South Dakota smoking ban supporters launch campaign efforts

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September 15, 2010

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota: Nationwide ballot measure campaigns are beginning to heat up. In South Dakota supporters of a statewide smoking ban launched a campaign in support of South Dakota Smoking Ban Referendum, Referred Law 12. The measure is scheduled to appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot.

Voters will decide whether the extended smoking ban should apply statewide. The extended smoking ban would ban smoking in bars, Deadwood casinos and video lottery establishments. This is an extension of the 2002 ban on smoking in workplaces and most public areas. A "yes" vote would approve the statewide smoking ban expansion, while a "no" vote will reject the expansion.

In preparation for the November vote, supporters launched the Yes on 12 campaign this past week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. According to Jennifer Stalley, treasurer of the group, said that the group planned to go door to door, put up yard signs, hand out fliers and buy ads. "We'll spend more than a half-million dollars. We fully expect to be outspent," said Stalley.[1]

In contrast, opponents said they plan to take focus on talking to others about the smoking ban's effects on customers.[2] Citizens for Individual Freedom spokesperson Don Rose said, opponents said that Referred Law 12 infringes on the personal rights of property owners to run a business as they see fit.[3]

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