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City of Murray’s Smoke-Free Ordinance Goes Into Effect September 17


The City of Murray’s smoke free ordinance goes into effect on September 17.

Theordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed public spaces and places of employment within city limits. Smoking will not be allowed in parking lots and areas within 15 feet of entrances. Designated smoking areas in restaurants or bars must not exceed 25% of a total outdoor common area.

Big Apple Cafe owner Ron Gladden said he started complying with the ordinance in early August. He said he’s changed his restaurant's outdoor patio section but said the ordinance is taking a toll on his business. 

“Our day-business is down by at least half, our happy hour business is down by way more than half. It’s had a super negative effect on my regulars,” Gladden said. 

Gladden said he plans to ask the city council to change language in the ordinance that prohibits patrons in designated smoking areas to be waited on by staff.

Mayor Jack Rose has said he would be open to adjusting the ordinance.

Taylor is a recent Murray State University graduate where she studied journalism and history. When she's not reporting for WKMS, she enjoys creative writing and traveling. She loves writing stories that involve diversity, local culture and history, nature and recreation, art and music, and national or local politics. If you have a news tip or idea, shoot her an email at!
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