Fayette County

Smoking ban amendment moves forward

The Urban County Council on Tuesday gave tentative approval to an amendment of the city's 4-year-old smoking ban.

The proposed changes would extend the ban to prohibit smoking in Blue Grass Airport, bingo halls, public transportation and all workplaces. It would also tighten the exemption for retail tobacco stores by increasing the minimum sales threshold needed to allow smoking inside.

The council's services committee is holding a public forum to take input on the proposed changes at 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

The proposed revisions still need two official council readings for final approval. That could come Nov. 6.

Lexington's public indoor smoke-free law currently prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars, grocery stores, coin-operated laundries and a host of other workplaces open to the public.