There could be a new smoking ban coming to Middlesboro, Ky. after the city council voted unanimously in support of an ordinance during its meeting this Tuesday.

The city currently has no bans on smoking on the books, allowing business owners to set their own policies. The proposed ban calls for an end to smoking in all public places and was presented to the council by a group of elementary school students who are participating in a program called Destination Imagination. On its website, Destination Imagination describes itself as “a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. We inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.”

As part of their presentation to the council, they presented a petition with 408 signatures from citizens in support of the ordinance, according to

The proposed smoking ban will get its second reading at the council’s May 19 meeting.

Middlesboro is located in the southeastern corner of the state and has a population of just over 10,000 people.

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