When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, smokers at local businesses and other public places will have to step outside if they want to light up as Corbin’s smoking ordinance takes effect.
The ordinance, which was approved in December, bans smoking in all indoor public places within the Corbin City limits.
To help local business owners, the Whitley County Health Department prepared an informational packet. Inside the packet was a copy of the ordinance, answers to frequently asked questions along with a troubleshooting guide that includes tips on dealing with customers upset by the ordinance and a decal to place on the door indicating the business is now smoke free.
Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said everything has been quiet as the ordinance gets closer to going into effect.
"The only complaints we heard were the ones one the night we passed the first reading," McBurney said referring to comments made by John Mullins owner of the Corbin Bingo Parlor on Falls Hwy.
Mullins, who asked to be exempted from the ordinance, told the commission he has completely separate rooms for smoking and non-smoking customers that use different heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the smoking room has an air filter system that is constantly removing the smoke from the room and pumping in fresh air.
Commissioners denied his request, noting the on-going legal issues Lexington and Louisville are facing because Keenland and Churchhill Downs racetracks were exempted in their respective ordinances.
Under the terms of the ordinance, Corbin Police and Corbin Building Inspector Frank Burke will be responsible for enforcing it. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $150.