Northern Ky. Counties Discuss Smoking Ban

COVINGTON, KY -- The attempt by Northern Kentucky county governments to regulate smoking in public places is one of the most politically divisive and far-reaching policy issues that local governments have tackled in years, reports the Cincinnati Equirer in its Sunday edition on-line at NKY.COM.

County and city officials, business owners and public health advocates are preparing to do battle over the proposed ordinances that would ban smoking - to at least some degree - in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and workplaces, reports the Enquirer's Website.

"The discussion has to start with, 'Is this the right thing to do?' " said Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin, who said he favors only a partial ban that would allow smoking in bars and some restaurants.

"Everybody is interested in better health," Rechtin said. "But the economic health (of the region) is important as well."

The issue has the makings of past political and policy battles in Northern Kentucky over public transit, storm water regulation, sexually oriented businesses and road funding, the newspaper reports.

A row started in early June when the region's three county judge-executives - Steve Pendery of Campbell County, Gary Moore of Boone County and Ralph Drees of Kenton County - circulated a proposed smoking ban ordinance among fellow fiscal court members. They and their staffs have been talking for months about regulating smoking, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer on its Website, NKY.COM.

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  • by Jennifer G Location: Covington on Jul 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    The smoking ban is about money. The business owners in Covington where i live do not want a ban on smoking b/c they're raking in the cash. The smoking ban in Cincinnati has increased the amount of smokers in our bars and restaurants and is lining thier pockets. Second hand smoke in Northern Kentucky is worse than ever. A few of those who smoke may show up at counsel meetings to shout freedom of choice, but i promise you these greedy business owners will show up in droves and call in favors to thier local politicians. The smoking ban will get voted down b/c of these greedy people and crooked politicians - no doubt about it - and our health be darned.
  • by To EM in Lex on Jul 9, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    The smoking ban is not about "freedom of choice," it's about public safety. Did you know that if you breathe second-hand smoke for an hour, you lose 7 minutes off your life?
  • by Danh Location: Ky on Jul 8, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    To Smoker Location: Eastern ky Well, of course I drive a car--but not in an enclosed building where someone else's health is going to be at risk from breathing the exhaust. And of course I don't stand at the tailpipe...DUH! If I did, since cigarette smoke and car exhaust are mostly comprised of carbon monoxide, that would make me a smoker. My point: yes, I drive a car, which emits harmful fumes into the ATMOSPHERE--but not in a concentrated area for others to inhale. Smoking in a restaurant--completely different story. Where's all the smoke go? I don't smoke, I chew tobacco, so I can do it anywhere I want--fact is, I'm not hurting anyone but MYSELF!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    If you want to kill yourself by getting gum disease or lung cancer, etc. that's fine by me but don't get near me.
  • by green on Jul 1, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    I think it is ok to allow smoking in restaurants if they can effectively partition the two sections off. You can have a smoking and a non section, but if they are only a few feet apart with no partition between them, well, smoke doesn't stay in one place does it? Yes, you have the right to smoke. But I have the right NOT to smoke. And yes, second hand smoke IS bad for you. You may say, why don't non-smokers avoid areas that allow smoking? OK. I've always done that. But, why should I have to? As so many have asked, I thought this was a free country? Shouldn't non-smokers get to enjoy the same things as smokers without sacrificing their health? I do however think there is a better way to solve this, to make everyone happy, without an all out ban.
  • by EM Location: Lex on Jul 1, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    Have any of you heard the phrase - "freedom of choice" - come on folks - just because you don't like something doesn't mean that you have to force your opinions on others. I don't smoke or drink but I feel that every person has the right to choose their lifestyle whether I like it or agree with it. I sure don't want other people telling me how to live my life just because they feel their "opinion" is the right one. Sorry folks - it's supposed to be a free country - at least last time I checked.
  • by Fed up with taxes Location: london on Jul 1, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    to what in richmond i really think you need to check your facts here as the tax on diffrent alcoholic beverages is not 30$ per gallion. On beer its at the most 3. Last year money raised on smoking raised about 5 times the money that liquor sales did. Go ahead raise the taxes or outlaw smoking and ky smokers will go to virginia to buy them as the virginia tax is yhe same as ky^s taxes are now. this would create a new type of criminal can you say smuggling?
  • by Street Surviver Location: Kentucky on Jul 1, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    Your right smoker will smoke when ever they want to. I do not have a problem with anyone smoking that is thier business.But when I go into a resturant I like to enjoy my food, don't get me wrong I do know that there are non-smoking areas in most resturants. Smoke will travel and my children do allergies and when we go to a resturant where smoking is heavy they have trouble breathing afterwards. So honestly I feel like some of these smoking bans are just a respect factor for people and children. Now on the other hand out of respect to the smoker, there should be areas where a smoker can go smoke. My inlaws or outlaws what ever you want call them, when they are at my house they always go outside and smoke on our porch, I do not have a problem with that at all, that is thier business as long as they respect our rules at our house. So folks just remember to respect each other and everything will fine...
  • by Teh Location: Duh on Jun 30, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    What used to be Wow. How can I tell, he spells the teh and he knows the law better than any judge on this planet.
  • by smoker Location: eastern ky on Jun 30, 2008 at 06:38 PM
    To DanH, do you drive a car ride on a plane or any other form of transportation? Stand at the tailpipe and breathe in those toxic fumes? Maybe we should ban all of those things too.
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