If you go to DeKalb County to visit a friend or family member in the hospital you can no longer smoke in your own car. The hospital in Ft. Payne had banned smoking outside the doors of the hospital, and now they have gone a step further to say that people can not even go to their own cars parked on hospital property and light up.
While a handful of states ban smoking in cars if there are minors inside, the move by hospitals to prohibit any puffs behind the wheel represents new territory for those seeking a smoke-free environment. The ban is part of the more widely recognized effort by hospitals to prohibit lighting up inside or outside the building, out of public health concerns. No word as to how this will be enforced.