The Christian County Chamber of Commerce recently performed a survey of its members to see how they feel about a proposed public smoking ban in Hopkinsville.
Chamber President Carter Hendricks says about a third of members responded, which is a fairly high number compared to previous similar surveys. Hendricks says the respondents represented businesses of all types and sizes and that well over 70-percent favor banning smoking in places open to the public.
Asked if they favored any exemptions for any type of establishment, about half said they favored no exemptions at all.
Hopkinsville City Council tabled a smoking ban ordinance last month and is expected to re-visit the issue at an August Committee of the Whole meeting. The Kentucky General Assembly has considered a statewide ban similar to the one in Tennessee on multiple occasions, but the measure has never picked up enough momentum to pass.