Lincoln’s Smoking Ban Will Go Before Voters

The Lincoln City Council voted Monday afternoon to let voters decide whether the city's strict smoking ban will go into effect. The decision comes after a petition-drive to repeal the ban forced the council to reconsider the issue. The question that remains now is– how it will be worded on the ballot. City Councilman Ken Svoboda says the City Attorney's Office will come up with wording that will make it extremely simple for people to understand, without getting into too much detail.

If the all total ban is voted down, the previously approved ban that would prohibit smoking in businesses where food makes up 60 percent, or more, of total sales would go back on the books. The next step is for the council to vote on the draft of the ballot-wording.