The Macon Smoking Ban hit another major road block Tuesday night at city hall.
Just the chance of a smoking ban vote brought out local bar owners to city hall. And they voiced their concerns about restricting smoking in public areas.
Bar and club owners and employees, came to city hall anticipating a smoking ban vote, but the topic never made it on the agenda.
The public safety committee denied the smoking ban two weeks ago, but council members supporting the ban, said they would disagree with the committee to get it placed on the agenda and voted on Tuesday.
The vote did not happen, nevertheless bar owners say the ban will hurt the local economy.
"I know it will hurt business. Our business is derived from people from all over middle Georgia. We draw from Milledgeville and Warner Robins, and Dublin. Okay if we go non-smoking and yet in the other places they can still smoke, they have no reason to come to our area," said Phillip Sinclair, co-owner of Element.
Council members supporting the ban say this is really a public health issue.
"They see it as a work related issue. Where as members of council and other cities have seen it as a public health issue that we really need to deal with. Athens has enacted a ban, Savannah has enacted a ban. I would like to think that we are just as progressive as those communities, but this is set back and probably a major set back at this point," said Councilman Larry Schlesinger.
Councilman Schlesinger says he will consult the city attorney about any other measures to advance the smoking ban.