Lexington's Smoking Ban To Change

It's been in place for years, but a ruling by a judge forces a change to Lexington's smoking ban.

The judge ruled on Thursday that smoking can be allowed in bingo halls when athletic booster organizations are operating fund raising events.

The smoking ban was passed in 2003 by the Urban County Government. It banned smoking in all public buildings, but facilities operated by private organizations were exempt.

Six major boosters in Lexington have been arguing for years that smoking should be allowed at their fund raising events because they are privately operated.

Several of these organizations have been fined by the health department for violating the ban. Thursday's ruling means, they are now in the clear.

Dr. Melinda Rowe, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department commissioner of health, released this statement.

"We will consult with our legal advisers on how to proceed with the enforcement of Lexington's smoking ordinance in light of the judge's decision."


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  • by butch Location: lexington on Mar 9, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    Smoking is a disgusting habit and nobody has the right in public areas to blow their cancer-causing smoke into confined indoor spaces that other people, who are smart enough to understand the health concerns, have no choice but to breathe. This is not discrimination, it's a public service with regard to public health. You can't walk around spitting on counters, or coughing on people's silverware. If I want to smoke I'll smoke. Nobody else should be able to force me to smoke just so they can. No store will lose money because of a smoking ban. Statistics here in town have proven that. Ask ANY smoker that posts here, or that lives in this town, to show you their ash tray in their car. Guess what? It's empty and clean, because they have NEVER used it. Have you ever seen someone emptying their ash tray? NO, because they throw the butts out the window at a stop light. Smokers don't care about their health, or ours, and they sure don't care about the environment. The rest of us do.
  • by Anonymous Location: EKY on Jan 22, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    Cigarettes should just be taken off the market. Medications that are found to be harmful are. Duh.
  • by steve Location: lancaster on Jan 22, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    Does it matter, most bars don't follow this ban anyway, one of the biggerst violators in spearmint rhino, they have ashtrays on the tables and smoking is done openly
  • by skyhawk Location: Lexington on Jan 22, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    Wow Location: Richmond, what else should everybody give up to make your little world perfect? I have no problem with a ban in publicly owned places but who the hell are you or any local Government to tell someone who owns their business what to do. If you don't want to visit a place that allows smoking, you have every right not to, but you do not have the right to put these people out of business. Supply and demand should determine if a private business stays open or not, not the government. I can't tell you how many time I have had my dinner ruined by someones over use of perfume or cologne but I don't have a right to tell them not to wear it.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jan 19, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    @anthony miracle Location: williamsburg KY You want a nice place to sit and smoke? That sounds like you want a park to dump toxic waste. Smokers are nasty. Cigarettes stink and are a big litter problem as the butts never go away. SO what better place to stick the smokers than beside the dumpsters? After all smokers think its their right to make others put up with their crap. WHy not make them stand by others crap and see what it feels like.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jan 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM
    @Wanda Location: McKee You rights end where others people rights begin. You cant make me breathe cancer just cause your too dumb to have started smoking when you where a kid. DO you think drunks should be allowed to drink in public as well? Lets let our kids watch as the guy downs 8 double shots and walks to his car. Your discrimination arguement is foolish. Try marijuana or crack those are drugs that actual have real discrimination values. You think people should be allowed to smoke crack in mcdonalds? The damage smoking causes children is done by the time they reach 6yrs. All thanks to idiot parents that think only of themselves. Just cause you cant do basic math of tar nicotine arsenic (which is in cigarettes)= slow death. Doesnt give you the right to take life away from otehrs. I think people that smoke in their cars or within 20ft of their kids need to be treated like a drunk in public. Thatd keep my tax dollard from buying iron lungs for the declining percent of smoker
  • by Judy Location: Maysville on Jan 19, 2008 at 06:25 AM
    I am a smoker of 13 years, and I am for this. The non smokers are complaining about smoking, but I want to complain about alcohol. Bars is to me the most dangerous area to have a peaceful night. What is wrong with someone lighting a cigarette compared to someone drinking alcohol and killing a child afterwards. Seems that non-smokers have no life so they have to find something to complain about. This Judge needs to be congratulated for stopping the non-smokers acting like babies and trying to get everything they want. The air is polluted with so much stuff that could harm your body and possibly kill, oh but they dont care about that; they worry to much about just cigarettes. Non-smokers if you are worried about living longer, then dont just look at smokers look at that beer you just picked up and drank before you complained as well.
  • by Phil Location: Lexington on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    I would suggest toughening the law so that the present loopholes are filled. All workplaces should be made smoke free. Laws without exemptions are less confusing, and don't end up needing interpretation by judges.
  • by Christine Location: Lex on Jan 18, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    I'll tell you this. If they ruin the smoking ban and that filth invades the local restaurants again, I will never, EVER, eat in a Fayette County restaurant again. If I have to drive 50 miles somewhere to breathe, by God, I will. Nasty!
  • by anthony miracle Location: williamsburg KY on Jan 18, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    people who smoke are look down on. it is there choice to smoke so let them do it.most smoking areas given to smokers are dumps. we should have a nice desinated area to smoke at. Thank you
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