacco. Commissioner Bob Rolston says.
This does not mean, however, that employees will not have to take responsibility for their choice to use smokeless tobacco.
The policy will go into effect July 1st, and includes the Courthouse,
the Courthouse Annex which houses the County Attorney's Office, the
Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, the Sheridan County Detention Center
and the County Road and Bridge Shop, as well as the grounds surrounding
these buildings. The policy on smoking also applies to the public. ...
Virginian move to hasten smoking suit
wants public-building smoking ban
The Marbleton Town Council is not interested in a smoking ban for bars, but it does want to ban smoking in publicly owned buildings and vehicles.
During the regular council meeting March 8, a lively debate on the subject occurred nearly a month after Big Piney Mayor Phillip Smith announced his desire to make Big Piney bars smoke-free. ...
Piney mayor wants smoke-free town
During Big Pineys monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16, Mayor Phillip Smith said he would like to pass a town ordinance banning smoking in public places, including bars.
Smith pointed to municipalities that have already passed smoking bans such as Evanston, Green River and Rock Springs and he suggested Big Piney could be on the forefront in Sublette County.
Its got to start somewhere, he said. So we
might as well stir the pot and get something going....
rejects Conwell Park smoking ban
The Casper City Council rejected a plan to ban smoking in Conwell Park across from the Wyoming Medical Center.
The idea was pitched by the Wyoming Medical Center at council work session in December. At the time, council members split the vote, forcing then-Mayor Kenyne Schlager to cast the tie-breaking vote that moved the item to a full council meeting for formal consideration.
With two of the five initial supporters absent, the plan was defeated 6-1. Ward 3 Councilman Maury Daubin, one of the five supporters at the work session, said he hoped to spur debate within the community while acknowledging the idea was probably doomed from the beginning. ...
to vote on smoking ban in Conwell Park
By PETE NICKEAS - Star-Tribune staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:00 am | (11) Comments
Font Size: Default font size Larger font size The Casper City Council will decide whether to ban smoking in Conwell Park at tonight's meeting.
The Wyoming Medical Center, which sits across the street from the park, asked the city council in December to ban smoking in the park.
The plan was given preliminary approval at a work session. The draft plan cleared the work session on the tie-breaking vote of then-mayor Kenyne Schlager. With support that thin, its passage at the council meeting is far from guaranteed. ...
initiative kicks off tonight
The Natrona County Tobacco Prevention Coalition kicks off the year
with a healthy resolution -- 100% smokefree environments in all places
of work including restaurants, bars, and private clubs. Show your support
for the smokefree Natrona County campaign at Karen and Jims Restaurant
and Lounge, 520 S. Ash, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. ...
smoking ban faces hurdles
Banning smoking in Conwell Park is far from a certainty, despite its approval by the Casper City Council at a work session earlier this month.
The request to ban smoking in the park was made by representatives of the Wyoming Medical Center, which went smoke-free in July. Patients, visitors and hospital employees have taken to crossing the street and smoking in the park.
Casper Mayor Kenyne Schlager weighed in to break a tie among the split council, advancing the measure on a 5-4 vote after hearing from hospital officials. ...
Country for Smokers
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-At the Virginian Saloon on any given Wednesday night,
the barroom gets hazy with a cloud of cigarette smoke. Thats when
this iconic, rough-around-the-edges dive bar hosts a popular karaoke
night. The Virginian can become pretty smokey anytime, of course, but
for the bar patron on karaoke night, expecting to party in an atmosphere
of cigarette smoke is a surer bet than the bars dollar shake-a-shift
allows smoking ban lawsuit to advance
Ninth District Judge Nancy Guthrie issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon
denying county attorney Keith Gingery's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Flat Creek Development, which owns the Virginian Saloon, and three other organizations filed the lawsuit on the grounds that the Teton District Board of Health does not have the authority to approve such a rule, that the regulations are vague and that smoking is a legal right. ...
Toss smoke suit
The Teton Health District filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its Smokefree Air Rule.
Flat Creek Development, which owns the Virginian Saloon, and three nonprofit organizations did not make an adequate argument that the district doesn't have the authority to ban smoking in public places, the motion alleges.
"We filed the motion to dismiss because we don't think it rises to the level of actual suit," said Keith Gingery, attorney for Teton County and the health district.
