BG Smoking Ban Update

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Measures are underway to make Bowling Green the next smoke-free city in Kentucky. American Cancer Society volunteers have been tracking down Bowling Green business owners and residents to get their feedback on having a smoking ban.

The American Cancer Society has asked the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct a poll to all their business partners. Whether or not the Chamber takes a stand on a smoking ban may depend on the results of the poll.

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce said they want to remain neutral on all issues unless the vast majority wants something changed.

“If Chamber partners are 100 percent in support of something, then we’ll take a closer look to see if that’s what we need to do,” said Jennifer Brasel with the Chamber.

Concerned residents like Dr. Rick Voakes has been trying to learn about the effects of second hand smoke and feel the issue is important enough the Chamber should be involved.

“It’s time we started looking at this more seriously and its good chamber is considering implications of this,” Voakes said.

A smoke free ordinance means public places like restaurants would be completely smoke free. The survey would ask questions such as: ‘would you favor or oppose a local ordinance that would make all public buildings, workplaces and restaurants smoke free?’ and give you the choice to answer: strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose, you don’t know or no answer.

Brasel said the survey to its partners runs through March 16, 2007.

“Once that survey is over we’ll take results to Legislative Action Committee and they’ll look at the results and see if there is a need in taking a position,” Brasel said.

Voakes has high hopes for the poll from his research.

“We’ve done three surveys already at WKU and American Cancer Society they were at 60 and 80 percent Bowling Green residents are in favor of smoke free ordinance,” Voakes said.

The Chamber of Commerce said right now the numbers aren’t pointing in the direction of favoring of a smoking ban but they are sending out the email poll to their partners through March 16, 2007.

Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker said if the results of this survey warrant the Chamber of Commerce to take a stand on the issue, the City Commission would take their information into consideration when they vote on a smoking ordinance in Bowling Green.

For a full list of Chamber partners visit www.bgchamber.com, then click on the “director” link.


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