It's been 10 years since a smoking ban in restaurants went into effect in the Atlanta metro, no officials are considering expanding the law to cover bars and other public places too.
“Atlanta is literally one of the last major cities to not have this type of comprehensive legislation in place,” councilman Matt Westmoreland told Channel 2 . Two other city council members are already on board and they don't assume it will be hard to pass the ordinance that will expand the ban. This new ordinance would cover bars and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport too.
People could still smoke outside the main terminal, but smoking inside the concourses, even in the specially designated rooms, would be illegal. It will also ban smoking in bars and within 5 feet of an entrance to a business.
The good news is that Cigar bars, hookah bars and vape shops would be exempt under the law. I don't smoke cigarettes, but I like cigar bars and hookah so that's good news.
I wish they'd include parks more in the law. I've been to several with my kids and seen way too many people lighting up. It's smells and my kids have to walk through the clouds. I usually say something, cause that's awful!