Do you think Boise should go smoke-free?
BOISE-- Boise City Council approved two smoking bans at its meeting Tuesday night. The vote was unanimous on the first measure while the second measure passed with a four to one vote. Council member TJ Thomson was the lone 'no' vote.
The first ordinance will ban smoking in bars and private clubs, near bus stops or other transit areas, on outdoor commercial patios accessible to children or on public property, at the Grove Plaza, on 8th Street from Bannock to Main streets, within 20 feet of a City of Boise-owned building and in other public locations.
The second will also ban smoking within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and the Warm Springs Golf Course.
Over the past few of months, dozens of people have testified on the bans at city council meetings. City council members have heard from both sides. Public comment was not accepted Tuesday night.
Some people asked them to pass the bans because of health concerns. Others say the ordinances threaten individual rights. One bar owner even told KTVB he was worried the ban could hurt his profits.
The ordinances will take effect January 2, 2012.