Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2006

Council to hear more about smoking ban

January 5, 2006

Lansing City Council will learn more about a resident's request for a ban on smoking in all public places in the city.

Matt Gledhill, a part-time waiter and full-time college student, is scheduled to appear before the council at its meeting today, Thursday, Jan. 5, in the council chambers at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Gledhill first approached the council at its Dec. 15 meeting, at which time he asked to give a presentation on the proposed anti-smoking ordinance at the council's first meeting in January.

Gledhill grew up in California, where state law prohibits smoking in "all enclosed workplaces," including restaurants and bars. He told council members last month a ban was a workplace safety issue for employees.

Mike Smith, Lansing city administrator, said he expected opponents to a "government intrusion" into business also to speak at the meeting. Then, he said, he thought council members would ask him to do additional research into smoking bans in other Kansas cities.

"You'll probably see it as a topic at a future study session," he said.

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