Smoking Ban Gets Preliminary Approval

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HERALD-LEADER | ASSOCIATED PRESS | MARCH 23, 2013

ELKHORN CITY, KY. — Officials in Elkhorn City have preliminarily approved a proposal to ban smoking in public places.

The Appalachian News-Express ( http://bit.ly/ZjVbgP) reports the City Council in the Pike County community passed the first reading of the ordinance unanimously, but it won’t take effect until a second and final reading is approved.

In addition to prohibiting smoking at indoor places, the ordinance would not allow people to light up in outdoor arenas or stadiums or within a “reasonable distance” of the entrance to a public building.

Violators can be fined up to $50 for a first offense.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the council would hold a final vote on the measure.