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Sitka, Alaska Voters Say No to Smoking Ban Opt-Out

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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.

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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.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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