City in no hurry to follow gay bar smoking bans

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To the cheers of many gays who cocktail, smoking is slowly disappearing from Atlanta's LGBT bars. But don't for one minute think that a more comprehensive smoking ban is coming to the city anytime soon. Sure, Atlanta banned smoking in its parks and kept you from puffing away during Pride. But that was to protect the children. Too bad for the rest of us, says smoking ban author and gay City Council member Alex Wan (photo). Really, nothing to see here, Wan tells WABE.

“Not at this time,” says Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, who helped push a smoking ban last summer that prohibits smoking in public parks.
A push for last year's ban really was about the children.
“One of the main drivers in that was the fact that we were investing so heavily in equipment and assets for children in parks. It was done, in part, to protect them,” says Wan.
Atlanta's gay bars followed the outdoor ban with indoor ones of their own. Jungle limited smoking last year when they renovated the bar. Ten Atlanta went smoke-free when it opened the doors earlier this year. Mary's went smoke-free on weekends earlier this month, following neighbor My Sister's Room and Heretic. It's coming to the Eagle as early as May. And they all joined Mixx and Cockpit, which offer limited smoking areas. Maybe Wan and the Atlanta City Council will get to smoking when they're done neutering Cheshire Bridge Road and banishing sex workers. [WABE]

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