Alabaster considering smoking ban for restaurants and bars

ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) - A public forum in Alabaster will consider a possible smoking ban in restaurants and bars. The city wants to hear from voters and businesses.

A statewide ban repeatedly fails to pass the state legislature.

Alabaster is one of the fastest-growing areas in metro Birmingham.

Councilwoman Sophie Martin, one of the ban's biggest supporters, says a smoking ban could send a message to potential new residents that the city is serious about health. She believes that could help the city beat surrounding competitors for growth. "Alabaster is mainly made up of families and a lot of parents don't want their children around secondhand smoke," says Martin. "Employers and families are also looking at ways to cut back on healthcare costs. This is definitely a step in the right direction."

The public meeting is set for 6:30 Monday evening at the Alabaster City Hall annex.

Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved.