Communities throughout Texas are deciding it's not acceptable to smoke in ways that harm other people. Cities with strong smokefree protections include Austin (the state capital), El Paso, Copperas Cove, Woodway, and Round Rock. Numerous other cities, including Dallas, Victoria, Corpus Christi have smokefree restaurants. See ANR's list for more details. Other communities, including Houston, have smokefree discussions underway.
The Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Licensed Beverage Association have long-standing financial and lobbying ties to Philip Morris, so its no surprise those groups oppose smokefree workplace protections.Texas law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Texas.
ANR has additional information on Texas economic impact and public opinion data.
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Smokefree & Related News
council approves e-cigarette ordinance
e-cigarette ban is the right path
to review smoking ban
The e-cigarette problem
banned on Fort Worth school property
City Council endorses citizen task force's smoking ban compromise
ban nears passage ($$)
Smoking Task Force recommends amendments to ordinance
implements campus wide tobacco ban
use of E-cigs be allowed in public?
Council bans e-cigarettes to minors and where smoking is ...
Frisco City Council members voted unanimously Feb. 18 to ban e-cigarettes
where smoking is banned. The approved ordinance also bans the sale of
Passes E-Cigarette Restrictions: City Council voted Tuesday night to
pass the ordinance
to consider banning e-cigarettes everywhere that smoking prohibited
The facts about secondhand smoke are indisputable
banned in all facilities
receives smoking ordinance draft
formed to amend Paris' smoking ordinance
Rootbeer goes smoke-free
ban vote expected ($$)
time has come to clear the air on public smoking
town residents like the idea of smoke free living
now banned on Williamson County property
Mound approves ban on e-cigarettes for minors
disputes smoking ban
Screens: A special report on the booming e-cigarette industry
e-cigarettes a problem? A council divided
Concerns Over Electronic Cigarettes
City Council prohibits sale of e-cigarettes to minors
restricts e-cigarette use
Prairie leaders ban smoking in most public placing, smoking ...
Prairie to consider tighter smoking rules
smoke ban includes e-cigs
School Board Bans Electronic Cigarettes
KILLEEN (January 14, 2014) The Killeen School District approved policies Monday night banning electronic cigarettes and similar liquid nicotine products from ...
ISD: Just say no to electronic cigarettes
...John Hartigan, proprietor of Vapeology LA, a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items, takes a puff of an electronic cigarette Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 ...
is going tobacco free this summer
The University of Texas at San Antonio will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus later this summer. The school has been in a transition period that began June 1, 2013 when smoking ...
damage sign, could face charges
A vandalized anti-smoking sign serves as an informal petition against the school's smoking ban in January in the area between Preston Hall and Carlisle Hall.
campuses are on track for tobacco-free and smoke-free status ...
The UTSA campuses will be completely tobacco-free and smoke-free on June 1. The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and ...
poisoning increasing among children in Texas
City Council discusses sale, use of e-cigarettes
to Consider Adding E-Cigarette Restrictions
Frisco City Council decided Tuesday that further discussion is needed regarding tougher restrictions on the use of electronic cigarettes within city limits. All parties did agree that they want to restrict access to minors. They want e-cigarettes to assi
City Council to Discuss Smoking Ban
... in Keller will discuss forcing restaurants in the city to go smoke-free. The Keller City Council will begin talks about a smoking ban at Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting....
E-Cigs Just As Risky As Cigarettes? [Video]
City Council gives initial OK to ban e-cigarette sales to minors
exposed: Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative
provide tobacco users help with kicking habit ($$)
Off: Rockwall-area readers tell us if cities should regulate sale of
cities struggle with regulation of e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes, which imitate the sensation of smoking, don't contain tobacco but may include nicotine. Scientists say more research is needed on them. ...
students: Other students, faculty breaking tobacco-free rule
Marcos Smoking Ban Includes E-Cigarettes
in smoke: Smokers need to adhere by policy
Ban burns smokers, ignites debate among students
it really any different?
ban e-cigarette inclusion sparks debate
real culture change
Marcos bans smoking indoors
Tech should ban smoking, fight tobacco companies
Ban would stifle freedom, have enforcement issues
has yet to clear on ban: Vape shop owners call e-cigarette ...
city staff proposes regulations for e-cigarette businesses
ban blows smoke
Marcos passes stricter smoking ban: ordinance will go into effect in
to Smoke? or Right to Fresh Air
Cigarette Reviews Nacogdoches Decision to Get to ...
ban includes e-cigarettes
officials looking into banning E-cigarettes
Hospital Smoke Free Campuses
exception made for e-cigarettes on campus
lingers on proposed smoking ban
Richland Hills To Consider Smoking Ban
City Council likely to delay voting on smoking ban
Marcos City Council votes to ban public indoor smoking
Lubbock city code addressing e-cigarettes
council to hold public hearing on smoking ban tonight
campuses are now tobacco-free and smoke-free with a few ...
schedules hearing on indoor smoking ban
Marcos considers indoor smoking ban
survey results released by IMPACT Waxahachie
County: New Smoking Restrictions Approved On County ...
man's e-cigarette explodes while charging
much for workplace smoking bans? E-cigarettes, vaper policies and its
impact on healthcare
ban could expand across Irving
Support smoke-free workplaces
Watson, L.K.; Cannon, C., "A
smoke-free Texas? Yes, please,"
ban upsets bar owners, patrons
City Council Considering Smoking Ban Proposal
for workplace smoking ban flames out again
man goes to jail for smoking warrant ($$)
cigarettes could be removed from Forney's smoking ban
UH burns students
Smoking Ban Takes Effect
announces Po' Melvin's is now smoke-free
Video Ban at School by Education Department ...
Advocate Ban of Electronic Cigarette in Schools Reports ...
UTSA begins transition to tobacco-free status June 1
Smoking ban logic goes up in flames
School Banned Electronic Cigarettes on Campus ...
ban bills projected to fail
plays about dangers of second hand smoke
for heart attacks and strokes declined significantly after Texas city
imposes smoking ban
of Houston Bans Smoking On Campus
of State Health Services welcomes a smoke-free coalition in South Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A Corpus Christi restaurant owner featured in statewide smoking cessation presentations said going 100 percent smoke-free won't hurt business, it will only help save lives. Marcus Barrera, owner of Kiko's Mexican Food Restaurant & Cantina, was included in the public service announcement along with restaurant and bar owners from Houston and Austin in connection with Smoke Free Texas.
needs considerate smokers [Opinion]
E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to restrict smoking on its campus
ordinances around East Texas vary from city to city ($$)
Restaurant Smoking Ban Takes Effect
group presents smoking ordinance revision
74% of Texans supporting the Law to create Smoke-free ...
to begin transition to tobacco-free status on June 1, 2013
briefs: Senate OKs ban on smoking on Capitol grounds
Time to go smoke-free
City Council OKs smoking ban
authorities across state eye no-smoking policies ($$)
Shows Support from Texans for Smoke-Free Workplace Law at All-Time High
County Commissioners Court 3/25/13
Community College may become smoke-free campus
A tobacco-free day
City Council discusses smoking ordinance
Lawmaker Presses for Smoking Ban
to make Texas workplaces smoke free
House Bill 400, a smoke-free workplace law in Texas, by Rep Myra Crownover
smoking ban effective, despite lax enforcement
student senate urges school to go 'smoke-free'
reaction to proposed 21 smoking age in Texas
out: Campus smoking ban
there's a proposed statewide smoking ban
may revisit smoking policy ($$)
campus, concealed carry to appear on SGA ballot
Ban Gets In Defense Attorney And "Patriot" Adam Reposa's Way
County approves comprehensive smoking ban
County might ban smoking, other tobacco use on county ...
more smokers on campus starting in March
pushing extended smoking ban for Austin bars
Smoking Ban ($$)
Awaits Statewide Ban on Smoking
Tech's Campus May Go Smoke-Free
City Council begins exploring smoke-free ordinance
campus subject of SGA town hall meetings
student government turns to students, other institutions on ...
may soon be a smoke-free zone
return to smoke-free campus
of statewide smoking ban optimistic this session ($$)
Tech student government to hear views on tobacco-, smoke ...
Senator Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
smoking ban impact on Amarillo
statewide smoking ban in Texas
lawmaker takes aim at smoking with statewide ban
district now tobacco-free
Head, P.; Jackson, B.E.; Bae, S.; Cherry, D., "Hospital discharge rates before and after implementation of a city-wide smoking ban in a Texas city, 2004-2008," Preventing Chronic Disease E179, December 2012.
adopts smoking ordinance
Clears The Air On Citizen-Proposed Smoking Ban Expansion
Considers Smoking Ban | FrontBurner
on proposed smoking ordinance expected Tuesday
readies enforcement of amended smoking ordinance
Music Theater in San Marcos edges toward smoking ban
smoking in Brownsville bars
Music Theater goes smoke-free
Music Theater Becomes First Non-smoking Bar or Music Venue in Hays County
Abilene college campuses considering snuffing out smoking
to pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ban
Point: Forcing smokers off campus causes excessive litter
council snuffs out new ban on smoking
Arise About Brownsville's Proposed Smoking Ban
council mandates signs for smokers
continue enforcement efforts
More than a year after the implementation of the tobacco-free policy,
university officials are considering new ways to enforce the smoking
ban. Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, said a tobacco
awareness course is being developed as a penalty for breaking the tobacco
ban. The course could be enacted as early as the spring 2013 semester.
City Council tables smoking changes until Oct. 30 meeting
ban to be considered in Arlington
owners prepare for possible smoking ordinance revision
asked to get a handle on courthouse smoking ($$)
To smoke, not to smoke or where to allow smoking at grounds of the Angelina County Courthouse were the questions facing county commissioners during their Tuesday meeting in Lufkin. Several county employees who work at the courthouse were in attendance to ...
clerk asks commissioners to make courthouse 'a non ...
County clerk asks commissioners to make courthouse 'a non-smoking area'.
to Draft Smoking Ban in Denton
Phone Ban: Could it Prompt a Smoking Ban?
to Vote on Tighter Smoking Limits at the Ballpark
The Arlington City Council will vote next month to expand the city's smoking ban to include Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Smoking is currently allowed in ...
gives informal OK to more smoking limits at Rangers Ballpark
Councilman Robert Rivera, who had called for a total smoking ban in the ballpark, said ... Indoor smoking is already banned at the nearby city-owned Cowboys ... The ordinance bans smoking within 50 feet of a building's entrance, so banning ..
So it isn't right for a policy as big as the smoking ban to be legitimized during summer break, when the overwhelming majority of its target audience is off site. ...
to appoint panel to study smoking issue
a drag: University of Houston wants to ban smoking on campus ...
in smoke: UTSA moves towards tobacco-free campus
ew smoking restrictions have recently been implemented around campus buildings where research funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is conducted. This month, President Ricardo Romo will appoint a task force that will prop
of H considers smoking ban on campus
HOUSTONThe University of Houston has made a proposal to ban smoking ... He said he hopes all tobacco products will be eventually banned from campus.
tobacco ban considered
Cigarette smoke clouds building entrances despite 20-foot rule
may repeat smoking ban
research leaves Texas State ineligible for CPRIT funding
council informally supports expanded smoking limits
Rivera is also pushing to ban smoking inside the city-owned Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ... Banning smoking inside the ballpark could create a challenge for ticket ... Indoor smoking is already banned at the nearby city-owned Cowboys ...
and Rice disagree over most effective tobacco policy
Working Towards A Smoke Free Campus
Smoking ban pursuit
Free Fort Bend Coalition students attend conference
on Brownsville Smoking Ban Postponed
in public places not snuffed out yet
Health goes tobacco free
smoking ban continues one year later
After one year of a tobacco ban at UTA, some students said they have
seen fewer people smoking on campus. There are no statistics to show
whether or not ...
out: Council bans smoking in all park spaces
At an unusually light work load for a Sunnyvale Town Council Monday
evening members of the council took another step in keeping the air
clean in Sunnyvale. With a split vote of 3-2 the council enacted an
ordinance that bans smoking in all parks in the town. This includes
all park property, which includes in vehicles in the parking lots for
County smoking policy changes
The Potter County Commission voted Monday to amend their smoking policy.
Commissioners voted to ban smoking on county property but to exclude
owners say business has increased since going smoke-free ($$)
GRAFORD In one weeks time a new rule at Grafords
The Cafe means more business. Owners Jennifer and Dirk Leach closed
for one day, July 10, to install new carpet and paint the inside. When
they reopened the The Cafe the next day, it became the countys
newest entirely non-smoking establishment.
residents to have say on going smoke-free in downtown
HENDERSON The city's business and civic leaders plan to publicly
discuss the pros and cons of a smoke-free downtown before moving forward
Smoking Ban In Effect October 1
The City of Lewisville has banned smoking at restaurants, bars and
bowling alleys. James Kunke, the citys Community Relations &
Tourism Director, said the changes will go into effect on October 1.
The City Council voted 3-2 during a special meeting on Monday to enact
weighs smoking ban
table hearing on smoke-free city
Following comments from several residents who were against a smoke-free city, the Gladewater City Council tabled considering a public hearing on the
chokes on smoking ban
Looking to Tighten Up on Smoking Ban
BROWNSVILLE - They're hoping to tighten up on the smoking ban ordinance here in Brownsville. "We had a lot of feedback from the public saying the current ...
OKs policy on smoking areas
Smokers will soon have to find a designated area if they want to light
up a cigarette on Potter County property. County commissioners voted
3-2 Monday to restrict smoking at county buildings to designated areas,
excluding leased property such as the Tri-State Fairgrounds and Amarillo
National Bank Sox Stadium.
... in Stafford this Wednesday night on efforts to ban smoking in businesses.
... says her group has been successful in getting smoking bans in other
Considers Smoking Ban for Bars, Restaurants
Lewisville is considering a smoking ban that would make it more difficult
for people to light up in bars and restaurants.
City Council Mulls Smoking Ban
Lewisville could be the next city jumping on the no-smoking ban-wagon:
The City Council is strongly considering banning lighting up in restaurants
and bars. ..
smoking bans becoming more common
Nationwide, community colleges and public and private universities have tightened regulation of tobacco use or banned tobacco products. The University of Texas at Arlington went tobacco-free last year,
College announces tobacco-free campus for fall 2012
Following its monthly board meeting this week, Angelina College officials have announced the approval of a policy making the AC campus tobacco-free ...
could be going 'smoke free' in the future
Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown feels Lufkin should ban ciga. ... Phillips says banning smoking will also protect the health of the hundreds of children ... currently have a statewide smoking ban, smoking bans exist in many cities throughout the state.
campus a good idea
... of seeing people taking cigarette breaks in front of the M.D. Anderson
Library, ... sale, advertising and sampling of all tobacco products
on the 667-acre main ...
campus goes tobacco free in fall semester
Lufkin - The Lufkin Daily News is reporting; following its monthly board meeting this week, Angelina College officials have announced the approval of a policy ...
goes tobacco free
Students, professors and staff at SHSU can no longer light up and dip on campus. SHSU President Dr. Dana Gibson announced last week that Sam Houston State University will comply with new Texas State University System Board of Regents Regulations, that prohibit use of all tobacco products on campus.
plans ban on smoking
The University of North Texas recently announced it will ban smoking
on its Denton campus effective in January 2013.
More than 700
colleges and universities across the country have instituted smoking
bans, according to a report from the American Nonsmokers Rights
University goes smoke-free June 1
Lamar University, along will all member schools in The Texas State
University System, will become a smoke-free campus effective June 1.
According to TSUS ...
law will limit smoking products
What is in ones pipe and what kind of pipe one wishes to buy
for smoking are a little more limited in Fulton after the Town Council
approved an ordinance designating certain products and pipes as illegal
during their regular Tuesday, May 15 meeting. ...
Ross adopts smoke-free, tobacco-free policy
Sul Ross State University has adopted a smoke-free, tobacco-free policy
that will take effect June 1. Sul Ross State joins fellow components
of the Texas State ...
looks at tightening city smoking restrictions
In Arlington, indoor smoking is banned at most places with a few exceptions
-- private clubs ... Rivera wants the city to discuss banning smoking
at both Cowboys Stadium and ... He said he does not want to ban smoking
at fraternal organizations or ... health and economic effects reported
by cities with smoking bans in place.
Worth City Council unlikely to require new municipal hires to ...
AP FORT WORTH, Texas Fort Worth's proposed ban on the hiring
of smokers as municipal employees appears to be heading nowhere.
UNTs Denton campus could become smoke-free as early as January
1, 2013, according to an email sent to the community by President V.
Lane Rawlins Monday morning.
Bingo Halls Fear a Smoking Ban would hurt Charities
Marcos council approves park rules limiting alcohol, tobacco use
... and banning alcohol on city-owned dams and smoking or chewing tobacco
in or ... An alcohol ban has been the most debated of the proposed park
rules at ...
Ferguson said such a ban would help protect residents because
second-hand smoke is a proven carcinogen. He also said numerous cities
have enacted such bans ...
to consider banning smoking at workplaces
ARLINGTON -- A City Council committee will soon explore whether Arlington
should join a growing list of Texas cities -- including Dallas, Houston
and San Antonio -- that ban all smoking at workplaces.
2006, smoking has been banned at Arlington restaurants, hospitals, ...
drive to strengthen smoking restrictions, said a citywide ban on indoor
The current city ordinance passed in 2006 bans smoking within 50 feet
of most ... post signs advising patrons that smoking is banned 50 feet
from all entrances.
SAN MARCOS The San Marcos City Council approved a bundle of new
park rules Tuesday, limiting where people can drink alcohol, smoke or
use polystyrene products like Styrofoam coolers.
Worth no-smoking proposal pits employers' healthcare costs vs ...
