Smoking ban vote expected in Columbus

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus may become the 32nd Mississippi municipality to limit smoking in most public places.

WCBI-TV reports the issue is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting of the Columbus City Council.

Under the proposed ordinance, restaurants and bars could allow smoking if they ban customers under 21.

The ordinance would allow smoking on open air patios and businesses with less that four employees can allow smoking in special rooms.

The city would allow hotels to have designated rooms but no more than 25 percent can be smoking and they must be together.

Some business owners have complained the ordinance is only a partial ban and creates an unlevel playing field.

The Associated Press