Fond du Lac has joined a handful of communities in the state with a citywide smoking ban. It covers all working places including bars and restaurants.
Prior to the City Council's 4-3 vote Wednesday night the Council was treated to some impassioned pleas on both sides of the issue. Lyle Huss sank his life savings into renovating and opening the Last Stop Lanes. He says the smoking ban will shut down a business that opened only months ago. The business owner was critical of seven council members being able to "destroy his life" with their decision.
"If I lose this business lose my house my cars and everything I own," says Huss.
Safe free Air for Everyone coordinator Maggie McCullough disputed claims that cigarette sales offset the cost of health care for cigarette related illnesses in Fond du Lac County. A survey found out cigarette sales account for $23.4 million a year compared to $38 million for health care costs.
Jim Nintzel sponsored the smoking ban ordinance which takes affect in 90 days. His wife died of cancer. He doesn't want to see anyone else go through that pain.
"I can't be any happier," says the Council member.
The Council passed one amendment to the ordinance, which would allow a statewide smoking ban to preempt the city's ban.
Contributed by Bob Nelson-KFIZ