ATLANTA (WAOK)- Smokers in Dekalb County are embracing their habit, as the county joins the ranks of others to become a Smoke-Free Community.

Currently smokers can enjoy a cigarette at bars, clubs, and restaurant outdoor spaces. This soon may change. Thursday the Board of Health requested that the Dekalb County Commission revise a no-smoking ordinance to include these areas. Some feel the ordinance will negatively impact their business. Opponents of the ordinance have asked that it not include places where alcohol is sold because many of their patrons also smoke. Dekalb County Health Director Sandra Ford feels the ordinance is a good thing. She says that only 12 percent of the population in DeKalb County would be affected if the ordinance is approved, as opposed to the 88 percent affected if the ban is not put in place.

Cities like Roswell and Alpharetta have already implemented smoking bans in some public areas.


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