The Hancock County Board of Health is expected to meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a proposed smoking ban regulation.
Hancock is one of the last counties in West Virginia to ban smoking in public places, but recently officials have been discussing a possible rule change. The draft being discussed could ban smoking in all enclosed public places.
Meanwhile, in Ohio County, the Board of Health is considering canceling an exemption which allows smoking inside casinos, video gambling parlors, and gaming parlors inside of bars. Dr. William Mercer, with the Board of Health, said, "Our philosophy, or my philosophy, is we make sure your water is safe and your food is safe, we want to make sure the air that you breath is safe. So it's really not an owner's final decision, if they've got employees working there that are pregnant, they really shouldn't be exposed to second-hand smoke."