Birmingham, AL – Birmingham's new smoking ban is now in effect.
The ordinance prohibits smoking in virtually all public places, including bars. But it goes a step further and also restricts smoking outside of businesses.
While the sight of smokers standing around outside doors of downtown buildings is common, it may be a thing of the past. That's because smokers must now be at least seven feet from any public entrance, and businesses are required to post ``No Smoking'' signs.
Violators can be fined $50, and businesses face a $100 fine.