Lexington Passes Stricter Smoking Ban

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Lexington council members voted unanimously in favor of a tougher smoking ban for the city. The decision comes after much debate.

Bingo halls, Blue Grass Airport, and public transportation, are a few places now added to the list of places where it's illegal to light up.

Blue Grass Airport has asked for an exception to the changes.


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  • by kathy Location: lexington on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    I think it's bullcrap that they can tell us where we can or cannot smoke,but you can buy alcohol any day of the week and possibly have an accident while drinking and driving and kill an innocent person or family.When are they gonna start controlling them?
  • by Stanley-Simmons Location: Lexington on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    I thank GOD each day that I live in Lexington and that we have people on the council with the onions to put a stop to this nasty habit.
  • by steve on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    I am a non smoker people but i tell you this country is turning communist right now in front of our eyes and if we do not stand up we are going to lose our freedoms i am telling you wake up America.
  • by Lori Location: Lexington on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    This seems to be getting out of control. I have been a smoker & a non smoker. If you section area's off I do not see what the issue would be. It is to the point where you are treating it as if it is an illegal drug. They keep upping the taxes. I have one question to ask - how many times have you been pulled over for smoking too many cigarettes - lest get tougher on the alcohol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Brandi Location: Stanton on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    Even though I am a non-smoker and do appreciate the fact that I can go into a restaurant without cigarette smoke being blown into my face or on my food - now that being said this is just completely ridiculous. Bingo halls?! Public transportation?! Wow. I'm just shocked at this. Just because I don't smoke doesn't mean that I should be able to tell someone where or when the can. I thought that was called the freedom of choice?
  • by TONI Location: KY on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    I THINK THAT IF LEXINGTON DOES NOT WANT SMOKERS THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO SELL TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN LEXINGTON, WELL,PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE & SMOKE IT.
  • by SmokinLady Location: Pikeville on Nov 10, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I have smoked for 10 years now and somedays it is the only thing that keeps me sane! I agree that if done right smoking areas would be affective, ,like instead of having a half partition in a restaurant, build a whole wall and box it in. I also think it should be up to business owners to decide if they want their business to be smoke free or not and then let their customers decide.
  • by Connie Location: KY on Nov 10, 2008 at 02:44 AM
    I think there should be a lawsuit, like the one in Louisville. Louisville could not exempt Churchhill Downs & Lexington should not be allowed to exempt Keenland or any other public place. If it's a ban, then ban EVERY PUBLIC BUILDING or shut up about smoking all together! There should be no Exception! I'm a smoker, but fair is fair, why should Keenland or anyother place get special treatment. Could it be that some on the council is also on Keenland's payroll? That's what is sounds like. Someone needs to file suit to have it changed to all or no one, period. If it was illegal for Louisville, it's most certainly illegal for Lexington too!
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Nov 9, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    To Anonymous Location: Lexington on Nov 7, 2008 at 05:46 PM - it's just as easy for you to go somewhere else as well.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 9, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    It is crazy that they can do something like have a smoking ban but will allow you to buy alcohol on sundays. It is a two way street smokers wanna smoke, non-smokers don't want to be around it. But to tell me that i can't, makes me want to start smoking again. Smoking sections would work if done properly. Let people have a place to smoke if they choose to.
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