Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 17, 2013

WVU smoking ban causes headaches for others


Associated Press

MORGANTGOWN — West Virginia University’s new smoking ban is causing headaches for residents and businesses near its campuses.

Sarah Zegre says crowds of WVU employees now sit in her front yard or on the sidewalks in the morning smoking cigarettes. Some leave cigarette butts and the crates that they sit on outside her home.

Zegre says she supports the smoking ban. But she also says WVU employees, along with students when they return in the fall, need a legitimate place to smoke.

The Dominion Post reports that Zegre’s comments came Tuesday during a Morgantown City Council meeting.

City manager Jeff Mikorski says the city has heard a number of similar concerns.

The smoking ban went into effect July 1.