Smokefree Natrona County

Casper smoking ban repealed

Jun 19, 2013

The Casper City Council repealed the smoking ban for bars and private clubs yesterday, despite opposition from the mayor and some council members.

The Casper Star Tribune reports that the amended ordinance will likely take effect by the end of next week.

Several bar and club owners had objected to the ban, saying they were losing business to establishments in neighboring communities which don’t have smoking bans.

Next month the Casper City Council will vote to remove or change the city’s smoking ban.  At the very least, councilors are considering exempting bars, health care facilities, and private clubs from the ban. 

The smoking ban was implanted last summer. 

Anna Edwards of the group Smokefree Natrona County says her group will fight to keep the ban in place.  She says they are trying to protect the health of a lot of people, including employees.

The majority of Casper’s City Council has said it favors tweaking or repealing the city’s five-month old smoking ban despite a failed referendum aimed at overturning it, following claims from some businesses that they’ve lost revenue. Only two council members are in favor of keeping the ban as is, including the mayor. Four council members who previously supported the ban are no longer in office.

Smokefree Natrona County advocate Anna Edwards says that a temporary decrease in revenue following a ban is normal, and is to be expected.