UPDATE: Expanded smoking ban dead in Prestonsburg

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
Mayor Jerry Fannin and city council members voted to veto the ordinance which passed earlier this week.

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Update (7-12-13)

An expanded smoking ordinance in Prestonsburg will not go into effect.

Mayor Jerry Fannin and city council members voted to veto the ordinance which passed earlier this week.

The expansion included all city, state and federal roads and sidewalks and all parks and recreation areas.

The ordinance also banned smoking inside city-owned vehicles.

Original story (7-11-13)

Many people step outside when they want to smoke a cigarette, but depending where you are in prestonsburg that may no longer be allowed.

The city council voted to expand the restrictions on its smoking ban limiting where folks can light up.

Smoking cigarettes, though touted for being unhealthy, is a habit many people still practice.

"If one individual chooses to have a cigarette or a cigar, they should be able to do that," said smoker Drew Anderson.

Folks in Prestonsburg had almost four years to get used to a ban on smoking in public buildings, but now they are facing even more restrictions.

"We was still having some problems with people smoking in parks and stuff around kids, and we decided to do something a little bit stiffer," said Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin.

The city council voted to extend the ban.

It now includes all city, state and federal sidewalks, parks and recreation areas, and government office parking lots.

With the changes in place people can no longer step right outside when they want to smoke a cigarette. They'll have to be at least 50 feet away from the entrance.

It also means no one can smoke inside city-owned vehicles.

City officials say the main goal is to protect areas where kids might be and improve the health of the region.

I know you have your own rights. You can smoke if you want to, but the people who don't smoke shouldn't be forced to breathe the smoke," said Fannin.

But not everyone agrees with the new ordinance.

"There are worse things in the air than tobacco smoke, and of course we are breathing that right now," said Anderson.

Officials say anyone caught smoking in a banned area could be fined.

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