Smoking Ban Catches Residents By Surprise

Smoking Ban Catches Residents By Surprise

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SATSUMA, Alabama -

If you plan to light up in Satsuma think again. A billboard along Highway 43 says it all. The city is now smoke-free, but not everyone is in the loop.
"I haven't heard of it but I do agree with it," said Danny Brannan.

Brannan was a smoker up until recently. We first told him about the new ordinance this afternoon, 2 days after the ban took effect. He says if it protects the health of those who don't choose to smoke, he's all for it.
"I think that secondhand smoke is dangerous. I mean you have right to smoke but I have a right not to smoke so that's just how I feel about it," said Brannan.

Ordinance number 507 bans smoking in all enclosed public places, including where you work. If you're outdoors, you're required to stay 15 feet away from those places if you plan to light up.
"I have a family member who has just found out that they're getting ready to fight lung cancer, not being that that person smoked, but from being in the presence of someone else's smoke for so many years. I think it's an awesome idea, it's an awesome thing that was brought about here in Satsuma," said Barbara McCarter.

Barbara McCarter spoke to us on Sunday during her high school reunion. It was held in Satsuma, in a public place, but not everyone in the group knew about the ban.
"I am a smoker and I feel bad because I need to quit, but I respect the law," said a guest.

Satsuma joins a list of other cities who have already gone smoke-free in our area, including Mobile, which passed a similar ordinance last year.

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