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CHEYENNE — As expected, liquor dealers and local private clubs have decided to undertake a petition drive to refer the city's just-approved smoking ban in most public places to voters.

"We're not organized as of right now," said Dan Hatanelas, general manager of a local liquor store and spokesman for the group leading the petition drive.

Organizers need to collect 2,676 signatures from registered voters in the city.

The law, which was approved by the Cheyenne City Council on Monday, is set to go into effect Aug. 15. If it is referred to a vote, the law will be suspended until the vote is held in November.

The ban prohibits smoking in almost all public places, including bars and private clubs.

City Councilman Don Pierson, the primary sponsor of the ban, said he welcomes the referendum.

"I look forward to the vote of the people, who I feel very strongly will support the ordinance," he said.

If they don't, Pierson said he can live with that.

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