Laramie Council Gives Initial Nod to Smoking Ban

Laramie, WY – Despite hearing from several bar owners that a proposed ordinance was unfair and would hurt their businesses, the Laramie City Council gave first reading support to make Laramie buildings smoke-free. While several supporters called it a health issue, many bar owners objected. Among them was Dwight Rowell, who owns The Library. While he made his restaurant smoke-free, Rowell objects to being forced to make his bar smoke-free. He says it's his decision whether he loses money or not allowing smokers in his bar, not city government's. But Mayor Fred Homer argues the City Council needs to consider making Laramie a healthy community. The issue faces two more readings.