Indoor smoking will be banned in Casper in September. City officials announced this morning that a petition drive designed to bring the issue before voters failed to generate enough valid signatures. Opponents of the smoking ban had hoped to get enough signatures of registered voters to hold a referendum on the issue in the November election. That petition drive fell short by several hundred valid signatures.

Earlier this year, the Casper City Council adopted the ban, which will bar indoor smoking in public places like bars, restaurants and private clubs. The council held off enacting the ban until September 1st, to allow for the petition drive.