Final Vote Expected Tomorrow for Owensboro Smoking Ordinance

Published 08/18 2014 06:19PM

Updated 08/18 2014 06:21PM

A final vote is expected tomorrow on Owensboro's proposed smoking ordinance. City commissioners held a first reading on the amended ordinance this afternoon.

E-cigarettes were removed from the ordinance because city officials say more facts are needed to determine if they're harmful. The ordinance would ban smoking in parks, public places, and other areas.

"They're still going to be able to smoke, with or without this ordinance," said City Commissioner Bob Glenn. "We've got several exemptions that allow people to smoke. We're not taking people's right to smoke away. But the municipal code that we have is one that has long been needed because we haven't had anything at the city level."

Supporters and opponents briefly spoke on the amended ordinance. The next city commission meeting starts Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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