On May 28, during their monthly meeting, members of the Perry County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of an ordinance relating to the protection of the public health and welfare by regulating smoking of tobacco, alternative nicotine products and vapor products.
County Attorney John Carl Shackleford explained what the ordinance meant for community and business owners in Perry County.
The ordinance, Shackleford said, will prohibit smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), vaping and other similar products in any public building and place of employment. Additionally, the ordinance does have some provisions for places outside, where large numbers of people gather publicly, said Shackleford.
“Obviously, you can smoke outside, but there are some public places where you are prohibited from smoking (within) 10-15 feet of,” said Shackleford. Some examples of such places include amphitheaters, schools and parks, among many more.
Many places, court members said, already have similar ordinances in place.
“The City of Hazard already has an ordinance related to smoking in public in place,” Shackleford said. Where Hazard already has an ordinance, he continued, the ordinance being passed does not affect property within the City of Hazard.
The motion was made and passed, and there will be a second reading of the ordinance next month.