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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 state’s 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

Fewer smokers in Albany County than state average
Laramie Boomerang - October 14, 2014

"We have strong anti-smoking ordinances in the community," said Dr. Joe Steiner, ... The current smoking ordinance, passed in 2005, restricts the use of tobacco ...

Opinion column: It's time
The Torrington Telegram - October 1, 2014

Laramie and Cheyenne did it. Evanston, Mountain View and Burlington, too. These five localities in Wyoming banned smoking in all bars and restaurants at some point in the last few years. Casper, Green River and Rock Springs have some level of tobacco restrictions, as well. Last week, the Elks Lodge in Torrington took the same step, barring all smoking in indoor areas. The lodge follows Goshen County bars and restaurants like the Torrington Travel Terminal, Broncho Bar and Lingle Fire Hall, all of which had previously banned smoking. Whether done locally or at the state level, its time for Goshen County and Wyoming to get on board and join 29 other states that currently operate with complete indoor smoking bans...

Johnson County YMCA Approves Smoke-Free Policy
Sheridan Media (press release) - September 25, 2014

The Johnson County Family YMCA will no longer allow smoking or vaporizing tobacco products on on the premises, or at any organization sponsored events.

Rezoning old church proves difficult
Laramie Boomerang - September 16, 2014

Conditional use permits allowing dwelling live/work operations must be ... A public hearing about the electronic cigarette amendment is set to begin the meeting. ... hear comments about a proposed addition of e-cigs to the tobacco ordinance, ...

Community editorial board: Potential e-cig ban leaves some huffing ...
Laramie Boomerang - September 15, 2014

A public hearing scheduled for Tuesday should give people a chance to voice their opinions about the City Councils proposed ordinance to ban electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, from most public places and businesses in Laramie. Some proponents of the ban argue that the use of e-cigs, a practice referred to as vaping, can cause harm to those who are exposed secondhand. Others favoring the ban argue that vaping is, at the very least, a nuisance they shouldnt be subjected to when congregating in public places.

Editorial board: Settle smoking ban through referendum
Casper Star-Tribune Online - September 11, 2014

The nuttiness over lighting up started after the new membership of the City Council reversed a full ban on public smoking that was enacted in 2012.

Student Cited for Possession of E-Cigarette
Sheridan Media (press release) - September 8, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes, which have only been available in recent years ... protection bill that makes using or possessing the e-cigarette a misdemeanor, ...

Restrictions on public use of e-cigs considered
Laramie Boomerang - September 7, 2014

Laramie City councilors shared their opinions on adding electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, into the current tobacco ordinance during Tuesdays meeting. Electronic cigarettes would be treated like tobacco cigarettes and be restricted in most public places if the motion passes its third reading. The first reading passed, 6-3, with councilors Joe Vitale, Paul Weaver and Vicki Henry dissenting.

Poll Results
Laramie Boomerang - September 6, 2014

The Laramie City Council is considering a ban on using e-cigarettes, or vaping, in all public places, including in businesses that sell the devices. What do you ...

Council Backs YMCA Non-Tobacco Policy On City Fields
Sheridan Media (press release) - September 5, 2014

The Johnson County Family YMCA approached the Buffalo City Council at their meeting this week seeking to extend their non-tobacco policy to events they would host on city properties. YMCA Director Mike Quast explained that they already have a policy in effect for their own building and grounds, but wanted the city's permission to exercise the policy when they are using city-owned facilities elsewhere to be consistent in their expectations of those involved.

Council discusses zoning, grants
Laramie Boomerang - September 4, 2014

Discussion of a motion to ban electronic cigarettes in public places took nearly 90 minutes with multiple public comments. The motion passed, 6-3, with councilors Henry, Vitale and Weaver dissenting, and is scheduled for its second reading and public hearing Sept. 15, although a special meeting is being considered.

Our view: Keep e-cigs from city youth
Green River Star - September 3, 2014

One of the biggest topics cities have worked to deal with during the last few years is how to legislate vaporizers and e-cigarettes. The devices are a replacement ...

Malone: Keep Casper Smoke Free wants to strip away freedoms
Casper Star-Tribune Online - September 2, 2014

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 ...

Council to consider e-cig restrictions, Cleveland Street development ...
Laramie Boomerang - September 2, 2014

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.

Keep Casper Smoke Free Wins Summary Judgement Ruling Vs. City of Casper; Issue Not Yet Over
KTWO - August 26, 2014

Judge Daniel Forgey ruled that the Casper City Clerk had acted arbitrarily, when a number of signers for the Keep Casper Smoke Free referendum petition were rejected. When the petition signers were disqualified, the referendum failed, because it did not...

Court rules Casper wrong to block pro-smoking ban petition
Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 26, 2014

Plaintiff Kimberly Holloway argued in a February hearing that 67 people disqualified from a petition drive put on by Keep Casper Smoke Free, an anti-smoking ...

Casper City Council Candidates Take Part in Forum [AUDIO]
K2 Radio - July 22, 2014

... boards, the hotel and conference center plan, the recently approved-then-repealed public indoor smoking ban and the performance of the city manager.

Laramie Considers E-smoking Regulations
Wyoming Public Media - July 18, 2014

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.

E-cigarette policy sparks little debate ($$)
Gillette News Record - July 14, 2014

Vaping is now among list of banned Cam-plex activities that could leave smokers of e-cigarettes fuming. Cam-plex policy has long been consistent with that of Campbell County in that patrons have a right to a smoke-free environment and buildings must remain smoke-free. But as technology adapted, local governments didnt keep up.

County School District Board Meeting
KGOSKERM - June 16, 2014

... for student physicals, due dates for those physicals, the possession of e-cigarettes and other controlled substances, and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Gillette bans use or possession of electronic cigarettes for anyone ...
The Tribune - June 5, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyoming — People younger than 18 may no longer use or possess electronic cigarettes in Gillette. The Gillette City Council voted unanimously on ..

Casper, county races continue to fill with candidates
Casper Star-Tribune Online - May 28, 2014

... V.H. McDonald over about 100 signatures rejected from last summer's petition drive to put the city's amended, controversial smoking ban to a referendum vote. ...

Law banning minors from using any kind of e-cigarette closer to reality
Gillette News Record - May 21, 2014

A measure to further tighten restrictions on sales of electronic cigarette in Gillette moved closer ... the city's existing law to ban the sale or possession of any kind of electronic cigarette whether or not the product in them is derived from tobacco.

Gabe Phillips Announces City Council Candidacy
K2 Radio - May 17, 2014

...Businesses should not be hampered by a city smoking ban, he said. He hates cigarette smoke, but said a business should have the right to decide whether it ...

E-cigs and schools
The Ranger - May 8, 2014

A few days ago a national news report stated that "for public school districts with regulations against cigarettes, new electronic cigarettes pose a quandary."...

Gillette Roughrider's Stadium goes 100% Tobacco Free
Basinsradio - May 8, 2014
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The Executive Board unanimously voted in favor of the 100% Tobacco Free Policy which prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and smokeless ...

City Council resurrects e-cigarette issue ($$)
Gillette News Record - May 6, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are back on the City Councils radar, this time to make it illegal for anyone under 18 to use or possess them under any circumstances, regardless of whether or not the liquid in them is a tobacco derivative. Tuesday night, the council will consider the first reading of a change to the ordinance it amended mere weeks ago...

Broyles not seeking Council re-election
Wyoming Tribune - April 30, 2014

CHEYENNE - Councilwoman Georgia Broyles announced this week she does not plan to run for re-election this year. Broyles said some of her biggest accomplishments on the council were supporting the indoor smoking ban, as well as the ban on using handheld mobile ...

No e-cigarettes on Gillette school property
Casper Star-Tribune Online - April 16, 2014

No e-cigarettes on Gillette school property....

Lander Schools Ban E-Cigs
Rivertonradio.com - April 16, 2014

(Lander) Fremont County School District One trustees approved several policies on tobacco-free schools to reflect the prohibition of the use of electronic ...

Keep Casper Smoke Free, City Still Waiting for Judge's Decision
K2 Radio - April 15, 2014

There's still no word yet on whether Keep Casper Smoke Free's suit against the city of Casper will proceed to trial after both sides met for a summary judgment ...

Lander School Board to vote on banning e-cigarettes
County 10 - April 15, 2014

As a result, use of e-cigarettes should not be allowed on our school property by adults so that the District can comply with requirements of tobacco-free schools ...

Campbell County trustees expand policy to outlaw electronic vapor ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - April 11, 2014

The Gillette News Record reports (http://tinyurl.com/kjke32e) the district has always banned cigarette smoking in schools and all schools are smoke-free ...

Electronic smokes
The Ranger – March 26, 2014

Officials in our schools, our public health offices and our regulatory agencies are taking an approach toward electronic cigarettes that ranges from the cautious to ...

LETTER: Smith: Tobacco kills more than other killers combined
Casper Star-Tribune - March 25, 2014

Compare the number tobacco kills with those killed with guns and other awful murders combined. TV showed a woman driving her car with three children inside into the ocean. I have seen people smoking in cars with children inside....

