Corbin prepares to vote on smoking ban

White's Pro billiards in Corbin has long been a place for people to gather, play some pool, play some cards, and have a smoke. But a proposed no smoking ordinance in the city could soon change that.

City commissioners had a first reading of the ordinance yesterday. It passed with only one vote against it and could be voted in at its second reading tomorrow. Bill White is the manager of White's Pro Billiards and opposes the smoking ban.

"Personally, I'm against it. I think that I will lose some customers or make some unhappy," he says.

But city commissioner Joe White says a smoking ban would bring in more customers.

"We've had a lot of concerns from individuals, people that won't frequent restaurants that don't smoke," he says.

The ban would prohibit smoking inside any public building as well as the area within 25 feet of any entrance to a public building. Customers at White's Pro Billiards say the people of Corbin should decide whether a ban is needed.

"I think this ought to be voted on, whatever the ballot comes out as, that's what it should be," says Doug Kersey.

Commissioner Joe White says most of the negative response he's heard is from those outside the city. He says he has a solution for those who don't like the proposed ban.

"Smoke before you get there, enjoy you a good meal, smoke when you leave!" he says.

Officials say if the ordinance passes tomorrow it could go into effect as early as January 1.


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