A group of elected officials in the Alabama Senate have introduced S.B. 168, the Alabama Smoke-free Air Act of 2014, which would ban smoking in many places across the state. Smoking would be banned in and within 15 feet of the entrances of most public places, patios and businesses.

Exempt would be tobacconists, cigar bars and private clubs. Violations would carry a fine up to $100,000 for owners of those failing to comply.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile. Sen. Figures introduced a statewide smoking ban in 2008, again in 2010 and most recently in 2012. All three attempts have failed to gain statewide approval, although statewide smoking bans have passed the Alabama Senate.

Figures is joined by 18 co-sponsors: 11 Republican, six Democrats and one Independent.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.