The Teton District Board of Health voted in March to enact a smoking ban, which went into effect May 23, for all public places, including bars, restaurants and places of employment. Tobacco Row was given an exception to the rule.
Flat Creek Development teamed with the Wyoming Contractors Association, Wyoming Trucking Association and the State Liquor Association to file a lawsuit challenging the validity of the ban the day before it went into effect.
The lawsuit has not affected the status of the ban.
filed over smoke ban
The owners of The Virginian Saloon and three nonprofit groups filed a lawsuit Friday opposing the Teton Health District's Smokefree Air Rule, which is set to go into effect Saturday.
The lawsuit asks 9th District Court Judge Nancy Guthrie to "declare that the 2009 Air Rule is void and unenforceable."
The Teton County board of health approved the rule, which prohibits smoking in all public places including bars, restaurants and places of employment, in late March following a mandatory public comment period. . . .
Flat Creek Development Co., which owns the Virginian, Wyoming Contractor's Association, Wyoming Trucking Association and the Wyoming State Liquor Association argue the health department doesn't have the authority to enact or enforce the smoke-free air rule.
The agency is an appointed body that has only the powers bestowed upon it by elected officials, and elected officials have defeated legislation on the state and local level in recent years, the lawsuit states.
The complainants argue the rule is unlawful because Wyoming law "prohibits the delegation of municipal functions, other than those which are purely administrative, to officials not subject to the control of the people." ...
Co. health board bans smoking
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Teton County health board has unanimously approved a countywide smoking ban.
The action Tuesday prohibits smoking in public areas, including bars, restaurants, buildings used by the general public and common areas of hotels, motels and sports arenas in Teton County.
Among exemptions to the ban are private residences, except where childcare
is involved, and hotel and motel rooms rented to guests. Private clubs
also are excluded, except when the public is invited for an event.
rule draws ire
The Teton County Health Department has received a late surge of public comments against a countywide smoking ban.
E-mails continued to trickle in to the health department Monday, the
day before the public health board was to consider a measure that would
prohibit lighting up in all public places, including bars and restaurants.
The board is expected to vote on the proposal during a meeting at 9
a.m. today in the Teton County commissioners chambers.
board to vote on smoking rule this week
The Teton District Board of Health will likely vote this week on a rule that would bar smoking in all public buildings, bars, restaurants and ski resort lines.
Board members are expected to hear public comments and consider the smoke-free air rule during their meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Teton County commissioners' chambers.
An overwhelming majority of comments county health manager Terri Gregory received were in favor of the rule.
The health department has received nearly 40 responses since the public comment period began at the end of January.
bans smoking on campus
Wyoming Medical Center will become one of 16 hospital campuses in the state to be completely nonsmoking.
As of July 1, there will be no designated smoking areas in or around the hospital, including the parking garage and adjacent sidewalks, the hospital announced Wednesday at its quarterly open board of directors meeting.
Lawmakers siding with tobacco firms
You've got to give Mike Moser credit. The man has a sense of humor.
Right, Mr. Moser. It no doubt is a "good middle ground" for liquor dealers, who are all lathered up about the possibility that they will lose business if the ban is passed. . . .
Making matters worse is that Mr. Moser told a House committee during this session that he has no ties to the tobacco industry. Oops.
lawmakers question secondhand smoke ads
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Some state lawmakers are questioning a state-funded billboard campaign warning people about the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The billboards are green with bold lettering and carry well-known sayings about death. But in place of words like "death" and "dead," the phrase "secondhand smoke" is substituted.
For example, one sign says, "'Til secondhand smoke do we part."
The billboards went up amid debate over a legislation that could ban smoking in public places across Wyoming. State Rep. Mike Madden, of Buffalo, says state Department of Health officials are blurring the line between being public officials and being lobbyists.
Rodger McDaniel, deputy director of the Health Department, says warning the public about the danger of secondhand smoke is a mission of his department.
Smoking Ban Passes
House Bill 31 squeaked through on a 31-29 vote, gaining just enough approval to move forward. House members also rejected a series of amendments to return the legislation to its original goal of a comprehensive statewide smoking ban.
As it stands, HB 31 would exempt bars and restaurants that cater to customers who are at least 21 years old. Another exemption allows city and county governments to opt out of the ban.
