Supporters of smoking ban to rally Friday

Those who want a tougher smoking ordinance in Augusta will rally Friday to show their support at a bar that went smoke-free earlier this year.

BreathEasy Augusta will hold a rally during First Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at Joe’s Underground Cafe, 144 Eighth St. The group will be grilling hotdogs and providing T-shirts for those who would like to volunteer at future events.

The coalition has been running ads for the past several weeks in support of a potential smoke-free workplace ordinance that would ban smoking in all workplaces, most notably in bars. A similar effort failed in the Augusta Commission last year.

Georgia passed a statewide smoking law in 2005 that bans smoking in state facilities and many public places, such as restaurants that admit those younger than 18, but exempts those establishments that do not, such as bars and clubs.

Columbia and Aiken counties and Georgia cities such as Savannah and Athens have already passed tougher smoking ordinances.

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WHAT: Rally supporting tougher smoking ordinance

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Joe’s Underground Cafe, 144 Eighth St.