The U.S. Officials decided to not review the extension of a smoking ban in theaters.
“We are of course very disappointed, but not wondered,” declared petitioner Chip Walton, and founder of Denver’s Curious Theater.
Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court decided to introduce a new state’s smoking ban spread to actors too. The new bill cut the people’s freedom of expression. So, theater companies had reported that smoking a cigarette can set a mood, develop character or even set up a time period.
“There are very evident misunderstandings about the main role of smoking in smokers’ freedom of expression. Smoking has become such a hot-button problem that I suppose people have been blinded to the veritable convincing debate that we feel we have,” explained Walton.
The Colorado governance pointed out that of almost 24 states banned smoking in indoor places, 12 have exemptions, or exemptions on a case-by-case basis, for theatrical performances. But Walton is very surprised why an execution that is accepted in other states, like New York, can be considered bad and even criminal behavior in another.
“My expectation is that our all efforts may possibly one day be seen as the expanding evasion on an issue that earns a lot of attention into the future, because evidently the Supreme Court isn’t disposed to hear it at this point in time,” added Walton.
Lawyer General John Suthers, who supported the new law in state courts, agreed with the high court’s resolution.
“The Colorado Supreme Court’s December decision, supporting the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act in the situation of theaters, was very well discussed in supporting the new law. Even though the Curious Theater case would have been charming to argue at the U.S. Supreme Court, I am gratified that the justices have declined to hear this case,” Suthers argued.
The new fight, thought to have the possibility to affect bans in other states, drew both national attention and support from theatrical and civil-rights groups such as the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the Dramatists Guild of America and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Walton said he hoped that despite the rejection by the federal court, his case could be an opening salvo for theaters elsewhere facing similar legislation.
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