BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham City Council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities.
Last week, the council unanimously approved the rule last week. It’ll go into effect on Dec. 1.
The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will be called the “health district” and will cover the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Children’s Hospital and Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
The council banned smoking in most places in 2012 and gave violators a fine.
Council President Valerie Abbott says she’s worried about enforcing the ordinance but Mark Wilson, health officer and CEO of the Jefferson County Department of Health, said a few “gentle reminders” will be enough.
The ordinance doesn’t include vaping; Wilson says he hopes the council will amend the ordinance in the future.
- 2 construction workers seriously injured at Bryant-Denny Stadium
- Central AL Forecast: Rain back for the end of the weekend
- Emmitt Smith goes 1-on-1 with Walter Payton’s son to discuss first Super Bowl, all-time rushing record
- 49ers’ Super Bowl run has similarities to 1981 title team
- Super Bowl back in Miami for 11th time after 10-year hiatus