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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 5:13am

City Scraps Tobacco Ban

The Norcross city council has voted to rescind the citywide tobacco ban.

CBS Atlanta reports that the ban was supposed to go into effect Monday. But the council voted unanimously to scrap the entire ordinance, which would have banned all tobacco use in the city.

The council members in February passed a new ordinance banning smoking in Norcross, meaning no smoking on sidewalks downtown, at city hall and in public parks. Residents spoke out against the ban during the public comment part of Monday's council meeting.

Council member Ross Kaul says he might consider a more focused ban at some point in the future.