Summary Judgment Hearing Held Last Week in Casper Smoking ...
K2 Radio - February 26, 2014

Keep Casper Smoke Free says attorneys with the anti-smoking group, which is ... Prior to the partial repeal, a full-scale ban had been in place for about a year.

Casper smoking ban lawsuit remains in limbo
Casper Star-Tribune Online - February 23, 2014

The fate of a lawsuit over last years amended smoking ban is still up in the air after a Friday hearing ended with no decision and no timetable.

Library Board Revises No-Smoking Policy
Sheridan Media (press release) - February 20, 2014

Electronic and battery-operated cigarettes are now banned from libraries in Sheridan County following action taken last night by the library board of trustees.

ARP Elemetary Gets Demonstation on Dangers of Electronic ...
KGWN - February 19, 2014

Safe and Drug Free Communities spoke today at ARP Elementary to tell of the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes. Five years ago a new drug hit the market in ...

Council Will Talk E-Cigs and Bottle Clubs
Basinsradio - February 3, 2014

At Tuesday nights Gillette City Council meeting , the council will consider an ordinance to amend the Gillette City Code to include electronic cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products which may not be sold to minors under the age of 18. Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal said the local ordinance will bring things in line with state law.

Casper College Bans Indoor E-Cigarette Use
K2 Radio - January 22, 2014

Casper College has adopted a new smoking policy, banning the use of electronic cigarettes in campus buildings. The Casper College Board of Trustees, in a ...

Two Riverton restaurants go smoke-free
The Ranger - January 13, 2014

The Fremont County Prevention Management Organization helped both businesses to become smoke-free, said community prevention professional Theresa ...

2013 Look Back: New council pivots on smoking ban; Casper group calls foul
Casper Star-Tribune Online - December 28, 2013

Turnover on the Casper City Council in January reignited debate over a 2012 indoor smoking ban, and the results of a second petition attempt in less than a year are now mired in a lawsuit.

Riverton's Trailhead Restaurant is now smoke free; Reaction has ...
County 10 - December 12, 2013

The Prevention Management Organization of Fremont County said Riverton's Trailhead Restaurant has gone smoke free. (Ernie Over photo). (Riverton, Wyo.) ...

Keep Casper Smoke Free: Trial Against City to Occur in March '14
K2 Radio October 31, 2013

Officials with Keep Casper Smoke Free say the anti-smoking groups lawsuit against the city of Casper will go to trial next year.

Banning E-Cigarettes
KGWN - October 10, 2013

The Cheyenne City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to people under the age of 18.

Cheyenne mulls underage e-cigarette ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - October 10, 2013

CHEYENNE The Cheyenne City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating ...

Keep Casper Smoke Free Asking Rejected Petition Signees to Join ...
K2 Radio - October 9, 2013

An anti-smoking group says its looking for individuals to join its suit against the city of Casper and the citys clerk. Keep Casper Smoke Free co-chairperson Kimberly Holloway says her group is contacting the 95 individuals whose signatures they say were wrongly rejected during the citys initial petition count and are asking them to have their names added to the complaint.

Help us defend voters' rights!
FundRazr - September 26, 2013

The Keep Casper Smoke Free Referendum Committee obtained over 3000 signatures on a petition that hoped to force a special election on the changes our city council made to the indoor smoking ban. The city clerk disqualified 685 due to residency or ...

Casper says smoking referral count valid
Laramie Boomerang - September 25, 2013

The city of Casper maintains that its city clerk legally rejected a smoking ban ... The lawsuit was filed by a group called Keep Casper Smoke Free, which ...

City Asks Court to Throw Out Keep Casper Smoke Free Suit
K2 Radio - September 24, 2013

The group is trying to force the city to review nearly 100 smoking ban referendum signatures that were rejected by city clerk V.H. McDonald during an initial ...

City of Casper says its rejection of smoking ban referendum signatures was valid
Casper Star-Tribune Online - September 24, 2013

The city of Casper is claiming its city clerk legally rejected 685 petition signatures for a smoking ban referendum and is not required to conduct a recount. The position, contained in the citys response to a lawsuit challenging the citys verification process, was filed Sept. 17 in the Seventh Judicial District Court in Natrona County. It states that City Clerk V.H. McDonald did not act arbitrarily or capriciously while verifying the signatures. It also claims the state court has no right to review the complaint.

Casper smoking ban backers sue to force a recount of petition ...
Daily Journal - August 30, 2013

CASPER, Wyoming Smoking ban advocates in Casper are suing to demand a recount of a petition challenging the city's new weakened regulations.

Keep Casper Smoke Free files lawsuit demanding smoking ban ...
Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 30, 2013

The city of Casper will not recount signatures a group collected in an effort to force a public referendum on Casper's weakened smoking ban. Read more ...

All fired up: Residents may be right to be upset
Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 30, 2013

The last thing the Casper City Council needed was any more political fans added to the burning smoking ban debate. It can thank its clerk for the latest spark. Officials denied a review of about 98 disputed and rejected signatures on a petition that sought to place Caspers well-debated smoking issue before the voters. The group, Keep Casper Smoke Free, needed to collect John Hancocks from 10 percent of the registered voters in the city: 2,454 names. Breaking that down even further, city officials dont want to double-check that less than 0.5 percent of registered voters in Casper did or did not sign the petition. Elections that finish that close anywhere in Wyoming require an automatic recount.

Sore losers always go to court
Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 17, 2013

When the final count came in, Kim Holloway and her army of anti-business zealots found out that it was not an easy task to obtain all the required legitimate signatures to get a public referendum challenge to the Casper City Council's recent changes to the highly publicized smoking ban.

Proposed smoking ban sparks intense debates
Powell Tribune - August 15, 2013

Meldon McCullough, who owns The Peaks Bar in downtown Powell, said he opposes the proposed smoking ban even though he's a non-smoker. He said ...

Smoking does infringe on rights
Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 15, 2013

Changes in Casper's smoking ban do not affect me, as I don't go to any of the places where the ban was lifted. However, regarding all the bantering back and ...

Anti-Smoking Group Begins Fundraiser to Defray Legal Costs
K2 Radio - August 14, 2013

Keep Casper Smoke Free has started an online crowdfunding campaign that aims to defray attorney's fees in a suit the group plans to file against the city of ...

Casper denies recount for smoking referendum petition
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - August 10, 2013

The city of Casper will not recount signatures a group collected in an effort to force a public referendum on Caspers weakened smoking ban.

Mayor, council weigh options on smoking ban
Powell Tribune - August 8, 2013

Its a very contentious issue, Mayor Don Hillman said. That was obvious Monday night as the Powell City Council discussed a proposed smoking ban in enclosed public places. The proposal, which was brought to the council by an anti-smoking group several weeks ago, wasnt on the agenda. But Hillman and some members of the council talked about it, since several local bar owners and employees were in the audience.

Keep Casper Smoke Free to Challenge Nearly 100 Rejected ...
K2 Radio - August 7, 2013

Keep Casper Smoke Free says it will challenge nearly 100 of the 685 smoking ban referendum signatures that were rejected during an official count in July. The group requested to review the petitions it submitted to the city again after coming up 61 valid signatures short of its 2,454-signature special election target.

Keep Casper Smoke Free Reviewing Rejected Signatures
K2 Radio - August 1, 2013

The people who are in favor of the property rights aspect of this did the same thing at the last election, which is why we had the amendments to the smoking ban ...

City considering poll on smoking ban
Powell Tribune - August 1, 2013

Anti-smoking group may pay for poll, or help arrange for it - Powell residents may be surveyed to determine their thoughts on a proposed smoking ban. City Administrator Zane Logan said Friday the city is considering using data gathered by a polling agency to learn what people want the city to do. However, the poll may be paid for, or at least provided by, Prevention Management of Park County (PMPC), which supports a ban on smoking on public places in the city.

EDITORIAL: Anti-tobacco group cannot help produce poll on ...
Powell Tribune - August 1, 2013

We applaud the Powell City Council and Mayor Don Hillman for seeking as much public input as possible before making a decision on a proposed smoking ban. Conducting a poll to learn how people feel about it is a fine idea. That said, city leaders cannot allow the group that is advocating such a ban, Prevention Management of Park County (PMPC), to play any role in that poll.

City Waiting For Written Request for Recount From Keep Casper ...
K2 Radio - July 27, 2013

Officials with Keep Casper Smoke Free say they'll likely ask for a recount of smoking ban referendum signatures after being told on Wednesday they fell short of ...

Keep Casper Smoke Free to Ask For Recount, Turns Attention ...
K2 Radio - July 25, 2013

Keep Casper Smoke Free officials say they'll ask the city to recount the signatures the group gathered for a referendum on changes to Casper's public smoking ...

