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Williamstown Becomes First NKY City To Completely Ban Smoking

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 05:54:55-05

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (WLWT)– Months after city leaders passed an ordinance to ban smoking, the new rule is now in effect.

On Tuesday, smoking became completely prohibited indoors in any Williamstown building or place of employment where the public is invited or permitted, such as offices, hotels, factories, churches, bars, restaurants, bingo halls and stores.

Smoking is also banned in public outdoor patio spaces, such as outdoor seating areas in restaurants.

The ordinance also requires smoking within a reasonable distance — 25 feet — of all entrances, windows that operate and ventilation systems.

Parks in the city of Williamstown have been tobacco-free since July 2017.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department will enforce the ordinance and provided businesses with the proper signage and information to comply.

The Health Department said most smoke-free laws are self-enforcing. If anyone thinks a business is in violation of the ordinance, they can file a complaint with the Health Department.