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New Albany considers smoking ban

It's New Albany's turn to consider a smoking ban, for the second time in less than two years.
Monday night, the city council heard arguments for and against a ban, even though it has no bill pending.

They met in a smoke-free building.  Council members wonder if it's time for the everyplace else to go smoke free, too.

Joshua Bryant hopes any New Albany smoking ban would exclude bars.  Bryant's boss Dave Himmel owns a bar and a restaurant.  He worries about losing customers and wishes the council would let "him" decide.

Many of Himmel's customers support a smoking ban, similar to those in Louisville and Jeffersonville.  One supporter of a smoking ban showed preserved lungs to the city council to make his point.

Other supporters cited surveys and studies of second-hand smoke in local businesses and statistics showing less than one fourth of New Albany residents smoke.

Those against a smoking ban include bar owners, a tobacco wholesaler and a bed-and-breakfast owner, each with worries about their businesses and any bigger impact on town.

A previous city council heard the emotional and initial arguments before tabling a smoking ban last year.  Current council members have heard from smokers and non-smokers, supporters and opponents alike, since then.

Council president Jeff Gahan says a smoking ban could come before the council later this fall.  He wants to hear arguments now, before anyone writes another bill.

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