Statesboro Smoking Ban Considered

If you're someone who likes an after-dinner cigar or cigarette, you may soon be out of luck in one city. Yesterday, Statesboro's city council took the first step toward banning smoking in restaurants.

Council member John Morris introduced the idea back in July, citing concerns over the dangers of secondhand smoke. He also pointed to other cities that had passed similar rules. Smoking would still be allowed in places that feature live entertainment.

Morris says the benefits would outweigh the protests. "I think with imposing this city wide, it will give more people opportunity to go to restaurants that otherwise they wouldn't go to," he said.

Yesterday morning, city council approved a first reading of the ordinance. They'll vote on it again at their next meeting December 16.

Reported by: Dal Cannady,