Old SC tobacco town not quite ready to extinguish the smoke

This 1996 file photo shows a tobacco auction in Conway.

CONWAY, S.C. — The old South Carolina tobacco town of Conway, where for decades tobacco auctions were held, is not quite ready to pass a smoking ban.

Media outlets report that city council was expected to give final approval to a public smoking ban Tuesday. But council held off so the proposal could be tweaked.

One councilwoman wants the ban to apply to parks, sidewalks and other property owned by the city.

Under the proposed ordinance, people could be fined $100 for smoking in businesses while business owners allowing smoking could also be fined.

Public businesses would have to have no smoking signs at entrances and anyone smoking outside would have to stay at least 5 feet from the doors of a building.