Mayor: Sheridan Not Ready to Ban Smoke

(photo by Ron Richter)
(photo by Ron Richter)

Last week, the Casper City Council voted to amend, rather than repeal, an ordinance that banned smoking in all public places. After a blanket ban on cigarettes caused an outcry from local business owners, the law was ultimately amended to allow smoking in bars and some areas of other private businesses. While the push to go completely smoke free didn't work for Casper this time, most states have already enacted statewide smoking bans.

Wyoming is one of only 10 states without a public smoking ban, which means it's up to individual cities to decide whether they want to ban cigarettes. Sheridan Mayor, Dave Kinskey, said Sheridan isn't ready to make that leap.

Though it's been a decade since Sheridan considered a public smoking ban, Kinskey said he still doesn't feel like it would go over well in the community.

Kinskey recognized that while an outright ban on smoking everywhere would probably resemble an environment out-of-state visitors are already used to, and maybe even boost business during the tourist season. However, he would rather businesses make their own decisions on the subject.

There are four cities in Wyoming that ban all public smoking, including restaurants and bars: Laramie, Cheyenne, Evanston and Burlington. Rock Springs and Green River ban smoking everywhere but restaurants and bars.

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