CREOLA, Ala. (WALA) - The Creola City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday night, April 25, banning smoking in public and work places – including restaurants, bars, ballparks and playgrounds. The ordinance took effect immediately, said Mayor Donald Nelson.
"Our citizen's health is our number one concern," Nelson said after a roll-call vote Thursday night. "A lot of cities have done this and we are getting in line."
With the passage of Thursday's ordinance, Creola joined Saraland, Citronelle and Bayou La Batre in creating comprehensive local smoking ordinances which prohibit smoking in all public and work places.
While Creola's City Council meeting was packed with a standing-room-only crowd, no one spoke against the smoking ban and sat quietly as council members Lee Anne Greene, Curtis Heathcoe, James Ivy and Mark Howell voted for the ordinance, along with Mayor Nelson.
Councilman Kenneth Moss did not attend the meeting.
Included in the ordinance is language that restricts people from smoking just outside of the doorways of businesses and work places. Those who smoke in public must maintain a distance of 15 to 20 feet from the entrances of enclosed spaces, stadium seating and playgrounds, according to the ordinance.
"It's good to know that Creola's public officials are willing to put the health and safety of their residents first," said Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department. "We know second hand smoke contains a deadly mix of chemicals that are toxic and cause cancer. This was absolutely the right thing to do."
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