Laramie Council Approves Smoking Ban

Laramie, WY – The Laramie City Council approved a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs Tuesday night. The ban does not go into effect immediately and, in fact, a group opposed to the ordinance promised to put it to a vote of Laramie residents. Councilwoman Jodi Guerin, who supports the ban, says a referendum is the right of the people. If enough signatures are gathered on the petition to repeal the smoking ban, the issue will appear on the November ballot. In 2000, voters in Casper defeated a similar measure after Casper's city council approved a smoking ban.