Cigarettes still banned on stage in Colorado
DENVER – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review what has been called the first state court decision upholding the extension of a smoking ban to theatrical performances.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-1 in December that the state’s ban on smoking extended to actors onstage. It ruled that public health trumps freedom of expression.
Theater companies had argued that smoke that lingers on stage is crucial to set a mood, develop character or establish a time period.
The Colorado ruling said that of 24 states with indoor smoking bans, 12 have exemptions or exemptions on a case-by-case basis for theatrical performances.