Bar, business owners oppose smoking ban

A group of local bar and club owners wants the county commissioners to reconsider the ban that will prohibit smoking in their businesses.

The business owners say the ban will stop customers from going to bars and clubs, and they will lose business. They want to see it changed so that businesses that allow smoking now can continue to do so, or to allow businesses to construct ventilation rooms for smokers.

Commissioners did not make a decision on the proposed changes and plan to discuss it at their next meeting Nov. 26. If the commissioners decide to make any change, they would have to vote to amend the ban, Commissioner Tom Kite said.

The countywide ban the commissioners approved will prohibit smoking starting Jan. 1 in all public places and workplaces, including bars, private clubs and hotels, and on all county-owned or leased property.

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