Teton, Wyoming smoking ban approved..

March 26, 2009 - Teton District Board of Health unanimously approved a countywide smoking ban (Teton District Smokefree Air Rule of 2009). The rule is designed to “protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.” It applies to all public areas, including bars, restaurants, buildings used by the general public, and common areas of hotels, motels and sports arenas.

Among exemptions are private residences, except when 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. The board also included a caveat for tobacco shops such as Tobacco Row.

A person or business owner violating the rule faces a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $750 or jail time. The rule takes affect 60 days from Tuesday – the end of May 2009.

Cheyenne - thanks to the city council's leadership, the residents, workers, and visitors of Wyoming's capital city will be enjoying 100% smokefree air in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, starting August 15, 2006.
(Cheyenne is going 100% smokefree!) In late 2005, Laramie passed a smoking ban which covers all enclosed areas of public places and places of employment, including restaurants and bars.

Wyoming: On February 14, 2009, the Wyoming House of Representatives defeated a statewide ban on smoking by preventing the bill from being introduced. Two-thirds of Wyoming voters support a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, according to a new statewide poll.

Reference: Health board bans smokes by Traci Angel, Jackson Hole, Wyo., jhnews&guide.com, 3/25/2009.

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