The Board of Regents is considering a 100% smoke-free policy for all public colleges and universities in Georgia. Right now, schools decide their own tobacco policies. If the Regents approve the ban next month, it would go into effect in July. A total ban means no smoking, even at sporting events and in dorms and cars.
Georgia State University has banned smoking and tobacco use on most of its campus. Tobacco use will be prohibited on all university owned or leased locations, indoors and outdoors, in garages and parking lots and in all college owned or leased vehicles.
Atlanta officials are set to consider banning smoking in city parks. City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said seeing adults smoking near kids at a park and widespread smoking during a festival in Piedmont Park convinced her it’s a good idea.
A coastal Georgia county is taking steps toward banning smoking in bars and other indoor venues not covered under state law. The ban goes a step further than Georgia law, which prohibits indoor smoking in restaurants and other public buildings that allow children.
A much-debated ban on smoking in virtually all public indoor places will go into effect in Savannah with the new year. Mayor Otis Johnson pushed for the measure as part of a health campaing. Bar employees complained about the proposal when it first came up but now are adapting to the ordinance.
Savannah City Council voted Thursday to ban smoking in all bars, restaurants, and other public buildings. The new ordinance takes effect January 1st and will require smokers to keep 10 feet from business entrances.
Savannah City Council members want to make sure no one's put out of business by a new smoking ban. Savannah is poised to ban smoking at all bars and restaurants in weeks or months. But at a meeting , council members expressed concern over a handful of tobacco-related businesses, including a just-opened hookah lounge.