Bowling Green officials to discuss smoking ban

BOWLING GREEN, KY (AP) - Officials in Bowling Green plan to discuss a proposal to ban smoking at most private businesses in the south-central Kentucky city.

The proposal is expected to get a preliminary vote at Tuesday's city commission meeting, with a final vote before the end of the month. Commissioner Brian "Slim" Nash is proposing the ban and Commissioner Bill Waltrip and Mayor Elaine Walker have said they support it.

The proposal lists two exemptions to the smoking ban: exclusive tobacco retailers and nursing and assisted-living facilities.

Nash told the Daily News that he plans to call a special meeting for a final vote before Walker is sworn in as secretary of state.

The commission rejected a similar proposal in 2007.

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