Newport opposes county smoking ban

NEWPORT, KY (AP) - The city of Newport is opposing an indoor smoking ban proposed for Campbell and Kenton counties in northern Kentucky.

The Newport City Commission voted 4-1 Monday on a resolution against the indoor smoking ban in Campbell County. The resolution also includes a request that Campbell County allow the city to opt out of a county smoking ban.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Campbell County Fiscal Court will hold a first reading Wednesday of the ordinance that would prohibit indoor smoking countywide in all public places, including bars and restaurants, except in open, outdoor patio areas.

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso says he believes the decision to allow smoking should be left to business owners.

Kenton County officials have said they hope to vote on the ban by Dec. 31.

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