COLUMBUS, Ga. — Recent studies show more people in Columbus are in support of the city potentially becoming smoke-free.
That’s according to representatives with Breathe Right Columbus. They say, a study was conducted in May. Results show an overall 69 percent of voters support a city ordinance to prevent smoking in public places and 88 percent of voters believe employees should be protected from exposure to second-hand smoke while on the job.
“Business owners there have expressed increased business. People are staying longer in their restaurants, staying longer inside of those establishments and it’s been a good transition,” says Jamie Austin.
Additionally, representatives say 72 percent of voters stated that they would be more likely to support an elected official who voted for a smoke-free ordinance. Columbus City Council will hear the current version of the ordinance, Tuesday, June 13.
A potential vote could take place on Tuesday, June 27.