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Questions surround smoking ban

Publication Date: 6/30/2005
  • Author:Jake Jacobs
  • Publication:Macon (GA) Telegraph
Health departments haven't established how new law will be enforced

Georgia's statewide ban on lighting up in public buildings becomes law Friday, but the smoke hasn't completely cleared.

Still hazy is how the new law will be enforced.

Many Middle Georgia businesses and governments say they are ready for the ban, signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue in May. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and if convicted would face fines ranging from $100 to $500.

But enforcing the new law raises some questions with Crawford County Sheriff Kerry Dunaway.