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Smoking ban closer to reality for Mountaineer Casino

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Mountaineer Race Track and Casino and other public places in Hancock County, West Virginia are one step closer to becoming strictly non-smoking areas.  The Hancock County Board of Health on Tuesday approved draft regulations that could make workplaces in the county, including Mountaineer, 100% smoke-free.

The regulations specify that smoking shall be prohibited in all enclosed public places within Hancock County, including, but not limited to the following places:

1. All means of public transit including taxis and buses, and all areas, including ticket, boarding and waiting areas.

2. Public areas of aquariums, galleries, libraries and museums.

3. Child care and adult day care facilities.

4. Retail stores and tobacco businesses.

5. All restaurants, bars, gaming facilities and private clubs.

6. Every room, chamber, place of meeting or public assembly, including school buildings , under the control of any board, council, commission, committee, including joint committees or any political subdivision of the State.

7. All patient rooms, waiting rooms and other public areas in health facilities, including, but not limited to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, physical therapy facilities, doctors’ offices and dentists’ offices.

8. Enclosed shopping malls including indoor flea markets.

9. All Hotel and motels.

10. Lobbies, hallways, and other common areas in multi unit apartment buildings, condominiums, trailer parks, retirement facilities, nursing, homes, and other multiple-unit residential facilities.

11. Any facility which is primarily used for exhibiting any motion picture, stage, drama, lecture, musical recital or other similar performance.

12. Sports arenas and convention halls, including bowling facilities.

13. Polling places.

14. Auction houses.

15. All fire department facilities

16. All emergency medical services facilities

17. Bingo operations

In addition, smoking shall be prohibited in the following outdoor public places within Hancock County:

1. Outdoor service lines, ticketing areas and boarding areas.

2. Concourse areas of stadiums and outdoor seating of recreational venues.

3. Outdoor serving areas of restaurants.

4. All outdoor property of healthcare facilities, including parking lots and sidewalks.

5. Public parks, including pavilions.

6. Playgrounds, etc.

7. Fairs and Festivals.

Public comment on the draft rules will be accepted through August. The Health Board will also hold a public hearing on the policy at 6:00 p.m. on July 23.

The effort to ban indoor smoking gained momentum when the American Lung Association gave Hancock County a grade of "F" for having some of the worst indoor air regulations in the state of West Virginia.

A copy of the complete draft regulations can be downloaded by clicking on this link.

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