Friday, April 29, 2011

Smoking ordinance for Macon vetoed by Reichert

The Telegraph
By JIM GAINES
April 29, 2011

Macon, Georgia -- Macon’s tighter rules on smoking are going back to the drawing board, sent there by a mayoral veto Thursday.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said he thinks the measure was passed without sufficient public input.

“My veto is based on the fact that this ordinance is, in my opinion, excessively broad and includes public parks as well as all other open spaces” as areas that would be off-limits to smokers, he said in a news release.
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Gregory Conley, with the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, welcomed the opportunity for more public discussion since it would allow lobbying for an exemption for electronic cigarettes. Those deliver a mist of nicotine and flavors for “smokers” to inhale, but they don’t actually burn or produce any smoke....

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