Marshall County's smoking ban may soon be extended to some areas of the great outdoors. The county health department board is considering banning smoking in ticket lines, parks and playgrounds, stadiums, fairs and festivals, outdoor dining areas and 15 feet away from all commercial buildings.
The board is also considering banning smoking in all hotel rooms. The decision hasn't been made yet, but they say the science behind it is clear.
"There's no disputing that cigarette smoke, whether it's the person smoking or second hand smoke, causes cancer and other lung-related issues such as asthmatic attacks," said Marshall County Health Department administrator Ronda Francis. "For the protection of the public, Chapter 16 of West Virginia law requires that we protect the public's air, water and food supply."
The board will make the decision February 8. They are not holding a public hearing beforehand, but they do want the public's input.
Anyone with strong feelings on either side is urged to write a letter to the board. They can address it to The Marshall County Health Department, P.O. Box 429, Moundsville, West Virginia 26041.