Smoking ban in Birmingham begins today - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Smoking ban in Birmingham begins today

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Smokers in Birmingham now have to be more careful where they light up. The city's new smoking ban takes effect today.

The ban prohibits smoking in public places and restricts smoking outside of businesses. Smokers will have to be at least seven feet from a public entrance when they light up.

While some groups say the ban is just what the city needs, some smokers believe the crackdown goes too far.

"Outside is all I would have to say to that. Why does there have to a distance for it? Smoke is going to go where it goes anyway," said smoker Justin Ray.

"We may be harming ourselves but we don't have the right to harm other people with our smoke. That is what I think," said an unidentified smoker.

Ordinance violators face a $50 fine. Businesses face a $100 fine for a first offense.

Copyright 2012 WBRC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump fires off explosive threat to Iran's leader

    Trump fires off explosive threat to Iran's leader

    Monday, July 23 2018 12:35 AM EDT2018-07-23 04:35:01 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 4:00 AM EDT2018-07-23 08:00:44 GMT
    President Donald Trump is warning Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. (Source: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter/CNN)President Donald Trump is warning Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. (Source: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter/CNN)

    Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

    More >>

    Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

    More >>
  • 1 killed, 14 shot along busy Toronto street; shooter dead

    1 killed, 14 shot along busy Toronto street; shooter dead

    Sunday, July 22 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-07-23 03:44:54 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 3:20 AM EDT2018-07-23 07:20:35 GMT

    Police have not yet released information on the suspect or a possible motive.

    More >>

    Police have not yet released information on the suspect or a possible motive.

    More >>
  • Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-07-21 22:13:06 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 3:07 AM EDT2018-07-23 07:07:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    More >>

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly