Mountain Express: Ketchum to Consider Smoking Ban


Some officials in the City of Ketchum want to use the City of Boise's year-old smoking ban to create their own smoke-free ordinance.

On Jan. 2, 2012, the City of Boise officially banned smoking in all bars and private clubs, near bus stops and transit areas, on outdoor commercial patios, the Grove Plaza and within 20 feet of city-owned buildings. Smoking is also banned in all city parks, save for two small designated smoking sections in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that Ketchum City Council members have asked for a new ordinance to be drafted that would ban smoking in enclosed public spaces and places of employment, on school grounds and city property, including parks.

“I’m not a smoker, but I don’t think traditional smoking places such as outside [the bars] should be included,” said Council Member Jim Slanetz,

The Mountain Express reports that several members of the Ketchum Fire Department spoke in favor of a proposed measure.

A draft of a proposed ordinance is expected to go before the Ketchum Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19.