Casper will ban smoking in enclosed public places starting September first. Opponents wanted to put the decision to voters, but their petition to include the measure on the ballot failed to collect enough signatures. The ordinance will ban smoking in all indoor public and workplaces and around public doors. Mandi Wymore with the organization Smoke Free Natrona says the people of Casper support the ban.
“By it not getting the required number of signatures shows that this is what Casper wanted, they didn’t sign the petition because this is what they wanted to see for Casper,” Whymore says.
Opponents of the restriction say businesses should be able to set their own rules, and that the ban will be bad for business.