A 2009 study by the Journal of Tobacco Policy and Research found that smokers take more sick days than nonsmokers. The US Centers for Disease Control and ...
Taylor, T.; Cooper, T.V.; Hernandez, N.; Kelly, M.; Law, J.; Colwell, B., "A smoke-free Paso del Norte: impact over 10 years on smoking prevalence using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System," American Journal of Public Health 102(5): 899 - 908, May 2012.
This study examined findings from the 2000-2009 Behavioral Risk Factor
Surveillance System as they related to tobacco use behaviors in El Paso,
Texas. There was a six percent increase in the prevalence of former
smokers, a six percent decrease in the prevalence of daily smokers,
and a seven percent decrease in the prevalence of established smoking.
The authors found that the coordinated tobacco control activities in
El Paso were related to cessation among daily smokers and the prevention
of established smoking at the population level. Activities have not
stimulated cessation among non-daily smokers.
So why are college students attracted to smoking, even when there is
... have all issued smoking ordinances within the last five years, banning
smoking in ...
Worth's hiring policies shouldn't change to ban smokers
But, the parade broke with tradition this year with a smoking ordinance
along the parade route. The city had instructed most of us to
wear these no smoking ...
ordinance approved by City Council : Exemptions include some bars, assisted
Athens finally has a smoking ordinance to call it own. The Athens City
Council approved the ordinance, 5-0, at it's Monday afternoon meeting.
Worth to consider hiring only non-smokers
The City of Fort Worth is considering hiring only non-smokers in the
future -- a cost-cutting idea proposed by a city worker that could save
Also, the Council approved City of Humble Ordinance No. 12-706, which
permits smoking in state-licensed bingo halls provided that an enclosed
non-smoking area is provided and that the smoking area is mechanically
ventilated in such a way as to prevent smoke from entering the non-smoking
area. When the Council voted to prohibit smoking in most public indoor
businesses on Feb. 23, the citywide ban exempted some businesses.
greener Fiesta promised
By Tracy Idell Hamilton As much as 90 percent of Fiesta parade routes
will be smoke-free this year part of the effort to make the 11-day,
citywide party ...
With smoking bans now all but in place on both sides of Cedar Creek
Lake, it seems inevitable that the issue will eventually come up in
the individual cities on the lake's shoreline.
A Gallup public
opinion poll on smoking bans released in 2011 revealed that the number
of respondents favoring such a ban grew by 20 percent over a decade
now smoke-free except for 12 zones
AP AUSTIN - The University of Texas in Austin has gone tobacco-free
in a healthy move that could add up to more cancer research money.
AUSTIN (AP) - The University of Texas in Austin has gone tobacco-free
in a healthy move that could add up to more ...
That agency, which requires recipients of its grants to have tobacco-free
premises, was established when voters authorized $3 billion in bonds
for cancer ...
Pflugerville not likely to tackle smoking ban in near future
Despite, or perhaps because of, the voluntary decision by Hanovers
Draught Haus to ban smoking in the popular local bar March 5, Pflugerville
Mayor Jeff Coleman says the city is unlikely to visit a city-wide ban
in the near future.
City Manager Brandon Wade said the smoking
ban would likely come up at some point but that the City ... Austin
banned smoking in bars as of September 2005.
One word could have the final say in a monthslong court dispute about
a city ordinance passed last year to ban the sale of pipes used for
Smoke shop owners can stay in business without worrying
about how the ... issued the temporary injunction on the portion of
the ordinance that bans pipes.
says no to smoking in public
It's now illegal to smoke in public areas in the city of Humble. ...
considers smoking restrictions
Less than 25 feet from a "No Smoking" sign, University of
Texas-Pan American senior Abraham Gutierrez enjoyed a cigarette break
on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
As of Jan. 2, such sweeping
smoke-free policies have spread across 32 higher education campuses
in Texas, including the University of Texas-Brownsville and Texas Southmost
College, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
to go smoke free March 5
Hanovers is voluntarily banning smoking as of March 5. ... We
think that the greater good will come [of the ban], co-owner Adeline
Settlement restricts smoking in restaurants
White Settlement is cracking down on smoking in parks and restaurants.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to require restaurants and
other establishments that serve food to install ventilation systems
and designate nonsmoking areas. The city joined a growing number of
Tarrant County cities with some form of smoking ban.
to go with tobacco-free policy
honored as health advocate
group calls for tobacco ban
Because of a new provision from one of the Universitys top research funders, UT will need to enact a tobacco-free policy or risk losing millions of research dollars. The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, a voter-mandated organization that awards millions of research dollars each year to entities pursuing cancer research, released a statement on Feb. 2 stating it will now require all current and future grantees to create tobacco-free workplaces as a condition for accepting the Institutes funds.
addiction treatment facility in Central Texas says, 'No smoking
Austin Recovery, the largest inpatient addiction treatment center in
Central Texas and one of the biggest in the state, is going smoke-free
April 30. ...
ANGELO SMOKING BAN - ONE YEAR LATER: Haze lifted smoke still getting
in some eyes
and state briefs: White Settlement delays vote on smoking ...
WHITE SETTLEMENT -- The City Council has postponed a vote on a proposed
ordinance to prohibit smoking in parks and to require establishments
that serve food to install ventilation systems and provide separate
areas for smokers and nonsmokers.
launches virtual town hall
Council members informally agreed this month to form a citizen committee
to study a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other workplaces.
The International House of Pancakes on Cherry Lane has a ventilation
system and a separate area for smokers, but Smith said smoke drifts
into the nonsmoking ...
smoking ban proposal goes to council
Or non? Jacksonville may soon be smoke-free
reveals residents support Lufkin going smokefree
ban takes effect in Austin
A permanent smoking ban is now in effect. ...
bans smoking from public parks
to recommend smoking ban
City Council actions: Smoking banned in city parks
Morning Newspod December 8, 2011
proposal on Fiesta smoke
doesn't slap ban on parade smokes yet
sound off about proposed smoking ban
The results are in and 59 percent of the community is in favor of a
smoking ban in public places according to an online survey, said Will
Cole, member of the smoking ban committee. ...
council may ban smoking near Fiesta parades
City council members may vote Thursday to ban smoking at the Fiesta parades. Smokers would not be allowed to light up within 50-feet of the parade routes. ...
Abilene businesses still complain about smoking ban five ...
The decrease in citations suggests that the ban is working, ... Since the Abilene vote, smoking bans have become more commonplace nationwide. ...
examining city smokefree ban
During Tuesday's city council meeting, council members approved the
creation of a committee to examine and evaluate a city-wide smoking
Shenandoah smoking ban discussed
While members of the Shenandoah City Council research how a no smoking
ordinance could affect the small community and its businesses, some
council members suggested such an ordinance is just another layer of
governmental control that may not be necessary. ...
City Council passes proposal for smoke-free parks
proposal would permanently ban smoking in city parks
bans all smoking in parks
The Boerne City Council has enacted a ban on all types of smoking at municipal parks, from barbecue to cigars. ...
Ban Now in Effect in San Antonio
A smoking ban went into effect recently in San Antonio, where lighting
up no longer is allowed in enclosed public
may make it harder for Texas smokers to light up
Considers Ban on Smoking in Parks
may ban smoking in parks
Mayor Annise Parker said she is considering banning smoking in the
city's 380 parks because of the fire dangers presented by discarded
banned in Williamson County parks
Williamson County commissioners have banned smoking in county-owned
parks, preserves and trails because of the drought. Outdoor cooking
is allowed as long ...
Ban Counts at ACL Fest This Weekend
police resources strained
Daniel Benitez and Chief of Police Ralph Meyer about increasing the number of officers to enforce the new campus-wide smoking ban.
ban means a healthier campus
1, Texas State became smoke-free. The movement to make it so started
much earlier when the Director of the Student Health Center, Dr. Emilio
Carranco began ...
can decide issues themselves
It involves a city ordinance that bans smoking indoors. ... This city's
voters twice have rejected calls to enact an indoor smoking ban. Why?
to S.A. 2011: Planning expected to yield to actual work on big projects
ban removed from November ballot
Clack: Breathing easier at the bus stop
smoking rates down a third over decade
Ruth Keys, an administrative assistant at Lackland AFB, says none of
the no-smoking signs led her to quit on July 1. ...
stops won't be haven for smokers
In the United States, 468 communities have laws that ban smoking
in the workplace, restaurants and bars, according to Americans for Nonsmokers'
hold breath as smoke ban nears
... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is poised to add San Antonio to its gold standard list of smoke-free cities, program manager Annie Tegen said.
Marcos council snuffs out public smoking ban
...Guerrero and councilmembers Ryan Thomason and Kim Porterfield stood
solid in support ..
Smoking Ban About To Begin
Smoking sections inside restaurants are out, too, and you'll now face
a fine for lighting up on city park playgrounds or pavilions. ...
on for smoke-free San Antonio
State kicks-off tobacco-free policy
smoking policy is laudable
to ban tobacco products
2011 AP Starting Monday, the campus will become completely tobacco-free. Faculty, students, staff and visitors will not be allowed to use any tobacco ...
to ban smoking in public housing
The San Antonio Housing Authority plans to impose a new policy in January
that will prohibit residents from smoking indoors or away from designated
outdoor spots at all 70 of its public sites. ...
holds smoking ban forums
According to the Clean Air Ordinance of 1991, the current regulation, smoking is regulated in all public buildings and in public or common areas. At private businesses and bars, business owners decide to permit or ban smoking. I am not for smoking
split on proposed smoking ban
Attendees of two recent, city-sponsored open house meetings were split on the issue of whether to further restrict smoking in public areas such as bars and restaurants. When asked whether the City of San Marcos should further restrict smoking, ..
Marcos Downtown Association to discuss smoking ban tonight
San Marcos' Downtown Association will discuss the proposed smoking ban and how it affects downtown businesses among other items at tonight's meeting at 6 pm at the Tap Room's meeting room, 129 E. Hopkins St., ...
to ban smoking in public housing
at smoking ban forum seem split on proposed November ballot measure
Opinion on whether San Marcos should snuff smoking in public areas
seemed evenly split Monday among those for and against the ban during
an open house designed to gauge public support. ...
to hold open house today on public smoking ban
Marcos Smoke-Free Initiative
through the fog: Will smoking ban blow over into Buda, Kyle?
With neighbors in San Marcos pondering a city-wide smoking ban, it
doesn't hurt to speculate if a similar ordinance could blow in the direction
of Kyle or Buda. Austin already has an indoor smoking ban, ...
Freethought San Marcos: Thinking about regulation of public alcohol,
City of San Marcos council member Fred Terry has written a commentary
opposing a ban on public smoking in San Marcos and a ban on the use
of alcohol in city parks. ...
council aims for November smoking vote
calls public meetings on smoking ban
Marcos schedules meetings to discuss proposed public smoking ban
Marcos solicits feedback for pending smoking ban
Marcos to put smoking ban on November ballot
Cafe Willingly Goes Smoke Free
sports grill goes smoke-free to satisfy customers
Entertainment News from AP The first Lubbock sports grill to get a
smoking permit under the revised city ordinance in 2001 voluntarily
went smoke-free on Tuesday. Loyd Turner, owner of the Caprock Café
at 34 th Street and Indiana Avenue, ...
OUT: Legislature again flicks away smoking ban
McALLEN -- A sixth attempt to limit secondhand smoke in public places
died this week in the Texas Legislature, causing disappointment for
smoke-free advocates and relief for some business owners and patrons.
continues to make Lufkin smoke free
No Smoking: City of Lufkin should move toward passage of smoke-free
Austin, Dallas and Houston have done it. Nacogdoches and Tyler have done it. Even Diboll has done it. ...
Marcos smoking ban regs move forward
other faith groups lobby for smoke-free workplaces
During the last week of the state legislature special session, the
Texas Catholic Conference is amping up its campaign for bans on smoking
in most public places and workplaces, legislation that has gotten broad
support from religious groups across the state. ...
supports smoking ban ballot measure
bans smoking in parks
smoking ban is revived in special session
Marcos may ban smoking
Smoking ban and all that it saves
Having killed a ban on smoking in indoor public places statewide during
the regular session, Texas legislators have an opportunity to get it
right in the special session. They ought to take it. ...
KXII-TV - Jalah Gray - June 6, 2011
DENISON, TX - There's currently no law against smoking at Waterloo park, but tonight City Council is voting on a policy that will prohibit people from smoking around the playgrounds. "There's been some mothers concerned because their child has health ...
House attempts new public smoking ban
Banning smoking in public places may save $30 million a year in Medicaid
costs and more than $200 million a year in overall health care expenses,
experts told a Texas legislative committee Saturday. ...
free bill to be heard in House committee Saturday
ban to be resuscitated
smoking ban dies - again - for another session
A state lawmaker who has been trying for several years to ban smoking
in public places statewide declared her effort dead for the session
- after a cadre of ...
Ban May Face Uphill Battle in Texas Senate
House lawmakers successfully tacked a statewide smoking ban onto a
broad Senate fiscal matters bill last weekend. But whether it will stick
in the upper chamber is another question entirely. ...
House approves ban on smoking in indoor public places
The Texas House voted 73-66 on Friday to approve a statewide ban on
smoking in indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.
smoking is allowed in some businesses in Laredo
say they have a vehicle for smoking ban
"The municipal authorities want to amend the ordinance in allowing
smoking in businesses while having adequate ventilation to avoid affecting
nearby businesses," said Veronica Jimenez, director of SCAN. ...
ban to be an amendment on another bill later on
"I think it's time for a little smoke break," she told House members. "A temporary one. Out of respect for all the bills on the calendar ... We have a very, very important bill that will save millions of dollars and thousands of Texas lives, but there is a better vehicle for this bill coming up."
"It will be back. There is a better vehicle. Good luck in passing your bills."
Smoke-Free Texas issued the following statement from Melinda Little, Smoke-Free Texas co-chair:
"Smoke-Free Texas remains committed to passing comprehensive smoke-free
workplace legislation. Comprehensive workplace laws save thousands of
lives and millions of taxpayer dollars. We thank Rep. Crownover for
her tireless and continued leadership on this issue." ...
City Council Considering Tobacco Ordinance Revision
Despite wide support, bid to ban smoking is flagging
Allowing 'Transitional' Period In Enforcing New Smoking Ordinance
Grande City expands smoking ban
ban eyed at Alvin city parks during athletic events
City Council is developing an ordinance that would prohibit smoking
at sporting events in city parks, City Manager Terry Lucas said. ...
time for Texas to outlaw smoking in public places
Village to be smoke free
Padre Island smoking ordinance now in effect
smoking ban proponents optimistic bill will pass ($$)
Chances are better this year that Texas lawmakers will pass a statewide
workplace smoking ban, after several failed attempts during prior sessions,
proponents of such a ban said. ...
city council passes smoking ban
Another community in Fort Bend County is banning smoking. ...
mulls expanding existing smoking ban
website hopes to remove smoking
council to reconsider residential building zones
banning smoking in public places closer to becoming law
& Ledbetter: Smoke-free workplace law is necessary for the health
and well-being of all Texans
As leaders in our respective faith communities, we call on our state's
leaders to act now to pass a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law
for Texas in 2011. A statewide smoke-free workplace law is necessary
to protect the health and well-being of all Texans who today must work
in environments that allow smoking. . . . ...
on Passage of Smoke-Free Workplace Bill Out of House Public Health Committee
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas House Public Health Committee voted today to pass House Bill 670 (8-2) out of committee. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 355 (5-3) out of committee on March 8. The bills propose a statewide smoke-free workplace law to provide all Texans protection from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
Both committees heard personal testimony on the bills during hearings
last week where the bills were left pending, which is common in the
legislative process. More than 70 organizations and individuals registered
or testified in support of the bills at the committee hearings. ...
asks for stricter RGC smoking ban
Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
ban bills in Legislature could affect Big Country business owners
The University of Texas Medical Branch maintains a database of smoking
bans in Texas. A rating of 5 is given to ordinances that are the most
stringent and a rating of 1 is given to ordinances that offer no protection.
Grande City passes smoking ban
entry titled "Group launches site to shift debate on school funding."
signals Will Texas tobacco lobbyists win again?
Seventy percent of Texans support a statewide ban on smoking in public places, according to a recent poll by Baselice & Associates. When was the last time that many Texans agreed on anything?
Supporters of a smoking ban include a majority of people who say they usually or always support the tea party. They include Lance Armstrong and the AARP. Liberals, conservatives and the Texas Restaurant Association. People who care about health, and people who want to cut health-care spending.
Similar bans are already in effect in 29 Texas cities, including Houston. But city regulations can't apply to areas outside city limits. Without a state law, Texans living in rural and unincorporated areas will be forever stuck breathing second-hand smoke.
We know it's naive to believe that good legislation with overwhelming popular support should sail through the Texas Legislature. But we have hope for this session's pair of smoking-ban bills: HB 670 by State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and SB 355 by Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.
Yes, we know that similar measures have gone nowhere in previous sessions, and that tobacco companies have once again hired hordes of lobbyists. ...
Board of Regents approves updating public smoking policy
Texas Woman's University tightened its smoking rules Friday when the
Board of Regents approved a new smoking policy for the Denton and Dallas
campuses. Under the new rules, which take effect June 1, people can
no longer smoke within 25 feet of building entrances. ...
/ GINGISS: Time for statewide ban on smoking in public places
Nearly half of all city-dwelling Texans now enjoy smoke-free indoor public places.
But many others, including most of Texas's rural population, will never have that chance unless the Texas Legislature enacts one of the bills filed this session by Houston Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis or Republican Rep. Myra Crownover of Denton. The smoke-free legislation follows on years of increasingly successful grassroots efforts in cities and towns throughout the state to ensure that Texans have clean indoor air to breathe.
