- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Casper voters have reinstated the city’s comprehensive smoking ban, settling a debate that had been smoldering for three years.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/7Unpz5 ) that nearly 54 percent of voters favored extending the city’s smoking ban to bars, according to unofficial but complete election results Tuesday. More than 6,000 people cast ballots in the special election.

The smoking debate began in 2012, when the Casper City Council passed the first smoking ban ordinance. But in early 2013, a number of new members reignited the debate by passing an amendment that exempted bars from the ban.

The nonsmoking loyalists responded by circulating a petition to bring the issue to a public vote.

Tuesday’s special election cost the city $30,000.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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