The Macon City Council has voted to eliminate smoking from nearly everywhere but private residences. The council voted 9-6 for the new rules Tuesday night. The ordinance eliminates smoking in bars and nightclubs, most hotel rooms, health care facilities, and almost every other indoor location except private houses.
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.
Only a handful of Georgia cities ban smoking at all bars and restaurants. The City currently follows state law and allows smoking at bars if they don't hire minors. Restaurants must have separate smoking sections.