A long-established body of evidence exists about the negative health effects of secondhand-smoke exposure, beginning with the U.S. Surgeon General's report in 1972. That report called for a ban on smoking in public places. Over the last 35 years, the evidence linking secondhand smoke exposure to the development or exacerbation of coronary heart disease, lung cancer, acute respiratory infections, asthma and premature infant deaths, among other conditions, has grown.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that smoking is responsible for over 24,000 annual deaths and $10.6 billion in excess medical costs and lost productivity. ...
patrons fume over smoking ban
I spent a lot of time this week in bars talking to people about the smoking ban.
It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out its short- and long-term effect on business, as well as how it will be enforced.
Knowing San Angeloans, who are in my mind a respectful, easygoing people,
enforcement won't be a violent or chaotic affair, and I don't think
it has been. Even on Thursday, the first day the ban was in effect,
most smokers were dutifully standing outside in the freezing weather
and bartenders said they hadn't had any problems with the people who
lit up indoors and had been told to stop, as the ordinance requires.
adapt to first day of citywide ban
SAN ANGELO, Texas The ashtrays were missing, but many smokers remained outside.
On Thursday, the first day the citywide smoking ban was in effect, smokers huddled under mushroom heaters on back patios or shivered outside the entrances of many of San Angelo's bars.
Toni Dempsey stood on the sidewalk near the side entrance of Giz & Hum's Billiards & Brew on West Beauregard Avenue. A home-printed sign on the door warned that the establishment was now nonsmoking "due to city ordinance." ...
chat: A smokin' question
The clock's ticking on where smokers can smoke in San Angelo. The much-debated smoking ban goes into effect Thursday.
Will this new law change where you spend your entertainment dollars?
Will you smokers stay home? Will the non-smokers start going out to
a previously smoky (and avoided) bar or bowling alley? ...
urged to pass smoking ban
A statewide smoke-free workplace law in Texas would significantly benefit
customers, employees and business owners. It would also save taxpayers
millions of dollars in health care costs and other costs relating to
secondhand smoke exposure at a time of serious budget constraints for
our state ...
Digest: 70% of Texans want smoking ban, poll shows
A poll released by the Smoke-Free Texas coalition finds bipartisan
support for a legislative proposal to ban smoking in indoor public and
work places. ...
Bolstered by new poll findings, a broad coalition of public-health
organizations and lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday to ban smoking
in indoor workplaces and public facilities, including restaurants and
Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, are
betting the third time is the charm for passing a statewide ban on smoking
in indoor workplaces and public places. ...
An overwhelming number of Texans support a smoking ban in all indoor
work and public places - including bars and restaurants - according
to a poll commissioned by the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition. ...
Percent of Texas Voters Support Law Making Bars, Restaurants ...
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new poll released today finds 70 percent of Texas voters support prohibiting smoking in indoor work and public places, including restaurants and bars. ...
get behind proposed smoking ban
ROSENBERG, TX (KTRK) -- A group of local high school students is getting
a lesson on city government as they fight to make a change in their
community. They're leading an effort to make smokers in Rosenberg move
outside of businesses before lighting up. ...
lawmaker pushes for state-wide smoking ban
HOUSTONA lawmaker from Houston is proposing strict legislation that would limit smoking to homes and hotel rooms across the state.
"This bill will save money this bill will save lives. This bill makes sense," said Sen. Rodney Ellis (D). "There is overwhelming public support for a smoking ban in public places."
Various versions of the bill have been put forward in the last several legislative sessions.
In 2009, it got very close to passing, and now the legislators behind the bill are more determined than ever.
In 2009, a similar bill got past the House and moved out of committee in the Senate. Ellis said he thinks the effort gets more support every time its proposed.
"It is sort of like trying to push a ball up a hill. You have
to get momentum. I think that we have got over the last couple of sessions
some momentum," Ellis said ...
Grande City to consider no smoking ordinance
Rio Grande City is now the latest Rio Grande Valley city to consider an ordinance taking aim at smoking in public places.
The city commission is taking a look at proposed ordinance at their noon meeting on Wednesday. ...
talks about smoking ordinance
The Midland Coalition met Wednesday during its monthly meeting to discuss the idea of possibly having a new city ordinance against smoking similar to one that San Angelo recently passed. Copies of the San Angelo city ordinance were made available to those in attendance.
"It's just an idea and we'd like to look into it," said coalition
coordinator Dale Seago ...
Angelo City Council gives smoke ban final passage
After months of controversy around the proposed and voter-approved citywide smoking ban, the San Angelo City Council easily passed the new law this morning.
"Speak now or forever hold your peace," mayor pro-tem Charlotte Farmer told those gathered in the council chambers.
No comment was returned, and the ordinance takes effect in a month.
One month from today was determined to be Feb. 10, the day that ambient smoke will vanish from almost all public buildings, plus a 15-foot buffer around their entrances.
"Every business needs to know that date," Farmer said.
The ordinance includes some exceptions earlier discussed by council.
Bingo halls and smoke shops are among the establishments that will still
be allowed to indulge smokers ...
Angelo City Council ready to discuss substantive changes to smoking
SAN ANGELO, Texas The San Angelo City Council will consider a variety of amendments to the smoking ban ordinance at its meeting today including the possible exemption of small bars from the ban.
At the most recent City Council meeting, members voted unanimously to bring the ordinance back to the council to discuss and make some changes to the ordinance. The most controversial change proposed was the exclusion from the ordinance of bars with lower maximum occupancies an amendment Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer said she wants because she is not interested in putting anyone out of business. ...
teen to deliver message to state lawmakers backing statewide smoking
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- The Australians, Canadians and Spaniards did it.
The Chinese are trying to do it.
So why shouldn't the Lone Star State also ban smoking in public places, says Kristen Landers, 14, a freshman at Richland High School. Secondhand smoke endangers lives, so, at a minimum, the state should ban it at restaurants, Landers said.
Landers, of North Richland Hills, plans to bring her message to state lawmakers at the legislative session that begins in January. She is part of a student group known as the Texas Youth Summit, which will go to the Capitol on Jan. 16-19 to try to sway state leaders.
"Smoking in all the public areas -- it's very unhealthy for kids
and adults," Landers said. "I'm excited to meet with my legislators
to talk about secondhand smoke issues that interest me, like the health
of others." ...
OPINION: No major changes should be made to smoking ban
The City Council is walking a fine line in taking up amendments to San Angelos new public smoking ban. It should take care not to tip from making necessary minor changes to undoing what voters said they wanted, and by a decisive margin. . . .
Before the election, most council members thought the proposal was too restrictive and asked Smoke-Free to accept a less stringent one that didnt include bars. Smoke-Free was willing to compromise on some issues, but said prohibiting smoking in bars was nonnegotiable because their employees should be protected from secondhand smoke just as everyone else would be. ...
moves a little smoky
The meetings real zinger came at the very end when councilwoman Charlotte Farmer said she wanted the council to look into exempting smaller bars from the recently passed smoking ban. She said it was because she wasnt interested in putting anyone out of business, meaning the small, neighborhood bars where people go primarily to drink and smoke.
Councilman Paul Alexander was one of many who said they were surprised at Farmers suggestion and said that, if approved, it would constitute a very substantive change to the ordinance. Not only that, but it also would create a proverbial unlevel playing field in the business community a split between the small bars and the big bars. ...
board votes no to making Gainesville campus tobacco-free
Whether the North Central Texas College Gainesville campus should become
a smoke free/tobacco free campus was addressed during the board of regents
meeting Monday evening. The motion to make the campus smoke free/tobacco-free
failed as board members voted 3-2-2.
Angelo City Council: No palatable options for health care insurance
At the end of its all-day meeting Tuesday, the San Angelo City Council voted to bring back the smoking ban ordinance at one of its next meetings so it can discuss and possibly take action on amending it.
Farmer said she wanted city staff to look into an amendment that would exclude bars based on maximum capacity to prevent smaller bars with a smoking culture from going out of business.
I would like for us to look at the smaller bars out there, Farmer said. Because Im not interested in putting anyone out of business.
Councilman Paul Alexander said after the meeting that exempting any bars would constitute a very significant change to the ordinance, which San Angelo voters approved by more than 60 percent in the Nov. 2 general election.
Im surprised, he said. I think its a
pretty big can of worms there. ...
City Public Housing to Snuff Out Smoking
As more public places go smoke-free, one North Texas public agency is following suit.
The Haltom City Housing Authority will ban smoking inside all of its public housing units starting Jan. 1.
The new year will mean residents will have to smoke outside and not in the comfort of their own homes. Some longtime residents are fuming over the move.
"I don't think it's fair. Us old people can't sit outside and smoke. We are too old. We'll get pneumonia," said Sue Hendren, an elderly woman who has lived in Haltom City's public housing for several years.
If residents continue to smoke inside their apartments, it will be considered a lease violation by the housing authority. Three lease violations will be grounds for eviction ...
ban still hazy for some
SAN ANGELO, Texas San Angelos controversial smoking-ban ordinance will go into effect in exactly 30 days, but many of its more ambiguous provisions may be lost in translation.
Since voters approved the ordinance in the Nov. 2 election, the city
has been working to iron out its exact requirements so that law enforcement,
business owners and others will be able to understand and abide by it.
ban, tax ordinance to go into effect in about a month
SAN ANGELO, Texas The two local propositions that passed by healthy margins in the election turned out to be not quite as contentious as some thought. As a result, a citywide smoking ban and a revised half-cent sales tax ordinance will take effect in about a month or 30 days after the votes are canvassed.
Although there are still questions about some of the provisions of the smoking ban ordinance, the changes that will occur under it are a lot more obvious than they will be for the half-cent sales tax. ...
vote for their future
San Angeloans voted for their physical health and for the long-term health of their city in Tuesdays election.
Proposition 1 to prohibit smoking in public places passed handily, with 60 percent of the vote. Proposition 2, to remove the sunset on the half-cent sales tax, also passed with 57 percent.
Both results were at least a bit surprising. The smoke ban stirred a libertarian streak in many and lost some support when its proponents, Smoke-Free San Angelo, declined to compromise on prohibiting smoking in bars. ...
ELECTION: San Angelo bans smoking, drops sunset on sales tax
SAN ANGELO, Texas Smoke-Free San Angelo is no longer just the name of a local petition group.
Voters approved Proposition 1, meaning San Angelos public places that are not already smoke free will have to be when the ordinance takes effect in about a month. As written, the ordinance bans smoking in bars, restaurants, outdoor sports arenas and workplaces with one or more employee.
The committee is very thankful to the voters of San Angelo for making it a smoke-free city and putting our health and welfare first, said Lisa Burger, Smoke-Free San Angelo spokeswoman.
The proposition passed by margins wider than even Smoke-Free San Angelo officials expected.
Burger said the committee remained optimistic throughout the process, which began in January when the group submitted a petition to the city clerk with more than 4,000 signatures supporting the ordinance, but didnt let their hopes get too overblown. ...
THE VOTE: Smoke ban, tax face vote
San Angelo voters will encounter a longer-than-usual ballot on Election Day because of the two local propositions included.
The first is an initiative proposition put forth by local group Smoke-Free San Angelo. If passed, the ordinance would ban smoking in all public places in the city, including bars, restaurants, outdoor sports arenas and workplaces with one or more employees.
Although a revised version of the ordinance could have potentially
made it to the ballot, the version voters will yea or nay is the original
version the group petitioned for at the beginning of the year. It includes
several items the group had said it was willing to compromise on . .
smoking ordinance leaves some people confused
Galveston's new smoking ban has created a patchwork of smoking and non-smoking businesses on the island.
Galveston passed an ordinance banning indoor smoking in January. The city later amended the rule to allow smoking inside private clubs and businesses willing to meet the requirements to become adult venues.
Galveston officials say the new rules are a compromise
... On the contrary, it is nonsmokers who deserve the right to breathe
clean air. It is a basic duty of government to protect the public health.
BLANC: Secondhand smoke is a killer
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- I just returned from visiting my mentor and hero, my dad. He has contributed more to my success as a physician than any of my medical school professors.
Wayne Blanc was the town barber in Louisville, Ohio, for more than 50 years. . . .
We were stunned in April when he developed a cough and pneumonia, and found that he had advanced lung cancer. He quit smoking 45 years ago. . . .
But he was exposed to secondhand smoke for 50 years, and I strongly believe that is the major contributor to my dads lung cancer. . . .
San Angelo is considering a smoking ban for public places. In the last
year San Angelo Community Medical Center has been smoke-free for both
patients and employees. This is already benefiting our staff and patients.
There has been a reduction in employee absences. ...
votes to keep ban changes
Only Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton voted with him, while Mayor Pro Tem Linda Colbert abstained. Dianna Puccetti, Chris Gonzales, Steve Greenberg and Rusty Legg all voted against his motion to ban indoor smoking in the citys bars, clubs and restaurants but to allow it on outside patios and at least five feet from the establishments front entrances.
After the vote, which visibly upset indoor ban supporters who had waited
until 8:30 p.m. to hear it, each of the council members except Jaworski
and Beeton explained their stance on the issue.
clear to vote on smoke
GALVESTON Council members Dianna Puccetti and Steve Greenberg both have been cleared of a conflict of interest in voting on the citys no-smoking laws, which is on the agenda again for todays meeting.
Susie Green, the city attorney, said Wednesday that Greenberg had asked her opinion before, and Puccetti had asked after the Sep. 23 vote and she assured both they had no conflicts.
The Daily News asked the District 5 and 6 representatives for their reaction after hearing private comments that they should not have voted to reinstate smoking in bars and other adult venues last month without first admitting being paid by organizations that wanted the change.
The organization in Greenbergs case is his employer, Landrys Restaurants, but the popular chain has a no-smoking policy throughout its properties and is not affected by the city ordinance.
In any case, I asked Susie Green whether I had a conflict before voting in September and she said I did not, Greenberg said Wednesday.
She said the issue had too broad a range for a conflict and said I could vote.
Green said: "Both Steve and Dianna contacted me for an opinion
on the smoking issue. Its my opinion that neither has a conflict
of interest about it." ...
San Angelo to hold fundraising rally
SAN ANGELO, Texas A controversial smoking ban proposition will go to San Angelo voters in just a few days when early voting begins.
The group responsible for getting the proposition on the ballot is kicking off its public education efforts at a fundraising rally Thursday night.
The event is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Coney Island, a private, smoke-free
venue at 212 S. Chadbourne St. It will include food, drinks and live
music. The suggested donation is $20 ...
smoking rules go into effect today in Galveston
Galveston's new smoking rules go into effect today.
The city council voted last month to relax the previous ordinance that
took effect in January. The new rules allow smokers to light up in bars
considered adult venues, private clubs and outdoor seating areas. The
distance smokers need to keep from non-smoking establishments has been
lowered to five feet. ...
ORDINANCE PRO: Employees' health, safety are stake
SAN ANGELO, Texas Consider this: Businesses operating in the city of San Angelo must first meet zoning codes and inspections from various city and state agencies. Then once operating, they must report their business activities at least annually and must again meet various city codes.
This is all done on behalf of the citizens to protect their welfare, safety and health. These are all standards our Founding Fathers felt were the core to good governance.
The science is clear, smoking causes harm to the body. It is directly related to a third of all cancers, heart disease, chronic respiratory illness, low birthrates and lung damage in newborns.
These are only a few of the many side effects of smoking.
However, these side effects do not just stop with the person
smoking. They affect anyone around them breathing their exhaled smoke
Adds Texas Store to Roster of LEED-Certified Locations
Island's weakened smoking ban returns it to "the 1970s" as
a fight lights up
Despite a public forum strongly in favor of keeping the ban, the city council recently voted voted 4-3 to amend and substantially weaken the ban, getting rid of many of the controversial provisions. In effect on Oct. 4, bars that qualify as "adult venues" -- meaning only that they do not admit anyone under the age of 18 -- will be free to allow smoking indoors. Private clubs and outdoor seating areas are also no longer affected by the ban, and the area required to stay clear of windows and doors was reduced from 15 to five feet.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton, who voted to keep the existing ban in place, described the changes as going "back to the 1970s."
Of course the actual changes will only bring Galveston back to December 31, 2009. ...
City Smoking Ban takes effect Oct. 1
Missouri City residents are headed for a smoke-free future, at least in public places, as a new smoking ban goes into effect on Friday.
The ordinance banning smoking was passed by city council at the July 6 regular council meeting.
Smokers will now be prohibited from lighting up in a most public places in the city.
Per ordinance those places include restaurants, libraries, elevators, polling places, pool and billiard halls, bingo facilities and educational facilities. ...
ban fight still not finished
GALVESTON A Galveston woman has begun a campaign to put the citys hotly debated smoking policy on the ballot for next Mays elections.
And, judging by comments on the campaigns Facebook page, Mayor Joe Jaworski is right behind her.
Alice Melott, a real-estate agent, began her campaign almost immediately after Thursdays split-vote decision by the city council to overturn the ban its predecessor had put into effect Jan 1.
She formed Galveston Clean Air Project, complete with its own website and Facebook page, and announced: Its sole purpose is to save Galveston from asphyxiation.
By Saturday morning, she was ready to start e-mailing her contacts and asking them to sign up for the campaign, which needs a public petition in order to put the question on the ballot.
Galvestons clean air ordinance was effectively overturned by city council in a surprise 4-3 vote, she wrote.
The Galveston Clean Air Project seeks to put the issue to the voters, more than 76 percent of whom do not smoke, with the May 2011 election.
Later that day, Jaworski posted a comment on the campaigns Keep Galveston restaurants smoke-free Facebook page.
He advised people how to view the city councils televised coverage of the vote, writing: Its a 49 minute discussion and three votes. Difficult to watch at times." ...
that prohibits smoking to be revised
LAREDO, Tx.- The SCAN organization, dedicated of serving the needs of children and adolescents in the community, will request a review of the ordinance that is banning smoking in public places.
