Woodford County Considering Smoking Ban

VERSAILLES, KY -- Woodford County officials are considering a smoking ban in a county that was once among the top five producers of burley tobacco in the state, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Smokers in Woodford would have fewer places to light up if a proposed ban passes later this year.

The regulation would prohibit smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment, including restaurants and bars. The Woodford County Board of Health plans to seek the regulation, reports the Herald-Leader.

"It's just the right thing to do, and the board is behind it," said Garland VanZant, director of the Woodford County Health Department.

The 12-member board has not adopted anything, and won't until it has sought public comment about a draft regulation, VanZant said.

"We wanted to put something out for people to look at," VanZant said. "Nothing is set in stone at this time."

The board will present a draft regulation for public comment from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center in Versailles, reports the Herald-Leader.

The proposed ban would prohibit smoking in "all enclosed facilities within places of employment," including but not limited to auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, private offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, stairs and restrooms, writes the newspaper.

Private homes would not be regulated, except when used as a licensed child or adult day care. Hotels and motels would be allowed to designate 20 percent of their rooms for smoking. The regulation doesn't specifically address bed and breakfasts or "tourist homes" such as the Woodford County castle on U.S. 60. The castle is expected to open for out-of-town guests and fund-raisers later this year.

But the proposal does prohibit smoking in all outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters. It does not address outdoor decks and patios of restaurants and bars, reports the Herald-Leader.

However, the proposed ban would prohibit outdoor smoking within 25 feet of outside entrances or open windows.

The proposed regulation is virtually a carbon copy of one adopted last year by the Madison County Board of Health. When that one went into effect in June, Madison County become the 13th community in the state to impose tougher restrictions on smoking since Lexington began enforcing its ban in 2003, writes the newspaper.

Copyright: The Lexington Herald-Leader


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  • by harleyrider1978 Location: tenn on Dec 19, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    THE AIR, ACCORDING TO OSHA Though repetition has little to do with "the truth," we're repeatedly told that there's "no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke." OSHA begs to differ. OSHA has established PELs (Permissible Exposure Levels) for all the measurable chemicals, including the 40 alleged carcinogens, in secondhand smoke. PELs are levels of exposure for an 8-hour workday from which, according to OSHA, no harm will result. Of course the idea of "thousands of chemicals" can itself sound spooky. Perhaps it would help to note that coffee contains over 1000 chemicals, 19 of which are known to be rat carcinogens. -"Rodent Carcinogens: Setting Priorities" Gold Et Al., Science, 258: 261-65 (1992) There. Feel better? As for secondhand smoke in the air, OSHA has stated outright that: "Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels
  • by Phil Location: Louisville on Jan 12, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    Kudos to Woodford County if they go through with the ban. It's nice to see more and more local governments doing the right thing for public health. Maybe one of these years the state legislature will decide to get in step with the rest of the land and pass a state wide ban. It's about time that looking out for public health came ahead of not offending tobacco interests.
  • by Sheri Location: Ohio on Jan 12, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    So, Woodford Co. Ky joins the list who have been bought by SmokeFree. KY now joins those communities who have denied private businesses the right to set the rules for their business. Look north to your Ohio neighbors with the mess that is the ban there. 20,000 violations, $350 per every $100 fine collected, 8 counties opted out of enforcement due to lack of funds, a snitch line turning neighbors against each other, and a continuing dependence on tobacco taxes to bail out social programs. Before you leap on this ban wagon, look past what SmokeFree tells you and rely on what really happens where smoking is banned.
  • by A Smoker"s View Location: Ky on Jan 12, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    I agree that second hand smoke damages the health of others...But what about "loud" after-shave and perfume?What about drinking in bars ect. that cause others to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and endanger the lives of all those they meet on the highways? I smoke and I always try to do it away from others. But the ones that wear "loud" after-shave and perfume triggers my migraine headaches as I am sure this happens to others also. Tobacco was once one of the main cash crops of Ky. Now everyone that don't smoke wants to outlaw it. I say equal rights. Provide a place for all of us to smoke away from the non-smokers. It is not right for us to have to go outside in all types of weather to smoke. The non-smokers are no better than we are.If the government is going to control this why not control every move we make? I thought this was a free country!


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