Councilman Proposes More Strict Smoking Ban

It may soon be more difficult to find a place to smoke legally in Lexington.

Council member Dr. David Stevens introduced a proposed smoking ban on Tuesday that makes the old ban seem downright lax.

The new, tougher smoking ban proposed by Councilman Stevens pretty much prohibits having a lighted cigarette in any building or workplace in town.

The Council heard less than 10 minutes of discussion of the proposed ordinance before agreeing to address it next in a September meeting of the Services Committee. But it's obvious that Councilman Stevens feels very strongly about the need to toughen the current smoking ban.

"I think that passive smoke is a health hazard and we need to eliminate it and not subject people against their will to such an environmental influence," Stevens said.

The new ordinance even redefines the word "building."

"That's stengthening is what it was. We would like to stop smoking in bingo parlors if we can. I'm not against bingo and I'm not against booster clubs, but I think forcing people to work in such a situation is not right," Stevens said.

Anyone who violates the proposed smoking ordinance would be subject to a $100 fine for the first offense, $250 for the second offense and $500 for each subsequent violation.

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