Culture, politics and tobacco business in the Treasure Valley | Local news

Idaho has many battlegrounds where people argue over government regulations and how much control the state should give to local municipalities. But one of the surprising battlegrounds is tobacco smoking, including whether people should be able to smoke in public places like bars.

Multiple cities in the Treasure Valley have tried, but failed, to ban smoking in various areas. Eagle failed to ban smoking in bars in 2009, Meridian and Garden City in 2010, and Nampa failed to pass a smoking ban in 2019. But Boise did, leaving some worried their city isn’t far behind.

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