"We have detected cases where there is smoking in theaters and we want to clarify this point by reviewing the ordinance that the municipal government has, Mario Flores informed.
The president of the Community Coalition of Webb County Against Substance Abuse also said they are seeking a rapprochement with Hector Gonzalez, director of the Laredo Health Department, responsible for enforcing the Ordinance.
According to Flores, the controversy arose after an actor in a play
called Side Man, came out smoking during the play that was being performed
at the Arts Center ...
amends smoking rules
The ordinance vote came after a lengthy discussion that followed a
public comment period in which the majority of speakers pleaded for
the ban to be retained.
After considerable public comment and discussion the Galveston City Council amended the Islands existing smoking ordinance tonight. The measure passed with Council members Puccetti, Gonzales, Greenberg, and Legg voting in favor and Council member Beeton, Mayor Pro-Tem Colbert, and Mayor Jaworski casting dissenting votes.
Business owners now have the option to meet the Citys adult venue definition and allow smoking within their establishments. The revised ordinance will take effect 10 days from the date of posting.
Amendments to Chapter 11.5 of Galvestons code, Clean Air: Smoking in Public Places:
* Smoking is now allowed in bars that meet adult venue requirements.
Signage must be posted prohibiting persons under the age of 18 from
entering the establishment.
ban in public housing is right move
CORPUS CHRISTI The Corpus Christi Housing Authority has made a principled decision to uphold the rights of nonsmokers, including small children, not to breathe secondhand smoke. The Housing Authority decided to ban smoking from public housing units starting Oct. 1. If only it were sooner.
Last year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a memo to housing authorities encouraging smoke bans and pointing out health-related concerns as justification. Among those are that secondhand smoke can migrate between densely packed housing units. The memo points out some now-well-known-by-everybody consequences of secondhand smoke respiratory illnesses, heart disease and cancer. And the memo points out that most people in public housing are older than 61 and younger than 18, populations considered especially vulnerable to the hazards of secondhand smoke.
HUD shouldnt have to work that hard to make its case. ...
smoking throughout Bexar? State legislator wants to counties decide
San Antonio's smoking ban is on the books and set to take effect next year.
But now, a countywide ban could be looming.
And supporters of a statewide smoking ban are gearing up to resurrect the measure this legislative session.
State Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville is asking for legislation allowing entire counties to ban smoking.
Currently, counties do not* have that power. ...
smoking ban being prepped for next legislative session
station platforms smoke-free Wed.
AUSTIN (KXAN) - If you're riding the MetroRail , be sure to put out that cigarette.
Changes have taken effect at all Capital Metro rail station platforms along the Red Line after the CapMetro Board adopted a new tobacco-free policy July 26.
This means all tobacco products will be prohibited near the passenger boarding areas and on the boarding platforms at each station.
Signs will be installed, and ashtrays will be removed at all stations.
However, tobacco use will still be permitted outside of the designated
tobacco-free zone ...
years later, city's smoking ban is working
Cigarettes are the most dangerous consumer product in the world. It is estimated that cigarettes kill 25,000 Texans, 438,000 Americans and 5.4 million people around the world every year. The epidemiologist Sir Richard Peto estimates that worldwide 100 million people died from tobacco in the 20th century and that if the current smoking rates continue, 1 billion people will die in the 21st century. We estimate that a third of the patients who die at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center die simply because they smoked cigarettes. Tobacco-smoke pollution from other people's cigarettes and cigars causes around 50,000 deaths in the United States every year.
In a tobacco industry document from 1953, a senior researcher for the tobacco industry performed a literature search for his bosses and reported that cigarettes probably cause cancer. They did not inform their customers of this finding. The first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking was published in 1964 followed by 28 more reports. This includes two that are entirely about the severe health effects of tobacco-smoke pollution.
As cardiology researcher Dr. Stan Glantz puts it, "cigarettes are mini toxic waste dumps" producing at least 4,500 chemicals. About 80 of those chemicals cause cancer and others are just very toxic. ...
Antonio Joins the Fight Against Secondhand Smoke Clean Air Ordinance
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 23 -- Statement by Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, President and CEO, Legacy
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Workers in the second-largest city in Texas can now breathe easier. On August 19, the San Antonio City Council announced that the city's workplaces will now be free of secondhand smoke ("SHS") and risks that come along with it.
The U.S. Surgeon General concluded in 2006 that there are "no safe levels" of secondhand smoke exposure. Among adults, exposure to SHS causes approximately 50,000 deaths in the United States each year. The Surgeon General also concluded that smoke-free workplace policies are the only effective means to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace. The new San Antonio ordinance includes bars and restaurants, thereby protecting the service workforce and the patrons of such establishments. Additionally, despite loud claims to the contrary from opponents of clean indoor air laws, there is no evidence that these laws negatively impact businesses. ...
Antonio snuffs out smoking in bars, restaurants
San Antonio City Council passed an enhanced smoke-free ordinance Thursday by a vote of seven to four.
Passage of the ordinance means that smoking will now be banned in all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The ordinance is set to take effect Aug. 19, 2011, exactly one year after it was approved.
Suzanne Lozano, chairwoman of the Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition, applauded the move.
This is a significant milestone for San Antonio workers, citizens
and visitors, Lozano says. Supporters worked hard for San
Antonio citizens right to breathe clean indoor air. The passage
of this ordinance shows the rest of Texas that San Antonio values the
health of its workers and residents. ...
Antonio to be Latest Texas City With Smoke-Free Workplaces
San Antonio will soon become the latest Texas city to implement a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance providing workers, residents and visitors protection from the dangers of secondhand smoke in all indoor workplaces. The City Council approved the ordinance at its Thursday meeting by a vote of seven to four.
"This is a significant milestone for San Antonio workers, citizens and visitors," said Suzanne Lozano, Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition chair. "Supporters worked hard for San Antonio citizens' right to breathe clean indoor air. The passage of this ordinance shows the rest of Texas that San Antonio values the health of its workers and residents."
... American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights, March of Dimes, ...
adopts tough smoking
The City Council on Thursday approved a fortified smoke-free ordinance aimed at protecting public health, despite pleas from frustrated bar and restaurant owners who said that the ban would hurt their business.
The new ordinance, which will qualify San Antonio as a smoke-free city under criteria set by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, closes exemptions that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs and restaurants with enclosed smoking areas.
Council members listened to 90 minutes of public input and then deliberated
for more than two hours before voting 7-4 to approve the ordinance.
adopts tough smoking rules
The City Council voted 7-4 today to strengthen San Antonio's smoking ban, despite pleas from frustrated bar and restaurant owners who asked for the ordinance to be spiked altogether or at least postponed for a few years.
About 50 people and groups addressed the council, with a slight majority in favor of the ban, which will be implemented in 12 months on Aug. 19, 2011. Supporters of the ban asked the council to implement the ordinance sooner rather than later. Dissenters asked for as much as three years before implementing the ban.
The new ordinance, which will qualify San Antonio as a smoke-free city under criteria set by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, closes exemptions that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs and restaurants that have enclosed smoking areas. ...
smoking ban vote today
San Antonio is expected to become the latest on a list of communities across Texas and the nation to adopt smoke-free policies. In this state, cities from Abilene to El Paso, Laredo to Marshall by way of Houston, Dallas and Austin have banned indoor smoking and are designated by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights as smoke-free cities.
ban is vital for S.A.
Mayor Julián Castro and District 7 Councilman Justin Rodriguez, who proposed the measure, have lobbied their colleagues intently and made concessions to secure a majority. Opponents have largely been swayed by the argument that a comprehensive indoor smoking ban will be bad for business.
Bars, restaurants and bingo parlors have managed to survive in every other city in Texas that has instituted such a ban. More than survive, they've thrived. Studies in Houston and El Paso found that business went up after comprehensive smoking bans went into effect.
smoking ban likely to pass S.A. City Council Thursday
San Antonio may soon be home to a tough, new smoking ban. The City
Council will take up the stronger smoking ordinance this Thursday and
indications are it will pass unanimously. ...
Abilene's Smoking Ban Must Be Enforced
It's been three years since Abilene signed off on a smoking ban. One man feels law enforcement isn't doing enough to enforce it, and he fears his health may be at risk.
A man who only wants to be identified as "Jesse" regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Abilene. When he leaves during breaks, Jesse says other attendees are often smoking just feet away from the front door. That's a violation of the city's smoking ban.
Jesse is a former smoker who now has the taken oxygen everywhere he goes. He says being near smokers can be detrimental to his health.
Jesse has now taken his complaint to the police. Officers say they are going to look in to it but warns it's not as easy as going to a place with a complaint and writing a ticket. ...
at new courthouse stirs up row among officials
Commissioner Jimmy Smith was almost outnumbered with his Monday motion to make jurors go across the street from the new courthouse to a parking lot to smoke, but Smith's five man court prevailed against the objections of District Attorney Teresa Clingman, County Clerk Cheryl Becker, Sheriff Gary Painter and Tax Assessor Collector Kathy Reeves.
Asserting the 11-story building to be opened at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 "must be smoke free and tobacco free," Smith moved to allow smoking only "in an adjacent parking lot" designated before the courthouse opens.
"We can revise it, but we're going to be over there in a month and need to get this settled now," said Smith, who has supervised the $31.6 million project for the court.
Seconded by Commissioner Robin Donnelly, the motion passed unanimously with the support of Judge Mike Bradford and Commissioners Luis Sanchez and Randy Prude. ...
Antonio one step closer to becoming smoke free
Monday afternoon the city's Quality of Life Committe voted in favor of a proposed all out smoking ban in all public places.
"There's no such thing as safe second hand smoke," said Courtney Denton, a supporter of Smoke Free San Antonio.
But Councilwoman Jennifer Ramos opposes an all out ban. She says it
goes to far, too fast. ...
city council has smoking ban on agenda despite support drop
SAN ANTONIO - If city council has its way, smokers won't be lighting up citywide.
A new poll out today shows how it may affect area businesses if passed.
Ohio passed a similar ban in 2006.
The poll shows that support for the ban has declined drastically, mainly because businesses are struggling financially.
Here in Texas, Conroe passed a smoking ban in 2009 but reversed it after similar economic effects.
will be commitment to preserving good health
The San Antonio City Council will soon decide a critical issue should we provide our community with full protection from secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers comprise 80 percent of the San Antonio community, yet under current legislation they are subjected to secondhand smoke. By passing a strengthened smoking ordinance San Antonio will join Houston, Dallas and other Texas cities in a commitment to preserve the health of her visitors, workers and residents.
Smoking tobacco is well known to be a direct cause of catastrophic disease and death. If we believe in prevention and quality of life, then it is essential for the City Council to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke for our employees, our families and our visitors. The prevention of smoke inhalation has been proven to dramatically lower health care costs and loss of livelihood and life. Prevention is a simple and sound method to improve our lives and the futures of all our residents.
In this debate, the science is clear. The U.S. surgeon general has
issued 29 reports to date, which represent the most thorough and scientifically
documented investigation in medical history. The reports clearly detail
and confirm the undisputable facts about deadly and dangerous hazards
of cigarette smoke and secondhand smoke. ...
votes decide smoke ban issue
SAN ANGELO, Texas The smoking-ban issue has been messy nearly from the start, so messy that it didnt even get on the May election ballot when it was supposed to. Thats no reason to make it even messier, though.
Mayor Alvin New has floated the idea of the City Council passing an ordinance different from the one championed by Smoke-Free San Angelo that will appear on the November ballot. He wants there to be a middle ground for voters to choose between.
We understand the mayors point. Smoke-Free wouldnt accept
the citys amended ordinance that exempted bars from the list of
places covered by the ban, and presumably some San Angeloans
its anybodys guess how many want smoking curtailed
but think it should be OK in bars. ...
Metro to limit tobacco use
The Capital Metro Board of Directors approved a measure Monday to crack down on smoking in transit areas.
Starting Sept. 1, Cap Metro will no longer allow smoking or the use of tobacco products on MetroRail platforms.
The board also decided to limit smoking at its "Park & Ride"
How Is Total Smoking Ban Working In Corpus Christi?
The San Antonio City Council will soon vote on whether to expand the city's current smoking ordinance.
Currently, smoking is not allowed in enclosed public places, but the proposed ordinance would expand those restrictions to include bars, pool halls and other establishments.
The ban would be similar to ones passed in other Texas cities, like Corpus Christi.
"In the first 6 months of the smoking ban, this bar lost a total of $65,000 in income and revenue, " said Mando Martinez, owner of It'll Do Saloon in Corpus Christi and President of the Bar Operators Association. "We've even had two or three establishments close down because they couldn't compete."
Although the City of Corpus Christi has not surveyed or studied the economic effects of the ban, the repercussions are being felt. ...
City Council meeting summary July 20
... Along with that, item 10-348 approved an ordinance to ban the sale
and possession of a substance called K2. An approved amendment to the
current smoking ordinance makes the sale, delivery, offer, gift or possession
of the restricted substance a misdemeanor punishable by fine. ...
wants discussion on San Angelo's own smoking ordinance allow voters
SAN ANGELO, Texas Mayor Alvin New says he wants the San Angelo City Council to help facilitate a middle ground on a proposal to ban tobacco smoking in nearly all public places in the city.
In his view, that would mean council passing a different, less restrictive version of the smoke-ban ordinance before November, so voters could decide between the two instead of being faced with an all-or-nothing proposition.
New will discuss his idea with council at its meeting Tuesday.
Thats what I want to discuss with council, to see if theres an appetite for that, to put an ordinance into play thats closer to the middle ground and let people see that in action so when they vote, theyll understand that theyre voting for something thats middle ground versus something thats far-reaching, New said.
The version of the ordinance that will be on the November ballot is
the version local group Smoke-Free San Angelo petitioned for earlier
this year. If passed, it would ban smoking in bars and restaurants.
New said he believes this version of the ordinance promotes prohibition
rather than regulation of smoking and includes certain questionable
requirements like making employees rather than law enforcement officials
deal with violators of the law. ...
continues over smoking ban
Of the 30 largest American cities, only San Antonio, Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn., ... according to data from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...
ban could benefit health of San Antonios tourism industry
With more than 70 percent of the country covered by no smoking ordinances, San Antonio is one of the nations last tourist destinations that doesnt yet have smoke-free bars and restaurants, which may turn out to be a turn off for tourists, reports the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
Visitor surveys show that most people like and expect smoke-free air, says Bronson Frick, the foundations associate director. A growing number of conventions also avoid smoky cities. The idea that tourism may be adversely affected by a no-smoking ordinance can always be traced back to tobacco companies. All you get is anecdotal evidence that only causes fear among bar and restaurant owners. ...
COLLIER: Ordinance to ban smoking still up in the air
The smoke-ban saga continues and could carry on after the November election. Heres a quick summary of whats happened, the latest update and a rundown of what might come next.
Per City Charter guidelines, the City Council has taken public comment on the version of the ordinance for which Smoke-Free San Angelo collected petition signatures.
That ordinance calls for an across-the-board ban of smoking in the city, including bars, restaurants and outdoor sports arenas. . . .
The Smoke-Free San Angelo committee rejected the citys version of the ordinance at a meeting Thursday evening, and it will request its original version be put on the November ballot. The group had said it was open to negotiations but would not accept an ordinance that exempted bars because it believes in protecting all people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and that its unfair to place the ban only on some businesses. ...
Tobacco very, very quiet on smoking ban
"I will close the doors. I'll have no choice," he said, leaning a little into the microphone.
He was one of the dozens -- many of them tavern and pool hall workers -- who tore into the proposed ordinance at a June 10 public hearing.
Johnson also is one of three principals behind the San Antonio Mixed Beverage Association, a nearly memberless organization that exists solely to fight the strengthening of San Antonio's ban. Indeed, political organizer JoAnn Ramon's handiwork, paid for by SAMBA, accounted for some of the turnout of opponents that night.
Wildly controversial PR consultant T.J. Connolly wasn't in council chambers, but he's also working for the association, handling its communications.
Lobbyist Ken Brown, who stood off to the side of the standing-room-only crowd, helped incorporate SAMBA as a nonprofit a year ago. The organization is one of his firm's clients. Reynolds American, an arm of tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, is another. . . .
It's a strategy Big Tobacco commonly uses in its never-ending fight against "smoke-free" ordinances: Find common cause with tavern owners. . . .
rejects smoking ban proposal
Challenges may arise, but a citywide smoke-ban ordinance bars included will be on the ballot in November.
At a meeting Thursday evening, committee members of Smoke-Free San Angelo the group that submitted the ordinance petition to the city this year voted to reject an amended version of the ordinance approved by the City Council at its last meeting. Along with several minor changes, that version of the ordinance exempted adult-only bars from the ban. City staff recommended a version that included bars in the ban, but the council voted to amend the ordinance to exempt them.
Smoke-Free representatives, who met with city staff at least once before the council vote, said the group was open to negotiations but would not accept an ordinance that exempted bars because it supports protecting all people from the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke.
Several committee members, including an oncologist and respiratory
therapist, said they could not accept the bar exemption because of the
health risks it presents to employees and the general public. ...
Ordinance Causes Some Debate At MoCity Meeting
Missouri Citys proposed smoking ordinance wasnt a slam dunk at last nights city council meeting, as some pushed for more strenuous regulation and some felt the ordinance was already too harsh.
The proposed ordinance, that passed the first of two readings, prohibits smoking in most enclosed public and work places in the city, in the outdoor seating areas of local restaurants, at youth sporting events held at city parks and within 15 feet of the entrance to a public place where smoking is prohibited.
