Casper, Wyo. Won’t Loosen Smoking Ban

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Tuesday night was a bad night for smokers and bar owners in Casper, Wyo. hoping to get the city’s smoking ban loosened up, as the city council declined to take up the matter.

In Nov. 2015, voters approved a ban after a back-and-forth battle over the proposal that ended up going all the way to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Since then, a group of bar owners have said that the ban had reduced their revenue, while other members of the community argued that the ban did nothing to affect behavior and was minimally effective.

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Yet none of those were enough to sway the majority of the council, which voted 5-4 against moving forward with an amendment to the ban.

Casper is the state’s second largest city with a population of nearly 55,000 residents.

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