Hopkinsville Goes Smoke-Free

Oct 19, 2012

Smoking will be barred citywide in Hopkinsville come January after the city council passed a ban on lighting up. The Kentucky New Era reported that Mayor Dan Kemp broke a 6-6 tie on the council at a meeting Thursday night.

The council passed the measure despite vocal opposition that sought to quash it. Councilwoman Ann Cherry said enforcing the ban could put a burden on business owners who are responsible for ensuring patrons put out their tobacco products.

Kemp said mayors in other cities with smoking ordinances told him enforcement has never been an issue.

The ordinance is similar to bans passed in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Madisonville, Henderson, Oak Grove and Paducah.