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Simpsonville passes workplace smoking ban

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A smoker holds a cigarette at an Upstate restaurant. (File/FOX Carolina) A smoker holds a cigarette at an Upstate restaurant. (File/FOX Carolina)

The Simpsonville City Council voted 4 to 3 on Tuesday night to ban smoking in workplaces.

The original version of the ordinance only included restaurants, but Tuesday's vote extends the rule to cover bars, private clubs, bingo houses and other workplaces that are open to the public.

Some questioned the first proposal, saying it was unfair because it targeted restaurants.

"This is not a smoking ban in Simpsonville," said Councilman Matthew Gooch. "You still have a right to smoke, but we're just regulating where you can smoke."

"Ronald Reagan once said be afraid of these nine words, 'I'm the government, and I'm here to help you,'" said Councilwoman Sylvia Lockaby. "Because of this, I won't support this ordnance."

The vote was decided by Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor.

At a meeting to discuss the proposal Monday night, Council members said police will write tickets to business owners, and fines could range anywhere from $15 to $25. The ordinance will become law on Sept. 1, 2012.

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