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Williamstown to Become NKY's First City to Enact Smoke-Free Law

Williamstown will become the first Northern Kentucky city to implement a comprehensive city-wide smoke-free ordinance beginning on Jan. 1.

The Grant County city will be Kentucky's 33rd city to enact such a policy.

Businesses in the city will soon receive packets of information from the Northern Kentucky Health Department on how to comply with the new law.

The Health Department will be responsible for enforcing the law and investigating complaints as they are received.

“We were asked to enforce the new ordinance in establishments that we inspect and the District Board of Health agreed. We congratulate the Williamstown City Council in taking this important step to improve the health of the community,” said Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health for NKY Health.

Smoking will be prohibited indoors completely at any place where the public is invited or permitted, such as offices, hotels, factories, churches, bars, restaurants, bingo halls, and stores.

Smoking will also be prohibited at outdoor public patio spaces, including restaurants.

Further, smoking will be banned within a reasonable distance of 25-feet of all entrances, windows that operate, and ventilation systems.

Parks in Williamstown have been smoke-free since July of 2017.

“We are very pleased that city council responded to the need of our community to take positive steps for health. We applaud and thank the Williamstown City Council for their vote to protect the health of all Williamstown employees by making all workplaces smoke-free,” said Tim Sizemore, chair of Fitness For Life Around Grant County (FFLAG). 

FFLAG and Champions for a Drug Free Grant County provided information and education to city council that led up to the passage of the comprehensive workplace ordinance. 

-Staff report

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