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Montana casinos ready for new smoking law

8 September 2009

GREAT FALLS, Montana -- As reported by the Great Falls Tribune: "When the owners of the Prospector Casino went to the city's Design Review board in April to present plans to freshen up the exterior of the 616 10th Ave. S. business, Dick Barnes mentioned he also was looking at putting up an outside shelter for his customers who smoke.

"On Oct. 1, his business, along with other bars, casinos and taverns in Montana that have been allowed to let customers enjoy cigarettes, will have to ask them to step outside.

"Montana's Clean Indoor Air Act, which went into effect in October 2005, bans tobacco smoke from enclosed public places, including restaurants, stores, public and private offices, public transportation, schools, health care facilities, colleges, etc.

"Bars and casinos could allow customers to smoke indoors, as long as they didn't allow anyone under 18 in the area.

"That ends Oct. 1..."

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