Commissioners approve new rules, covering all areas, including cities

Smoking will not be allowed in bars, private clubs or other public places across Johnson County starting Jan. 1.

The Johnson County Commissioners gave final approval to a countywide ban that will prohibit smoking on all county-owned or leased property and in all public places and workplaces, including bars, private clubs and hotels.

The ban applies to both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county, meaning Greenwood, Franklin and other local communities will have to follow the county ban when it is more restrictive, county attorney Kathleen Hash said.

All three commissioners approved the ban Monday.

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