Officials in a southern Kentucky city have decided to ban smoking.
The Times-Tribune reports Williamsburg City Council gave final approval on Monday to an ordinance that bans smoking in most public places, including restaurants, bars, pool halls and public areas of hotels and apartment buildings.
Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison said he is a former smoker, but the duty of officials is to "protect everybody."
The ordinance gives employers 30 days to inform workers about the smoking ban.
Brad Rodu says it's time for the public health community to re-think how it looks at the smoking debate in this country. Rodu is head of the Tobacco Harm Reduction effort at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He says for too long the smoking issue has come down to an all-or-nothing wager: smokers are told they either have to give up cigarettes, or keep smoking and die.
A new study indicates that air quality in Bowling Green Hospitality venues has improved since a smoke-free ordinance took effect last spring. The new study, which was funded by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Barren River Area Health Department, found an 83 percent decline in indoor air pollution since the smoke-free ordinance was established.
Ten hospitality venues were monitored in the study, using a device called a TSI Sidepak. That device monitored air quality every sixty seconds in the venues included in the report.