Not enough signatures for vote on Casper smoke ban
San Antonio Express - July 25, 2013

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) An effort in Casper to let voters decide on a partial repeal of the city's smoking ban has failed to collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Casper smoking ban supporters fall short
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 25, 2013

SmokeFree Natrona County has failed to collect enough valid signatures to force a public referendum on Casper's amended smoking ban. Volunteers with the ...

Referendum on Casper Smoking Ban Will Not Happen
K2 Radio - July 24, 2013

Keep Casper Smoke Free co-chairperson Katrina Lorenzen says she's saddened by ... A Keep Casper Smoke Free official said roughly 3,000 signatures were ...

City Officials Counting Smoking Ban Referendum Signatures
K2 Radio - July 19, 2013

City of Casper officials have begun counting and validating several hundred signatures submitted by an anti-smoking group trying to overturn changes to the ...

Smoking ban supporters garner 2800 signatures ($$)
Billings Gazette - July 18, 2013

SmokeFree Natrona County volunteers say they collected more signatures than they needed by Wednesdays deadline in an attempt to force a referendum that would return Caspers public smoking ban to full force....

Casper smoking ban petitions could force vote
Laramie Boomerang - July 18, 2013

Casper voters could decide whether to revive the city's smoking ban after city officials partially repealed it to exempt bars. SmokeFree Natrona County turned in signatures Wednesday to force a referendum that would return Casper's public smoking ban to full force, The Casper Star-Tribune reported ( http://bit.ly/13Ac8Wk).

SmokeFree Natrona County collects more than 2,800 petition signatures
Casper Tribune July 18, 2013

SmokeFree Natrona County volunteers say they collected more signatures than they needed by Wednesdays deadline in an attempt to force a referendum that would return Caspers public smoking ban to full force.

Casper smoking ban petitions turned in, could force vote to revive ban
Daily Journal - July 18, 2013

Casper smoking ban petitions turned in, could force vote to revive ban ... council had passed an ordinance last summer that banned smoking in public places.

Keep Casper Smoke Free Approaching Deadline, 2465 Signature ...
K2 Radio - July 17, 2013

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. Tuesday: Officials with Keep Casper Smoke Free, the referendum committee trying to overturn changes to the city of Casper's controversial ...

Don't sign the petition
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 16, 2013

I love democracy in action. But I believe the efforts of the so-called Smoke Free Natrona County Task Force represents how people try to use government powers to dictate what we as a community can or can't do with our lives, and with our businesses.

Why criticize someone for health?
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 16, 2013

How ridiculous to pillory Kim Holloway for her support of Smoke Free Casper. (see "Shame on Holloway" in the Star-Tribune letters, July 12). Kim is just one of dozens of Casper residents who have been working, some of them for a decade or more, to avoid the damage that second-hand smoke causes to citizens' health, whether they be customer, employer or employee. It is well documented that heart attack rates drop when smoking is curtailed in public places. In addition, studies have shown that food and bar service workers have a 50 percent greater risk of dying from lung cancer, in part because of second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace, so it makes sense to allow them the courtesy of a smoke-free environment. It is also true that Kim and the rest of the Smoke Free Committee have the support of the majority of Casper voters who were surveyed prior to the City Council's original vote to eliminate smoking throughout Casper.

LETTER: It's all dope
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - July 16, 2013

As to secondhand smoking: I am a victim of secondhand smoking. I lived around heavy smokers for 35 years and my lung health is messed up from it. To the people who think it isn't bad secondhand smoke: If you have a clean healthy set of non-smoke contaminated lungs, I will trade you mine for yours. The only smoking I did was breathing others' smoke. I cannot think of anything good about tobacco. I might if I own a funeral home.

Shame on Holloway
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 12, 2013

...Kim Holloway was a below-average city council member who brought nothing to the discussion. Her latest crusade is to prevent smoking in bars and private cubs such as the VFW. She says tobacco smoke can be deadly. She maybe right, but so is defending freedom, something we do not have enough of these days. It takes a lot of nerve for a bossy, righteous would-be "community organizer", who has never been in the service, much less combat, to have the nerve to tell a combat veteran he can't have a smoke and a beer with his service buddies in a private club reserved to membership by those who have served this country overseas. Who are you kidding, Kim? ...

On the smoking ban and Cindy Hill
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 9, 2013

As a relative newcomer to Wyoming, I am stunned and amazed that Wyoming, a state without huge water resources, has not had pre-oil and gas well drilling and ...

Sheridan's Bar Scene: Going Smoke Free?
Sheridan Media (press release) - July 9, 2013

Sheridan's Bar Scene: Going Smoke Free? By Chris Foy on Tue 07/09/2013 12:46pm. Posted in. Sheridan County · Sheridan · Wyoming · Sheridan's Bar Scene: ...

Keep Casper Smoke Free Says It's Halfway to 2465 Signatures
K2 Radio - July 8, 2013

An anti-smoking group looking to revert changes to the city of Caspers public smoking ban says its getting close to the number of signatures it needs for a referendum.

Don't sign the petitions
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 2, 2013

The people of Casper can save approximately $30,000 for the City Of Casper by refusing to sign the petitions being presented by Smoke Free Natrona County. ...

Casper smokers light back up while petitions circulate
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 29, 2013

The Casper City Council's recent decision to repeal parts of the 2012 smoking ban allowed patrons like Stephenson to smoke in bars and private clubs again ...

Casper repeals bar smoking ban
The Missoulian - June 29, 2013

Not all of America is moving toward banning smoking indoors and out. Months ... and community colleges from enacting smoking bans stricter than in state law.

Keep Casper Smokefree Gets 287 Signatures in Friday Rally
K2 Radio - June 28, 2013

287 people signed Keep Casper Smoke Free's petition for a referendum on Friday during a rally at Conwell Park. One of the group's chairpeople, Kimberly ...

Partial smoking ban repeal takes effect in Casper
Beaumont Enterprise - June 28, 2013

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A partial repeal of a smoking ban is taking effect for a handful of bars in Casper. The smoking ban first went into effect for bars, ..

Smoking ban repeal for Casper bars takes effect, opponents seek to ...
The Tribune - June 28, 2013

Smoking ban repeal for Casper bars takes effect, opponents seek to put issue ... CASPER, Wyoming — A partial repeal of a smoking ban is taking effect for a ...

Return of the cigarette: Some Casper bars celebrate as smoking ban ...
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 28, 2013

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. ...

Another area bar goes smoke free
The Sheridan Press (subscription) - June 28, 2013

The Mint Bar announced a smoking ban early in May, and management says ... by both bars, saying smoking bans make sense from both health and economic ...

City smokes ban
Casper Journal - June 25, 2013

The Casper City Council softened its tough smoking ban last week to allow ... banned indoor smoking in all public places, including bars and private clubs.

Smoking ban repealed for some Wyoming bars
TriValley Central - June 25, 2013

Not all of America is moving toward banning smoking indoors and out. Months after ... There have been efforts in recent years to overturn smoking bans. In North ...

Council smokes ban
Casper Journal - June 24, 2013

The Casper City Council softened its tough smoking ban last week to allow ... banned indoor smoking in all public places, including bars and private clubs.

Smoking Ban
Rivertonradio.com - June 24, 2013

Not all of America is moving toward banning smoking indoors and out. Months after enacting a smoking ban, Casper, Wyo., is now telling smokers it's OK to light ...

Light up: Casper repeals smoking ban for bars
Associated Press - June 23, 2013

City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to repeal part of an indoor smoking ban in effect since September. The vote lifted the ban for bars, but kept it in place for restaurants. Bar owners had complained they were losing business to competitors in two nearby tow

LETTER: Put the smoking ban back in place
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - June 23, 2013

Smoking will affect many
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 24, 2013

Then healthcare facilities are also amended in our smoking ban. ... I am working towards getting the entire smoking ban back and I hope a lot more of the ...

Casper lifts smoking ban in local bars
The Ranger - June 23, 2013

Not all of America is moving toward banning smoking indoors and out. Months ... The City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to repeal part of an indoor smoking ban in effect since ... There have been efforts in recent years to overturn smoking bans.

It's about health, not freedom
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 22, 2013

Given the fact that people are free to smoke in their cars, homes and the great outdoors, there are far more places to freely smoke then not smoke while the ban ...

Wary of too much gov't, Casper snuffs out much of smoking ban ...
The Tribune - June 22, 2013

The City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to repeal part of an indoor smoking ban in effect since ... There have been efforts in recent years to overturn smoking bans.

Smoking Ban Amendments Pass: Smoking Soon Allowed in Casper Bars
KTWO (K2) (Casper, WY) - June 19, 2013

Casper City Council narrowly passed the third and final reading of the revised smoking ordinance 5-4 on Tuesday night. The amended ordinance adds several council-suggested amendments into the language of the current ordinance, including language that per

VIDEO: Casper Bar Owner's Reaction to Amended Smoking Ban
KTWO (K2) (Casper, WY) - June 19, 2013

With the amended smoking ban ordinance passing in its final reading last night, Casper bar owners who've seen serious losses are expecting to see business come back around. Casper residents will be allowed to smoke inside bars and private clubs upon the

Casper smoking ban repealed
Wyoming Public Media - June 19, 2013

The Casper City Council repealed the smoking ban for bars and private clubs ... to establishments in neighboring communities which don't have smoking bans.

