Blackfeet Tribal Casino Goes Smoke Free

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – Blackfeet tribal officials want to make sure the tribe’s indoor smoking ban is enforced at a tribally owned casino.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted 5-4 Monday to ban smoking in the Glacier Peaks Casino.

The Blackfeet Tobacco Free Act was passed in 2005, banning smoking in enclosed public places. Casinos were exempted until September 2007.

However, a local tobacco initiative group told the council that the ban wasn’t being enforced at the casino. Sharp wrote to casino managers, reminding them of the regulations.

Casino representatives met with the tribe Monday and proposed that a third of the casino be smoke free instead, but that proposal was voted down.

Sharp says the health hazards of secondhand smoke are at the root of the council’s decision.

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