Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on April 17, 2013 @ 6:18PM
Created on April 17, 2013 @ 5:02PM
The Lewis County Board of Health is doing everything they can to keep smoke away from people while they're out, but now, the county's ban is about to expand even further. The ban has already been in effect for quite some time, but now it prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and work environments.
Some business owners in Weston who allow smoking in their facilities right now said they weren't too happy about the change.
The ban is a part of the Smoke-Free West Virginia project, which includes all restaurants, bars, gambling sites and even private clubs. One employee from the High Life Lounge, which is a private club, said it's one thing to ban smoking in regular bars, but a private area should be different.
Owners from all over the area said they're worried about what will happen with their businesses when this ban goes into effect.
"I think that is very wrong and I'm not the only one in town either. A lot of people feel that way. It's going to lose business. Because if you can't come in here and smoke then they're probably not going to come in and gamble. There's really nothing we can do ," said Employee in Lewis County.
One owner said he has done everything he can to prevent this ban from happening since the topic was brought up back in January, but it just wasn't enough.
The sanitary official for the area said now secondhand smoke won't be an issue and he's going to start handing out 'no-smoking' signs to all of the area's businesses within the next couple of months.
Even customers in the Weston area had the same reaction as most of the workers, and they weren't all smokers. There were even some people who had no idea this ban was even passed. One man said he doesn't smoke, but he doesn't think others have the right to take that away from smokers.
"I don't know why this had to happen. If someone doesn't like smoking, or doesn't want to be around smoke, they can go somewhere else and that includes the employees," said Dennis Lowther, a man who enjoys smoking at the bars and gambling sites.
Lowther said he's going to go to more bingo, since smoking is apparently allowed there. Overall, most people in Lewis County didn't seem too happy about the ban.
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Apr 19, 2013 at 5:44 AM
I just think there are so many WORSE things going on in Lewis County that need to take top priority.