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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2007

Gulf shores bans smoking in public places

GULF SHORES (AP) — The Gulf Shores City Council has adopted an ordinance banning smoking from most public places, including bars, restaurants, other businesses and even city parks. The ordinance passed on a 4-2 vote Monday night.

"I don't think it's a good idea," said Shea Newman, who manages Tobacco Road on Highway 59 and expects it will lower sales.

"I've got customers in here complaining about it," she said.

But another resident, Diana Wright, said it's a "great idea."

Wright, a registered nurse in Gulf Shores, said, "It's about the health, our health, the health of everyone."

The smoking ban goes into effect in about 90 days.

Violators could face a $50 fine.

Business owners who violate the ordinance could be fined up to $500.

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