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Mountaineer Race Track and Casino forced to go smoke free

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HANCOCK CO., W Va. -

Mountaineer Race Track and Casino and other public places in Hancock County, West Virginia will become strictly non-smoking areas next year.

The Hancock County Board of Health on Tuesday approved regulations that will make workplaces in the county, including Mountaineer, 100% smoke-free by July 1, 2015.

Some employees of Mountaineer lobbied against the ban, saying it would hurt business and could threaten jobs. Gamblers who smoke won't be able to find refuge when Hollywood Gaming at the Mahoning Valley Race Course opens in Austintown next month. That gaming venue will also be smoke free.

The effort to ban indoor smoking in Hancock County 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. 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.

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

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