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Augusta Smoking Ban Needed For Workers Health, Supporters Say

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The plan to ban smoking in Augusta bars is re-igniting.

For the second time in a year, Augusta Commissioners are talking about creating a comprehensive smoking ordinance.

It would prohibit smoking and e-cigarettes in all businesses, including bars and night clubs.

Supporters say it would help protect employees from second hand smoke.

"Benzene, lead, formaldehyde...all the chemicals that are in secondhand smoke...if they were in the air at any other workplace, there would be calls to shut it down, there would be investigation, so we're asking for workers in our service sector to have the same sort of clean workplace air that other workers enjoy," says Kirk Miller, of the organization Breathe Easy Augusta.

Approval is still needed...the ordinance was forwarded to the full Commission without a recommendation from the Public Services Committee.

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