The High court backed a circuit judge’s decision banning smoking during organized raffles. Bruce Adkins the director of the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention calls it a win for Harrison County and a win for the state.
“It should encourage other boards of health to go forth with stronger regulations about public smoking,” he told MetroNews Tuesday.
Currently 20 counties have comprehensive smoking bans. That means no smoking in public places. But up until recently, that did not include private organizations holding raffles and bingo.
For now, bingo is still exempt. But Adkins says this might open the door in the future to tighten up smoking bans in other counties.
“This is another ruling by the court in favor of local boards of health having the authority to regulate public health.”
Adkins says every time a court decision is handed down, whether it be circuit or supreme, in favor of comprehensive smoking bans, it strengthens not just the county involved, but all counties.
“There have been multiple court decisions. Almost all of them ultimately in favor of boards of health,” Adkins said.