City Council Amends Smoking Ban
KTWO-TV - June 19, 2013

Under the amendments, bars, lounges, and healthcare facilities will be exempt from the smoking ban. Similar establishments will also be exempt from the ...

Casper smoking ban amended
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 19, 2013

The Casper City Council on Tuesday repealed the smoking ban for adult establishments on a 5-4 vote, with Mayor Kenyne Schlager and council members Paul ...

Casper City Council will take final vote to weaken smoking ban Tuesday
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - Jun 17, 2013

The Casper City Council on Tuesday will take its final vote to gut the public smoking ban, including changes that would allow smoking in bars. The city ban took effect in late 2012 for bars, restaurants and private clubs. But after hearing from local ...

Final vote set on smoking ban
Billings Gazette - June 4, 2013

The third and final vote to amend Casper's public smoking ban will be June 18. ..

Casper Starbucks will follow company's smoke-free zone rules
Kitsap Sun - June 1, 2013

Starbucks starts a ban on smoking within 25 feet of its stores nationally today. As the city of Casper mulls the repeal of its public smoking ban, the Starbucks ...

LETTER: Blame big agriculture and cell phone towers
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - May 28, 2013

Are these anti-smoking zealots in reality just the useful tools of big agriculture, telecommunication and big pharmaceuticals as well? It seems to be the case and if so, they're doing a whole lot more harm than any good because they're diverting attention ...

The times (and logic) are a-changin'
Casper Star-Tribune Online - May 25, 2013

That may seem like its nowhere more true than the Casper City Council and its near endless talk of the smoking ban. Last year, the council nearly talked itself to death as it implemented the ban. Now, the issue has come up again in the form of a repeal setting off another seemingly ceaseless conversation. No matter what the decision, it seems the issue simply refuses to be settled. What does appear to be changing are the reasons for repealing the ban, which seem to have drifted and crept from one position into the realm of denying science and discounting popular opinion.

Disappointed in the city council
Casper Star - Tribune Online - May 25, 2013

I am writing because I am disappointed in the smoking decision the city council is going to make in repealing the smoking ban. I am understanding that a poll ...

Casper smoking ban exceptions advance
Casper Star-Tribune Online - May 23, 2013

Casper City Council members held true Tuesday to their previous votes to gut the city's smoking ban, a split that moves forward amendments to the ban. Mayor Schlager and council members Charlie Powell, Paul Meyer and Craig Hedquist opposed the changes. Council members Keith Goodenough, Paul Bertoglio, Daniel Sandoval, Stephen Cathey and Bob Hopkins voted in favor of the amendments. The amendments would allow smoking in bars and adult-oriented establishments in Casper, as well as health facilities such as senior living establishments.

Smokefree Natrona County Preparing for Referendum Campaign
K2 Radio - May 22, 2013

Smokefree Natrona County officials say they're preparing to launch a referendum campaign if Casper City Council passes sweeping changes to the city of ...

Study: Casper air quality improves since smoke ban
Cody Enterprise - May 22, 2013

CHEYENNE (AP) A study conducted by anti-smoking groups found that air ... businesses that ceased to allow smoking when a city-wide smoking ban took ...

Council Passes 2nd Reading Of Revised Smoking Ban-Morning ...
K2 Radio - May 22, 2013

CASPER CITY COUNCIL IS NOW ONE STEP AWAY FROM MAKING SWEEPING CHANGES TO A CONTROVERSIAL CITY-WIDE BAN ON PUBLIC SMOKING.

Study: Casper air quality improves since smoke ban
Seattle Post Intelligencer - May 21, 2013

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. …

Study: Air quality in Casper businesses improves after smoking ban
Casper Tribune - May 21, 2013

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 Index, respectively. …

Tuesday vote set for Casper smoking ban amendments
Laramie Boomerang - May 20, 2013

The Casper City Council on Tuesday will take the second of three required votes needed to amend a public smoking ban. …

Second vote scheduled for Casper smoking ban amendments
Billings Gazette - May 18, 2013

Second vote scheduled for Casper smoking ban amendments ... Smoking would still be banned in restaurants and family establishments, and signs would be ...

Gauging public opinion - Journal poll asks about school bond ...
Casper Journal - May 6, 2013

Meanwhile, the Journal also asked about some issues facing the Casper City Council, namely changing the smoking ban ordinance, and whether people should ...

Historic Bar Going Smoke Free Wednesday
Basinsradio - May 1, 2013

mintsmall A longtime establishment in Sheridan, dating back to 1907, will be making history once again Wednesday as it goes smoke free permanently. The Mint ...

ONLINE ONLY 5-4 again! - Amended smoking ordinance passes first reading
Casper Journal - April 22, 2013

There was some heat last week as the Casper City Council began amending its comprehensive smoking ban to allow exceptions for bars, restaurants, and some businesses. The changes passed on first reading, with the balance of the new council favoring business and personal rights issues over the health dominated concerns of its predecessor council, which instituted the controversial smoking ordinance.
Last weeks outcome was not unexpected, as the consideration leading up to the vote had established a consistent 5-4 split on the council, in favor of loosening some of the restrictions. Even if the amendments pass on all three readings, however, the battle will probably continue, as it is anticipated ban supporters will mount a petition drive to put the matter to Casper voters in a special referendum election. ...

Smokefree Natrona Co. Response To City Council-Morning Update [AUDIO]
K2 Radio - April 18, 2013

OFFICIALS WITH SMOKEFREE NATRONA COUNTY SAY THEY'LL TRY TO DERAIL FUTURE ATTEMPTS BY CASPER CITY COUNCIL TO AMEND CASPER'S ...

Casper smoking ban amendments pass first hurdle
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - April 17, 2013

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Casper City Council has approved amendments that would allow smoking in bars and other adult-oriented establishments.

Casper Council OKs amendments to allow smoking in bars, other ...
The Republic - April 17, 2013

The current smoking ban prohibits lighting up in public places, which include restaurants, ... It would still be banned in restaurants and family establishments.

Revised Casper Smoking Ordinance Passes First Reading - K2 Radio
K2 Radio-April 16, 2013

At its regular Tuesday meeting, council passed the first of three readings of the amended smoking ban by a narrow 5-4 margin after hearing over 90 minutes of ...

Smokefree Natrona County to Continue Fighting Smoking Ban ...
K2 Radio-April 17, 2013

Smokefree Natrona County says it will try to derail attempts by Casper City Council to amend Casper's current public indoor smoking ordinance. Officials with the ...

Amended Smoking Ban Update
KTWO-TV-April 16, 2013

The amended smoking ban ordinance was the highlight of the April 16th city council meeting. Coming into the evening there was rumor the ordinance would be ...

Casper smoking ban amendments pass first reading
Casper Star-Tribune Online-April 16, 2013

The Casper City Council has agreed to review the public smoking ban after ... Smoking would still be banned in restaurants and family establishments, and signs ...

1st vote, public hearing on Casper smoking ban set
Billings Gazette - April 16, 2013

CASPER, Wyo. The Casper City Council is scheduled to have its first vote and public hearing Tuesday on changes proposed for the city's ban on smoking in enclosed public places. Amending or repealing the ordinance will require three readings. SmokeFree Natrona County has stated it will fight any weakening of the law.

First vote and public hearing Tuesday for Casper smoking ordinance
Billings Gazette - April 16, 2013

he first vote and public hearing for proposed changes to the Casper smoking ordinance will be held at Tuesday's city council meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 200 N. David St.

Survey: Casper residents support smoking ban
Wyoming Public Media - April 16, 2013

A survey of registered voters in Casper has found that the majority do not want the city council to overturn the city's smoking ban. When the Casper City Council ...

Public Hearing On Smoking Ban Tuesday-Morning Update [AUDIO]
K2 Radio - April 15, 2013

CASPER RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE CITY'S ...

