MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Board of Health is reviewing its regulations for "clean indoor air" and could remove exemptions that allow smoking in bars, fraternal organizations and other places with public access, Health Department Administrator Bill Kearns told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday.
"Our current ordinance has been in effect since 2001 ... and it's went well, but things are changing in the state, things are changing in the nation," Kearns said.
"And whereas Berkeley County at one point was leading in protecting the public heath ... in regards to clean indoor air, now we're kind of falling behind, and as the second largest county in the state, we can't afford to do that," Kearns said during an informational session with the commission and Martinsburg City Council.
Removing the exemptions could affect more than 90 establishments, health department officials said Thursday.
Any proposed changes by the county's five-member health board are expected to be finalized at an Aug. 10 meeting, Kearns said after the session.