Opponents Start Smoking Ban Repeal Effort
FULTON - Opponents of the new smoking ban in Fulton worked Wednesday to gather signatures to put the ordinance back up for a vote. Eight hundred signatures are needed to complete the first part of the process. One business owner says she's already got almost 300 names on the petition.
"I’ve lost about half of my profit since the ban started," said Marilyn Bates, owner of Southside Diner, “I’m hoping to get more signatures."
Bates isn't the only one upset about the change. Other employees at different esablishments are angry they can't have a smoke break like they used to.
"Now I have to drive around in my car and waste gas everytime I want a cigarette." said Ashley Suggett, an employee of Adorable Grooms.
Suggett said some of her customers sign the petition she keeps in her shop as well. The new law states that if you want to light up a cigarette, you have to be at least 15 feet away from the buildings. Some are happy with change.
"I’ve noticed a clean difference since the ban began. Now when I go to restaurants I don't have to choose smoking or non,” said Avis Kim, owner of Peek-A-Boo Trading Company.
The ban makes smoking illegal indoors and fifteen feet away from most buildings is out in the middle of the street according to Suggett. Now some of the smokers in Fulton will have to keep signing to try and get their smoking customs back.