A proposal to ban smoking in all bars and video lottery parlors in Cabell County will be available for public viewing beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department also announced Monday it will conduct a public hearing on the proposal at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28.
The draft regulation will be posted for public viewing at the Cabell County Courthouse, 750 5th Ave., Suite 300; Mayor Kim Wolfe’s office at Huntington City Hall, 800 5th Ave.; Cabell County Public Library, second floor reference department, 455 9th St.; Cabell-Huntington Health Department, 703 7th Ave.; and on the health department’s web site, www.cabellhealth.org.
Copies of the proposal will be available at the health department upon request.
The Cabell-Huntington Board of Health will take written comments on the proposal through Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Written comments should be mailed to the board in care of the health department at 703 7th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701.
The Board of Health’s next meeting is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. Dr. Harry Tweel, the health department’s director, said last week that the comments gathered from the public will dictate whether the board votes on the proposal at its January meeting.
Under Cabell’s existing regulation, smoking is banned in all restaurants and all other public places. Bingo halls that have more than 100 cards, personal care homes and establishments where alcohol represents more than 80 percent of sales are exempt from the regulation.
Cabell County adopted its current regulation in December 2001, but it drew opposition from several business owners, four of which challenged it in court. After two years of legal battles, the state Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in December 2003 that the regulation could take effect.
Since the Supreme Court’s ruling, several counties have adopted comprehensive clean indoor air regulations that include bars and gambling parlors. Nineteen counties now have comprehensive regulations. Lincoln County became the first to do so in 2001.
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