Bessemer will soon be smoke free, some not happy about it

In about a month, the City of Bessemer will be smoke free, but some people are not happy with the city's new tougher smoking ban.

There was a public hearing on the matter Monday night at Bessemer City Hall. Residents were able to come out and voice their opinions. No one spoke against the ban when it passed back in August, but since then, some 1,500 people have signed a petition opposing it.

It bans smoking in all hotels, motels, bars, and restaurants within the city limits.