W. Ky. city discussing smoking ban

Officials in Mayfield have given preliminary approval to a ban on smoking in public places.

The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/116DBmt ) reports the City Council voted 6-4 to pass the measure on Monday, but it requires a second vote before it is final. 

Councilwoman Kathy O'Nan said she supports the ordinance, saying officials "need to be more progressive" in taking care of residents.

Councilman Johnny Jackson said the decision of whether to allow smoking should be left up to business owners.

Mayor Teresa Cantrell says the ordinance stems from a concern about the health effects of secondhand-smoke. She says it is modeled after an ordinance passed in Paducah in 2006 and has generally been well-received.

Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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