A smoking ban could be coming to Duncan, S.C., as the town council held a public hearing on the matter Wednesday evening to discuss a change that could effectively ban smoking in all buildings within the city limits except for private residences.
According to GoUpstate.com, five residents attended the meeting and there was a strong sentiment from both councilors and citizens that the ordinance is both unnecessary and would infringe on businesses in the city.
Mayor Lisa Scott drafted the proposal and said she feels it will help create a healthy and safe environment. Specifics about the proposal, including minimum distances that someone could smoke from a building, regulations and enforcement are still to be decided. One councilor suggested the proposal go before the citizens as a ballot issue, though whether or not that happens is uncertain.
Duncan is located in the northwestern corner of the state and has a population of 3,236 people as of the 2012 U.S. Census estimates.