Louisville Smoking Ban Back In Place

The ban is back in Louisville, as the mayor there signed a new smoking measure into law.

The Louisville Metro Council passed a new smoking ban Thursday night.

The only exception now is for manufacturers that perform research and development on tobacco products.

Last November, a judge overturned the old ban that had exempted Churchill Downs, saying it was unconstitutional.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's mayor has signed into effect
a reworked smoking ban for all the city's public buildings.

Mayor Jerry Abramson signed the new ban Friday morning. It
removes an exemption for Churchill Downs, a sticking point that
forced a judge the throw out the old ban last month.

A group of business owners had sued to overturn the ban - they
claimed the Churchill Downs exemption provided an unfair advantage
to the race track.

The Courier-Journal reports that the new ban has only one
exemption. It's for manufacturers that perform research and
development on tobacco products.

---Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Charles Location: Louisville on Jan 12, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    I hope some bars here in town (where the precious "children" aren't allowed to be anyways) will stand up to the communist regime which restricts our rights and allows smoking anyways. I'd be glad to pay 5 bucks a night to get in, in exchange for being able to have a cigarette with my drink. I mean, people at bars are killing themselves with the alcohol, and then killing others by driving home, how is that worse than smoking???
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jan 11, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    I hope some places in Louisville treat this like Austin City Saloon in Lexington, and start charging a 5 dollar cover nightly to pay fines and just let people continue to smoke. The smoking ban was a big benefit to Austin City because they had the guts to stand up to the city and tell them that they were going to smoke anyways, fine or not. And the patrons enjoy it and are glad to pay the cover so that they can enjoy themselves.


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