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Casino, Gaming Parlors May Lose Smoking Ban Exemption Status in Ohio County

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Many Ohio County business owners and hundreds of local smokers were upset when a smoking ban when into affect years ago, but that could just be the tip of the iceberg for what's being proposed now.

As of now, the Clean Indoor Air Regulation rule exempts Wheeling Island Hotel Casino, video gambling parlors, and gaming parlors inside of bars. But, as smoking bans are being examined in Hancock County and Pennsylvania, Dr. William Mercer with the board of health believes the exemption should be lifted and smoking should be banned indoors. He said, "Our philosophy, or my philosophy, is we make sure your water is safe and your food is safe, we want to make sure the air that you breath is safe. So it's really not an owner's final decision, if they've got employees working there that are pregnant, they really shouldn't be exposed to second hand smoke."

The absolute smoking ban was instituted earlier, but was halted in 2011 after receiving some negative comments from the public. Mercer said he knows the same opposition will be there this time, but thinks the time is right for the ban to take effect.

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