Revised smoking ban still up in air: Commissioners set no timeline for reconsidering rules

The county is rethinking a ban that prohibits smoking in all bars and private clubs but needs time to figure out how or if any changes will be made.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved the ban this month that prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces, including bars, private clubs and hotels, and on all county-owned or leased property.

But the commissioners have agreed to reconsider the ban after local bar owners said prohibiting smoking in their businesses would stop customers from coming in.

One private club owner said he saw an 80 percent decrease in revenue after prohibiting smoking in his bar, and other business owners said they would face the same. Business owners said they did not get any information about the ban before it was approved, and they have asked the commissioners to revise the ban to allow them to still allow smoking or to remove the ban entirely.

But a group that promotes healthy local initiatives wants commissioners to keep the ban as is and prohibit smoking in all public places so local workers won’t have to be around secondhand smoke.

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