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Decatur has added e-cigarettes to the city’s smoking ban that many residents didn't even know was already in place.
The city of Decatur approved a ban on the use of e-cigarettes on Monday in public places like parks. Tuesday, CBS46 went to Decatur Square where many people unaware of the city’s smoking rules though signs were clearly posted.
Shelia Jackson, a smoker, stated she was unaware of Decatur’s clean air ordinance that bans use of cigarettes and now e-cigarettes.
“I was just saying a few minutes ago I need to quit smoking,” Jackson told CBS46 as she put out her cigarette.
Decatur City Commissioners unanimously agreed on the update and clarified areas within 20 feet of the entrance to any building, operable windows, or air intake vents must be smoke free.
Bradley Robinson said he was also unaware he was breaking the rules while smoking near the doorway of a business.
“I know somebody who got a ticket, it was like a $75 ticket… To me I think it’s outside… if your outside I don’t see no harm in it,” Robinson contended.
Under the updated ordinance, smoking is banned in any public park, playground, greenspace, plaza or outdoor recreation area maintained and operated by the city.
“I think it is a step forward, I think it’s great,” stated Cynthia Bates. Bates explained breathing in smoke is the last thing she wants to do while out on her afternoon walk.
Robinson argues e-cigarettes shouldn’t be including in the ban arguing the vapor produces it not harmful.
“That ain’t even real smoke so for me I just feel like that’s another way to keep somebody from doing something,” said Robinson.
CBS46 spoke with managers of three different shops in downtown Decatur that sell both cigarettes and e-cigarettes. No one wanted to comment on camera about the city’s decision but one store owner told CBS 46 that he supports the ban. He thinks too many people smoke in busy public areas.
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