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Dec 9, 2012 8:43 PM

Court Says Health Board Can Enact Smoking Ban

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has ruled that the Bullitt County Board of Health can enact a smoking ban without lawmakers' support.

The Bullitt County Board of Health wanted a smoking ban in all public places, including restaurants, bars and some outside venues, but the fiscal court and eight cities in the county opposed the ban, which was to take effect in September 2011.

The Courier-Journal reported (http://cjky.it/XGTYF4 ) the case made its way to the appeals court, in which two of the three judges agreed that the board has the authority to impose regulations or ordinances involving public health.

Smoking bans are in place in 12 other Kentucky counties, but all were enacted by a legislative body or with approval of local lawmakers.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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