Public hearings set for Savannah smoking ban ordinance

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Last week, Mayor Otis Johnson asked Savannah City Council members to support an ordinance banning smoking in all buildings, including bars and restaurants. The strict law would also prohibit smoking within 20 feet of any business entrance.

Now, a third forum has been added to allow public comment.

City Council is seeking input from the public on the draft smoke-free ordinance. The proposal City Council is considering eliminates exemptions state law makes for indoor smoking at places such as bars, attempting to protect all employees in Savannah from second-hand smoke by making all workplaces smoke-free. This includes all indoor and outdoor areas of bars, restaurants, and private clubs, or within 20 feet from the entrance to any workplace.

There will be two opportunities to give input, in addition to the formal first reading of the ordinance, tentatively scheduled for a one of two council meetings in August.

The first public meeting on the smoke-free ordinance will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in Council Chambers at Savannah City Hall, 2 E. Bay St.

The second opportunity for comment will be at the Quarterly Town Hall Meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, in the Savannah Civic Center Ballroom.

The draft smoke-free ordinance is available for review on the city's website at The public can also comment on the draft ordinance electronically by visiting the website.

Previous Story:

©2010 WTOC. All rights reserved.