Corbin, Kentucky, bans smoking in all public places; violators of ban will receive misdemeanor, fine of up to US$150

CORBIN, Kentucky , November 25, 2011 () – A southeastern Kentucky city has barred smoking in all public places and made violating the ban a misdemeanor.

Corbin's city commission passed the ban Wednesday night. Violators could face a fine of up to $150, The Times-Tribune reported.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in public enclosed places, including bars, bingo halls, restaurants and retail businesses. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of an entrances, exits, wheelchair ramps, windows and ventilation systems for enclosed areas.

Private residences are excluded from the ban unless they are used for childcare, adult daycare or as a health care facility.

The ordinance also restricts to 20 the number of designated smoking rooms hotels and motels could offer to guests.

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