There are some changes in a proposed smoking ban that would affect much of Gadsden.
Now, police would handle all enforcement of the ban, removing building inspectors and the fire marshal from that duty. The ban would also likely say that a person must stand 20 feet away from a building to smoke.
Councilor Ben Reed says a determing factor in the distance requirement was a complaint from one business owner. She said cigarette smoke from a sidewalk drifted into her clothing store, costing her inventory and business.
The proposal banning smoking inside all public buildings, even bars, has been praised by groups like the American Lung Association for protecting the public from second hand smoke.
But business owners for establishments like Plumber's Pub in east Gadsden, oppose the measure because they say it violates their rights, the rights of their customers and could cost them business.
The council will vote on the proposed ordinance Tuesday, June 10.
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