According to a University of Georgia survey, 70 percent of people living in Bibb County say they support banning smoking in public buildings.
On Thursday, members of city council and local health organizations explained their plans to clear the smoke out of Macon.
Councilwoman Nancy White says,"It boils down to being a public safety issue. It's not a ban on smoking. It's not trying to get people to quit or vilify them. It's simply asking them to step outside to light up."
White says she and six other council members sponsored the ordinance to ban smoking in all public buildings including restaurants and bars.
One business owner, says going smoke free comes at a cost.
Co-owner C.J.'s Bar and Grill Chuck Lewis says, "We'll lose a lot of them going to places if it does the county and city separate, probably lose some of those to bars that they can smoke."