City council votes to move forward with amended smoking ban

GARDEN CITY -- Garden City will move forward with a ban on smoking, but bars that require patrons to be 21 and over would not be included in the ban, city council members decided Monday night.

City council members heard from 16 people during the meeting, the majority of whom wanted smoking to be banned in all public places in Garden City.

Those who turned out to the meeting mostly talked about health concerns from second-hand smoke.

But somebusiness owners told the council a smoking ban would be detrimental to their businesses.They say it isn't right for the city council to take away the rights of smokers.

Do we have the right to take the choice completely away from adults who choose to smoke? asked one person at the meeting.

Like creating laws about drunk driving to keep others safe, one person's choices should not be allowed to affect the health of others, said another person.

The Garden City City Council appeared to strike a compromise. They're moving forward with a measure that would ban smoking in public places, but allow it in bars, bingo facilities, and hookah bars that serve customers21 years and older.

The Garden City City Council will take up the issue again in July.


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