Group eyes smoke-free law in Cody
Cody Enterprise - April 8, 2013

While in the early stages of organizing, “Smoke-free Park County” members say it’s time for the city of Cody to pass a smoke-free ordinance affecting restaurants, bars and other enclosed work spaces. Surrounded by states with smoke-free bans (Montana, Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado), Sharon Altermatt of Park County Prevention Management says, “We can be just as progressive in promoting health.” …

FUGLEBERG: Where are Casper bar patrons going?
Casper Star-Tribune Online - April 6, 2013

The claims are dire: Bar patrons have fled Casper bars due to the city's smoking ban. Those bars are struggling. Let's unpack that. There are two claims in that statement: bar patrons are leaving, and it's due to the smoking ban. Unless you interview outgoing patrons, the first claim is easier to prove than the second. …

GODDARD: The real cost of the smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune - April 6, 2013

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to tell you my side of the story with regards to the effects of the smoking ban on the Sandbar. On Easter Sunday, the Sandbar did $100 in sales; last year same day we did $2,200. I spent more money in wages to keep the bar open than we made. On Saturday night, the night a Casper Star-Tribune staff member took the picture that appeared in the Tuesday edition, we did $3,200 in gross sales the entire day. That was prior to paying for three bands. Most of the customers walked out during the third band. Still, I had to pay my own staff, pay four bouncers, purchase product to sell and then cover utilities. The Sandbar is fighting to stay alive due to the smoking ban; my distributors have said the Sandbar has been the hardest hit bar due to the smoking ban and my purchases are down more than any bar in Casper. …

No mass exodus from Casper in wake of public smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - April 2, 2013

Despite claims that Casper smokers would leave the city to seek refuge in Mills or Evansville, it doesn’t seem that bar crowds have changed much since September. The city’s new smoking ban isn’t driving out many city residents, according to DUI arrest data, beer sales, taxi rides and anecdotal comments. The evidence doesn’t offer definitive proof Casper businesses are surviving the ban, but it’s an initial sign that Casper residents mostly aren’t going elsewhere to smoke while they drink. Opponents of the city’s smoking ban anticipated a decrease in business and an increase in drunken drivers as people migrated to the outlying towns, but statistics show DUIs for all three municipalities have actually decreased. …

Let communities decide on smoking laws, instead of state
WyoFile - April 2, 2013

Twenty-eight states now ban smoking in all enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants. Despite widespread support in Wyoming for obvious health reasons, there’s enough dissent from residents who think businesses should decide their own smoking policies that I doubt our state will ever join the list. Several attempts to pass a statewide smoking ban have failed in the Legislature, though one bill managed to get through the House before stalling in a Senate committee. The preference in Wyoming seems to be to allow local governments to control smoking in public places, instead of a state law. According to Americans for Non-smokers’ Rights, 25 communities in the state have some restrictions on smoking. …

Casper City Council will review smoking ban amendments
Billings Gazette - March 26, 2013

The Casper City Council will review amendments to the city's public smoking ban at Tuesday’s work session, moving closer to a formal vote that could considerably weaken the seven-month-old ordinance. The amendments would exempt taverns, lounges, bars, private clubs during private events, health care facilities that have a designated smoking area and nonpublic areas of service establishments. It would also change the definition of an enclosed area, from a space surrounded on three sides to a space surrounded on all sides. …

Centennial restaurants implement non-smoking policy
Laramie Boomerang - March 24, 2013

Centennial’s mountain air got a little clearer recently, as the town’s bars and restaurants banned indoor smoking. The Beartree Tavern and Café, Friendly Store and Motel and Trading Post Dinner House and Saloon have implemented new smoke-free policies, joining the Old Corral Hotel and Steakhouse in the prohibition. … According to an issue brief prepared by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center in 2012, nine Wyoming cities have municipal codes prohibiting smoking in restaurants, including Laramie. Six, including Laramie, also prohibit smoking in bars. …

Citizen's opinions and facts locked out of council process
Casper Journal - March 18, 2013

I write for myself alone, not for any organization. Allow me to address this issue of the City Council's recent action on the smoke-free ordinance and to address certain City Council members. Here's a quick review: 1)The smoke-free ordinance is based on the very successful ordinances in Cheyenne and Laramie. 2)The smoke-free ordinance passed in June 2012 after two years of hard work and discussion. 3) The smoke-free ordinance went into effect in September after the opponents of the ordinance failed to obtain the required signatures to force a referendum. The ordinance has now come under attack based on the unchallenged opinions of a few people. I say unchallenged because the citizens who support the smoke-free ordinance have been locked out of the process since the new city council took office. We have not been allowed to speak one word to the new city council as a sitting, governing body yet the opponents of the ordinance were invited to address the City Council in a work session. They are certainly entitled to speak to the City Council. Of course they should speak and express their opinions. Yet, that right is not theirs exclusively. …

Amend or repeal - Casper discusses smoking ban
Casper Journal - March 18, 2013

The Casper City Council, on a 5-4 vote, decided March 19 to continue preparations to amend the city’s five-month-old smoking ban. The ban, which passed the previous council 7-2 and prohibits smoking in most public places, took effect in September 2012. Mayor Kenyne Schlager took an informal poll of the council to determine if members wanted to keep the ban as is, amend the ban, or repeal the ban completely. Schlager and Councilmen Charlie Powell, Paul Meyer and Craig Hedquist indicated they wanted to keep the ban as is. Hedquist told the council he had surveyed his constituents in Ward II and found 55 percent wanted the ban left in place. “Not even 40 percent want it modified,” he said. “My bosses told me what they want. So that’s how I’ll take care of it.” …

Mayor: Sheridan Not Ready to Ban Smoke
Sheridan Media (press release) - March 18, 2013

Last week, the Casper City Council voted to amend, rather than repeal, an ordinance that banned smoking in all public places. After a blanket ban on cigarettes caused an outcry from local business owners, the law was ultimately amended to allow smoking in bars and some areas of other private businesses. While the push to go completely smoke free didn't work for Casper this time, most states have already enacted statewide smoking bans. …

Smoking bans work for businesses
Casper Star-Tribune Online - March 15, 2013

I have been reading your articles on the subject of the smoking ban in Casper and wish to offer some views from Montana. We passed a no-smoking ban several years ago with a lot of opposition from especially bar and restaurant owners. Lo and behold, the smokers had no place to go except outside and now, it is a norm. The non-smokers came out of the woodwork and started frequenting those establishments they heretofore would not enter.
Those owners who say they are losing revenue should offer their income statements to prove their claims. … I travel Wyoming quite a bit and steer away of those smoke ridden places. …

Smoking ban is an existential crisis
Casper Star-Tribune Online - March 15, 2013

I'm sorry if you're scared, and anybody in his or her right mind has good reason to fear a premature and painful death. But the truth is, even with something as risky as cigarettes, there isn't any such thing as a guarantee. … Just because a majority of states and municipalities have dictated smoking bans only proves how rampant this fear is, nothing more. My point has been to give ...

Discussion on Casper smoking ban changes continues
Laramie Boomerang - March 14, 2013

Casper residents likely won't get a chance to weigh in on whether to repeal or change the city's smoking ban until at least next month. … Smoking ban supporters have vowed to seek a referendum if councilors vote to repeal the ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, offices and other public spaces. …

Smoking Ordinance FAQ
City of Casper, WY - March 14, 2013

Q1. When does the ordinance go into effect? Answer: September 1, 2012. Q2. Will I get a chance to vote on the Ordinance change? Answer: No. ...

City of Casper will prepare smoking ban amendments
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - Mar 13, 2013

The Casper City Council on Tuesday wavered between the decision to repeal or to amend a controversial smoking ban before eventually choosing to vote on amendments, then repeal the law, if necessary. “We have two choices now. Do we amend it or repeal it?

City Council To Amend Smoking Ban-Morning Update [AUDIO]
K2 Radio-March 13, 2013

CASPER CITY COUNCIL WILL ATTEMPT TO AMEND THE CITY'S CONTROVERSIAL PUBLIC INDOOR SMOKING BAN. Gov. Matt Mead is urging communities ...

We know what the smoking ban meant
Casper Star-Tribune Online-March 13, 2013

It seems Councilman Bob Hopkins thinks the people who supported the ban on smoking indoors didn't really understand what the ordinance would mean for our ...

Casper City Council plans discussion of possible smoking ban exemptions
Casper Star-Tribune Online - March 11, 2013

The Casper City Council on Tuesday will review options for amending the public smoking ban after a majority of members at recent meetings expressed the desire to amend or repeal it. …

LETTER: Casper needs to keep its smoking ban facts straight
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - March 10, 2013

I live in Laramie, and came to Casper to speak to the City Council when it was considering its clean indoor air ordinance. As I said at the time, I had been avoiding coming to Casper and doing business there because it was difficult to avoid irritating, unhealthy secondhand smoke. Since the ordinance passed, I have made multiple trips to Casper and have been pleased to see that a number of new restaurants and bars have opened to accommodate the larger number of people who are going out to enjoy the smoke-free air. … The current drive to repeal Casper's ordinance appears to be driven by funding from out-of-state tobacco companies which put profits ahead of the community's health and welfare. Before Casper considers repealing its ordinance due to specious claims that it is harming the business environment, it should ask WYSAC -- an impartial arm of the University of Wyoming -- to do a survey of revenues from bars and hotels that is based on establishments' tax returns -- which are filed under penalty of perjury -- rather than upon hearsay. (This was done in Laramie, and showed an increase in business despite the specious claims of business owners who were prodded by tobacco companies to attempt to have the law repealed.) …

Don't repeal the ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - March 9, 2013

The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of women of childbearing age, infants and children by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
We urge women and pregnant women to stop smoking and avoid second- and third-hand smoke. We respectfully request that the Casper City Council not repeal nor amend the current smoking ban in Casper. The effects of cigarette smoke to unborn babies, infants and children include respiratory illnesses, low birth weight, premature delivery, asthma and ear infections and SIDS.. Babies whose mothers smoke during pregnancy undergo withdrawal symptoms similar to those seen in babies of mothers using illegal drugs. …

Council Considering Amending Smoking Ban-Morning Update ...
K2 Radio - March 8, 2013

CITY OFFICIALS SAY CASPER CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING AMENDING SECTIONS OF THE CITY'S CONTROVERSIAL PUBLIC INDOOR SMOKING ...

