Tavern owner won't appeal smoking ban decision

A West Burlington tavern owner says he won't appeal an Iowa District Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the state's Smokefree Air Act, which bans smoking in most public places.

Darwin Bunger, an attorney for tavern owner Larry Duncan, said Friday that Duncan still believes the smoking ban is unconstitutional, but there was no guarantee that he would have won an appeal.

Losing an appeal would have resulted in a two-year liquor license revocation.

Bunger said that in a settlement with the state, Duncan will accept a 60-day license suspension and will agree to comply with the smoking ban in the future.

The suspension will be cut to 50 days because Duncan's tavern, which is known as Otis Campbell's Bar and Grill, was already shut down for 10 days last year.