Bars that have been in continuous operation before the ordinance would
be grandfathered in, and smoking would be allowed in a limited percentage
of hotel/motel rooms, in certain private and semi-private rooms in nursing
homes, in designated areas of meeting facilities, in retail tobacco
stores and tobacco bars, and during certain stage performances. ...
ban debate fills City Hall; future still foggy
Debate on San Antonio's proposed smoking ban filled City Hall Wednesday afternoon.
The City Council Governance Committee had a hearing on the issue. . . .
The San Antonio City Council has July off, so we will likely see another public hearing in early August. ...
COUNCIL LIVE: Council votes to amend smoking-ban
SAN ANGELO, Texas One major change among a set of minor tweaks
recommended for the Smoke-Free San Angelo petition may have doomed the
chance for a compromise on the smoking ban proposal.
The San Angelo City Council on Tuesday voted 4-2 to amend its version of the petition to exempt adult-only bars from the citywide ban on smoking in enclosed businesses and public places. Spokespeople for the Smoke-Free San Angelo coalition made it clear to council members during the public comment portion of the meeting that exempting bars would almost certainly be a deal-killer.
If the coalition refuses the amended version, it can still work to
place the original petition up for vote in November. If it passes, the
petition would ban smoking in nearly every business in the city, including
bars and restaurants, and provide a $100 fine for violators. Smokers
would not be able to light up within 15 feet of the entrance of any
place included in the prohibition. ...
petition on council agenda
City asking for suggestions on smoking ban
smoking plan tied to e-mail
SAN ANGELO, Texas The city has recovered the e-mail it says contains the altered version of the smoke-ban ordinance, which appeared in the April 18 edition of the Standard-Times and is different from the version more than 4,500 people signed a petition in support of.
The original version has since been reprinted in both the Standard-Times and Conexion Hispana, and the San Angelo City Council will take public comment on it at its meeting Tuesday. At its June 15 meeting, it is expected to vote on the version of the ordinance that may end up on the November ballot if the petition group approves of any changes made to it by city staff.
City Clerk Alicia Ramirez said the e-mail containing the altered version of the ordinance was sent to City Attorney Lyssia Bowling and City Council member Johnny Silvas on Jan. 6 from Grant Wallace, regional director for government relations for the American Cancer Society, who has been advising Smoke-Free San Angelo, the group that submitted the petition. Silvas then forwarded the e-mail to Ramirez.
Wallace said that version was a working draft he had sent to city staff to get feedback, but it was not the version the group petitioned for and turned in to the city. He said he never received a response and that the group used a different version for the petition drive and has used that version ever since.
This was not the ordinance that we turned in when we first started
the petition drive, nor what we turned in as the official notarized
one with all our signatures at the end of the petition drive,
Wallace said. Once we started the petition drive, from that point
to this point, the ordinances remained the exact same. The city mistakenly
published an old version. I cant help that. ...
Smoke Policies in Bexar County, 2010 (PDF)
San Antonio officials are proposing to expand the citys existing ordinance to prevent smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars. This study examined the potential economic impact of such an ordinance by identifying potential smoke-permitting alternatives located outside San Antonios city limits, and evaluate whether those alternatives exist in sufficient number and location to significantly divert customers from the San Antonio businesses that would be regulated by the proposed smoking ordinance. A geographic information system (GIS) analysis identified 165 establishments in 30 incorporated municipalities within Bexar County (but outside San Antonios city limits), of which 117 already are non-smoking (71%). Only 48 of the establishments allow smoking (29%). Because the maps identify few and geographically separated smoke-permitting alternatives to the establishments within the City of San Antonio that would be prohibited from allowing indoor smoking under the proposed ordinance, it confirms that it would be highly unlikely for such alternatives to significantly divert customers from any newly protected establishments inside the City of San Antonio.
San Antonio smoking ordinance wouldnt snuff out restaurant/bar
If San Antonio ends up prohibiting smoking in indoor workplaces, its restaurants and bars are not likely to lose patrons to the few and geographically separated establishments outside the city limits that do allow smoking, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The analysis identified and mapped the 165 licensed-to-serve alcohol establishments in 30 incorporated towns outside San Antonio, but within Bexar County.
The vast majority (117) of those establishments already are smoke-free.
The remaining 48 that do allow smoking are fairly geographically separated from each other and, even if weighed as a whole, dont have the capacity to sustain an influx of smoking customers if San Antonio prohibits smoking in its bars and restaurants, an action that polls show would be supported by two-thirds of registered voters.
measure would not put San Antonio bars out of business, report shows
If San Antonio's City Council adopts an ordinance that prohibits smoking in indoor workplaces, the bar and restaurant industry is not likely to lose patrons to nearby businesses outside city limits that do allow smoking, according to a new report by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Earlier this month, Mayor Julian Castro announced at a news conference that he would push for a strong anti-smoking ordinance that prohibits smoking in indoor workplaces. Bars and restaurants currently can permit smoking if their establishments allow for a smoker's section that doesn't impact the rest of the patrons.
The institute identified and mapped the locations of the 165 licensed-to-serve alcohol establishments in 30 incorporated towns outside San Antonio but within Bexar County. The reports showed that the vast majority -- or 117 of those bars -- are already smoke-free. The remaining 48 businesses outside San Antonio that do allow smoking, would not have the capacity to sustain an influx of smokers if San Antonio prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants altogether.
"Our analysis and data show that a comprehensive smoking ordinance would not have a detrimental effect on the city of San Antonio's bar and restaurant industry," says lead author Courtney A. Denton. ...
forces alone won't make city smoke-free
Opponents of a stronger smoking ordinance like to wave the Economic Impact Flag when they argue that businesses are being regulated to death and that the city's tourism industry is likely to suffer from stiffer rules against lighting up.
If opponents are going to hang their hats on potential lost revenue as the heart of this debate, it's important to see the full picture.
The dangers of tobacco addiction and second-hand smoke, as well as the cost to communities in medical care, are attention-getters. Texas currently spends almost $1.5 billion a year in Medicaid funding on direct tobacco-related health care costs.
Curious to know whether smoking was a deal-breaker for conventioneers, I called Alcoholics Anonymous' General Service Office in New York about the group's upcoming international conference here. To be held over the July 4 weekend, the gathering is expected to draw 40,000 people. Smoking isn't on the organization's radar when it decides, more than 10 years out, where to hold its conventions, said a public information staffer for the group. Most major cities don't allow smoking in the venue (and) many of us come from cities where smoking is banned, the staffer said. It's a nonissue, actually. ...
of mystery smoking ordinance still a mystery
SAN ANGELO, Texas The city clerks office said Monday the city is still trying to find the e-mail that contained an altered version of the proposed smoke-ban ordinance.
Two local bloggers who regularly attend San Angelo City Council meetings told the Standard-Times late last week that the version of the proposed ordinance signed by more than 4,500 people was different than the version that was printed in the April 18 edition of the Standard-Times.
City Clerk Alicia Ramirez and the group who submitted the petition
to her for validation in February said Thursday they werent sure
where the altered version came from. Ramirez said Thursday that she
thought she had likely received the altered version via e-mail and that
the citys information technology department was searching archived
e-mails and would determine who had sent the e-mail by Friday. ...
process for smoking ban starting over
SAN ANGELO, Texas The petition ordinance signed by more than 4,500 San Angelo people to ban smoking in public places was different from the version printed as a legal ad in the Standard-Times and discussed at the San Angelo City Council Tuesday, two local residents opposed to the proposed smoke-ban ordinance discovered.
That means the city will start the public hearing process over, including republication of the petition this Sunday and holding a new first hearing at the June 1 City Council meeting, but the petition remains on track to appear on the November ballot, the city said in a news release late Thursday.
City Clerk Alicia Ramirez said the city plans to republish the original version of the petition and hold an additional public hearing based on the version that was originally signed by petitioners.
Were fixing it, she said. Were still on schedule." ...
Brief: May 20, 2010
tinkers with smoking ban
he proposed law to control tobacco smoking in San Angelo is still a work in progress.
The San Angelo City Council on Tuesday directed city staff to develop an amended version of the proposed smoke-ban ordinance to address concerns about the ordinances potential effect on businesses.
The council, according to the City Charter, has 30 days from Tuesday the ordinances first public hearing to vote on an ordinance.
There will be adjustments made to the language to pursue respecting
private property and issues along those lines and then to see if we
can do that in a way where everyone can agree, said Mayor Alvin
eyes smoking ban
The San Angelo City Council including its two newest members will take public comment at its meeting today on the controversial smoke-ban ordinance proposed via petition earlier this year.
Smoke-Free San Angelo submitted a petition in February proposing an ordinance that, if approved by voters, would ban smoking in all public indoor places in the city, including bars and restaurants, as well as certain outdoor spaces and within 15 feet of entrances to smoke-free buildings.
The group had originally hoped to have the ordinance on the ballot in last weeks city election, but the council determined at a special meeting in February there was not enough time to complete all the necessary petition procedural requirements to make that happen. The ordinance will likely be put to a vote in November. ...
ban gets in our eyes
Only a week ago, Councilman Justin Rodriguez's proposed expansion of the City's smoking ordinance -- to include pretty much all interior spaces where bonhomie is practiced -- seemed a foreordained success . . .
Lobbyist Ken Brown of Brown & Ortiz, which represents R.J. Reynolds and the San Antonio Mixed Beverage Association claims: If they pass the ordinance, they wont have to worry, because there wont be as many employees. . . .
Curious whether our vets were really on fire about the topic, the QueQue stopped for a beer last week at historic Post 76 . . .
approved on first reading for smokeless bars
Alpines bars may soon be smoke-free.
The Alpine City Council on Tuesday night approved the first reading of an ordinance to make local bars smoke-free and its a move that bar owners have requested.
The owners approached City Councilman Jim Fitz Fitzgerald
about writing an ordinance to that effect. Bars with patios and outdoor
spaces could still allow smoking in those areas, but the interiors would
be smoke-free. No objections to the ordinance were raised Tuesday. ...
Bar Owners Support Smoke Free Ordinance
ALPINE - Smoking bans are usually hot button issues pitting non-smokers against bar owners, but in Alpine bar owners are spearheading an effort to get the city council to help clear the air.
After 15 years owning the Railroad Blues Bar, R.C. Toler and his business partner Richard Fallon say it's time for a change.
"We're all for the non smoking ban," Toler said. "I don't smoke, my partner doesn't smoke and we have a lot of customers who don't smoke. We'd have a lot more who'd come in we didn't allow smoking."
It turns out other bar owners in town felt the same way and went to city councilman James "Fitz" Fitzgerald for help.
"I was sitting at Harry Tinaja's down the street and Harry was sitting next to me and he said I wish (the city council) would pass a non-smoking ordinance," Councilman Fitz said. "So, I said I'll poll the other bar owners and if they're interested I'd be more than happy to represent your position." ...
passes ordinance making it OK to light up
Smokers who light up in bars in Conroe in longer have to worry about facing any fines.
The City of Conroe passed a new ordinance last night, making it OK to smoke in bars, but only in places that primarily serve alcohol.
Smokers are still banned from lighting up inside restaurants, even if they happen to have bars inside.
Antonio considers smoking ban, again
On Friday morning members of the Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition will hold a news conference to announce plans to close the loopholes allowing smoking in bars and restaurants.
The coalition, which is made up of council members and health professionals, says the harmful effects of secondhand smoke have been well documented and that the current ordinance needs to be amended to eliminate secondhand smoke in public places.
Plans to close the loopholes have not been well received by the San Antonio Restaurant Association. ...
ordinance 'economic disaster,' bar owners say
While an anti-smoking advocate believes there hasnt been enough data to determine the economic effect from Conroes new smoking ban, several business owners say it is an economic disaster.
The City Council will vote during its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. today on amending the ordinance prohibiting smoking in public and private workplaces to allow smoking in bars. The ordinance, which went into effect March 1, prohibits smoking in all public and private workplaces, with the exception of patios and bars.
It also prohibits smoking within 20 feet of any door or open window of a public place and in any restaurant outdoor seating area.
If approved, the ordinance will allow smoking in bars defined in the ordinance as establishments devoted to the serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption by guests on the premises and in which the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption of those beverages. The amendment would add pubs, ice houses, beer joints and saloons to those businesses defined as bars in the ordinance.
Since the ordinance went into effect, there has been a serious economic impact with businesses that serve alcoholic beverages, said Jim Hallers, owner of Tailgators Pub and Grille on Texas 242. It is very real. If you look at my liquor sales reported to the government, theyre down about 25 percent." ...
may lift smoking ban in bars
An amendment to a smoking ban ordinance may soon give smokers the right to light up in Conroe bars once again. ...
may allow smoking in bars
Smokers may once again be able to light up in Conroe bars if the City Council approves an amendment to a new ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places.
As it stands now, the ordinance, which went into effect March 1, prohibits smoking in all public and private workplaces, with the exception of patios at bars and within 20 feet of any door or open window of a public place and in any restaurant outdoor seating area.
The council will discuss the amendment, requested by Mayor Pro Tem
Jerry Streater, at its workshop meeting beginning at 2 p.m. today, with
possible action coming during the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Kemah Smokers: You're 20 Feet Closer To The Front Door
The Kemah city council couldn't agree on a smoking ban in bars and
restaurant bars at their meeting ...
smoke ban up for talks
KEMAH -- The city council will hold a public hearing regarding a possible smoking ban of indoor public places.
The proposed ordinance would extend the city's smoking ban to include bars and restaurant bars. People still would be allowed to smoke at outdoor bars and patios.
Councilwoman Robin Collins proposed the ban during last week's city council meeting and called smoking indoors a "public health issue."
Councilwoman Kelly Williams is against broadening the city's smoking
pushing new smoking ban
SAN ANTONIO You can pop into many bars Downtown and see they are popular spots with many customers who like to smoke cigarettes.
Now Councilman Justin Rodriguez believes it is time to put the breaks on smoking in many of those pubs, restaurants and public places across the city.
Rodriguez is the driving force behind a new proposal for a tougher smoking ban in the city. He says it is aimed at reducing the risk of secondhand smoke.
Rodriguez told News 4 WOAI the citys current smoking ban, which
was passed in 2003, carved out certain exemptions for restaurants and
bars. He says a lot has happened since then, and he wants city staff
to investigate larger cities in Texas who have passed full smoking bans
in public places. ...
Rodriguez drafting smoking ban
District 7 Councilman Justin Rodriguez wants to close most of the remaining loopholes in the City's 2003 smoking ban, making it illegal to smoke in bars and restaurants that are currently exempted by the code. He told the QueQue Tuesday that the Mayor had committed to the project and he could have a five-signature memo filed as early as tomorrow. We'll have details for you asap.
"It's a public-health issue," Rodriguez said, citing both
the "additional adverse effects" of smoking while drinking,
and the long-term consequences for employees who work in smoking establishments.
As for the argument that those workers can choose to earn their wages
somewhere else: "Well, sometimes that's just not the reality; sometimes
those are the only jobs people can get, especially right now."
Group Encouraging MoCity Residents To Vote For Public Smoking
Missouri City residents will be asked to vote on Proposition 1, the adoption of a municipal ordinance that would prohibit smoking in certain public places during the May 8 election and community and student groups across Missouri City are joining forces to encourage the passage of Proposition 1.
Council members wanted to make it clear at a March council meeting that the smoking ban has not been drafted and will not be until, and if, voters approve the proposition.
Mayor Allen Owen said he suspects the ordinance will pass.
Our intention with this is we want to make this ordinance as close to what other cities have done, said Owen. We do not want to restrict our businesses any more than anyone else or allow them privileges that somebody else doesnt. ...
smoking ban 1 year later
Gay bars in Dallas get high marks for compliance with the citys one-year-old indoor smoking ban.
Since the ban took effect April 10, 2009, inspectors have issued a total of 163 citations citywide, records show. Of those, only six were issued at gay bars, including four at a single location.
Michael Doughman, executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild, credited both management and customers for the disproportionately low number of citations. The Tavern Guild is made up of 22 gay and lesbian bars in the city.
Doughman also said he doesnt believe the ban has hurt business,
contrary to what opponents predicted. ...
ordinance gaining momentum
At the last commission meeting, Thomas and the commission turned possible
ordinance changes over to the city's attorney Toby Mash. Mash said the
to receive smoke-ban petition
At its meeting today, the San Angelo City Council will receive the controversial certified smoking-ban petition from the city clerk the first in a series of requirements to get the proposed ordinance on the November ballot.
The council determined at a special meeting in February there was not enough time to complete all the required steps to put the ordinance to a vote in the May election.
Smoke-Free San Angelo, the local group that organized the petition, expressed optimism about the process moving forward. ...
issue first smoking tickets
CORPUS CHRISTI More than nine months after the city banned smoking in bars, police issued the first three tickets.
What helped make it happen? A new program that gives the public direct cell phone access to lieutenants responsible for patrolling their neighborhoods.
This is an example of that working, of a citizen taking advantage of the tools weve provided, Police Chief Troy Riggs said. We might not have planned to do a bar check there that evening, but with that information they went out and wrote the first citations for smoking. ...
votes to ban smoking near playgrounds
The New Braunfels City Council is close to imposing a smoking ban near the citys playgrounds, athletic fields and at its skate park.
The council passed the first reading of an ordinance Monday that would prohibit smoking within 50 feet of those city-owned facilities.
The move was approved earlier this month by the citys parks advisory board after residents had asked that smoking be prohibited at those locations.
This, for me, is about safety, said Councilor Mark Goodner.
Ive seen people out at a playground catching kids at the
bottom of a slide with a cigarette in their fingertips. ...
ends smoking on courthouse roof patios
Pct. 1 Commissioner Donald Dude Payne moved to ban smoking
there and Rhodenbaugh seconded. It's the old county jail recreation
yard, said Arthur ...
