Some say it's unconstitutional, others call it a necessary law, now the decision to overturn Evansville's city-wide smoking ban is up to the State Supreme Court. Thursday, both the City and private clubs and bars argued their case in Indianapolis. The ban prohibits smoking in all private and public institutions except riverboat casinos, which the other bars call unfair. Many businesses tell us this last year and a half has been difficult due to the ban. As the smoke rises...so does the tensions. We sat down with veterans at Evansville's VFW Post 2953 as they watched the hearing from Indianapolis. "It doesn't matter what the people want, that doesn't matter," says Army Vet Bob Bidwell. He disagrees with the ban, one he says has brought his beloved post to the point of closure. "A lot of your small bars, there are people and us included that have lost so much revenue that we almost closed our doors, it got that bad" Bidwell tells us. "People that used to come to the bar and stuff because they could sit and smoke at the bar and have a drink and stuff they don't come here anymore," adds Navy Veteran Simon Leon. Vets say they were introduced to squares by the very government that puts so many restrictions on them as Bidwell explains, "We were provided cigarettes by the Army, every meal you got in your C-ration pack had cigarettes in it." The city argues Tropicana Evansville's financial contribution is too large to ignore and eliminating smoking would cost millions. "If you don't want to be around smoke you don't have too" Leon says. The servicemen here want the ban to exclude all organizations so everyone can profit. Until a decision, the butts stop here. If the ban is overturned, the city would likely go back to the ordinance of 2006 allowing smoking in all private establishments.
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