Group Looking To Make Corbin Smoke Free

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

There is an effort in another Eastern Kentucky city to pass a smoking ban. Several communities have already passed such a measure. A community group in Corbin is urging city leaders there to do just that.

The Corbin Community Coalition is urging Corbin city leaders to take a serious look at getting smoke out of the city's public buildings.

"It's been shown to be health wise beneficial to the patrons and the people who work in the businesses," said Chris Hart with the coalition.

A ban would mean all Corbin restaurants would have to tell patrons who smoke to put it out for good. One woman, who didn't want her identity disclosed, says that's not fair.

"I'm a smoker. When I go out, I don't smoke but there should be a place where I could if I wanted to," she said.

A manager at Sonny's Bar-B-Q says their smoking section doesn't really keep smoke away from other patrons. They recently did away with that section on Sunday's to make more seating room.

"We have a lot of families. It's been difficult to keep the children away from the smoke. Now we're not going to have to worry about that," said Midge Alderman.

Sonny's is just outside Corbin city limits and wouldn't have to ban smoking even if a ban is eventually passed. But beginning Thursday, Sonny's will be doing away with it's smoking section for good.

Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney says he'll have to discuss the issue with city commissioners before deciding if a ban would be the best thing for Corbin. He says he'll probably hold a workshop soon to explore the issue further.

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