Decatur Seeks to Pass No Smoking Ordinance

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Decatur Seeks To Pass No Smoking Ordinance
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville/Madison AL Real Estate BlogDecatur no smoking

The Decatur City Council voted yesterday evening to pass an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in all public places.  It passed with a vote of 3-2.  This ordinance includes restaurants, bars, and even public sporting events.  Local restaurant owners expressed their concerns on what effect this could have on their business.  The ordinance is intended to protect individuals from the harm of exposure to second-hand smoke while in public places.

If the ordinance passes approval, it could take effect October 1st.  It is unsure at this time if Decatur Mayor Don Decatur no smokingKyle will pass a veto with a suggestive alternative to require the business to choose whether or not to allow smoking and posting it at all entrances if they choose to do so.  Time will tell how this will play out and of course I will keep you informed as I find more information available.

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Kimberly Grant
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Comments (7)

Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
We have been going more non-smoking here. The restaurants went that way a few years ago and other public spaces long before that.
Aug 07, 2007 08:22 PM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
That's interesting Ashley.  I guess the business owners are concerned with that crowd that come in to sit and socialize for a while and they think if they cannot smoke they will not be as willing to sit and stay.  I think if ALL of the restaurants are non-smoking then how can it affect you.  If they want to eat, they will stay.
Aug 08, 2007 02:41 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas has gone non-smoking too, except for the LARGE casinos (do I smell politics here?) .... anywhere food is served is off limits to smokers.  It is so nice to be able to eat a dinner out and not be next to, or have to pas through a, smoke screen.
Aug 08, 2007 03:26 PM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
Mary I had no idea that Las Vegas was non-smoking.  WOW!  Sounds like we are just a tad bit behind here!  I agree something smells a little fishy about the large casinos still allowing smoking.
Aug 08, 2007 03:41 PM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C
Kimberly, the state of Illinois will be smoke free in public places as you described above starting Jan 1! 
Aug 08, 2007 05:54 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Good morning Kimberly,

Looks like this is happening everywhere. In So-Cal we've been that way in restaurants for quite some time now. We also had the same opposition from restaurant owners, but it hasn't seemed to hurt a bit. Most of them stand in one area (maybe a few chairs) in a corner outside of the building, that's been it.

Last year we had a couple of beach cities which banned smoking on the beach. Early this a.m. I just heard on the news that L.A. has now banned smoking in the city parks. And so it goes.

Aug 09, 2007 04:30 AM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama

Hi Lynda,

I had no idea the number of cities that were already doing this.  I wonder if that was a part of the arguments in favor of banning smoking.  This is all very interesting.  I am going to keep my eye on it to see how it turns out.  If approved, it is supposed to start October 1.

Aug 09, 2007 02:50 PM