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Manitoba Tribal Casinos Included in Smoking Ban

14 September 2006

MANITOBA – As reported by CBC News: "First Nations bars, restaurants and casinos will no longer be exempt from Manitoba's smoking ban, provincial minister Dave Chomiak announced Wednesday.

"Chomiak, the minister responsible for gaming, said the province will move to extend its smoking ban to include First Nations communities and make it a condition in negotiations when licensing future gaming and liquor establishments.

"'It's a very complicated issue and we are committed to respecting the rights of First Nations and to protect Manitobans from the dangers of second-hand smoke,' Chomiak said.

"Beginning immediately, all new and future First Nations video lottery terminal and liquor establishments will need to comply with the smoking ban.

"All existing First Nations bars and VLT sites will have one year to comply with the smoking ban…"

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