No Delay For Smoking Ban

Colorado will become a smoke-free state on July 1st. A Denver federal judge today rejected a request for a temporary restraining order against a statewide smoking ban.

Attorneys for bar owners and others had asked U-S District Judge Lewis Babcock to issue the order to prevent the ban from going into effect on the 1st.

Opponents claim the ban will irreparably hurt their businesses, and violate their constitutional rights.

Babcock's ruling does not affect the lawsuit, which can proceed.

The law which state lawmakers passed in March prohibits smoking in most public places -- but exempts casinos, cigar bars, the smoking lounge at Denver International Airport, and private workplaces which have three or fewer employees.

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