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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Iowa legislature narowly approves smoking ban

Bad news for smokers/owners in Iowa, and equally bad news for smokers in IL who live near Iowa.

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The title speaks for itself, and Iowa's state smoking ban goes into effect July 1 of this year.

No exemptions for the Iowa casinos, so you can't smoke and waste your money in Iowa casinos anymore (no offense towards gamblers who smoke...but Indiana, Missouri, and WI still have smokey casinos).

>>>“It’s one of the most significant, if not the most significant, public health measures ever passed in the history of Iowa,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, said.

This Iowa smoking ban IS significant in the economy's history of the state. As long as Iowa still has obese people living, this ban is not gonna improve the Iowa public health watsoeva!

Betta savior these last few months if you work in an Iowa casino. Because afta July 1, it won't take long for you to be unemployed. :(

1 comment:

dumpstermcnuggets said...

Actually, if you saw my post on smoking ladies(boardhost), there IS a casino exemption in the Iowa smoking ban that passed both the Iowa House and Senate. The ban that passed, however, still(unfortunately) bans smoking in both restaurants and bars.

No clue why Iowa lawmakers didn't keep the ban as the later version that passed the Iowa House, but if you ask me, they were EXTREMELY STUPID to pass a ban that doesn't treat other adult-only businesses the same way. Of course too, I'm not saying I favor a ban that bans smoking in restaurants(I obviously DON'T favor such a law), but it would've been better than the one that passed that only exempts casino floors.

Just correcting your post, since I saw that error in how you described Iowa's ban. My biggest worry about Iowa's ban passing, is that it'll make it easier for Wisconsin antis to push a state ban there next year. :( Hopefully, the Tavern League of Wisconsin can somehow again foil whatever ban proposal(s) come up in 2009.