Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mountain Express: Ketchum Smoking Ban in the Works

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Ketchum is the latest Idaho municipality to mull a smoke-free environment.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Ketchum City Council unanimously approved the first of three readings of a new ordinance "that would prohibit smoking in a long list of public areas throughout the city." The Mountain Express reports that Ketchum officials "agreed it was most important to control smoking in indoor, enclosed areas open to the public."

Smoking will also be curbed in all City of Ketchum buildings, parking lots, transit stops and outdoor patios that people must walk through to travel between various locations. The law, however, would not include a smoking ban near doorways to businesses.

In January 2012, the City of Boise officially launched its own ban, prohibiting smoking in all bars and private clubs, near bus stops and transit areas, outdoor commercial patios, the Grove Plaza and within 20 feet of city-owned buildings. Smoking is also banned in all city parks, save for two small designated smoking sections in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks.

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