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Augusta Smoking Ban Re-Igniting

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Banning smoking in Augusta is re-igniting.

Augusta Commissioners will debate again an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in all public places, including bars and city parks.

A similar measure failed in February of last year after opposition from bar owners, who argued a smoking ban would be bad for business. But, supporters say that's not the case.

"It's not an argument any more. We have the data to show now, it's not going to hurt and in fact it's going to increase their business. We saw that in Savannah that business increased by twenty or thirty percent after they implemented the ordinance, so it's not in no way, shape, form, or fashion impeding on any business," says Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson, who is again leading the charge for the smoking ban.

Johnson says officials from the American Cancer Society will make a presentation to Commissioners Monday about the benefits of implementing the smoking ban.


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