Berkeley County board considers expanding smoking ban

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Health Department's board is considering a proposal to ban smoking in bars, private clubs and public spaces.The proposed expansion of the county's indoor air quality policy also would apply to using hookahs or an electronic cigarette device that creates a vapor.
A tobacco awareness coalition is proposing the changes. County health officer and coalition member Dr. Diana Gaviria tells The Journal that the board could decide at its March 18 meeting whether to put the proposed revisions out for public comment.Gaviria says 24 counties have a comprehensive policy that covers all workplaces.The existing policy bans smoking in restaurants and enclosed public places, such as grocery stores, banks and business offices. In 2010, the board exempted retail tobacco establishments.
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