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Metro Newsroom

Mayor Pleased With Smoking Ban Ruling

Monday November 5, 2007

Mayor Jerry Abramson released the following statement regarding the smoking ban court decision:

“The Plaintiffs in this case have asked the court to strike down the entire smoking law based on an exemption for horse racing facilities added to the ban by the Metro Council.

“I am pleased that Judge Clayton has made it clear in her opinion that Louisville has the right to ban smoking in public places.

“Let me quote the judge directly: “It is within the purview of local governments to enact ordinances which prohibit smoking” to protect public health.

“That’s great news for our health. That’s a victory for our children. That’s a victory for our community.

“In her ruling, Judge Clayton struck down the exemption for Churchill Downs, saying it violates the state constitution.

“As you know, I’ve long supported a complete, comprehensive smoking ban with no exceptions. And I’ve worked to get such a law through the Metro Council.

“The ruling today is clear. And I support it.

“Therefore, the Louisville Metro Health Department will enforce the smoking ban in all establishments, including Churchill Downs, as soon as the judge’s order is final and the window for appeal closes.

“I will not appeal the decision on behalf of Metro Government. And I’m hopeful the Metro Council will also let the judge’s decision stand.

“Based on my conversations today with Churchill Downs’ officials, I believe they are fully prepared to comply with the citywide smoking ban.”