Just weeks after one county in the northern panhandle opted to go 100-percent smoke free, another county is now considering that possibility as well.
Brooke County now may be following Hancock County by going smoke free.
Brooke County Health Department Administrator Karen McClain says the board of health will be adopting a clean air regulation draft that will ban smoking in all enclosed public places as well as outdoor places like fairs, festivals and playgrounds. “As a board of health, what we can address is the second hand smoke that we are exposed to there’s huge amount of scientific evidence that its very detrimental to the health and well being to everyone in the community,” McClain said.
Brooke County has a clear air regulation in place from 2005, but McClain said it’s not up-to-date because it doesn’t include the video lottery gaming establishments, which were not around in 2005.
A public hearing has been set for October 6 at 7 p.m. in the Brooke County Court room. Copies of the draft proposal are in the Wellsburg, Follansbee and Mary H. Weir libraries, and on the Brooke County Health Department website here.
Residents can send written comments regarding the regulation draft to the Brooke County Health Department until October 19.