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Councilwoman Valerie Schey drops sponsorship of South Bend smoking ban

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Audience at South Bend Common Council's discussion of the smoking ban Audience at South Bend Common Council's discussion of the smoking ban
SOUTH BEND -

Citing concerns for the potential impact on business and bar owners, Councilwoman Valerie Schey is dropping her support for the South Bend smoking ban.

Schey said that she had a change of heart after meeting with business owners who were worried about lost revenue as a result of the ban. When the proposed ban was discussed at Common Council meeting, several business owners showed up and expressed concern that they would lose customers to nearby Mishawaka and St. Joseph County businesses that were unaffected by the city ban on smoking.

South Bend Councilman Gavin Ferlic attended a Mishawaka Public Healthy & Safety Committee meeting in June to ask them to consider adopting a smoking ban of their own, but was told that the committee was not interested in pursuing it.

A copy of Councilwoman Schey's letter can be seen here.

 

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