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Countywide smoking ban gets final approval

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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 unanimously approved the ban Monday.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office will enforce the ban in the unincorporated areas of the county, and local police departments will enforce the ban in the cities and towns.

Businesses that currently allow smoking have until Jan. 1 to put up signs and make other changes to become non-smoking buildings, Hash said.

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