"We're against smoking in the workplace and public areas because it harms people and affects the heath of everyone around them. And a regulation is for the protection of all public health," said one resident supporting the clear air ordnance.
"At our club they smoke. You have a choice to walk in there, watch a game, smoke a cigar, a cigarette," said one resident against the ban.
The county's ordnance hasn't been changed since 2001. This new ban comes after a proposal from the Tobacco Awareness Coalition. This was the only public hearing during the 30 day public comment period.
"Because as years go on we become more knowledgeable of the dangers of second hand smoke the ordnance basically protects the workplace and it's employees from those dangers and we know what those dangers are," said Bill Kearns with the Berkeley County Health Department.
If this regulation passes,
"It really is time to be a healthy county and we don't want to see anyone lose their job, we don't want to see anyone lose their business but we don't want to see people have to go to a, loose their life for a job," said George Blough, chairwoman of A Tobacco Awareness Coalition.
Many business owners, however, are concerned
"The freedom of choice, we don't feel that anyone should be told what to do, it's
The Berkeley County Board of Health will vote on the ban during their next meeting on May 6.
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