Editorial: Ban still the right move – Kokomo Tribune

In March, the Howard County Board of Commissioners and Kokomo Common Council voted on the county- and city-wide smoking ban in bars, taverns, private clubs and other places. As we had in previous instances, we advocated for such a change.

“On July 1, Howard County implemented the second part of its broad smoking ban, which includes bars, taverns and private clubs. The smoking ban also incorporates an E-cigarette ban and prohibits smoking at outdoor events, festivals and concerts at city parks,” Tribune reporter George Myers wrote in today’s front page story. “That followed a contentious day, on March 6, when the Howard County Board of Commissioners and Kokomo Common Council passed, one after the other, measures enacting a scheduled county-wide smoking ban with few exceptions. Notably, the legislation was put into effect April 1, except for bars, private clubs and the ordinance’s outdoor seating requirements, which were given until July 1 to come into compliance.”

Now we’re a few months removed from the approval of those decisions, and Myers has taken stock of the reactions from bar owners and workers.

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