Augusta, GA -
Another old plan will be getting a new look in front of Augusta city leaders. It's a plan to ban smoking in all public places in Augusta, including bars.
The ban has been snuffed out twice before by city leaders. The last time was in November of 2013, but Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson says he hopes the third time is the charm for the smoking ban.
"I've been in contract with the Breatheasy campaign committee and, of course, they are still adamant. We implement this ordinance and I think it's rightfully so. Let's be realistic, we should be a health conscience community. We have the best medical facilities here and I feel like it's a good time to really bring it back," says Johnson.
Johnson acknowledged that some downtown bars are already going smoke free on their own. He says requiring everyone to do so would take pressure away from owners who fear losing business.
Johnson expects the ordinance to ready for the Augusta Commission debate in six weeks.