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Montgomery, Ala. Starts Process of Enacting Smoking Ban (Update)

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A smoking ban is on the agenda for the Montgomery City Council tonight, but the proposal’s sponsor doesn’t seem to think it will reach a vote as there seems to be several revisions needed before it has a chance of passing.

Councilman C.C. Calhoun told the Montgomery Advertiser that as it stands now, the council isn’t 100% behind the proposal, which seeks to ban smoking completely in all enclosed public places, including bars and private clubs. Mayor Todd Strange called it a “first pass” at reducing second hand smoke in the city and would be shocked if it was passed as currently written.

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The proposed ordinance currently contains an exemption for cigar and hookah bars.

Montgomery is the capitol of Alabama and home to just over 201,000 residents.

Update (Dec. 28, 2014) — The measure moves to the Montgomery City Council, which will hold a hearing on Jan. 6, 2015.

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