Before the final votes were collected, Rep. Lori Millin, D- Cheyenne, encouraged House members to kill the legislation.
work to save smoke-free bill
Lawmakers delayed an important vote on a statewide smoke-free bill Monday after some of the bill's most vocal promoters said they oppose the legislation in its current form.
Smokefree Wyoming, a coalition of health care groups in the state, pulled its support for House Bill 31 over the weekend.
Spokesman Eric Wedell, a Cheyenne physician, said the House inserted a number of loopholes and exemptions into the bill that would leave service workers and others vulnerable to second-hand smoke.
"This means that important segments of Wyoming's population would
not be protected, including service workers and now even some office
workers," Wedell said in a written statement. "This is why
we cannot support HB 31 as it is presently amended after second reading."
goes out of smoking ban bill
A day after it endorsed a nearly comprehensive ban on smoking in public buildings, the House inserted exemptions for private business offices and establishments that admit adults aged 21 and older.
Another major amendment would allow city and county governments to opt out of the ban by local ordinance.
Supporters of the bill said they were outraged by the changes, but opponents said the amendments represented a move toward middle ground, and reflect the true desires of cities and counties across the state.
"Ninety-five percent of Wyoming communities have not passed smoking bans," said Mike Moser, executive director of the Wyoming State Liquor Association. "What the Legislature did was an approach of moderation."
The changes now put the bill in a precarious place.
gives early approval to smoking ban
After two hours of sometimes emotional debate Thursday, the House gave initial approval to a statewide ban on smoking in all public buildings except private smoke shops.
Testimony on House Bill 31 featured a personal anecdote about cancer survival, a speech comparing second-hand smoke exposure to assault with a firearm and testimony likening the bill to regulations imposed under Germany's Nazi regime.
Multiple attempts to exempt bar and restaurants failed, in large part because of technical problems with the amendments. The exemption for smoke shops, sponsored by Rep. Jim Roscoe, D-Wilson, passed on a voice vote.
In its current form, HB 31 would ban smoking in nearly all buildings where the public is allowed. It contains exemptions for private vehicles, homes, designated smoking rooms in hotels and motels and federally approved American Indian religious ceremonies.
As in previous smoke-free debates this session, Thursday's testimony focused on two principle themes: private property rights vs. public health safety.
seeks comments on smoking regulations
People can view a copy of the rule at the Teton County Health Department office, Teton County clerks office and Teton County Library. The rule is expected to be posted to the countys Web site, www.tetonwyo.org, this week.
Anyone wanting to write the board can do so through the county Web
site, or by mailing the board at P.O. Box 937, Jackson, WY 83001; dropping
off a written comment to 460 E. Pearl Ave.; calling 733-6401; or e-mailing
county health manager Terri Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to consider statewide smoking ban
Two-thirds of state's voters support smoking ban
Two-thirds of Wyoming voters support a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, according to a new statewide poll.
The poll also found that 74 percent of registered voters believe the right of customers and employees to breathe clean air indoors trumps the rights of smokers.
The poll also found that 92 percent of voters say they would go to restaurants more frequently, or at least the same amount of time, if they were smoke free.
"It shows that the people of Wyoming would absolutely support a smoke-free Wyoming," said Loretta Wolf, spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society in Wyoming, one of the groups that commissioned the poll.
The American Cancer Society and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, a national group that supports smoke-free legislation, also helped pay for the survey.
Wyoming's menu, smoking is becoming rare
And since the number was tallied in May and June, it does not include the effects of the smoking bans that went into effect later last year in Cheyenne and Evanston.
The figure represented a 7 percentage points increase from two years earlier, and a 29 percentage points increase since 2000, when the figure was 46 percent.
In Laramie County, 72 percent of restaurants were smoke-free in 2006 prior to Cheyenne's smoking ban. That represented an 11 percentage points increase from 2004, and a 37 percentage points increase from 2000.
What makes the results notable, said George Pitt, tobacco prevention and control coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Health, was that the vast majority of these restaurants have voluntarily gone smoke-free.
"I think it's obvious that through education, restaurant owners and bar owners are realizing that there are consequences to allowing second-hand smoke exposure in their establishment," he said, "and that they are voluntarily saying they don't want to expose their customers."