Old Havana Cigar Bar on Chestnut Street opened last year in Gadsden. Source: WBRC video
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) -
The Gadsden city council is considering a tougher tobacco ordinance.
One idea on the table is whether to exempt businesses like the Old Havana Cigar Bar on Chestnut Street. The cigar bar, which has a humidor, opened last year.
Council members are also considering how far away from a building a person can be allowed to smoke and whether an outdoor smoking area should be near an entrance or behind the building.
The council is also considering whether to ban smoking in all public places, including bars.
"My mother died from lung cancer, and I'm very, I don't know what word I want to use. But I'm just hoping that no one else has to go through what my mother went through," Gadsden city councilor Robery Avery said.
The previous 2007 ordinance regulated restaurants, but exempted bars and clubs. It allowed restaurants to be declared all-smoking or entirely non-smoking.