The Middlesboro City Council has approved on first reading an ordinance that would ban smoking in public, enclosed spaces. “It remains unclear if the ban would apply to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products,” William Tribell reports for the Middlesboro Daily News.
The ordinance was prompted in part by a March presentation and petition from a group of Middlesboro Elementary School students involved in Destination Imagination, “a volunteerled, educational nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of leaders,” Tribell writes. “The team was awarded the DaVinci Award for Outstanding Creativity for their efforts and will now compete at the world competition May 20 in Knoxville.”
The students drafted the ordinance after researching those in other cities, Tribell reports: “In their presentation to the city council, the team said that 33 percent of Bell County’s population smoke, and they discussed the health effects it has on the community at large.”
“The council voted unanimously in favor of the ban ordinance, and it will go up for a second-reading vote at their meeting on May 19,” Tribell reports.