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Lewis Co. board considers expanding smoking ban

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 09:09 AM

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lewis County health officials are considering expanding the county’s smoking ban to bars and gaming facilities.

The county’s existing Clean Indoor Air Regulation exempts bars and gaming facilities from the ban on smoking in restaurants and other business establishments.

A proposed amendment would prohibit smoking in any business and in all public and private places of employment. Outdoor smoking also would be banned in public places, including parks and playgrounds.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the county Board of Health is expected to vote on the amendment Tuesday.

County health department administrator Ginny Ruble says 11 letters supporting the amendment and three letters opposing it were received during a public comment period.

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