Starting next year, it will be a little more difficult to light up in Atlanta, one of the most smoke-friendly cities in America. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms this morning signed legislation that will prohibit smoking in many of the city’s enclosed public areas, including bars, restaurants and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Cigar enthusiasts, however, can rest easy knowing that cigar bars and tobacco shops will remain largely unaffected. The ordinance that Mayor Bottoms signed exempts businesses that generate 20 percent of their annual gross revenue from tobacco sales. Moreover, smoking will still be allowed in outdoor areas of bars and restaurants.
Additionally, private residences and private clubs won’t be affected by the ban.
Unfortunately for traveling cigar enthusiasts, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will be shutting down its designated smoking lounges. The smoke-friendly lounges that are located past security, a rarity today, will remain open until January 2020, when the ban officially goes into effect.