Eagle County looks into going smoke free | VailDaily.com

Eagle County looks into going smoke free

Tamara Miller

EAGLE COUNTY ” Randy Dietz says its time Eagle County banned smoking from his favorite bar.

Chances are, the Edwards resident will get the chance to tell county officials exactly how he feels this November.

The Board of County Commissioners plan to ask voters in November if the county should ban smoking in bars and restaurants. The county only has the authority to ban smokers from lighting up in businesses in unincorporated Eagle County. But Commissioner Arn Menconi hopes a countywide ban would prompt the towns to follow suit.

That’s fine by Dietz.

“I think everybody else is doing it,” Dietz said, who was having a drink at Bob’s Place in Avon. “I get sick when I’m around it.”

Summit County voters approved a similar ban in 2003 by a 2-to-1 ratio. The Summit County Board of Commissioners then passed a law forbidding smoking in bars and restaurants.

Soon after, the town councils in Summit County passed their own laws, making the ban countywide.

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