Heath Department Reacts To Lincoln’s Smoking Ban

The smoking ban that was approved months ago, was scrapped. Not even the health department was prepared for the quick turn around…..however it's what officials there had been asking for all along. They say they are happy the public got the message that the Health Department is out to protect everybody. Now there are a few exemptions. Smoking will still be allowed in smoking research, theater productions, some hotel rooms, and outdoor beer gardens. Now many local business owners are upset. They have been preparing for the partial ban. But health department officials say no money was spent on the changes.

The ordinance takes effect November first. Fines will range from fifty to 5-hundred dollars. The Health Department will handle it by responding to complaints. A public hotline number will be set up to take calls by November first.