(Kenton County, Ky.) - Be mindful of where you light your cigarette next time you are in Kenton County.
At midnight Thursday a new county ordinance went into effect which bans smoking in most public indoor workplaces. It was passed by a lame duck Kenton County Fiscal Court last December 21.
The ban covers restaurants, offices, factories, churches and bowling alleys. Businesses will be required to remove all ashtrays and post “No Smoking” signs.
Private clubs and bars are able to apply for an exemption.
Businesses which violate the ordinance will be subject to fines. A first offense comes with a warning, followed by a fine of $100 on the second, then $250 for the third and beyond offenses within a year. However, people smoking in the businesses will be fined $100 on the first and subsequent offenses.
Anti-smoking advocates say it’s the first anti-smoking legislation in Northern Kentucky, which has been the last major metro area in the state to implement smoke free rules.
You can view the entire ordinance at http://www.kentoncounty.org/kenton/451_15_Smoke_Free_Ordinance__12_21_10_.pdf.