Kanawha County Smoking Ban: One Year Later

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The air is cleaner in Kanawha County, at least inside bars.

Tuesday, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department released a report detailing the results now that the smoking-ban has been in effect.
The report spans from July 1st, 2008 and runs through June 30th, 2009.

In all 177 violations were found. That’s out of 3,174 inspections.

The report shows that in July of 2008 there were 20 cigarettes online buy violations. By June of 2009 that number was nearly cut in half with eleven violations.

The number of complaints has also dropped from 62 in July of 2008 to eight in June of 2009.

While the numbers paint one picture, some bar owners have been very vocal of their opposition to the ban.

Kerry Ellison owns the Black Hawk Saloon. He has a sign visible on Route 60 in Kanawha County that says “smokers welcome”.

Ellison has been taken to court along with other bar owners. He says he realizes being shut-down is a possibility.

Back in February, Ellison was fined $400 for violating the ban.

If you would like an in-depth look at the inspections and violations, click on the link below.

source: http://www.wsaz.com

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