Commissioners considering smoke-free zone near the county co
The Ranger - March 8, 2013

Fremont County Prevention Community Resources has worked for 11 years to promote smoke-free environments in Fremont County. The organization recently asked the Fremont County Commission for help and planned new efforts with community organizations. …

Repealing the ban an example of good government
Casper Star-Tribune Online-February 27, 2013

20) in which he states that not only is the council not listening, but will become the laughing stock of the region if it overturns the smoking ban. On the contrary ...

City to Mull Smoking Ban Repeal, Costs of a Special Election
K2 Radio - February 26, 2013

Casper City Council is inching closer toward its first vote on the possible repeal of the city's controversial public indoor smoking ban. At a work ...

Price tag for Casper smoking ban vote: $10K-$25K
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - February 23, 2013

A special election to decide the fate of Casper's public smoking ban could cost the city anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000, according to City Council documents. After the council's decision on Tuesday to support a repeal of the ban on March 5, the council revisited the smoking ordinance at a monthly meeting Friday. …

Thought the Casper smoking ban campaigns ended? Think again.
Casper Star-Tribune Online - February 21, 2013

The Casper City Council’s informal agreement Tuesday to repeal the city smoking ban dismayed both smoking ban supporters and some opponents. The action is expected to result in a public effort to reinstate the ban through referendum. …

City Council Will Vote on Smoking Ban Repeal
KTWO-TV - February 20, 2013

In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, Casper Mayor Kennyne Schlager announced that she will support repealing the controversial smoking ban.

Council is not listening to the majority
Casper Star-Tribune Online-February 20, 2013

Each state around Wyoming has smoking bans. ... Our city council will become the laughing stock of the region if a ban that has been in place less than six ...

Casper City Council plans to repeal public smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online-February 20, 2013

The Casper City Council on Tuesday announced its intention to repeal the public smoking ban passed last year. The issue was discussed at a public work ...

Public Health Director Favors Continuation of Casper Smoking Ban
K2 Radio-February 19, 2013

Robert Harrington, the director of the Casper-Natrona County Public Health Department, says the board formally made its position regarding the ban known to ...

Up in smoke: City council's decision a waste of breath
Casper Star-Tribune Online - February 19, 2013

There’s nothing as dangerous as a politician with a mandate. And it’s clear that some on the Casper City Council not only have a mandate but a mission: Repeal the smoking ban. From the debate at the city council meeting last week, it looks like Casper may have the world’s shortest-lived smoking ban. Whether you favor the smoking ban or believe it’s only proof positive of an overreaching nanny state, the issue was among the most drawn out, debated and studied subjects in recent memory. It also seemed to momentarily divide the community. Those who supported the ban became freedom stealing thugs. Those who opposed the ban became momentary monsters who cherished freedom above health. …

Casper considers smoking ban options
Casper Journal - February 19, 2013

In a significant turn-around, the Casper City Council has agreed to review, and possibly rescind, a controversial citywide smoking ban passed just last year.

Smoking Ban Repeal?
KTWO-TV - February 14, 2013

After six months of the smoking ban being established in Casper, the city ... One local establishment says business has taken a huge blow because of the ban. …

Majority of Casper city councilors favor changing or repealing 5 ...
The Republic-February 13, 2013

CASPER, Wyoming — Thee majority of Casper city councilors are inclined to either repeal or change the city's smoking ban. KTWO-AM (http://bit.ly/12LKA5n ) ...

Council Discusses Smoking Ban-Morning Update [AUDIO]
K2 Radio-February 13, 2013

THE MAJORITY OF CASPER CITY COUNCIL IS IN FAVOR OF EITHER REPEALING OR REWRITING THE CITY'S RECENTLY ESTABLISHED PUBLIC ...

Casper City Council to Further Discuss Public Indoor Smoking Ban
K2 Radio-February 13, 2013

The majority of Casper City Council says it's in favor of either repealing or rewriting the city's recently established public indoor smoking ban. The ban was ...

With the Smoking Ban Being Revisited, Smokefree Natrona County to Watch Council Closely
K2 Radio - February 12, 2013

With Casper City Council planning to revisit its five-month-old public indoor smoking ban, Smokefree Natrona County says, in the coming weeks, it will watch the actions of council closely. Smokefree Natrona County says it will do whatever it takes to keep the ban in place. “We have worked far too hard to go down without a serious fight,” Smokefree Natrona County spokesperson Kenny Ainsworth said in a press release last week. “Everyone in Casper deserves the right to breathe clean air – we are prepared to make sure that we continue to be protected from secondhand smoke long into the future.” …

Casper City Council To Revisit Smoking Ban Tonight-Morning ...
K2 Radio - February 12, 2013

The Casper City Council is taking another look at the city's smoking ban. The council will take up the matter at its meeting this evening. Average retail gasoline ...

Casper City Council to revisit smoking ban Tuesday
The Sheridan Press (subscription) - February 11, 2013

CASPER (AP) ­ The Casper City Council is taking another look at the city's smoking ban. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the council will revisit the issue ...

Casper City Council to revisit smoking ban
Danbury News Times - February 11, 2013

The Casper City Council is taking another look at the city's smoking ban.
The Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/ YkOQSC ) reports that the council will revisit the issue Tuesday at the request of business owners. …

Casper City Council will discuss smoking ban Tuesday
Casper Star-Tribune Online - February 11, 2013

At the request of local business owners, the Casper City Council will revisit the public smoking ban at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. …

Casper councilman quits Tipsy Limo to avoid conflict on smoking ban repeal
Casper Star-Tribune Online - February 3, 2013

Casper City Councilman Keith Goodenough has dissolved his Tipsy Limo business so he can vote to repeal the public smoking ban. Goodenough abstained from the vote in June 2012 because of his business, which involved taxiing people to and from bars in a limousine. He had no qualms about abstaining because he was against the proposal. …

Casper smoking ban reignites
Casper Journal - January 28, 2013

A controversial no smoking ordinance is back up for review by the Casper City Council following presentations by business owners hurt by the effects of the ban. … Following the council discussion, Mayor Kenyne Schlager asked the council if it wanted to reconsider the smoking ban. “So, based on that, I think, maybe the direction we should consider is bringing that ordinance back to a work session for a full review, because now we know what some of the impacts are,” Schlager proposed. “How does the council feel about bringing the ordinance to another work session so that we can review it, and then at that point decide our next steps?” In a straw poll, the council voted five to four to reconsider, with council members Hopkins, Goodenough, Sandoval, Bertoglio and Hedquist in favor, and Council Members Schlager, Meyer and Powell opposed. No date was set for the new discussion. …

Smoking Ban Reaction-Morning Update [AUDIO]
K2 Radio - January 25, 2013

A Casper-based anti-smoking group says it’s upset with Casper City Council’s recent decision to reevaluate the city’s month’s old smoking ban. …

Casper Council agrees to review smoking ban after businesses ...
Billings Gazette-Jan 23, 2013

CASPER — The Casper Ciity Council has agreed to review the public smoking ban after businesses reported a loss of revenue in the four months following the ..

City Council Takes Up Smoking Ban-Morning Update [AUDIO]
KTWO (K2) (Casper, WY) - Jan 24, 2013

Casper City Council listened Tuesday night regarding the smoking ban established in the city. The Wyoming House has defeated a bill that would have allowed the release of names of those charged with sexual assault before they're bound over to district co

Smokefree Natrona County Says it Will Fight to Keep Smoking Ban ...
K2 Radio-Jan 24, 2013

...Generally, in other places that have passed smoke free bans, it has taken them ... multiple smoker-friendly establishments and no public indoor smoking ban in ...

