Metro smoking ban bill pushed to next council meeting

The bill would amend the current smoking ban ordinance to include all Metro establishments instead of those with age restrictions.
The board looks to amend the current smoking ban ordinance to include all Metro establishments instead of those with age restrictions.
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 6:24 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A bill that would ban smoking and the use of vapor products in all Davidson County establishments is up for its second reading Tuesday.

Currently, in Davidson County, Title 10 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws prohibits smoking and using vapor products in certain age-restricted venues. This means patrons cannot smoke in any establishment that does restrict access to people ages 21 or older. The bill up for consideration would amend this to be all establishments, regardless of age restrictions.

During the council meeting Tuesday, the bill was deferred after amendments that were proposed questioned how the bill would hurt businesses in the county.

If the bill passes and someone is caught smoking, they will be required to pay a fine that would be $50 maximum. Councilmembers added that the bill would not go into effect until March 1, 2023 to give businesses time to adapt to the new law.

The bill will be discussed at the council meeting on Oct. 4.