Looming county smoking ban irks West Virginia veterans

A proposed smoking ban in Mineral County starting Oct. 1 is stirring up opposition among veterans.

The News Tribune reports that representatives of American Legion and VFW clubs flocked to a county commissioners' meeting room Wednesday in Keyser to appeal for an exemption for their establishments.

They complained that the smoking ban is an infringement on their personal liberty and threatens the financial viability of their organizations.

During the meeting, Paul McIllwee of the Keyser VFW read the names of Mineral County men who died in service to their country. He says veterans should be allowed to enjoy a smoke at their VFW hall.

County commissioners said they plan to meet with the Board of Health to convey the veterans' concerns.