Supreme Court: Casino smoking shelters violate Montana Clean Indoor Air Act

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HELENA, Montana — The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that allowed Great Falls casino owners to circumvent the Clean Indoor Air Act by building a separate shack with permanent vents for its smoking customers.

Tuesday's ruling came in the Cascade City-County Board of Health's appeal of District Judge Greg Pinski's decision. In November 2013, Pinski found the wording of several laws coupled with the health board's acknowledgement that the shelters were "partially open to the outside air," negated the board's argument that the shelters were "places of work" where smoking is disallowed under the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act.

The Supreme Court found that the board was wrong to say the shelters were partially open and also found that they were places of work, thus subjecting them to the no-smoking law.

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