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Nelson County is considering a ban that would eliminate smoking in all workplaces. A group called the “Smokefree Nelson County Coalition” is pushing the ban. Judge Executive Dean Watts says he’s been hearing arguments from both sides, including those who contend that smokers should be able to light up in restaurants and bars.

“If you don’t like smoke and you work in a smoking environment, you need to get a job somewhere else, it’s just not that easy folks.  I’m leaning toward supporting the ordinance,” he said.

One public hearing has already been held, Watts says an overwhelming majority of those in attendance were in favor of the ban. He hopes to hold another public meeting before the matter is brought up for a vote.