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DEKALB: Vote on new smoking ban deferred
DEKALB: Vote on new smoking ban deferred

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioners have pushed back a vote on an expanded anti-smoking ordinance within the county. 

DeKalb's Board of Health has been pushing the tighter ordinance for months.

They claim second-hand smoke averages out to more than $500 in healthcare costs for each county household.

But owners of DeKalb's eight strip clubs have protested that including them in the ban will encourage their customers to go to competitors in other counties.

The extended smoking ban would also include parks, ATM lines and other outdoor locations.

County commissioners had been scheduled to make a decision on Tuesday, but after hearing both sides, delayed their vote until their next regularly scheduled meeting in two weeks.

Some businesses, like restaurants that are already under a county smoking ban, say customers will get used to it.

"I think it's great," Jesus Velez of Skips Hot Dogs told 11Alive News last spring.

"For those businesses that are complaining, give it time," he added. "They'll see that those customers that may be hurt and don't want to do it, they will always come back later on."

DeKalb commissioners may rewrite the ordinance to grandfather in existing businesses. They are especially concerned over the fate of cigar shops.