Atlanta City Council Passes Outdoor Smoking Ban

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — The Atlanta City Council has voted to ban smoking in city parks.

Those caught smoking in parks could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to six months in jail or community service.

A city attorney said violations would not go on a person’s criminal record.

Councilman Howard Shook of Buckhead cast the only “no” vote. He said he felt Atlanta police had plenty to do without having to enforce a ban on a legal substance.

Public health advocates, high school students and business owners spoke to the council in favor of the ban.

Written and Submitted by: Asha Staples

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