UPDATE: Changes Made to Smoking Ban

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

UPDATE:

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department made some changes to its Clean Indoor Air Act Tuesday night.

Effective Tuesday, Exec. Director Dick Wittberg says the health department changed the "reasonable distance" definition in the act, requiring all smoking rooms to be 15 feet or more outside of any building.

Before, smoking enclosures were required to be 15 feet away from all doors, windows and airways.

Wittberg says they also changed the definition of "enclosed area." It was originally defined as being any area enclosed on all sides from floor to ceiling.

Now, an enclosed area is defined as being any area with a roof or overhead covering of any kind that only has only two walls, like a car port.

For any place that has a smoking area already approved by the department, its owners will have until October 2010 to comply.

But all new approvals must be in line with these new definitions.

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When the law passed to ban smoking in public facilities, many bar and restaurant owners were concerned about how it would impact their business.

Some places have gone to using smoking rooms.

J.P. Henry's has a smoking room that has been approved by the health department because it's far enough away from any entries to the main building, and it has proper ventilation.

The topic of smoking rooms will be discussed at Tuesday night's board meeting at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

The owners of J.P. Henry's say it's working out well for them.

"We have had no problems and have had no change financially, or any problems with this. Actually I have to admit, it's been a good thing. Our building's cleaner," Sabrena Hughes, co-owner of J.P. Henry's, said.

No word yet on whether or not any decisions will be made at the meeting concerning smoking rooms.


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  • by love it! Location: parkersburg on Nov 29, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    I was never happier when the smoking ban went into effect. I can now go out and not come out smelling like I rolled around in an ashtray! The smell of smoke is disgusting and is bad for your health. Get a clue smokers, there is more people that would rather smell good and be healthy.
  • by Weak minded Location: your neighbor on Nov 27, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    You may call us weak minded, but us considerate smokers are more broad minded than you. Guess we should classify all people, including you, that to enjoy something as a freedom of choice makes us weak minded. I am sure you have habits that I may not agree with but that doesn't give me the right to call you weak minded. This is America for a while longer and I also have some rights the same as you. One more example of a "perfect" non smoker. As Brian said, let's stop smoking the legal cigarettes and start smoking pot. Then it will be all people paying the extra taxes, including you, and not just us weak minded people.
  • by Patricia Location: Parkersburg on Nov 26, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Smoking is for weak minded people.
  • by brian on Nov 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    I said it a few years ago and it seems to be coming true; pot will be legal and cigarettes will be outlawed. Seems silly doesn't it. There is a nationwide push to legalize that type of smoking. Leave cigarettes alone if "medical" dope is going to be legal. Besides, non-smokers shouldn't complain too much. When the state or federal government needs quick cash, they continually make smokers shoulder the burden. If not for smokers, they'd have to find something else to tax and it would be something YOU like and your taxes might triple on it, gasoline comes to mind. Besides, a business should be able to allow whatever they want inside its doors, if non-smokers choose not to patronize them, so be it. Likewise, smokers should be able to choose whether they want to enter a non-smoking establishment if they want to and follow that business's rules. No one should be alowed to shove their ideology down everyone's throat. Sounds like something a dictatorship would do.
  • by Tom Location: Belpre on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    What I hate about smokers is.....what gives them the right to litter every day? When they're done inhaling their toxins, they just flip their "butts" out the window. Those butts go down the storm drains and ultimately end up in our drinking water. Thanks smokers!!! I wish they could put you all on your own little island.
  • by RB Location: Parkersburg on Nov 26, 2009 at 04:35 AM
    sounds like prohibition all over again. First they outlaw smoking indoors in public/private establishments but allow them to build areas where smokers can exit the main area to have a smoke but no services such as buying food or alcohol. So when smokers feel the need to light up they head to these areas. But now it seems the MOVHD and non-smokers feel left out because they can't go into these areas because people are smoking there so they feel left out. Get a freaking life, nobody is forcing any not-smoker to enter those areas so how is 2nd hand smoke affecting them? What's next, outlawing smokers from smoking in their own homes, cars and backyards?
  • by Could give a rats .... Location: Parkersburg on Nov 26, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    Wow ... you all are SO concerned about your RIGHTS!!! Step back and look around at the nation and all the other rights that are being trampled that you're all seeming to ignore! This is penny ante stuff, but if it makes you feel better ...
  • by bikerdude Location: ohio on Nov 26, 2009 at 03:34 AM
    I don't know what all the fuss is about with the non smokers I have never once in my life ever complained about someone eating while I smoke. a sign at the door saying this is a smoking facility, is all that should be needed, thus if you don't want to smell it go home and drink or go home and eat, buy a plastic bubble and put it around your house and stay inside it, automobile exhaust is 10 times worse that Cigarettes, why not stop cars from passing within 15 feet of businesses.generators,construction equipment, whats next sue GOD because the wind blows the smoke from a wood stove across the street towards you. the list goes on and on, GROW UP PEOPLE the things people do to justify their jobs LMAO. and the fat people thing LOL
  • by Anonymous Location: Mineral Wells on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:52 PM
    well i think its crazy crybabys like yourself have to complain about smoke beleave it or not it isnt any different then the air we breath anyway i got one for ya... if u non smokers spent more time on fighting the toxics in the air from theses plants you wouldnt have to worry about people smoking in front of buildings
  • by government is shady Location: pkg on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:32 PM
    this is to MADDmomma HOW CAN U SIT THERE AND TALK ABOUT OBESE PEOPLE WHO R U TO JUDGE ANYONE U KNOW WE HAVE FEELINGS JUST LIKE U, MAYBE UR SKINNY BUT MAYBE UR ALSO A CRACKHEAD AND THATS HOW U STAY SKINNY!! SOME OF US HAVE PROBLEMS THATS Y WE R OBESE SO B4 U JUDGE OR ANYTHING SHUT UR MOUTH I FEEL BAD FOR UR KIDS WOW SERIOUSLY, IM A FULL TIME COLLEGE STUDENT ON THE HONORS LIST 4 MEDICAL, MAYBE U GOT INJURED FROM SOMEONES DRINKING BC U WASENT PAYING ATTENTION OR U DESERVED IT,EVER THINK BOUT THAT?? LET ME GUESS....NO
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