The Augusta Commission has rejected a proposed tougher smoking ban.
The measure failed by a 6-3-1 vote.
The ordinance would have banned smoking in virtually every public space and in some outdoor areas, as well as in vehicles with children 14 and younger. It would have allowed smoking on city property if it is leased or rented, but not in the building itself.
Augusta is under a statewide law that bans smoking in most public places where children could be present, such as most restaurants, but allows exemptions for bars and restaurants where no one younger than 18 is admitted.