Boise Council Passes Smoke-Free Ordinances, Looks to Taxis Next

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Citydesk counts at least 30 restaurants and/or bars in Boise that currently allow smoking. But in a little more than a month, it will be time to clean out the ashtrays once and for all.

As expected, the Boise City Council last night decided to ban smoking in the city's bars and restaurants, in addition to parks, the Greenbelt, the Grove and all of of Eighth Street between Main and Bannock. Councilman T.J. Thomson was the only council member to vote against the ordinance banning smoking in parks, hoping that designated smoking sections could be established in more of the city's larger parks. The ordinances, as written, would allow designated smoking areas only in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks, in addition to a smoking section near the Grove Plaza.

The new ordinance also bans smoking in taxi cabs. Which opened the door for the City Council to next consider a proposed ordinance that would introduce a list of changes to how taxis operate in the City of Trees. In today's BW, you can read all about the proposed taxi ordinance.