Smoking and vaping in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, city facilities and specified public places could be banned soon if the Atlanta City Council has its way.

At its meeting July 1 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, the council is expected to vote on legislation that would prohibit smoking and vaping at those locations (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1205). The ordinance seeks to protect the public against exposure to secondhand smoke.

“We want to make sure every resident, tourist and worker has the ability and right to breathe smoke-free air,” Post 2 at-large Councilman Matt Westmoreland, the legislation’s primary sponsor, said in a news release.

Westmoreland introduced the legislation at the council’s April 15 meeting, but it was dually referred to the council’s public safety & legal administration and transportation committees, hence delaying its return to a council meeting agenda for a vote.

Also at its July 1 meeting, the council will consider legislation to convert Baker Street between Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW and Piedmont Avenue from a one-way street to a two-way street (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1234) and legislation establishing a task force to engage the community in a conversation on the name of Rodney Cook Sr. Park and other concerns (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3753).

The council’s agenda also includes a resolution to apply for a fiscal 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments To Leverage Development discretionary grant in an amount not to exceed $16 million for the construction of the Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3758). The Southside Trail is a four-mile segment that will link Washington Park to Piedmont Park once completed.


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