Ashland Smoking Ban

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The Ashland Smoking Ban went into effect on October 1, 2006.


August 25, 2006

The Board of City Commissioners voted in a 5-0 decision to prohibit smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment, along with outdoor arenas, venues and the patios and decks of restaurants within Ashland, Kentucky.[1]

June 2007

Ashland considers extending smoking ban ordinance to include some outside areas after the city's primary park sees an increase in smoking activity. [2]

Ordinance exemptions

  • Private residences not used as a licensed child-care facility
  • Adult day care or healthcare facilities
  • Hotel and motel rooms that are already designated as smoking rooms
  • Retail tobacco stores
  • Private clubs and outdoor places of employment
  • Private functions where smoking is prohibited are also exempt.

Chapter 99 of the Ashland City Ordinances outlines the definition and terms of the smoking ordinance as well as the exemptions, enforcement policies, and penalties.



  1. City wil go smoke free The Daily Independent August 25, 2006
  2. Ashland Looking to Expand Smoking Ban - Outdoors June 24, 2007