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Johnson County Approves Smoking Ban

Johnson County's non-smoking ordinance is stricter than the statewide smoking ban, as well as the bans in Frankiln and Greenwood.

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Johnson County unanimously passed a smoking ban Monday morning.

The Johnson County Commissioners have passed a new smoking ban prohibiting lighting up in all public business places, including bars, hotels, restaurants and private clubs.

County Attorney Kathleen Hash says this means smokers must now smoke outside, at least eight feet from the door of a building.

“Ordinance does not prevent people from smoking, they just have to take it outside, so that the air being breathed inside will be smoke free,” Hash says.

Robert Schofield, a bar owner in Franklin says Franklin already had a strict non-smoking ordinance, so he does not think his business will lose revenue. But he says he thinks the ban is still nonsensical because  the government is banning a legal product.

“You know if it’s so bad, just make it illegal, take off the market,” Schofield says.

The new ban will go into effect in January in 2013 and also makes all Johnson County government properties smoke free.

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