- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery city officials are considering an ordinance that would restrict smoking in many buildings.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (https://on.mgmadv.com/1B1ib9M) that the proposed ordinance would also prohibit smoking within 20 feet of business entrances, public transportation stations or playgrounds.

The city’s Health, Education & Recreation Standing Committee on Tuesday heard concerns from residents.

City Councilman C.C. Calhoun, who is sponsoring the ordinance, said that several issues were brought up Tuesday, including the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. In April, the Food and Drug Administration proposed regulations for e-cigarettes, which include banning sales to minors and health warnings.

Calhoun said more must be done before the ordinance is brought before the city council for a vote, such as whether to “grandfather” certain businesses that already allow smoking.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com


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