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Legislature's proposed indoor smoking ban ignites debate

Publication Date: 2005-03-21
  • Author:Liz Fabian
  • Publication:Macon (GA) Telegraph
Many bar and restaurant owners may be forced to choose between smokers and families with children under changes to the proposed statewide indoor smoking ban.

While the Georgia Senate passed a ban on smoking in most public buildings, a House committee voted last Tuesday to allow smoking in bars and restaurants if the minimum age for entry is 18 years old.

The full House must now debate the issue.

The exemption to the ban could create a dilemma for restaurants that include bars. In order to allow smoking, owners would have to turn away those under 18.