Smoking Ban Bill Introduced

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Some we spoke to say things are already tough enough for smokers, and that the proposed legislation would be too much.

"It's not right. It isn't fair to the individual. The simple fact is I smoke, a lot of people smoke. And we're kind of getting fed up with this," said Charles Pease.

Pease and other smokers we spoke with say banning smoking in all public places state wide would be an outrage.

"If they pass this bill, it's just one more step towards Communism," said Pease.

While many others share the same sentiment disagreeing with the proposal, we spoke to a business owner who says it would be a great thing for the state if it passed.

"I certainly applaud the legislators who even introduce the issue and to take this on, as a help to the public and to the health of our communities," said Courthouse Cafe owner Josephine Richardson.

A director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says many lawmakers are behind the legislation, but also says passage of a controversial bill like this could take time.

"We're willing to wait for that. Because we have all that local progress going on. We really do want that to continue," said Amy Barkley, a director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Barkley says they don't expect it to be voted in the short session, but hopes the bill will be a model for cities and communities across the state to continue passing smoking ban laws.

You can find the nine page bill online. It's listed as House Bill 193 and was introduced by Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington.

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