|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."
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