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Dothan hears pros and cons of city going smokeless

DOTHAN (AP) — Supporters of Dothan’s proposed smoking ordinance outnumbered smokers at a public hearing on banning smoking in all restaurants, bars and other gathering places in the city.

Ex-smoker Jerry Clark said he’s in the middle of the debate because his business caters to smokers. “Smoking for my bar is just something I’m putting up with because the customers do it,” said Clark, owner of Time-Out Sports Bar. “But then most people who go out to a nightclub realize they’re going to have cigarette smoke on their clothes and hair.”

Clark wouldn’t be sad, however, if Dothan goes smokeless.

“I just think health is more important than just letting people come in and smoke,” he said.

The ordinance would prohibit smoking in all public and private workplaces and gathering places such as restaurants, bars, sports facilities and even bowling alleys. It would also restrict smoking within 25 feet of a building entrance.

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