Published: Jun 08, 2010 8:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 08, 2010 5:19 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- Lee county wants employees to kick some butts -- cigarette butts to be exact.
The county government is banning the use of tobacco by employees who are on the clock, and on county property.

"As a former smoker, I know this is going to be tough, but sometimes you  just need someone to look at you real hard and say:   Now is the time (to quit)," said Commissioner  Frank Mann.

Commissioners accepted recommendations of a study group.  It wants to ban smoking on county property, including parks and beaches, by on-duty county employees.

The ban will take place in a few months most likely.

"I think our rights are being taken away," said smoker Beverly, outside a county building on a break.  "Smokers have rights too, I have my own health and if I want to smoke  I should be able to do so."