COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kenton County will be the first northern Kentucky county to ban smoking in most public places when a new ordinance takes effect on Friday.
The new ban, which includes restaurants, offices and churches, begins at 12:01 a.m.
Private clubs and some businesses that serve alcohol can apply for an exemption by meeting certain requirements.
Penalties for violations of the new ordinance include a warning for the first offense within a year, $100 for the second offense within a year and $250 for third and subsequent offenses within a year.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that people on both sides of the smoking ban debate say the partial ban that allows some exemptions is confusing and will be difficult to enforce.
The ordinance was approved by the Kenton Fiscal Court in December.
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