Smoking ban officially begins

The beginning of every year always brings about talk of New Year’s resolutions.

Some of you will probably pledge to eat healthier or maybe quit smoking.

One eastern Kentucky city is trying to make one of those resolutions a little easier.

January first 2012 was the first day that Corbin's smoking ban went into effect.

This ban will prohibit anyone from smoking inside Corbin businesses or within 25 feet of the entrance.

Some say this ban will improve the overall health of people both young and old.

“I think it's a good idea, me and my wife just had a little girl and we don’t want to take her to a restaurant where there's smoking,” Tommy McKenzie said.

McKenzie says that the ordinance is the only way to totally eliminate second hand smoke in restaurants and other businesses.

“It’s a good thing that they try to get it away from the public who don't smoke,” McKenzie said.

One business owner and a former smoker says he also approves of the ban, but was not as enthusiastic.

“I got mixed feelings about it, I used to smoke about 12 years ago, if it’s better for people who don’t like to be a around it I guess it’s a good thing,” Jerry Ballard said.

Many local business owners are hesitant to say how the smoking ban will affect their business.

They say at this point, only time will tell.

Residents and employees alike will have to play the waiting game to see if the ban will prove successful.

Corbin City Police will be responsible for enforcing the ordinance.

Officials say violators can face up to a 150 dollar fine.

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