Lakewood City Council voted in favor of a harsher smoking law April 9 at its regular council meeting, but stopped short of forcing tobacco-selling businesses, cigar or hookah bars to eliminate indoor smoking.. Council voted 9-2 for a stricter ordinance, which includes extending the 15-foot no-smoking perimeters from all public entrances to 25 feet with the exception of businesses with patios. In addition, no new hookah or cigar bars may open in the city.
During the public comment period, people expressed concern over second-hand smoke. Dr. Mark Johnson, executive director of Jefferson County Public Health, asked council to reconsider its former decision and make all businesses and patio areas smoke-free.
But Tim Cox, city attorney, said Lakewood could not force smoking-oriented businesses operating near other establishments to install air purifiers.