City Residents To Vote In May On Public Smoking Ban
Council members wanted to make it clear at Monday night's meeting that the smoking ban has not been drafted and will not be until, and if, voters approve ...
smoking ban takes effect
The number of places tobacco enthusiasts can light up declined significantly Monday as Conroes smoking ban took effect, eliminating smoking in restaurants, lounges and most enclosed public places.
The smoking ordinance, passed in August 2009, prohibits smoking inside
and within 20 feet of the entrance to most enclosed public buildings,
outdoor parks, arenas and playgrounds. Enforcement of the ordinance
is the responsibility of the Conroe Fire Department with support from
the Conroe Police Department. ...
owners sue over island smoking ban
A group of bar, nightclub and restaurant owners has filed a lawsuit asserting the city and individual council members ignored state law by refusing to formally assess how a smoking ban would hurt the market value of their properties.
The group, which includes well-known restaurants to holes-in-the-wall, filed the lawsuit in the 405th State District Court in Galveston on Friday, reigniting a fight about property rights and secondhand smoke that has been smoldering for months.
The plaintiffs say they filed the lawsuit against individual council members to get around sovereign immunity that protects governing bodies from some legal liability.
They are seeking to stop the city from enforcing the ban, which went into effect Jan. 1, until it undertakes a "takings impact assessment" of each owner's land and "those similarly situated." ...
now an option for ban violators
CORPUS CHRISTI The Corpus Christi police are cracking down on smoking ban violators. While police had been issuing warnings when they caught people lighting up in bars, they now are going to at least consider issuing citations.
Police Chief Troy Riggs said he didnt want to take away an officers discretion on whether to cite or warn. But since the City Council thought it was important enough to pass it, he said, we need to enforce it.
Thats not to say that the police are going to start raiding bars
and nightclubs in search of smokers. But be warned: They will be stopping
by local bars, nightclubs and pool and bingo halls to do compliance
checks. And they will be issuing citations at least part of the time.
ban won't be on ballot
SAN ANGELO, Texas The San Angelo City Council determined Tuesday there is not enough time to perform the procedural requirements dictated by the city charter, state law and election code to meet the deadline to get a smoking ban ordinance on the May ballot.
The council decided during its regular meeting to cancel a special meeting that had been scheduled for the same afternoon at which the council had been expected to accept the petition from the City Clerk Alicia Ramirez.
Ramirez had validated the petition Saturday.
According to the charter, the council has to accept such petitions at a regularly scheduled meeting, call for its publication in the Standard-Times, then hold a public hearing at another regularly scheduled meeting before it can approve the petition. ...
Park bans smoking in public areas
UNIVERSITY PARK University Park officials approved a ban on smoking in public places Tuesday, becoming the latest if not the last city in North Texas to do so.
The City Council's unanimous vote was an anti-climax to the weeks of negotiating that preceded it. Bar and restaurant owners, as well as some smokers, had complained about the proposal when it reached City Hall late last year.
But the final version adopted Tuesday contained a few compromises that
appear to have eased concerns. ...
ban on city agenda
At a specially called meeting today, the San Angelo City Council will review and is expected to approve a petition intended to get a smoking-ban ordinance on the May 8 ballot.
Smoke-Free San Angelo, a local group working in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the San Angelo Restaurant Association, collected nearly 1,800 signatures more than the 2,653 required to put the ordinance to a vote. City Clerk Alicia Ramirez validated more than 25 percent of the petition signatures late last week and on Saturday called the special meeting. Ramirez said that some signatures were not valid because the signers were not registered to vote in Tom Green County but that there were still enough valid signatures to send the petition to council.
Ramirez will present the petition to the council at 2:30 this afternoon. The council will not take public comment during the special meeting. A public hearing will be scheduled for a later date, likely at the March 2 council meeting, said city spokesman Ty Meighan. ...
smoking ban will likely be on May 8 ballot
San Angelo voters will likely be able to yay or nay a city-wide smoking ban in the May 8 general election.
Smoke-Free San Angelo, a local group working in partnership with the
American Cancer Society, began collecting petition signatures in mid-January
and has collected nearly 4,500 petition signatures. ...
smoking not entirely snuffed
Smoking in Corpus Christi bars is illegal now but it continues to occur.
Corpus Christi police havent issued any tickets for violating the smoking ban since it took effect more than six months ago and dont plan on dropping in on bars to test compliance, spokesman Capt. Todd Green said.
Its one of those ordinances we only enforce if someone complains, Green said. Were not saying that were not enforcing it, but were not going to do sweeps.
At the Havana Club, 500 N. Water St., visitors are warned smoking inside is illegal and told that if theyre ticketed, theyre responsible for paying the fine, which can be as much as $2,000, manager Marco Lopez said. Some patrons smoke anyway. Bartenders at Havana have given smoking patrons small glasses to use instead of ashtrays. ...
plead for status quo in smoking ban Posted On: Tuesday, Feb. 2 2010
Opponents of changes to Killeen's smoking ban filled City Hall on Monday in hopes of swaying the opinion of the city's smoking ban committee.
Residents, business owners and their patrons spoke out against the
committee's consideration of changing the definition of a bar and revoking
exemptions for the city's bowling alleys and bingo halls, items that
were agreed upon when the smoking ban went into effect June 1, 2009.
hospital goes totally smoke-free
LAKE JACKSON People entering Brazosport Regional Health System might be nervous about their procedure, but starting today, they still will be breathing easier.
The facility will implement a ban on smoking on hospital grounds starting this week with the beginning of National Cancer Prevention Month. It has banned smoking inside the hospital for several years, and the move expands it to all the hospitals property, including common areas, entrances and parking lots.
This means people no longer will be seen standing outside with a cigarette
in hand and a cloud of smoke hovering that other people would be forced
to walk through. ...
mounted to ban smoking
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- After unrealized hopes of a statewide smoking ban, a local committee is trying to get a citywide smoking ban on the May ballot in San Angelo.
Smoke Free San Angelo is made up of about a dozen local residents and representatives from the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. The group has collected about 1,500 petition signatures in the past week and a half.
They say they need 5,000 signatures by Feb. 12 to get the ordinance on the ballot.
If passed, the ordinance would prohibit smoking in San Angelo in all indoor public places and within 15 feet of their entrances, as well as in the seating areas of all outdoor arenas and stadiums. Similar bans are in effect in Abilene, Austin, Lubbock and other Texas cities. ...
ban recommendation stalled by more residents with input
KILLEEN - Killeen's smoking committee was scheduled Tuesday to decide whether to remove certain businesses' exemptions from the smoking ban, but postponed that discussion for another two weeks after citizens showed up to the meeting wanting to give further input.
A public hearing was already held Tuesday, Jan. 19, and this meeting on the 26th was meant for committee discussion and decision only. Now, a new hearing will be held the week of Feb. 1. ...
to discuss smoking ban with council
Reports from Killeen's community services, sister cities and smoking committees are scheduled to monopolize much of this afternoon's City Council workshop.
Council members are scheduled to hear arguments from smoking committee members about possible amendments to the smoking ban the city enacted last June.
Last week's meeting of the smoking committee was its first of the new year and marked the end of a five-month hiatus.
The committee, chaired by Councilman Kenny Wells, is considering a repeal of the exemptions it granted to bowling alleys, bingo halls and outdoor venues. A redefining of what is considered a bar is also on the list of considerations. ...
not illegal in Abilene
"The smoking ordinance indicates that an object has to be lit, and if there is no flame then it is not in violation of the smoking ordinance," James said.
Smoking Everywhere, an importer of electronic cigarettes, sued the FDA last year after the agency blocked two shipments at Los Angeles International Airport amid claims that the cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals. ...
task force to tackle ordinance
The city is putting together a task force of four public figures to draft a new public smoking control ordinance.
Task force members are set to include former Ennis health officer Bill Kinzie, Ennis Regional Medical Center CEO Dave Anderson, Quality Inns Brian Ozymy and National Envelopes Marty Nelson. Mayor Russell Thomas announced the task forces creation at Tuesdays meeting of the Ennis City Commission. ...
reviews smoking ordinance
Several arguments presented to smoking ordinance committee members Tuesday mirrored comments at last year's public hearings on Killeen's then-proposed smoking ban.
Committee members are reviewing the ordinance and considering several changes, including a revision of the definition of a bar and the revocation of the exemption from the ban held by bowling alleys.
Another proposal calls for restrictions on smoking at outdoor venues that would require the manager of the establishment to designate a minimum of 25 percent of the area as nonsmoking.
Committee member Rudeford Norman said that despite some council members' fears that the ban would hurt the local economy, the policy, which was enacted last June, has had little or no effect on it.
"In the last five to six months, we've all been to restaurants,"
he said. "I have not noticed a diminishment of patronage. I do
not see that as an issue at this time." ...
initiative loses steam
An anti-smoking effort by residents of Lewisville was snuffed out of the May ballot, but the group leading the push still has hope for the future.
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville is a grassroots effort to put a no-smoking mandate on the May 8 ballot. The group began its campaign in December; its goal was to collect 2,247 signatures in 45 days. However, the group was only able to gather about 800 by its Monday deadline.
The Committee for a Smoke Free Lewisville will reboot the issue in the spring for the fall ballot, said T.J. Gilmore, one of the organizers of the committee. The committee believes that we had three things going against us.
According to Gilmore, the low turnout at the citys Holiday at
the Hall event, which was down about 50 percent compared to 2008, was
part of the reason the goal was not met. Gilmore also said the cold
weather was to blame. The outdoor Holiday at the Hall event fell on
an unusually cold Texas day, and the continued arctic temperatures on
the weekends made signature collection very difficult going door to
door. Gilmore also said the lack of a central booth or public signature
space hurt the groups effort. ...
to report on discussion of smoking ordinance
Five months after its last meeting, Killeen's smoking ordinance committee
will reconvene today to discuss recommendations its members could make
to the City Council at tonight's workshop.
Tonight, the council will hear reports from the committee regarding their discussion of the "current smoking ordinance, previously recommended amendments to the ordinance and any other potential amendments," according to the meeting agenda. ...
effort temporarily stubbed out in Lewisville
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville launched a campaign last month to put a no-smoking referendum on the May 8 ballot. They had 45 days to collect 2,247 signatures.
With five days to go, the group has collected only about a third -- 750 to 800 -- of the required signatures, said TJ Gilmore, one of the organizers of the grassroots effort.
"I have to admit we're getting frozen out," he said of the petition drive ends Monday. "It was bad timing on everybody's part."
He blamed the failure of the initiative on the cold weather and low
turnout at the Holiday at the Hall festival where the grouped kicked
off the initiative on Dec. 5. ...
eyes smoking referendum
City commissioners are back at the concept of a public smoking ban in Ennis, and are tossing around the idea of putting it to a public vote.
Part of the workshop discussion at the first meeting of this year,
a public ban has been a topic of conversation in the commission since
the fall. Commissioner Red Sanders brought the issue to the table, and
residents have had opportunities to speak at public meetings on the
Has New Smoking Ban
Galveston's smoking ordinance went into effect on Friday.
The law bans smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs, on patios and in outdoor seating areas.
reaches half-way point in signature drive
Halfway through its campaign, the group Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville is behind where it hopes to be in its initiative -- but still hopeful.
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville is attempting to gather 2,200
signatures in support of a no smoking initiative on this springs
ballot. Currently, the group has about 35 percent of the signatures
needed. The group has modeled its ordinance after Flower Mound. It proposes
banning smoking in any enclosed indoor area under the control of a public
or private employer that employees normally frequent during the course
of employment. Those areas include, but are not limited to, work areas,
employee lounges and restrooms, conference rooms and classrooms, employee
cafeterias and hallways. The group has defined a public building or
place as any enclosed indoor area that the public is invited to or permitted
in or that serves as a workplace other than a building or structure.
to meet for final time in '09
Other items council
Members hope to look into include what Wilkerson called "activity-based management" to ensure efficiency of city government, mid-term budgetary concerns and potential alterations to the city's smoking ban. ...
smoking ban will exclude tobacco shops
Smokers will be able to light up in tobacco shops, but they'll have to snuff their cigarettes before going inside restaurants, bars and private clubs when the city's smoking ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1.
City council members agreed Thursday to amend the ordinance to allow smoking in stores specializing in tobacco products, but smoking would still be banned in restaurants, bars, taverns, private clubs such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars club, and in outdoor seating areas, including the sidewalk outside venues along The Strand.
While the amendment loosens one of the strictest smoking ordinances in the state, it didn't please bar and restaurant owners. ...
group hopes to ban smoking in city
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville must collect 2,247 signatures in 45 days to put the anti-smoking referendum on the May 8 ballot. The group will kick off its petition drive today at the Holiday at the Hall festival in Old Town Lewisville.
"We have a lot of Lewisville residents who have been pushing for this since 2004," T.J. Gilmore, one of the organizers of the group, said of the no-smoking proposal.
The group wants Lewisville to join Dallas, Flower Mound, Mesquite, Rowlett and other area cities that have clamped down on lighting up. ...
votes to change smoking ban
Smoking still might be allowed in tobacco shops even after Galveston's smoking ban goes into effect Jan. 1.
Council members Thursday agreed to ask the city attorney to amend the ordinance to allow smoking in stores that sell tobacco and cigars. The only tobacco store open in Galveston is Havana Alley Cigar Shop and Lounge, 415 21st St.
Under the amended ordinance, those shops couldn't sell alcohol or allow patrons to drink on premises. The ordinance also requires tobacco shops to install ventilation systems and ban anyone younger than 18 years old.
The amendment would loosen the island's smoking ban, one of the strictest in the state.
Under the ban, smoking is prohibited in restaurants, bars, outdoor seating areas and private clubs. ...
Park May Be Next to Snuff Out Smoking
Dallas and Highland Park have smoking bans in place, but University Park still allows smoking in bars and restaurants.
"These restaurants around here, it's a lot of kids everywhere you go," said University Park father Rich Nugent. "I don't think smoking should be allowed at all." ...
will ban smoking in city parks
Starting Thursday, you won't be able to puff on a cigarette, cigar or pipe in Benbrook parks.
The City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking in parks, except in the parking lots. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $500.
Council members were concerned about the health risks of smoking and allowing smoking in areas where children spend time, City Manager Andy Wayman said.
"The council felt that this is a good, fair compromise," Wayman said. "We're not saying you can't smoke at all, but do so away from where children are playing."
Councilman Ron Sauma said the change is a "good balance" that considers smokers' rights and children's health. In previous discussions, Sauma had voiced concerns about smokers' rights. ...
Padre leaders back off tackling smoking ban
The South Padre Island Board of Aldermen convened in a room crowded with interested spectators Wednesday evening.
Most of them were there to see what the board would do with one item on its agenda: "Discussion and possible action regarding a 'No Smoking' ordinance in offices, retail shops, hotels/motels and enclosed restaurants."
Alderman Sam Listi, who had placed the item on the agenda, led off
the discussion. He said smoking is an addiction, and he managed to quit
many years ago. "Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, a drug that is
addictive and can make it very hard, but not impossible, to quit,"
Listi said he had many letters and e-mails supporting his position, and none against it. He also had a long list of Texas cities that have passed similar ordinances, including Houston. ...
City Council Tightens Public Smoking Ban
The Waco City Council voted Tuesday to tighten its current smoking ordinance, requiring any new nightclubs and bars to be smoke-free. ...
to take up smoking ban again
GALVESTON Smoking advocates will find out today whether their lobbying against the smoking ban adopted by the city council earlier this year worked.
The council will consider drafting revisions to the smoking ordinance this week. The changes would be approved at a later meeting.
In July, the council adopted one of the strictest ordinances in the state, forbidding people from lighting up in bars, restaurants, outdoor seating areas, tobacco shops and private clubs.
The Galveston Restaurant Association supported the ban as proposed, which did not include tobacco shops and would have allowed smoking in outdoor seating areas. ...
Antonio could revisit a proposed smoking ban in public places
Kens 5 has learned that as soon as January, the city of San Antonio could revisit a proposed smoking ban in public places.
Tonight, those businesses are clearing the air about if the city should butt out.
"I hope it doesn't happen," said Steve Trencher, a smoker. "We should be given an option."
San Antonio is one of the few major cities in the country and in Texas that has not made it illegal to light up.
Smokers and bar owners say the city will have a fight on it's hands if a ban is in the works.
"I would be very disgruntled," said Trencher. ...
Smoke-Free Debate Is Not Over, Waco Coalition Says
The Smoke-Free Waco coalition vowed Wednesday to continue to fight for a comprehensive smoking ordinance after the Waco City Council Tuesday rejected an outright ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces in favor of tightening restrictions in the citys existing ordinance.
"In voting for this weak compromise, the Waco City Council is saying that some of our citizens are more valuable and deserve more protection than others. That's not right, said Dr. Bradford W. Holland, the coalitions spokesman and the president-elect of the McLennan County Medical Society.
"The smoke-free debate is not over in Waco. These laws are sweeping the nation, we are lagging behind, and one day soon we will need to revisit this issue, he said.
The new ordinance eliminates exemptions that allowed smoking in restaurants with fewer than eight employees and between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. in restaurants with fewer than 15 workers. ...
City Council to address smoking ordinance, eliminating alley trash bins
The Waco City Council tonight will attempt to extinguish smoldering controversies over tobacco and trash.
The council will vote on whether to remove metal trash bins from alleys and require all residents to take their trash to the curb. It also will vote on tougher restrictions against indoor smoking, possibly banning smoking in restaurants and bars.
The council has debated both topics for months in work sessions and
agreed to bring them to a vote after failing to reach consensus. ...
City Council OKs Smoking Ban
Smoking in public places, places of employment and some outdoor areas will be prohibited here under an ordinance adopted Monday by Palestine City Council. Bars, nightclubs and some other places are exempted from the smoking ban.
