The Conway City Council is scheduled to hold a second vote on a proposed smoking ban tonight that if passed, would would ban smoking in all private businesses with just a few exceptions. The first vote passed on Jan. 5 by a vote of 4-2, a bit of a surprise given the lack of publicly stated commitment to one side or the other by city council members.
There are exemptions in the proposal for tobacco stores, cigar bars and hotels, as long as the establishments have proper ventilation systems.
Should the proposal pass tonight, violators would be fined $100 and business owners would face penalties for allowing smoking in their establishments. There is also language requiring smokers to be at least five feet from the entrance to a building or store before lighting up.
Conway is home to approximately 19,300 residents and is located about 100 miles northeast of Charleston and 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.