Cherry Street bar "Hummingbird" bans smoking inside

Cherry Street bar "Hummingbird" bans smoking inside

Lighting up a cigarette or cigars inside the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom will be prohibited starting Sept. 1.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Smokers will not be allowed to light up their cigarettes or cigars inside the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom.

The Cherry Street bar, announced Monday, they are prohibiting smoking inside their establishment as of Sept. 1. The new smoking ban is part of the clean air campaign.

Hummingbird General Manager, Tim Obelgoner, said he did not agree with 2010 legislation to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.

“I didn't think that the legislation that was attempted to be passed back in 2010 was the right thing to do,” said Obelgoner. “I don't think it's something that needed to be legislated. I do believe that this is something that businesses, especially those who are progressive, and attentive to their customers, need to adopt on their own as they see fit for their business."

The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Coliseum Health System are supporting the bar becoming a non-smoking establishment. Officials with the hospitals say smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.

“We are really encouraging the campaign of a smoke free environment which is good for the community's health,” said the Interim Director, of the Cancer Life Center at MCCG.

"Anytime we have a smoke free environment it, encourages the community to either think about stop smoking or make better choices about how often their smoking."

In observance of Lung Cancer Awareness month, which is november, the Hummingbird will donate a portion of its revenue to Lung Cancer research.

The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom has designated a back patio for smokers, according to Obelgoner.


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