Casper Council Taking Another Look At Smoking Ban
K2 Radio - January 21, 2013

The Casper City Council will revisit the recently-enacted city-wide smoking ban at its work session Tuesday afternoon. Representatives of bars and clubs located within city limits are asking the council to reconsider the ban, which went into effect in September of last year. Several bar and club owners/operators have submitted documents citing significant declines in revenue from liquor, beer, food and pull-tab sales since the ban went into effect. They also claim bars and clubs located outside of city limits have seen increased traffic since the ban was enacted. …

Casper City Council to hear update on smoking ban and conference center
Casper Star-Tribune Online - January 21, 2013

Area business owners and opponents of the public smoking ban will discuss the effects of the ordinance passed last summer at the Casper City Council work session Tuesday. …

Businesses, residents adjust to impact of Casper's smoking ban
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - December 31, 2012

It has been nearly four months since Casper implemented a public smoking ban, and people are still debating the merits and effects of the measure. …

Casper businesses prepare to go smoke-free
Billings Gazette - August 31, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. ­ Casper bars and restaurants will replace ashtrays with "no smoking" signs Saturday, as the city's public smoking ban takes effect. The ban, passed after months of discussion and a failed referendum effort, requires public businesses to post "no smoking" signs in clear view and prohibits smoking indoors or within 10 feet of doorways. The ban includes bars, restaurants, private clubs and professional offices. …

Casper businesses prepare to go smoke free
Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 31, 2012

… At Dorn’s Fireside, manager Brandon Dorn said he will build two outdoor patios and revamp the menu to help build his customer base. He’s planned the patios for more than a year in anticipation of such a ban. “We weren’t going to go smoke free,” he said. “We just kind of knew that it was coming, so we were just kind of putting ideas together.” …

Casper Indoor Public Smoking Ban, Set To Start Sept 1st
K2 Radio - August 8, 2012

With insufficient support for a referendum on Casper’s indoor public smoking ban the new ordinance will take effect on September 1st. The topic came up at Tuesday’s regular city council meeting. …

Referendum On Smoke Free Ordinance Falls Short
K2 Radio - July 26, 2012

A referendum on the city of Casper’s recently created public indoor smoking ban won’t happen. “We’re very disappointed. We’re disappointed for the community in that the community doesn’t 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. …

Smoking ban referendum effort fails
Casper Journal - July 26, 2012

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. …

Casper smoking ban referendum will not be on November ballot
Casper Star-Tribune Online - July 27, 2012

After failing to collect nearly 2,000 valid signatures needed for a public vote, opponents of Casper’s smoking ban say they will set their sights on elections as proponents hope to continue education efforts. ...

Anti-Smoking Ban Petition Turned In
KTWO Television (Casper, WY) - Jul 18, 2012

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. ...

Smoke Free Natrona County Confident Ordinance Will Stand
K2 Radio (WY)- July 10, 2012

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, ...

Casper smoking ban opponents collecting signatures
KULR-TV - July 10, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Opponents of Casper's smoking ban are busy circulating a petition to put the issue on November's ballot. ...

Casper bans smoking….maybe - Council supports public vote on ...
Casper Journal - June 26, 2012

A non-smoking ordinance passed the Casper City Council last week after a long and contentious journey, but it won’t go into effect until a citizens’ ballot initiative to overturn the law is resolved. …

Casper City Council supports referendum effort
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 21, 2012

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 Clerk’s Office. …

Casper OKs smoking ban but voters could have say
NECN (WY) - June 20, 2012

(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 ...

Casper City Council approves smoking ban
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - Jun 20, 2012

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

Smoking Ordinance Passes, Referendum Anticipated
K2 Radio (WY) - June 20, 2012

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.

Casper City Council plans final vote on smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 19, 2012

The Casper City Council will vote today for a third and final time to determine a city-wide smoking ban. …

Final Vote On Smoking Ban Set
K2 Radio (WY) - June 15, 2012

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 ...

Casper's smoking ban penalty stays the same for now
Casper Star-Tribune Online (WY) - June 14, 2012

Any amendments to the penalty that would be imposed under a proposed smoking ban will be determined during the next Casper City Council meeting.

Casper groups seek $1 million for youth boxing and financial center
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 12, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ordinance passes second reading - Third reading set June ...
Casper Journal - June 11, 2012

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 ...

Upcoming vote will determine Casper smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 7, 2012

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
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 7, 2012

Casper City Council considers banning smoking ... The Casper City Council is considering a proposed indoor smoking ban, with a final vote scheduled June 19.

2nd vote on smoking ban awaits Casper City Council
Billings Gazette - June 5, 2012

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 ...

DUI study isn't accurate
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 4, 2012

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. I’d also like to share that is not an accurate study for many reasons …

Include private clubs in ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - June 3, 2012

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 ...

Who's the next target?
Casper Star-Tribune Online - May 22, 2012

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 ban? …

Casper City Council majority supports smoking ban, will discuss private clubs
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune - May 17, 2012

Casper is one step closer to imposing a smoking ban, although rules for private clubs are still unsettled. …

Casper smoking ban clears first hurdle
Casper Star-Tribune Online (WY) - May 16, 2012

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.

Casper's proposed smoking ban gets first reading
Billings Gazette - May 15, 2012

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. …

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING IN ITS ENTIRETY, CHAPTER 8.16, OF THE CASPER MUNICIPAL CODE, SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES, (PDF)
City of Casper, WY, May 15, 2012

AND CREATING A NEW CHAPTER 8.16, SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES, OF TITLE 8, HEALTH AND SAFETY, OF THE CASPER MUNICIPAL CODE. (PDF) …

Smoking ban is about health
Casper Star-Tribune Online - May 11, 2012

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 ...

Casper City Council sets smoking ban hearing for May 15
Casper Star-Tribune Online - May 3, 2012

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 ...

Lambton to reconsider outdoor smoking ban
Petrolia Topic - May 3, 2012

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 ...

Why restaurants and bars are 'public places'
Casper Star-Tribune Online (blog) - April 25, 2012

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 ...

Casper City Council reviews proposed smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - April 23, 2012

The current proposal would ban smoking in most public places, including restaurants and bars. Private clubs and tobacco shops would be exempt.

Standing on a 'slippery slope' of evidence
Casper Star-Tribune Online - April 22, 2012

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. … Richard O’Gara, 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, O’Gara said those claims have amounted to nothing more than “fear-mongering.” “We didn’t see any bars or restaurants close down because of the ban,” he said. “Actually, there were increases in sales and revenues.” …

Proposed Smoking Ban Ordinance Gets Line By Line Review
K2 Radio - April 11, 2012

After a review of a proposed Casper city ordinance banning indoor public smoking Wednesday, private clubs were added to the exempt list. …

Bettering the health of the community
Casper Journal (WY)- April 11, 2012

So, Smokefree Natrona County isn't proposing anything new, and the draft ordinance currently before the Casper City Council mirrors the ordinances passed in ...

Smoking issue smolders
Casper (WY) Journal - April 2, 2012

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. … “When they imposed a non-smoking ordinance in Cheyenne, we lost almost 200 ... were congregating outside away from the main entrance and the non-smokers, ...

Smoking ban opponents want Casper proposal nixed or amended
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune Online - March 28, 2012

Owners, employers and private club representatives made the case for a limited smoking ban at Tuesday’s Casper City Council meeting. …

Smoking Ban Opposition Makes Case-Morning Update [AUDIO]
K2 Radio - March 29, 2012

Those in opposition to a proposed indoor public smoking ban made their point in a lengthy presentation to the Casper City Council on Tuesday night. …

Outdoor smoking ban rejected, but county may consider limited ...
Petrolia (WY) Topic - March 14, 2012

WYOMING - Efforts to outlaw smoking within nine metres of municipal playgrounds, sports fields and building entrances are down, but not completely out.

Opposition To Smoking Ban Goes Before City Council-Morning Update ...
K2 Radio - February 23, 2012

Opposition to a proposed indoor smoking ban for the city of Casper got an informal hearing at Tuesday evening's city council meeting.

Smoking ordinance possible in Casper
Casper Journal - February 20, 2012

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 ...

Casper City Council will draft public smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online, February 13, 2012

The Casper City Council agreed Monday to draft an ordinance prohibiting smokers from lighting up in public places. ...

Casper City Council gathers information for public smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - Feb 12, 2012

She said the organization's presentation Monday will encourage the council to go beyond the previous ordinance's limited smoking areas to protect nonsmokers ...

Casper to consider smoking ban
Casper (WY) Journal - January 30, 2012

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 prohibit ...

Casper City Council plans for smoking ban debate
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune Online - January 26, 2012

The Casper City Council agreed Thursday to continue on schedule with consideration of a smoking ban proposal. Initial discussion of the proposal is ...

Smoking Ban Most Likely Not Coming to Sheridan Anytime Soon
Sheridan Media (press release) - January 13, 2012

Casper – WY, By Ron Richter on Thu 01/12/2012 19:48 In 2006, the Cheyenne City Council voted to enact a city wide smoking ban that included all bars and restaurants. ...

Smoking ban gains acceptance in Cheyenne
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2012-01-02
JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer

“I love it, dude,” she says, between drags. “Whether you like to smoke or not, you don’t like to be suffocated at a bar.” ...

Council hears from Smoke Free Casper
Casper Journal - Greg Fladager - November 1, 2011

The Casper City Council continues to review what next steps to take, if any, on a request from Smoke Free Casper to ban smoking in all public buildings. ...

Smoke-Free Natrona County Telephone Poll
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2011-10-18, Keating Research, Inc.

Natrona County, WY Smoke-Free Live Telephone Poll — May/June, 2011 ...

Poll shows support for Natrona County smoking ordinance
Casper could consider issue later this year
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2011-10-19
SHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer

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. ...

