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      Irmo turns down smoking ban alternative

      IRMO (WACH) -- Irmo Town Council defeated a proposed ordinance that offers an alternative to a smoking ban.

      In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, councilmembers turned down the concept to post warning decals outside businesses that allow smoking.

      Councilman Hardy King sponsored the plan. He says the alternative to a smoking ban would have allowed owners and patrons to make their own decisions.

      Health officials opposed the idea saying it doesn't offer enough protection for workers and customers.

      Currently, Irmo is the only large community in the Columbia Metro area not enforcing a town-wide smoking ban.

      The council will likely address a comprehensive smoking ban in the future.

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