DeKalb County rejects tougher smoking rules

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) DeKalb County Commissioners have voted down a measure to ban smoking in all public places, including parks, bars and strip clubs.

The commission voted the measure down 4-2 on Tuesday. Owners of DeKalb's eight adult clubs and 20 other nightclubs opposed the ordinance.

Opponents cited concerns that customers of some clubs could travel a few miles into Fulton or Gwinnett counties to smoke at bars there. Supporters argued that second-hand smoke costs every DeKalb household $548 in direct health care charges each year.

The county already has an ordinance that bans smoking in all enclosed workplaces but exempts bars and restaurants where people under 18 cannot work or enter.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com