Commissioner Calls for Airport to go Smoke-Free

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper is requesting that Charleston's Yeager Airport go totally smoke-free within 30 days.

Carper says his main reasoning behind the ban is that Yeager Airport is a public facility.

"I personally see a great difference between privately owned facilities as opposed to a publicly owned facility where members of the public are exposed to second-hand smoke as they enter our one and only airport," Carper said.

Currently, Carper says the airport allows smoking in the lounge next to the restaurant and near the main gates. He says the public should not have to walk through second-hand smoke in order to enter or exit the airport.

Carper's request asks that the smoke-free issue be discussed at the next airport board's agenda.

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