Stakes Rise In Kanawha County Smoking Battle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nitro, W.Va. (AP) -- The stakes in a battle between Tri-State Racing and Gaming Center and Kanawha County health officials over smoking are getting higher.

Nitro City Council plans to vote Aug. 18 on whether to allow a smoking section at the racetrack.

If adopted, the ordinance would conflict with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's ban on smoking in public places.

Kanawha County health director Anita Ray says in a letter to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration that a municipality can't trump the health department's regulations.

The ABCA can yank an establishment's liquor license if it violates county health rules. Ray says the health department will notify the ABCA if there's smoking at the track.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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