Lawsuit challenges Iowa smoking ban

As you may know by now, bar owners are suing to try to get the new statewide ban on smoking in most public places tossed out.  The Iowa Bar Owners Coalition and COBRA (Clinton Organized Bar and Restaurant Association) met with a number of lawyers — including former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack – but hired former state Representative George Eichhorn, a Republican from Stratford who ran for the US Senate in June, losing to Christopher Reed.

Here are links to a few stories about legal challenges of smoking bans in other states/municipalities:




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  1. As the ban “frenzy” continues, many states are waking up to fact that a well funded “war on smokers” has existed since Chantix was introduced to the general public. It won’t quit until total prohibition is enacted, vastly increasing sales (except to pilots, air traffing controllers, truckers, and other people involved in public safety positions).

  2. Hi guys:
    Any small town Iowa city hall reporter knows that when council members get to the routine liquor license renewals they get the rubber stamp of all rubber stamps. All “aye” and on to the next item.This senator tells Iowa Independent that he was ready to bring up the veterans issue during debate on the smoke-free legislation last week but was told by leadership that the matter would be handled in conference.A veterans administrator literally begged one legislator on the matter, saying that for many residents,veterans of our nation’s wars, smoking cigarettes represents one of the remaining “pleasures” they have in a challenging life.
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  3. Ed Harley says

    I find it odd that the Outer Limits bar in Des Moines is now a “Tobacco Outlet” and allows smoking. Infact, when I went to the bar I got two free cigarettes with my drink. I looked it up and it said that if 80% of the business is sales of tobacco products, then you can smoke. I saw more $4.25 drinks on the tables than I did packs of cigarettes. But, I guess I wasn’t there for the smoking, either. Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge.