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Smoking in all Nashville restaurants and bars could soon be a thing of the past

Posted at 8:32 AM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 15:38:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new bill that will be introduced at Metro Council on Tuesday could ban not only smoking, but also vaping in Nashville bars and restaurants.

This bill stems from a recent law that passed at the state level, which hands the power over to the counties, like Davidson County, to decide for themselves if smoking will be banned in venues.

When it comes to what places would be impacted, it is any venue requiring attendees to be 21 and up to get in.

There are only a few exceptions: tobacco stores, vape stores and cigar bars.

For perspective, smoking in bars and restaurants was banned in 2007, with the exception of places restricted to ages 21 and up.

If the bill does pass council and you are caught smoking in one of these venues, you could get a $50 fine each time you are caught. It is unclear whether the venue itself would get in any trouble.