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Tuesday December 1st, 2020 6:58PM

1 Georgia city expands smoking ban to most bars and stores

By The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — One city in Georgia is starting 2019 by banning smoking in most bars and retails spaces.

A smoke-free ordinance is taking effect Tuesday in Augusta, and the Augusta Chronicle reports it will affect nearly 10,000 businesses.

Restaurants were already smoke-free under a statewide law in Georgia. Augusta officials adopted the new ordinance June 19 and delayed its start date until Jan. 1.

The only places that may continue to allow smoking will be hookah lounges and electronic cigarette stores that existed when the ordinance was adopted.

Breatheasy Augusta, the coalition that pushed for the ordinance, has been working with the city on materials, signs and window decals for businesses to display.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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