WPR News
8:10 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Teton County goes smoke free

Jackspn, Wy –
Smoking will no longer be allowed in any public place in Teton County. The Teton District Board of Health voted unanimously to approve the rule that will include all workplaces, bars, restaurants and ski areas. It is the first county wide ban approved in the state. County Tobacco Prevention Manager Julia Heemstra says it is a landmark decision.
"We know this is what the community wants. We had 21 speakers today, 18 spoke in favor. We've had surveys show that anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of this community want this rule in place."
Having the Board of Health pass the rule instead of a city council or county commission is unique and several groups in other areas of the state say they will consider the same approach.