Norcross may reconsider proposed smoking ban

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As the ban stands now, a new city ordinance would prohibit smoking outside public buildings along sidewalks and at city parks starting July 1.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —

The city of Norcross may repeal a strict smoking ban before it even takes effect.

As the ban stands now, a new city ordinance would prohibit smoking outside public buildings along sidewalks and at city parks starting July 1.

"They're (going to) be writing a lot of tickets, because people still going to be smoking," local smoker Kenneth Adams told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.

Adams said the rule, which issues citations starting at $50 goes too far, but non-smokers insist it's just a matter of health.

"Being a non-smoker (I) have to sit on a patio where you can still breathe other people smoking around you," Kelly McNamara said.

Kenia Maldanado, an expectant mother, echoed her sentiments about the controversial ban.

"Especially (now) that I'm pregnant. I have to worry about walking with my daughter in the park and somebody smoking here," Maldanado said.

On the other hand, for restaurant owner John Adams it's all about the bottom line.

"You just don't want to send the message that people aren't welcome," Adams said.

Adams runs the Café Bleu in downtown Norcross. He fears anything too restrictive could send customers to nearby businesses in downtown Duluth or Suwanee.

Norcorss Mayor Bucky Johnson said she's received mixed reactions about the ban. So the city is now considering holding off on the July 1 start date and tweaking the ban. But he said the city is committed to making Norcross a healthier place.

Norcross City Council is expected to decide on the proposed measure at its July 2 meeting.

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