A smoking ban in the rural town of Liberty, Ky. lasted about a month before being repealed Wednesday at the town council meeting by a 5-1 vote.

WKDO-FM reports that the ban on smoking in public buildings seemed to tread too far into government interference in the matters of private business for the town’s liking, as several residents spoke on that point. While there was a significant group of people there to support the ban based on health concerns, it wasn’t enough to sway the council.

The revision must still go through a second hearing at the council’s Dec. 22 meeting before it will be officially repealed.

Liberty is home to just under 2,200 residents and is located about 100 miles south east of Louisville.

Update (Dec. 29, 2014)–The Liberty City Council again voted 5-1 in favor of repealing the smoking ban during the proposal’s second reading at the Dec. 22 council meeting, according to the The Casey County News.

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