Just over six weeks since the Gautier City Council passed a smoking ban that prohibited smoking in bars, restaurants and public buildings, the seven member council voted on Tuesday to make a change.

The council modified the ordinance to allow smoking in bars and will create an allowance for other businesses to have indoor smoking rooms as long as they are separated and have proper ventilation systems. The modified ordinance passed by a vote of 5-2 and can be seen here.

Previously, only private clubs, retail tobacco stores and private residences were the only places exempted under the ordinance.

Danielle Litsey of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Jackson County told the Associated Press that the modified ordinance means the city is no longer qualified for federal health insurance grants since it is no longer a comprehensive ordinance.

Gautier is a coastal town located in the southeastern part of the state and is home to just under 20,000 people.

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