Local Residents React To Ketchum's Smoking Ban


By Brittany Cooper

Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Those looking to smoke in Ketchum might need to think twice before lighting up. That's because the city council passed a new ordinance last week.

"The average Ketchum citizen is very health conscious," claims Bill Collins, a local resident.

So it might come as no surprise that the Ketchum City Council voted in favor of adopting an ordinance, prohibiting smoking in public places.

"I think it's a pretty non–smoking town as it is. So I don't see it as really going to disturb a whole of people and the ones who do get offended, I think they'll be thrilled to have the ban on," adds Collins.

Smoking would be banned in all city–owned facilities and all enclosed indoor public places and places of employment. That's good news for some, as Ketchum is looked at as an escape towards clean air.

Annelia Williams enjoys going to concerts and says, "I enjoy the fresh air and i feel if people want to smoke, that's great, but really to not be around other people that's a really super idea."

Williams also suffers from asthma and it's aggravated by cigarette smoke. "I usually will politely ask people to put out the cigarettes and people have been compliant about that. But it's kind of nice I don't have to do that anymore."

Violators of the ordinance would be issued a written warning for the first violation, but fines could reach 52–dollars.

Collins states, "maybe the late night bar crowd may not appreciate it, but not really a whole lot of controversy in this town."

To smoke or not to smoke, we'll find out once this law goes into effect.

According to the ordinance, the city will utilize a one year campaign before enforcing the law.

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