Pueblo Smoking Ban Vote

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Pueblo voters will decide this week whether to keep an ordinance that bans smoking in all indoor businesses, including bars.

Tuesday's special city election will also decide whether the councilmen who voted to enact the ordinance will get to stay in office. Bill Sova, Ted Lopez, Mike Occhiato and Bob Schilling are facing a recall after all four voted in favor of the ban.

The smoking ban, which was passed in December, went into effect Jan. 1 of this year, but was suspended after citizens gathered signatures to repeal it.

Council members say the ban is needed to protect patrons of bars and restaurants and also those who work there. People with a group of businesses that led the petition effort says whether smoking is allowed, should be the decision of business owners.