(03/24/2005)
New revisions regarding the tightening of second-hand smoke has been released by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department for a six-county area.

The ban still focuses on restaurants and work sites, said Carrie Brainard, a tobacco specialist with the department.

The latest revision changes the definition of a free-standing bar and video lottery establishment, which will be exempted from the regulations.

Brainard said the previous definition related to how much food was sold with the alcohol would have been difficult to enforce.

A proposal to allow restaurants to install a very expensive ventilation area and automatic doors has been scrapped.

The Mid -Ohio Valley Health Department will hold three public meetings for the purpose of receiving comment from any interested person on the proposed changes to the Mid-Ohio Valley Clean Indoor Air Regulation to smoke-free restaurants and work-sites now being considered for adoption by said Board of Health.

The meeting dates will be:

April 4 at Wirt County High School Auditorium

April 5 at Heritage Community Building in Spencer

April 7 at Jim Spence Rec. Building in St. Marys

All three meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Board will also accept written comment up until the 21st of April regarding the proposed Clean Indoor Air Regulation upgrade. Comments can be emailed to cleanindoorair@movhd.com or sent to: Mike St. Clair, BOH Chair, MOVHD, 211 6th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

A copy of the proposed ordinance can be obtained from the Health Department's website: www.movhd.com. Copies will also be posted for public view at each of the Health Department's county offices and the county courthouses.


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