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Greeley bans free tobacco; rodeo sponsor in question

GREELEY ” The Greeley Stampede could lose a major sponsor after the City Council voted to bar the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco company from giving away free samples at the annual rodeo.

The company provided the Stampede with a rodeo scoreboard. Stampede officials say it will cost at least $200,000 to find another scoreboard in U.S. Smokeless pulls out.

It’s not clear yet how U.S. Smokeless will respond to the vote.

The council voted 4-to-3 Tuesday night to ban tobacco handouts for health reasons. Denver and Boulder have similar bans.

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