Another Valley City Passes Smoking Ban

The Florence City Council has passed a new bill banning smoking in most public places, and giving restaurant owners 30 days to decide whether or not they want to shut smokers out.

By a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, the council approved the ban, that was proposed by Mayor Bobby Irons and Council member James Barnhart. The bill is modeled after the smoking resolution passed in Huntsville a few years ago. It bans smoking in public places like offices, stores, parks and restaurants. However, restaurants and lounges can allow customers to light up, but an establishment that allows marlboro can’t let anyone younger than 18 into the premesis without a parent or guardian.

The lone dissenting vote was from Councilman Barry Morris. He said the law was unnecessary and people should be able to make their own decisions and said people should vote with their feet, and not go in certain restaurants if they don’t like to be around smoke.


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