The Smoking Ban Should Stay (11/13/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

The Smoking Ban Should Stay (11/13/07)

When Louisville's new smoking ban was passed by the Metro Council earlier this year, many business owners cried "foul" because Churchill Downs was exempted.

Circuit Court Judge Denise Clayton agreed with them, ruling last week there was no "rational reason" to exclude the historic race track from the law's provisions.

But now, instead of being happy the judge has finally leveled the playing field, many of these same business owners still aren't satisfied, claiming the entire law should now be overthrown because it never would have been passed without the Churchill exemption.

That would be a ridiculous step in the wrong direction. The movement in cities all across this country is to ban smoking in public places because smoking kills people.

The Metro Council was overly protective in originally exempting Churchill. But this law is still a matter of public health. And I don't believe the Council members who passed it would have ignored the public health factor even if they had known the track would ultimately have to be included.

No - the smoking ban is here to stay, and that's the way it should be. And now that the distraction of the Churchill exemption is finally out of the way, maybe we can start beating another horse that isn't quite so dead.

What do you think? Call and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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