Teton Co. board renews push to ban smoking
Ct Post - Apr 30, 2011

(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 ...

Study finds unhealthy pollution levels in local bars
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2011-04-29
JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer

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. ...

Lyman “No Smoking” ordinance back on the table
Bridger Valley Pioneer - Mckenna Magalogo - March 17, 2011

The public hearing on a no smoking ordinance in Lyman Tuesday night at the council meeting started a heated debate. Do we pass the ordinance of no smoking within the town of Lyman? Or, do we amend the ordinance and make more ...

Lyman's “No Smoking” to get second reading
Bridger Valley Pioneer - Mckenna Magalogo - March 11, 2011

A public hearing will be held at the Lyman Town Hall on March 15, 7 pm on a no smoking ordinance. This ordinance will prohibit smoking in public places within the town of Lyman. The public can voice their opinions or concerns ...

Health board adopts smoke-free resolution in Wyoming county
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2011-03-10
JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer

The campaign to end smoking in Casper area businesses earned an endorsement Wednesday from the Natrona County Board of Health. ...

Groups to push with smoking bans despite ruling
NECN - Feb 12, 2011

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. ...

Court shoots down Teton County smoking ban
Associated Press (AP), 2011-02-10

A district judge has shot down Teton County's public smoking ban.
District Judge Timothy Day on Wednesday ruled that the county's health board lacked authority to enact the 2009 ban. ...

Judge Day kills smoking ban
Jackson Hole (WY) News & Guide, 2011-02-11
Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole, Wyo

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. ...

Mountain View council adopts smoking ban “This was brought to us.”
Bridger Valley Pioneer - Virginia Giorgis - February 7, 2011

Discussion of the smoking ban in public places took the majority of the time of the Mountain View council meeting and workshop Tuesday ...

Senate panel kills bill allowing smoking bans
Associated Press (AP), 2011-01-21

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 ...

Health board preps non-smoking resolution for Legislature's consideration
Board members want the decisions on smoking regulations to come from elected bodies.
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 2011-01-19
Josh Rhoten

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." ...

Bill clarifies smoking ban authority
Billings Gazette - December 2, 2010

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 said. ...

Natrona County Declines To Pursue Smoking Ban
cbs4denver.com - November 12, 2010

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. ...

Board was right to reject smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - November 12, 2010

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 ...

Casper board won't pursue smoking ban
Billings Gazette - November 11, 2010

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. ...

Smoke-free vote could come today
Casper Star-Tribune Online - Joshua Wolfson - November 10, 2010

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 ...

Smoke-free debate set for tonight
Casper Star-Tribune Online - Joshua Wolfson - November 9, 2010

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. ...

Suit could delay workplace smoking ban
Billings (MT) Gazette, 2010-10-26
JOSHUA WOLFSON Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

A legal challenge to Teton County’s 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. ...

Teton case could pose obstacle for workplace smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online (blog) - Joshua Wolfson - October 20, 2010

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 ...

Thanks to Board of Health
Casper Star-Tribune Online - October 19, 2010

Editor:

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 ...

Let elected city officials decide smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - October 18, 2010

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 ...

Let business owners decide
Casper Star-Tribune Online - October 18, 2010

Editor:

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 ...

Regulate indoor smoking
Casper Star-Tribune Online - Oct 16, 2010

Editor:

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 person’s chance of lung cancer by 25 percent and heart disease by 30 percent? ...

Natrona County group asks health board to enact smoking ban
Prohibition would affect workplaces
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2010-10-14
JOSHUA WOLFSON - Star-Tribune staff writer

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.

Smoking ban is up to voters
The Cheyenne-Laramie County Board of Health won't pursue such a measure and instead will see how a lawsuit against a similar ban in Teton County fares.
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 2010-10-11
Becky Orr

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. ...

Support growing for smoke free community
Casper Journal - India Hayford - September 8, 2010

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 doesn’t 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, Jason’s 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 person’s 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.

"It’s 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 can’t always find different jobs. Smokefree Natrona County’s 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." ...

County to Go Smoke-Free
Sheridan Media (press release) - MaryJo Johnson - June 16, 2010

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. ...

County, Virginian move to hasten smoking suit
Jackson Hole Daily - April 22, 2010

Both sides in a lawsuit that challenges a smoking ban in Teton County filed motions this week seeking to expedite the case. On Monday, attorneys for the ...

Marbleton wants public-building smoking ban
Sublette Examiner - Derek Farr - March 15, 2010

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. ...

Big Piney mayor wants smoke-free town
Sublette Examiner - Derek Farr - February 22, 2010

During Big Piney’s 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.

“It’s got to start somewhere,” he said. “So we might as well stir the pot and get something going.”...

Council rejects Conwell Park smoking ban
Casper Star-Tribune Online - Pete Nickeas - February 4, 2010

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. ...

Council to vote on smoking ban in Conwell Park
Casper Star-Tribune Online - Pete Nickeas - February 2, 2010

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. ...

Smoke-free initiative kicks off tonight
Casper Star-Tribune Online - January 26, 2010

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 Jim’s Restaurant and Lounge, 520 S. Ash, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. ...

Park smoking ban faces hurdles
Measure needs three votes at public hearings before becoming law
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2009-12-20
PETE NICKEAS - Star-Tribune staff writer

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. ...

No Country for Smokers
Planet Jackson Hole - Ben Cannon - October 14, 2009

Jackson Hole, Wyo.-At the Virginian Saloon on any given Wednesday night, the barroom gets hazy with a cloud of cigarette smoke. That’s 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 bar’s dollar shake-a-shift game. ...

Judge allows smoking ban lawsuit to advance
Jackson Hole (WY) News & Guide, 2009-10-02
Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole, Wyo

Ninth District Judge Nancy Guthrie issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon denying county attorney Keith Gingery's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
In her ruling, Guthrie said the case meets several state criteria that warrant judicial review and should be allowed to continue in court.
"The court finds that [the Smokefree Air Rule] is a final order of an administrative agency with no further administrative remedy available and it is thereby subject to judicial review by the court," Guthrie said in the ruling.

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. ...

No smoking, please
Casper Star-Tribune Online - September 16, 2009

Casper needs to get with the times and pass a smoking ordinance; not only would it protect these kids, it would protect the rest of us who want to lead ...

County: Toss smoke suit
Jackson Hole (WY) News & Guide, 2009-06-28
Amanda H Miller, Jackson Hole, Wyo

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.

Suit filed over smoke ban
Jackson Hole (WY) News & Guide, 2009-05-23
Amanda H. Miller, Jackson Hole, Wyo

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." ...

Teton Co. health board bans smoking
KTVQ-TV - March 25, 2009

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.

Smoke rule draws ire
Jackson Hole Guide - March 24, 2009

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.

Health board to vote on smoking rule this week
Jackson Hole (WY) News & Guide, 2009-03-23
Traci Angel, Jackson Hole, Wyo

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.

WMC bans smoking on campus
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2009-03-19

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.

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers siding with tobacco firms
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 2009-02-15

You've got to give Mike Moser credit. The man has a sense of humor.
While talking about the current state of the proposed ban on smoking in public places in Wyoming -- which the state House has riddled with more holes than fishing net -- the lobbyist for the Wyoming State Liquor Association said: "Our position is that it is a good middle ground."

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.

Wyo. lawmakers question secondhand smoke ads
Montana's News Station, February 9, 2009

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.

Watered-Down Smoking Ban Passes
istockAnalyst.com, February 4, 2009

CHEYENNE - Representatives approved smoking ban legislation Tuesday to move on to the Senate for debate - but just barely.

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.

Lawmakers work to save smoke-free bill
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2009-02-03
JARED MILLER Star-Tribune capital bureau

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."
Worried the loss of support could jeopardize the bill, a group of House members pushed for and received a one-day delay in the vote.

Fire goes out of smoking ban bill
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2009-01-31
JARED MILLER Star-Tribune capital bureau

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.

House gives early approval to smoking ban
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2009-01-30
JARED MILLER Casper Star-Tribune

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.

Board seeks comments on smoking regulations
Jackson Hole News, WY - January 22, 2009

The Teton County Public Health Board is accepting public comments on a proposal for an indoor air regulation that would prohibit smoking in public places.

People can view a copy of the rule at the Teton County Health Department office, Teton County clerk’s office and Teton County Library. The rule is expected to be posted to the county’s 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 terri.gregory@health.wyo.gov.

Legislature to consider statewide smoking ban
Lingle Guide, WY, December 16, 2008

The Wyoming State Legislature will take another look at a statewide restriction on smoking in indoor public places when it is gaveled into session in January.

Poll: Two-thirds of state's voters support smoking ban
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2007-10-20
JARED MILLER Star-Tribune capital bureau

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.

On Wyoming's menu, smoking is becoming rare
Wyoming Tribune, WY, April 18, 2007

Three-quarters of Wyoming restaurants had no-smoking policies last year - an all-time high - according to a survey publicized Tuesday by the Wyoming Department of Health.

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."

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