Louisville to Become Smoke-Free
Friday October 13, 2006
Mayor commends council, community for taking stand to protect public health
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that Louisville is joining the country’s progressive cities that have passed comprehensive smoke-free laws to protect the health of citizens.
The mayor thanked Metro Council members and health advocates this morning, following last night’s 19-5 council vote on a measure that will make Louisville’s smoking ordinance one of the most comprehensive in the nation.
“When we first started down the road of protecting our citizens against the dangers of second-hand smoke, I could count the supporters on one hand. Last night, you could count the opponents on one hand,” Abramson said.
The mayor credited the change to citizens who “joined with us to make it clear they don’t want to breathe harmful second-hand smoke anymore.”
The new smoking measure will take effect July 1, 2007. It will remove exemptions for more than 400 restaurants, bars, bingo halls, private clubs and other businesses that currently are permitted to allow smoking. More than 20,000 workplaces and public buildings were prohibited from allowing smoking with the ordinance enacted in November 2005.
The mayor also urged citizens to use the new law's implementation of July 1, 2007 as a target date to quit smoking.
“We hope folks will take this opportunity to break the addictive and harmful habit of smoking,” Abramson said. “July 1 is a great date to become smoke-free along with the rest of our community.”
The Louisville Metro Health Department has a number of smoking-cessation programs to help folks kick the habit. For information call (502) 574-STOP.