Louisville's Smoke-Free Law Going Smoothly
Saturday April 15, 2006
Smoking Ban Update from the Louisville Metro Health Department
Except for a few exceptions, implementation and enforcement of Louisville’s new Smoke-Free Law that went into effect on November 15th has gained widespread acceptance throughout the community.
Twenty-seven Health Department environmentalists have been sworn in as Citation Officers. As of April 10th, the Health Department had received 588 complaints, many of which occurred within 30 days of the law’s enactment. As of April 10th, the Health Department had also issued 46 citations.
“Enforcement has been running very smoothly,” said Scott Nethery of the Health Department’s environmental division. "Most of the citations issued have been to bingo halls. We expect that the courts will resolve these cases by May 12th.,” said Nethery.
The Health Department responded to complaints during the first 30 days of the law’s enactment by educating business owners and employees about the provisions of the law and by issuing warnings. Following the first 30 days of the law’s enactment, Health Department Enforcement Officers began issuing citations.
Although a range of businesses have received citations, the vast majority have been issued to private bingo halls. On January 13th, the code-enforcement board upheld the citations of four bingo halls that had appealed their citations and found them guilty of violating the Smoke-Free Law.
The four bingo halls have now appealed to Jefferson District Court. Ten more bingo halls have also appealed their citations to the code enforcement board. The code-enforcement board is now awaiting a ruling from district court on these cases as well as on the original four cases. Jefferson District Court is expected to rule by May 12th.
“Given the fact that the new law applies to more than 20,000 businesses throughout our community, the relatively few complaints and citations indicate that most of the community is embracing Louisville’s new Smoke Free Law,” said Metro Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman.
Businesses can pick up free No Smoking signs at the Health Department at 400 E. Gray Street or they can download and print signs and other materials on the Health Department's website here.