By a 4 to 1 vote, the Decatur City Council voted Tuesday to ban vaping in public places like restaurants and bars. The new ban on vaping is in effect as part of the city’s smoking ordinance.
Up until now, at the Brick, you might have occasionally seen someone puffing on their e-cig.
“I’ve maybe myself seen one or two people per week,” said Jamie Hall, a bartender and server at the Brick.
Now, folks will have to find someplace else to smoke. Hall said she doesn’t think the ban will impact sales.
“I’m really not that concerned,” said Hall. “Our clientele — we only have a couple that I have actually seen vape before. I don’t think it’s going to affect us at all.”
Under the ban, vaping will also not be allowed within 10 feet of the entrance of a business. Businesses will be able to have designated outside patios where folks can smoke.
Vaping will be allowed in stores where the the sales are predominantly from e-cigarettes, according to the ordinance. However, folks will be prohibited from vaping near the counter and checkout line.
“I don’t think it’s going to bother us too bad,” said Ricky Ray, co-owner of Vape Kloudz. He said he isn’t too concerned that the new vaping ban will impact business.
“People are still going to vape,” said Ray.
Charles Kirby was the only council member who voted against the new ordinance.
He said it should be a state rather than a city issue.