Alabama court rejects challenge to smoking ban

state appeals court has rejected a challenge to Gulf Shores’ ban on smoking in enclosed public places.

Jennifer Leigh Gann had been convicted of violating the ban by smoking in a bar where she worked in the beach town. She was fined $50.

Gann argued that the law was not intended to protect public health, but to allow the City of Gulf Shores to bully citizens. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals turned back her argument in an unanimous decision Friday. The court also said the ban does not violate Alabama’s constitution.

Alabama court rejects challenge to smoking ban