- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) - Smoking is no longer allowed in public places in Hancock County, despite the objections of some who worried a ban would set back the area’s casino industry.

WTRF-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1onysxk ) that the county’s board of health voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the ban. Several spoke out against the ban, saying it would hurt the Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino’s business. Others also said the ban would harm gas stations, cafes and other businesses that depend on casino customers.

Joseph Billhimer, president of MTR gaming, opposed the ban. But he had said he would be willing to work with officials to make some parts of the casino and hotel smoke-free, but still allow smoking in other areas.

Hancock is now the 27th county in West Virginia to implement a smoking ban.

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Information from: WTRF-TV, https://www.wtrf.com


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