First Kanawha, then Cabell, now Putnam County will ban smoking in most public places.
The Putnam County Health Board approved the ban Tuesday night. This ban is tougher than most, banning smoking in nearly every public place, including bars. The only exemptions are in bingo halls that hand out more than 100 cards and for personal care home residents who had smoking rights before September 2003.
Putnam County's ban will go into effect this January.
Thursday Kanawha County will discuss broadening the smoking ban there.