City Passes Smoking Ban

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Smoking will be banned in all enclosed public places in Pikeville, starting November first.

The ban also includes some places outdoors and violations could mean hundreds of dollars in fines or shutting down businesses.

Health problems make Karen Branham wish she never started smoking.

“I believe I have the right to smoke but I believe that others have the right not to have to inhale it,” Karen Branham said.

That's why she's okay with not being allowed to light up in any restaurant, building entrance, or even at a football game.

“I have no problem with others choosing to smoke. However, this is a life choice that I have declined to make,” Adam Handy said.

Kids like 16-year-old Adam Handy, who shared his opinion at the second reading for the ordinance, are the main reason for the new ban.

“This commission and the mayor has stood up and said, our children are important. and you know it's hard to argue against the livelihood, or the life of a child,” City Manager Donovan Blackburn said.

But not everyone agrees.

Some employees at Jerry's Restaurant were not allowed to go on camera, but they say the ban is bad for business.

Branham says she'll eat at Jerry's as much as she always has.

“If I go out to eat, I can wait until I leave the restaurant to smoke,” Branham said.

People caught breaking the new rules next month face a 50 dollar fine per violation.

Businesses could be fined up to 250 dollars, or lose their license to operate after repeat offenses.

Smoking will still be allowed in free-standing bars where smoke cannot drift into any other enclosed public space.

Officials say they may modify rules in the future to clarify any gray areas.

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  • by JJ Location: Pikeville on Oct 23, 2007 at 12:34 PM
    I'm not a smoker, never have been so I know that many of you will scroll right past this with your eyes rolling. However, I know first hand from family how difficult it is to stop. I agree that smokers have every right to smoke. Nonsmokers have every right not to breath it. got to her car to smoke. It's a 'catch 22' folks and both sides have rights. For some reason smokers take fast offense and don't try to see the other side. I also agree that smokers and nons alike owe it to our children and others not to expose them to unnecessary harm. Let's be realistic about our local restaurants, most are old bldgs and not ventilated to accomodate both sides. I've sat in nonsmoking sections where folks were smoking and the waitresses would not say anthing to them but would ask if I'd like to move. I have severe allergies and breathing cigarette smoke is like having a lighted match stuck up my nose, painful! I think both sides can live with this, each just has to be willing to bend.
  • by Tammy Location: Atlanta GA on Sep 27, 2007 at 05:19 AM
    I live in GA and we have a simliar ban here. It really isn't as bad as it seems.
  • by MarlboroMan Location: Pikeville on Sep 26, 2007 at 11:03 PM
    Come discuss the ban at the Pikeville smoking ban free forums! come sign up ad voice your opinion!
  • by Sandy Location: Pikeville on Sep 26, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    I think these lawmaners need to let the people vote on this and not take it on themselves, to pass something a lot of people do legally. They did with the alcohol sales, why with smoking that a lot of us do. Yes, I'm a smoker, and I have tried to quit, but people like them that don't smoke thinks its easy. But they are discriminating against people like me. I don't smoke where I told there is no smoking, before too long they will be trying to pass a law that will be telling people they can't smoke in their own cars, or other places, that they own. I think it should be voted on by the people and not a bunch of people that think they know what is right for everyone. What's right for you, maay not be right for me. I think they need to take in account that if they go through with this, that it will hurt certain events in Pikeville, like Hillbilly days and the Expo Center events too. Because will go somewhere else instead of coming to Pikeville.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Sep 26, 2007 at 06:05 AM
    Hey Kelly, here's why they go after smokers and not druggies, murderers, child abusers; they can sit on their fat (edited) and ban smoking, but doing something about these other problems would require some effort. As far as pikeville medical is concerned, that's a hell of a way to treat your patients and their relatives when they are already stressed out, guess they need to cut down on the number of patients they have and this could be a way of saying we don't want you to have visitors or people coming in to check on what type of care you are being given!
  • by April Location: Pikeville on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    I just wonder is the smoking ban for Bingo Halls also? I knew they were going to ban smoking to let kids in or allow smoking in bingo but kids wouldnt be allowed? Does anyone know?
  • by donny Location: ky on Sep 25, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    i guess fredom is gone here,,it will get yet u cant smoke in your yard,,that will hurt busnes if they cut smoking out of all beldens,,i think they need a place for nonesmokers and smokers in bars or other places , i guess it will get u cant smoke in a parking lot at wal mart to, well long as i can smoke in my car or my yeard or in my house i be ok i guess,
  • by Anonymous Location: pikeville on Sep 25, 2007 at 05:33 PM
    I can see not smoking in public places b/c of the second hand smoke...but why cant they have designated smoking building/areas? That way if you dont want to be around smoke you can stay away from that area. Like pikeville medical center, its going totally smoke free even on the campus or in your own car on their campus...there is a lot of patients, visitors and employees that smoke...why cant they just have a ventilated smoking building or something?..Money is the root of all evil is why they wont make tobacco sales/use illegal...they are taking our rights as americans away one at a time! Taking away everything our veterans once fought for!
  • by Connie Location: Knott County on Sep 25, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    I'm a smoker. Second hand smoke is bad, but I think officials should put as much effort into drunk drivers as they do the smokers.
  • by Jamie Location: Pikeville on Sep 25, 2007 at 03:59 PM
    I agree totally banning in resturants and such but OUTSIDE!?! Have people REALLY thought about this? Smoke goes UP no down! If I am outside away form people or at a desiganted smoking area then what is the PROBLEM!!?? IT aint blowing in your face unless you are 20 feet tall! THis is just a way that a small group of 5 or 6 city council people can try and boss more people around. ITs wrong to ban it outside and if they ty to pass it EVERY SMOKER IN THE COUNTY needs to march the city and smokem out! What will be next people? They going to shut down Wendys and Mcdonalds because their foods are high in fat and cause people to have heart problems or obesity? This is not communist Russia but it is getting closer every day
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