Ala. House panel passes smoking ban in restaurants

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill to ban smoking in restaurants in
Alabama has passed a House committee and moved closer to receiving
final passage.

The House Government Operations Committee approved the smoking
ban Wednesday on a voice vote after some debate on what definition
to use to differentiate between a restaurant and a bar.

The bill by Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile passed the
Senate last week. Figures has tried for several years to pass bills
restricting smoking in public places, but she has not had success.
She said she is trying again this year with a simpler bill that
only applies to restaurants.

Figure's bill defines a restaurant as a business that primarily
serves food. She said she would consider amending it on the House
floor to give a more specific definition.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by JT Location: Wiregrass on Apr 17, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    This is a waste of time and taxpayers money. It's been years and years since I've seen anyone smoking in a restaurant.
  • by Jim Location: Dothan on Apr 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    The smoking is not as bad as some of these ladies and their stinking perfume. I had to get up and walk away from my dinner one night not long ago because a lady smelt like she had taken a bath in that rotten stuff. Belive me the next time it happens I will sure fire up a smoke.
  • by CYNTHIA Location: ENTERPISE on Apr 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    When is the State Senate going to ban screaming, yelling brats from restaurants?
  • by Helen Location: Cottonwood on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:54 PM
    I agree with you Paula. Why don't they put more tax on alcohol too. Then they can impeach Riley.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    This has been a long time coming. I cannot stand to smell someones stinking cigarette while I am trying to eat. You may want to poison your lungs 'Kinston' but leave my air alone. I want to breath freely. As far as the drinking laws, they are doing something when they get out there doing the license check, but I suspect people like you complain about that too. The only way to stop the DUI's is to stop the sales, but I suspect that will never happen either. Too much money is made from that. The only way to stop DUI's is through education.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    People are not forced to go into restaurants. The smoking policy should be up to the owners of the restaurants. People can choose to go in or not. The government should spend their time more wisely than trying to tell people how to run their businesses. I dont smoke but if they are going to keep smoking legal and take the tax money on it they should leave it up to the business owners.
  • by renee Location: enterprise on Apr 14, 2010 at 05:28 PM
    I truly believe that it should be up to the owners of the businesses whether or not they want to allow smoking in their establishment. We have had enough of government telling us what we can do and what we can't. Having smoking sections in restuarants has always worked in the pass until somebody decided that they wanted to change that. If smoking bother you, stay away from it. I believe smokers have rights also. It is beginning to get one-sided. Don't take all smokers rights away and give all to the non-smokers. Check out what alcohol and drugs are doing to people. enating
  • by Paula Location: Kinston on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    They need to spend more time on drunk driving laws and getting drugs off the street. My smoking bothers me drunks kill many people and so do illegal drugs. Start looking at statistics on deaths caused by alcohol (dui,sorocis of liver,pancreatitis) and deaths by illegal drugs (overdose, aids, etc)
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