• Crestview Hills Votes To Support Smoking Ban
  • Some want to snuff out cheap cigarettes in Northern Kentucky.

    This Thursday night, in a very close vote, one Northern Kentucky city council says it supports an indoor smoking cigarettes ban inside public buildings.

    If this ban passes at the county level, many restaurants in the Crestview Hills Town Center will be affected.

    The vote was close. Tied at 3 to 3 actually, with the tie breaking “yes” coming from the mayor of Crestview Hills.

    Crestview Hills City Council decided to support an ordinance, urging Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties to prohibit smoking cigarettes inside public buildings.

    Residents, local students – and even musicians who perform in the area – stood up to speak both for and against the ordinance.

    "We don't want to go to a restaurant and have green growing on our steak,” said Rita Houke, a Crestview Hills resident. “We want that beer brewed right. We want clean water to drink. We want clean air to breath, too."

    "I don't see where other people think they have the right to tell others what they can and what they can't do,” said Matthew Pyles, of Crestview Hills. “There should be some regulation on things, that the FDA has done."

    City council members say considering that there are more than 40 cities within Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties, individual city votes for or against smoking cigarettes inside public buildings would be confusing and possibly detrimental to many cities.

    Therefore council members say the issue is best dealt with at the county level.

    While the ordinance did pass, not all council members supported the idea.

    "There are many cities who have no ban,” said councilmember Colleen Collins-Bright. “There are many restaurants who still choose to be a non-smoking cigarettes restaurant. And people who don't want to be around smoking cigarettes can choose to go to those restaurants."

    Thursday night’s vote was sparked by the Crestview Hills economic development committee also voting to support this ordinance earlier this week.

    We'll have to wait and see if county officials agree with the Crestview Hills city council.