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Court issues El Gaucho VIP cigar lounge a permanent ban on smoking

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Dec. 2, 2010 at 11:03 am |
December 2, 2010 11:03 am

There will be no smoking of cigars by VIPs, or anyone else, at Tacoma’s El Gaucho.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department this morning released a press statement saying that El Gaucho Tacoma has agreed to a permanent injunction that bans smoking in its facility.
 
“We see this as an important step for the health of Washington State residents, most of whom don’t smoke, and who overwhelmingly voted to approve Washington’s Smoking in Public Places Act,” stated Anthony Chen, department director. 
 
Earlier this year the department sued to close the smoking lounge, which had recently opened after renovations that owner Paul Mackay said he believed satisfied restrictions in the state’s 2005 non-smoking law.

“When the owners failed to comply with several requests, and a letter of compliance from the Health Department, they were served with an injunction to stop allowing smoking in the lounge. On April 23, 2010 a Pierce County Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction against El Gaucho Tacoma and the VIP Lounge,” the department said.
 
Calls to Mackay this morning have yet to be answered. 

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