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Commissioners To Talk About Smoking Ban Next Week

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Reginald Foster may look like he's smoking a cigarette, but he's not, he's actually smoking an electronic cigarette. Foster is the manager of Vapor Shotz on Broad Street. The store sells several different kinds of e-cigarettes, which are becoming more popular every year.

"I wouldn't say that they are healthier at all, I just see it as a better way of trying to get off of tobacco and nicotine all together," Foster says.

E-cigarettes are smokeless and tobacco free. The devices heat up a liquid and turn it into a vapor. Georgia doesn't allow smoking in restaurants, but Foster says the law doesn't include e-cigarettes.

"I haven't had any trouble smoking, vaping actually, it's actually called vaping. I haven't had any trouble vaping in a restaurant or bar, or business what so ever. You get looks here and there, but you don't have any bans, as far as them telling you can't vape here," he says.

In Augusta, smoking is still allowed in bars, but city leaders are trying to change that

"We want most public places to be smoke-free. And for the students who are working, some of them have places of employment where they do allow smoking inside, they won't have to be imposed on by that," Augusta Mayor Pro-tem Corey Johnson says.

The city-wide smoking ban wouldn't include e-cigarettes, and because of that, Foster thinks it will be good for business.

"I think it would kind of help us out a great bit because we don't have anything to do with any types of tobacco what so ever," Foster says.

Augusta commissioners will talk about the smoking ban on Monday.

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