Voters in Sitka, Alaska opted to keep the city subject to the state’s recently enacted smoking ban as opposed to opting out and allowing bars, private clubs and private businesses to petite smoking.
While the totals have yet to be certified, KTUU.com reports that the proposal failed by approximately 300 votes, with 56 percent voting against it. The city had an existing exemption for private clubs to allow smoking so long as no one under 19-years-old was allowed inside, but that will go away once the vote results have been certified.
This is the second piece of anti-smoking legislation to hit the city this year, as in May the city approved an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco, raising it from 18 to 21-years-old.
Sitka is home to just under 9,000 residents.