City considers smoking ban

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

An eastern Kentucky city is in the process of writing an ordinance that would change where people are allowed to smoke.

The Corbin City Council voted this week to allow the city attorney to draw up a smoking ban ordinance.

"It's not a political issue, it's a health issue," said Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney.

He says he was first approached about implementing a smoking ban in the city three years ago.

"The demand that we have had from the various group over the three years is getting stronger because as I said, I repeat, people are more health conscious now, and second hand smoke kills," said McBurney.

He says several organizations, individuals and restaurants have been pushing for the ban, but not every one in Corbin agrees.

"I disagree. Well they are just trying to take stuff away from people. They legalized alcohol, and that's one of your number one killers," said Rodney Garrett of Corbin.

WYMT also spoke with many restaurants inside the city limits of Corbin about the proposed smoking ban. Some of them say they support it while others say it would effect their business.

None of those owners or managers would comment, but some of them have been the ones pressuring the city for this ban.

The mayor says he hopes the ban will hopefully make Corbin a healthier city.

The smoking ban has not been passed yet.

Once the attorney writes the ordinance, the council will tweak it and then vote on it.

He said the ban could be in place by early next year.

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