The ordinance further makes it unlawful to smoke within 20 feet of outside entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited.
In an unrelated action, the council extended hours for the sale of mixed beverages to 2 a.m.
The nonsmoking order, passed by a majority of councilmembers with two nay votes, makes employers responsible for providing a smoke-free workplace for employees.
It charges the owner, manager or other persons in control of a public place or a place of employment to post "No Smoking" signs conspicuously at the entrance.
Ector county commissioners voted 3-2 to snuff out smoking at the countys three senior citizen centers Monday.
The vote, which commissioners Freddie Gardner and Armando Rodriguez opposed, affects only the patio at the Northside Senior Center because neither the west side nor south side centers have smoking areas, senior centers director Mary Jo Toomire said.
I cannot name how many people have said, Thank you, thank you, thank you, Toomire told commissioners. An informal ban had already been in place at the Northside Center before commissioners voted to put an official rule in effect.
Rodriguez said he was concerned because the north side patio was built with private donations 20 years ago for the specific purpose of serving as a place where residents could smoke.
But County Judge Susan Redford said it was important to have a consistent policy throughout county buildings, and smoking isnt allowed elsewhere in county-owned facilities. ...
council expected to vote on smoking ban
The Palestine City Council is expected to consider a smoking ordinance which would prohibit smoking in most public places during a regular meeting Monday.
The meeting is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 504 N. Queen St.
City Council to vote on new smoking ordinance Nov. 3
The Waco City Council on Tuesday scheduled a Nov. 3 vote to toughen the city smoking ordinance either by removing certain loopholes from the current one or by going completely smoke-free.
The council appeared evenly divided over which path to take. Supporters of the smoke-free ordinance proposed by the city-county health district said public health concerns justify the option of banning smoking everywhere but homes, retail tobacco stores, outdoor areas or a limited number of hotel rooms. ...
ban supporters speak
Ennis supporters of a public smoking ban turned out in full force Monday.
The Ennis City Commission, as part of its regularly scheduled meeting, held a public hearing on the concept of a public smoking ban in Ennis.
Around two-dozen supporters of the concept filled the seats at the
commission meeting, with some expressing their vocal support for limitations
on public smoking and the ordinances passed in other communities that
ban the practice. ...
council set to vote on convention center improvements
Village bans smoking in city parks and recreation areas
The Highland Village City Council approved a policy Tuesday to restrict the use of tobacco outdoors on municipal property where children are present.
Councilmembers voted 4-3 to make it a violation to smoke in any city park, trail, trail amenity area, recreational field, practice field, seating area or concession area.
"For me, this is not about big government. It is first and foremost a public health issue. Should we as a council do what we can to limit exposure of minors and non-smokers to second hand smoke? The answer in my mind is yes we should", said Dr. Scott McDearmont, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. ...
Sound Off On Tobacco Ban At Andrews Hospital
ANDREWS - Another West Texas hospital is putting the brakes on tobacco. They're banning all smoking and dipping anywhere on the property. The Permian Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Andrews is the next to go Tobacco Free. They said it's part of a state and nationwide trend. However, some smokers said the trend is forcing them to kick the habit.
"It's everywhere. It's not just the hospitals. It's everywhere,"
Katherine Morgan, an Andrews Hospital employee and smoker, said. "There's
a lot of people that don't even want to come around you if they see
you with a cigarette." ...
council to vote on proposed smoking ordinance
The Palestine City Council is expected to vote on a proposed stricter smoking ordinance later this month after discussing the matter during a meeting Monday.
During a work session Monday, council members discussed the ordinance which would essentially prohibit smoking in most public places. Some entities, such as a private club, would be exempt from the ordinance.
Council members made minor modifications to the proposed smoking ordinance during Monday's work session, according to Palestine Mayor Bob Herrington.
City attorney Ronald Stutes is now working on preparing the final draft of the ordinance.
The council is expected to vote on the ordinance during a meeting set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
ban fight faces long odds
Citing a state law designed to shield businesses from
government regulation, a group of bar and restaurant owners is challenging
a sweeping city ban on tobacco smoking set to become law Jan. 1.
Such an accounting, called a "Takings Impact Assessment,"
is required under the state's Private Real Property Rights Protection
Act, the association argues.
The association wants to negotiate with the city to amend
the ordinance, which will prohibit lighting up in bars, restaurants,
private clubs and even tobacco shops.
Failing that, the association plans to take its complaint
to the Texas attorney general, according to the letter.
But the group has a tough fight ahead trying to prove the ban denies its members economic use of their property, constitutional law experts and observers of legal battles sparked by smoking bans said. ...
hookah bar, no smoking
The College Station City Council decided Thursday not
to make an exception to the city's smoking ordinance for a hookah bar.
Hookah Station in the Northgate district had requested an exclusion
from the city ordinance that was revised early this year ...
Against Any Smoking Ban in Odessa City Parks
Considering Tobacco Ban in All City Parks
Odessa, Texas - The City of Odessa is considering big changes for public parks: a possible ban on tobacco products.
The city parks department's received more and more calls as the cigarette
butts continue to mount in city parks. It's led to the possibility of
tobacco being stomped out of Odessa park grounds. ...
receives petition to overturn smoking ban
A group of business owners trying to overturn a smoking ban recently approved by the Conroe City Council submitted more than enough signatures Monday to send the matter back to the council, a local restaurant owner said.
Connie Malone, owner of Malones, a Conroe bar, and notary public Dave Luttrell turned in 680 signatures, said Jim Hallers, owner of Tailgators Pub and Grille at Texas 242 and Interstate 45.
Hallers has been one of the driving forces behind the petition, which seeks to overturn the ordinance that prohibits smoking in all public and private workplaces, with the exception of patios at bars. The City Council approved the ordinance Sept. 10.
More than 30 businesses organized as Be Fair Conroe to collect signatures.
In order to send the smoking ban ordinance back to City Council for
action, the petition needed signatures equal to 20 percent of voters
in the citys last municipal election. ...
citations issued since ban took effect
When the citys smoking ban took effect three months ago, some bar owners vowed to fight it, saying it would hurt alcohol sales and they would be forced to lay off employees.
That hasnt happened, many bar owners say, the lawsuit some were considering hasnt materialized and no citations have been issued for violations.
People get up and leave the bar a lot but they come back, said House of Rock owner Casey Lain, who placed a large, outdoor ashtray on the sidewalk after the ban took effect June 15. I cant say that we have seen a big change in business though.
That backs up analyses done by cities that have passed
smoking bans for bars, including a Houston study conducted in 2007 that
found the bans dont impact alcohol sales. ...
residents attempt to snuff out smoking ban
A petition that could bring a recent smoking ban ordinance back to the Conroe City Council has about half the 461 signatures needed for action, a local restaurant owner said.
Organized by several restaurant owners after the City Council passed an ordinance Sept. 10 to prohibit smoking in all public and private workplaces with the exception of patios at bars the petition had gathered about 240 signatures at 30 businesses as of Friday afternoon, said Jim Hallers, owner of Tailgators Pub and Grille at Texas 242 and Interstate 45.
Were halfway there, but we need more, Hallers said.
The group, Be Fair Conroe, seeks to overturn the ordinance by getting
the signatures equal to 20 percent of voters in the citys last
regular municipal election. The May 2008 election drew 2,305 voters,
and 20 percent would equal 461 signatures.
snuffs out smoking ban
The Public Health and Safety Committee of the Stephenville City Council met Tuesday night to mull over the possibility of a smoking ban after last week's second public hearing on the matter and ultimately decided to table the idea. ...
council approves budget
commissioners douse smokers on courthouse lawn
takes Smoking Ban Outside
Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi has rolled out a new policy when it comes to students and faculty smoking cigarettes. The university already prohibits anyone from smoking inside buildings on campus. Now that policy has expanded outdoors. A letter was sent out to students to let them know about the new smoking rule. A new rule prohibits smoking within 25 feet of doorways and covered walkways including the campus spine. Administrators say they are working to get the word out to students as well as put up no-smoking signs outside of buildings. ...
approves smoking ban
Waco Coalition asks for comprehensive smoking ban
If the Smoke-Free Waco coalition had its way, the city would ban smoking in all indoor public and work places, including all restaurants and bars.
Members of the coalition met in front of City Hall on Tuesday and said Waco should join 29 Texas cities that have adopted comprehensive no-smoking policies for public places.
They argued that such ordinances do not hurt business, as some opponents claim.
"We need to give people the right to breathe fresh air," said Dr. Bradford Holland, chairman of the American Cancer Society Waco Medical Advisory Committee. "What about the bartender putting herself through school? She is being exposed to cancer-causing agents through secondhand smoke.
"No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their health," Holland said.
Waco's current ordinance allows restaurants to offer smoking areas
if they have ventilation systems separate from nonsmoking areas. Holland
said that does not effectively protect patrons from secondhand smoke.
to vote on smoking ordinance
Conroe residents and business owners will have their last chance to
speak up about a proposed no-smoking ordinance at 9:30 a.m. Thursday
when the City Council plans to vote on the issue.
Council members will discuss the proposed ordinance at their workshop
session at 4 p.m. today. Both meetings will be in council chambers at
City Hall, located at 300 W. Davis St. in downtown Conroe. Public comment
will be heard during the regular meeting Thursday.
The council had a public hearing Aug. 11, when Mayor Webb Melder said
95 percent of residents he had heard from about the ordinance favor
some form of a ban. However, he also told two people speaking
during the hearing that ... youll find that cigar shops
and other businesses will be on the exempt list.
Council members have discussed a proposed draft ordinance that would
allow smoking in restaurants, as long as they have an enclosed, separately
ventilated area for smokers, and allowing smoking in bars, private clubs
and tobacco shops.
ban law facing rewrite
Some Killeen business owners escaped the city's smoking
ordinance that was enacted June 1, but come September, a proposal to
City Council doesn't support separate smoking sections for bars, still
mulling whether to change ordinance
A compromise to allow smoking in bars that also provide nonsmoking sections was a nonstarter at Tuesday's Waco City Council work session.
The council did appear to favor strengthening the city's smoking ordinance on restaurants and other businesses. But they left open the question of whether to continue to exempt bars from smoking rules or to ban smoking only in new bars.
The Waco-McLennan County Health District this spring proposed an outright smoking ban that would include bars, restaurants and other public venues. District officials Tuesday offered compromises that would allow restaurants to continue offering physically separate smoking and nonsmoking sections, and requiring that same standard for bars.
"I'm still advocating for a smoke-free city," health district director Roger Barker said. "By the same token, I'm interested in the spirit of moving forward." ...
City Council to consider smoking ban compromise
The Waco-McLennan County Health Districts attempt to compromise on the issue of smoking in bars has left some bar patrons scratching their heads.
The district this spring recommended strengthening the citys 2002 smoking ordinance by banning smoking in bars, which are now spared from those restrictions. The district also wanted to eliminate all remaining exemptions for restaurants.
The recommendations divided the Waco City Council, and today health
district director Roger Barker will return to the council to make a
revised recommendation. ...
hears both sides on smoking ban
About 95 percent of residents responding to a proposed no-smoking ordinance in Conroe favor some form of a ban, Mayor Webb Melder said during a public hearing Wednesday afternoon.
The people speaking out on the ordinance during the hearing, however, were more evenly divided, with three opposing a comprehensive ban and five in favor of one.
The City Council will discuss the proposed ordinance in two weeks at the Aug. 26 workshop meeting, with action to be taken during the Aug. 27 council meeting. The council discussed an ordinance in 2006, but it died from lack of a motion for a vote.
City Council members previously discussed the option of letting restaurants decide whether to allow smoking ? if they have an enclosed, separately ventilated area for smokeers ? and allowing smoking in bars, private clubs and tobacco shopps.
But a number of residents, including members of BreatheFree Conroe, want a comprehensive ban that prohibits smoking everywhere except in outdoor spaces (at a prescribed distance from building entrances) and private residences. ...
ban draws fire from businesses
GALVESTON -- Support among restaurant and bar owners for the smoking ban proposed several months ago was mixed, but opposition to the ordinance adopted three weeks ago was universal Thursday.
All of the business owners who packed city council chambers said the ordinance should be modified, but not everyone could agree on what should to be changed.
Restaurant owners want smoking allowed in outdoor seating areas. Owners of small bars want the entire ordinance repealed.
The proposed ban would have eliminated smoking in bars and restaurants. But when it was adopted, the council added the prohibition to private clubs, tobacco stores and outdoor seating areas.
Members of the Galveston Restaurant Association supported the proposed
ordinance. But they all believe the adopted ordinance is too strict,
President Dennis Byrd, who also owns The Spot, said. ...
Dont hold your breath: Speak up on smoking ordinance
The Conroe City Councils 30-day notice for input on a smoking ban is about to expire, and residents may find out soon what, if anything, has changed over the past three years regarding a proposed smoking ban.
At their July meeting, council members discussed possible ordinances, revisiting three proposals from 2006 that ultimately died in January 2007 when the council took no action.
In July, Mayor Webb Melder recommended the city wait 30 days before taking any action to allow time for public input.
The public can give input during a public hearing on the issue during Wednesdays 4 p.m. workshop at City Hall, located at 300 W. Davis St.
We urge all residents concerned about the issue to attend the meeting and speak up. . . .
More than 20 Texas cities now have some form of a ban, including comprehensive bans in Houston and Galveston. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has been pushing for a statewide smoking ban but has failed the past two legislative sessions.
So what, if anything, has changed in Conroe? We will find out this week.
What hasnt changed? The public should have the most say in the
adopts smoking ban
The Galveston City Council has adopted a smoking ban that forbids lighting up in bars, restaurants, private clubs and tobacco stores.
The ordinance was adopted Thursday and will take effect Jan. 1.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that the ban is more restrictive than the regulations the council previously discussed, a compromise that guaranteed its passage.
Several restaurateurs and business groups who opposed a similar smoking
ban proposed in 2006 said they would support it this time as long as
it put all businesses on a level playing field. They lobbied against
giving an exception to private clubs, saying it would provide a loophole
for unfair competition from anyone who opted to run what was really
a for-profit business as a members-only establishment. ...
Most of the audience that filled the El Dorado City Council Chamber Thursday did not get to see what they came to see.
The council was expected to read for the third and final time a proposed
ordinance that would eliminate an exemption from the El Dorado Smokefree
and Healthy Air Act of 2006. Instead, the council tabled the amendment.
reignites smoking committee Posted On: Tuesday, Jul. 21 ...
More than five months after it last met, Killeen's smoking committee is back in business.
The committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today in the large conference room at the Utility Collections building. The Killeen City Council will meet at 5 p.m.
The council voted 5-2 on Feb. 10 to approve a new ordinance banning smoking from public venues. The ordinance includes a ban in all public buildings, providing exceptions for stand-alone bars, pool halls, clubs, bingo halls and even bowling alleys, the last of which was added to the ordinance by the City Council on the day it approved the ordinance.
The committee plans to discuss some alterations to the current ordinance.
Some of those alterations include an expected discussion of adding the racetrack to the list of sites that carry an exemption.
Patrick Wilson of Texas Thunder Speedway said at a public hearing in
January that he believes a business like his deserves an exemption because
it is outside, the only such privately owned outdoor arena in the area.
citations issued in first month of smoking bans
Rowlett and Mesquite residents may have been divided in their support of recent smoking bans, but they've been united in enforcement of the policy. Neither city has issued a citation in the first month of enforcement.
The city of Rowlett went smoke free on June 20 after voters approved the ordinance in a referendum in May. The month-long grace period gave business owners a chance to prepare their facilities and customers for the change.
Code Enforcement Officer Mark Woodruff sent letters to more than 1,200 businesses that included no smoking stickers. The city ordered another box of stickers because of their popularity.
"In addition to mailing those letters, Mark personally visited 290 businesses. He stopped in and had conversations with the business owners to explain the ordinance," City Manager Lynda Humble said at a Rowlett City Council work session last week. "[He also] fielded several hundred phone calls." ...
smoking ban begins on Friday
Public places and workplaces will all become entirely smoke free, with the exception of businesses that can prove they make 50 percent or more of their net income from the sale of alcohol. Private organizations, such as country clubs, are also exempt.
Jeff Howell, city manager, said he wants to remind everyone that smoking will not be allowed in any of the city's parks. He said signs have been posted on many but not all of the city's buildings and employees are still working to get signs up.
The city council approved Ordinance No. 1430 last month after the legislators
failed to pass a statewide smoking ban in public places.
Business owners and employers are required to post "No Smoking"
expected to hear recond reading of proposed revision to ...
After a five-week break, the El Dorado City Council will hold regular and agenda meetings starting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall. The agenda meeting will follow the regular meeting. The council last met on June 4.
Aldermen are expected to hear the second reading of a proposed revision
to the citys Smokefree and Healthy Air Act of 2006 which bans
smoking in most enclosed, public places. The revision would repeal an
exemption to the act that permits smoking in bars and restaurants that
deny access to and do not employ people under the age of 18...
debating smoking ordinance
How smoke-free does Grapevine want to be?
A discussion between the City Council and staffers Tuesday evening that centered on a potential tobacco ordinance for youth sports facilities wound up including a brief conversation about whether the city should also look into tobacco restrictions for botanical gardens, all neighborhood parks, city buildings, indoor facilities -- or even a citywide ban.
The impetus for the discussion was more basic: Should the city add
an ordinance banning cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco at facilities
where youths play baseball, soccer, softball and other sports?
"We're behind the times," Mayor William D. Tate said. "People don't need to be smoking around the kids."
Other city officials would support tobacco restrictions to reduce litter. ...
postpones smoking ban vote
GALVESTON -- The city council will not vote Thursday on an islandwide smoking ban.
Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas asked the city's legal department to prepare an ordinance for council members to consider this week but decided they needed more time to discuss the details.
Thomas also wanted to give members of the public more time to comment, City Manager Steve LeBlanc said.
Facing a chorus of protests, the council voted against adopting the ban in 2006, but opposition from island restaurant and bar owners has dwindled since then.
Only one person spoke against the proposed ban during the council's last meeting. In 2006, council chambers were full of people arguing against the measure. ...
Council to discuss smoking ban
While they wont be voting on it, Conroe City Council members will today revisit an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places that originated in 2006 but went nowhere.
According to agenda information for todays workshop meeting, Mayor Webb Melder requested the issue be brought back before council. No action, however, will be taken during Thursdays regular council meeting.
City Attorney Marcus Winberry has included three ordinance draft proposals from 2006 with council members meeting information in order to pick up the discussion, according to the information.
Neither Melder nor Winberry returned calls for comment, and members of Breathe Free Conroe, who requested the ordinance in 2006, say they have no idea where the ...
Council recongizes Gen. Walker, Belton Parade
The council went on to approve an amendement in the Code of Ordinances regarding activities prohibited in the city parks. ...
Smoking under the pavillions near the splash pads and playground areas adjacent to the splash pads is now prohibited.
Though the ordinance will be enforced, any one smoking under the pavilion will be encouraged to smoke elsewhere, if resistance is used a fine of $50 may be issued to the smoker. ...
to consider smoking ban
But in a few months, Betancourt's smoking customers might have to eat their lunch outside -- if the city council passes an ordinance banning smoking in all public places.
On Thursday, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas told fellow council members she wanted them to consider adopting the smoking ban at their July 9 meeting. No one objected.
Although Betancourt was one of the island business owners who fought attempts to get the ban adopted in 2006, he won't be fighting it this time. ...
on smoking ban lights up again
The Galveston City Council will decide Thursday whether to reconsider a controversial ban on smoking in bars and restaurants that failed three years ago.
Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, who asked the council to reconsider the ban
two weeks ago, voted against the proposal in 2006, saying she was not
comfortable telling business owners what to do on their private property.
Randall Pettit, who owns downtown martini bar 21, spearheaded opposition to the ban, but when he finally reopens his club next month, it will be a smoke-free establishment.
"We could fight it, but it's inevitable that it will happen,"
he said. . . .
The ordinance proposed in 2006 excluded private clubs from the smoking
ban, which wasn't fair to other businesses, Greenberg said.
Thank you for supporting one of the most important health measures of our time. Because of your careful study of the health impact of secondhand smoke and your courage to take action, Corpus Christi will soon be a better place to breathe.
Thank You, Corpus Christi City Council.
Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
split on total workplace smoking ban
in restaurants is a thing of the past in Killeen
KILLEEN - Diners can no longer smoke while enjoying a meal in Killeen restaurants.
A City wide smoking ban went into effect Monday morning. The ban applies to most indoor areas with some exceptions.
Smoking is allowed in some bars, pool halls, clubs and bowling alleys.
smoking ban is dead, bill authors say
"Big Tobacco is a powerful interest group to go up against," said the Senate author, Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. "But we made tremendous progress."
Ellis said that despite help from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, he couldn't win enough support in the Senate. At a news conference, Ellis and Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, the House author, vowed to bring the proposal back in 2011.
Twenty-seven states have passed comprehensive bans, according to Smoke-Free Texas, a coalition supporting the proposal. ...
running out for smoking ban bill
The clock is ticking for Texas lawmakers trying to pass a statewide smoking ban.
The bill has to make it out of the Senate this week or it's dead for the session.
The House has already approved the measure, which would ban smoking in most public places. ...
Make it law in Texas: No ifs, ands or butts
When you get right down to it, though, the fight in the Texas Legislature really isn't about right, but about might.
Tobacco interests have hired 40 lobbyists, including seven former legislators, to snuff out the Ellis bill. The personal liberty card works, so they use it -- and are obviously effective at it.
When the House version of the smoking ban came out of committee, there were so many exemptions attached that the bill had little practical effect. Ellis' bill aimed at protecting and promoting public health lingers in committee. It has the votes to pass, but state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the committee chairwoman, has it bottled up. Nelson declared she isn't against the bill -- she was present at the photo op with bicycling legend Lance Armstrong when it was introduced -- and things should "shake loose" soon.
Meanwhile, Ellis nervously consults the calendar wondering if his bill will "shake loose" in time for the bill to clear legislative hurdles in the two weeks remaining in the session. Even then, there is no guarantee that the governor will sign it.
So the smoking ban has a long way to go in a very short time. And despite all that talk of support, members haven't had a chance to demonstrate it.
It's said that nothing happens by accident at the Texas Legislature, and the smoking bill -- while perhaps not Exhibit A -- is certainly at the beginning of that alphabet. ...
Tobacco lobbys holding the lighter. Will Texas Lege take a drag?
But tobacco companies light into any measure that hampers their nicotine-mongering. The Dallas Morning News reports that during this session of the Lege, tobacco interests paid 40 lobbyists somewhere between $1.2 and $2.4 million to ply their dark art.
What does that kind of money buy? Consider this: The House State Affairs Committee approved the smoking ban -- but only in a gutted form, with so many exceptions that its early supporters hardly recognize the poor thing.
Any hope for a real smoking ban now lies in the Senate, where the ban's
original version survives largely intact. Rodney Ellis, the bill's sponsor,
is scrambling to round up votes.
1 defeated, DonCarlos re-elected
In another election, voters soundly defeated a proposition to exempt certain; stand alone bar establishments from the citys smoking ordinance, which currently prohibits smoking in or near any public building.
In its third time to appear on a Baytown ballot, Proposition 1 received
835 for votes (34 percent) and 1,615 against
Baytown residents are to be congratulated for standing up at the polls for the health of their community, said Doctor Rebecca Gladu, spokesperson for the Smoke-Free Baytown Coalition. Thanks to the voters, workers at and patrons of local bars can continue to enjoy protections from dangerous secondhand smoke.
panel passes indoor smoking ban
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it on to the full Senate. The vote was 5-3.
The ban, which has been touted by Lance Armstrong, would ban smoking
at indoor workplaces in Texas, including bars and restaurants.
It's "a much stronger bill" than what the House panel passed, said the bill's Senate author, Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.
"There's a lot of money on the other side," Ellis said. "Big Tobacco is trying to kill this bill." ...
voters approve smoking restrictions
Rowlett voters overwhelmingly approved new restrictions on smoking
Saturday, defeating petitioners who had forced the special election.
Bars are exempt if they derive at least 75 percent of annual revenue from on-site alcohol consumption.
"I'm pleased with the results," said Rowlett Mayor John Harper. "We thought this was what the people wanted.
"By having a special election and it so overwhelmingly in support of the ordinance, it does confirm that the work we did before voting on this was good work."
panel passes watered-down smoking ban
The House Committee on State Affairs today approved a scaled-back version of a statewide indoor smoking ban.
Under the measure approved 8-4, certain bars would be exempt, and the ban would not apply to counties with fewer than 115,000 residents. Austin's smoking ban would not be affected.
Under the original proposal, smoking would have been banned in indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, author of the measure, said the changes "are not acceptable, but it's a vehicle to get this through."
ban bill being blocked from Senate vote
The woman standing in the way of a Senate vote is Sen. Jane Nelson, a Flower Mound Republican who joined Armstrong on the Capitol steps in February in a pledge to support it.
Nelson, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, has not allowed a vote on the bill, frustrating supporters who considered her advocacy a major boost in getting the bill passed into law.
"I have asked over and over again," said Sen. Rodney Ellis, the Houston Democrat sponsoring the measure. Ellis said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Rick Perry said he'd allow the bill to become law if it gets to his desk.
Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle said she was unaware of any conversation the governor had with Ellis, but said Perry would review the smoking ban bill if and when it reaches his desk.
Nelson said she still supports the bill and that there's time to address it before the session ends June 1.
"Everybody wants to panic," Nelson said. "Things may shake loose very soon."
Asked why she hasn't allowed a vote, Nelson said she and Ellis had "an agreement" but wouldn't elaborate.
Residents To Vote On Smoking Ban Saturday
This Saturday, Rowlett residents will vote on an ordinance to ban smoking
indoors in public places, including restaurants and bars. ...
city council considers cigar bars
Cigar bars will be considered as an exception to the no smoking ordinances by city council at their 5:30 meeting Tuesday night at the Frisco municipal building. Staff reports and recommendations acknowledge that even if council considered accommodating cigar bars, state legislation is pending that would prohibit smoking in any indoor area. ...
Smoking Ban Proposition Could Be Snuffed Out Soon
City Council backs down on smoking ban
Kilgore's proposed citywide smoking ban has been snuffed out for now.
Councilmen decided Monday night they will wait to see if legislators in Austin pass a statewide ban.
About two dozen people attended the second town hall meeting at city hall but only three spoke.
Jim Shirley of Longview, who manages the Sports Shack here, said he doesn't smoke but he believes a ban will hurt his business. ...
Campaign: All Texans Should Have the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air
As a Texas House committee prepares to consider comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation this week, a coalition of public health organizations is launching a radio advertising campaign urging the Legislature to approve a smoke-free law that protects all Texans from harmful secondhand smoke.
The radio ad, airing in Houston this week, states, "Twenty-eight Texas cities, including Houston, are already smoke-free. But lots of Texans are still forced to breathe secondhand smoke in workplaces, restaurants, and in other public places." The advertisement further states, "Nearly 70 percent of Texans agree: Everyone should have the right to breathe smoke-free air." ...
puts brakes on citywide smoking ordinance
mulls smoke ban
Texas City Commissioner J.W. "Scooter" Wilson Jr. wondered whether the city was ready for a ban on smoking.
The city requires restaurants that allow customers to light up to set aside smoking areas. The commissioner wondered whether it was time to change the ordinance and ban smoking in restaurants.
"I look over to this one corner (of the restaurant), and there's this family," Wilson said. "It's grandfather, grandmother, kids and their parents. Here are these children trying to eat, and grandpa fires up a cigarette, and they are eating in a cloud of smoke.
"Now adults can make a decision, but these children can't make that decision for themselves."
That encounter came not long after a couple of residents had asked Wilson, a former smoker, to consider changing the city's ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants. ...
2nd hearing Monday on limiting smoking
KILGORE The city will hold its second town hall meeting Monday to field residents' questions and hear comments about a planned smoking ordinance. ...
Press Association State Capital Highlights
Committee eyes smoking ban
Two dozen other states have outlawed smoking in public venues. Texas would join them if SB 544, considered April 14 by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, passes. ...
Waffling City Council puts off smoking ban for two months
On the eve of the day when the city's smoking ban was to be extended
to include bars, bowling alleys, pool halls and some bingo halls, the
City Council on Tuesday decided to set off the effective date of the
ban to June 15. This step only affirms again a bad habit of this council:
the inability to reach a decision and, when one is reached, to stick
to it. . . .
This council's bad habit was even used by the bar owners' lawyer, Hal George, to excuse them for not being ready for Wednesday's deadline. George, when asked by Mayor Henry Garrett why the owners were not prepared for the ban to get into effect, recalled other delays by the council in the handling of the proposed Crosstown Commons Mall and in determining a use for Memorial Coliseum. In other words, with so much dithering by the council on other issues, why would the bar owners believe the smoking ban would be any different? They almost have a point.
But although the bar owners packed the council chambers on Tuesday to urge the ban delay, in fact, they had plenty of lead time to prepare for the ban. . . .
If another extension is sought, we would hope that the next council -- with at least five new members -- can stop the dithering and uphold the will of the voters.
Lawmakers to hear testimony on statewide smoking ban
The last safe havens for smokers may not be safe for long.
Experts say secondhand smoke kills 53,000 non-smokers a year and is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease and other health problems.
That's a big reason why advocates of Senate Bill 544 say it has to pass. Tuesday afternoon, members of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear testimony on the measure, which would make all public and indoor workplaces in Texas, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free.
The bill would also keep cities with smoke-free ordinaces, like Austin, from allowing any smoking exceptions. Right now, Austin has grandfathered in some bars and restaurants, like Trudy's. That means you can smoke there as long as certain ventilation systems are in place. The state bill would end that. ...
to hear arguments from bar owners on smoking ban delay
The possible delay has caused some outcries from supporters of the ban, who said the council already was lenient by giving owners four months to comply with the law.
Theyve had plenty of time, said Rick Hayley, co-chairman of the Smoke Free Corpus Christi group.
Mayor Henry Garrett, who placed the item on the meeting agenda at Councilman John Marezs request, said he wants to hear why the bar owners need the delay. ...
smoke clears, Dallas bars adjust
The Deep Ellum bar and others across Dallas no longer permit smoking
inside since a new smoke-free workplace law took effect early Friday.
"It's nice to know I will no longer go home smelling like an ashtray," she said Friday while slicing lemons. "The effect of secondhand smoke after 12-hour shifts takes its toll."
She expects the staff will try to reduce the residual smoke with an intensive clean-up later in the month.
The two women she waited on said they'd waive personal choice to avoid
smoky clothes and hair. Both are waitresses at Uptown bars.
Not to worry, said Kathleen Petroskey, a 21-year-old waitress at the Black Friar Pub on McKinney Avenue and a Southern Methodist University student.
"I'm from New York, and when this [kind of law] passed more than five years ago, nothing changed," she said. ...
City Ordinance 27440 New Standards to Smoking Ordinance (PDF)
Effective April 10, 2009
- In all indoor and enclosed areas in the city including workplaces
institutes smoking ban for bars
smoking ban set to extend to bars
When Dallas clocks tick past midnight Friday, and the last cigarettes are extinguished in bar and pool hall ashtrays like millions before them, it'll officially become illegal to light up in most every indoor workplace across the city.
That's because a last-ditch attempt Wednesday to delay implementation of Dallas' recently expanded smoking ordinance failed to gain traction. And City Council member Tennell Atkins, a smoking ban opponent, simply deferred his objection to a later council meeting.
The deferral effectively ensures that Dallas' expanded smoking ordinance, which the council approved Dec. 10 by a 10-5 vote, will become law as scheduled.
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, an early advocate of the smoking ban, hailed
Wednesday's actions. ...
City Council member Tennell Atkins seeks to delay smoking ordinance's
Dallas City Council member Tennell Atkins says he'll fight Wednesday to delay Dallas' looming smoking ordinance expansion, which is set to take effect April 10.
Several bars and clubs affected by the ban, which prohibits smoking in practically every Dallas workplace, including bars and billiard halls, have had trouble securing city permits to build outdoor porches and decks where smoking would be permitted.
"We're in a recession, hard times. We shouldn't be hurting business," Atkins told his colleagues Wednesday. "I'm not saying, 'Let's take away this issue.' We're just saying, 'Let's give these businesses some time.' "
Such a delay is highly unlikely, Mayor Pro Tem Elba Garcia said. "It's done. It's a great victory for the city of Dallas, and we're moving forward and not looking back." ...
Texans cant breathe easy yet at least, not
as easily as we do in Houston. Among the bills stuck in the state Legislatures
committee limbo are a pair that would make the rest of the state as
smoke-free as our city.
smoking ban petition fails to net enough signatures
CORPUS CHRISTI Smoking in bars, pool halls and bingo parlors will be banned as of April 15, but the new rule could be reversed in two years if a failed petition effort gathers enough additional signatures in the next 10 days.
More than half of the signatures turned in March 16 by opponents of the ban didnt belong to registered voters living in city limits, City Secretary Armando Chapa said.
The group turned in more than 10,000 signatures, but only 4,581 of
the signatures were verified as city voters. The petition needed at
least 7,517 signatures to force a citywide vote, so the group now has
10 days to collect the remaining 2,936 signatures. ...
town hall meeting set for smoking ordinance
KILGORE Residents and business owners will have an opportunity April 6 to ask questions and voice opinions about a planned smoking ordinance.
The City Council announced this past week it is considering a ban on smoking in some public areas.
Mayor Joe T. Parker said the public could help shape a smoking ordinance or prompt reconsideration.
The town hall meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. ...
Dallas Smoking Ban May Be Delayed
The new Dallas smoking ban is to go into effect in about two weeks or maybe NOT.
At the City Council meeting today, a public speaker urged a delay in the April 10th indoor smoking ban. Spencer Kopf told council members that businesses need more time to get building permits to construct "patios" - where smoking could be allowed.
Council member Tennell Atkins agrees.
Atkins: And what I'm hearing is that some club owners cannot get a permit, not because of their fault, but because of the city's fault. They don't have time to get a permit in order to build a patio.
The council will vote on a possible smoking ban delay on April 8th.
That's two days before it's supposed to kick-in.
backs smokeless parks, tourism board
Lufkin City Council members on Tuesday night said they were inclined to pass an ordinance that would ban smoking in all city parks, including the Azalea Trail.
Last month the council heard a presentation asking the city for a smoke-free ordinance. After discussion, council members decided they want to limit smoking, but not chewing tobacco, in city parks. The city will vote on an ordinance in their next meeting. Should it pass, the city would put up signs in the parks.
"As far as enforcement goes, ultimately if it came to it the police
would come down and give a citation," said City Manager Paul Parker.
"But we're hoping someone would go up and say something if they
see someone smoking. In most cases people voluntarily comply."
Turns Petition In To City To Keep Smoking Legal In Bar, Pool Halls
The Group Citizens for Common Sense turned in about 10,000 signatures to the city in hopes of overturning the city's smoking ban in bars, pool halls and bingo halls.
The city will have 20 days to verify the signatures.
If the group failed to get 7,520 signatures, it will have 30 days to get the required amount.
The organization claims to have turned in about 10,000 signatures that are now in the process of being verified.
The petition drive began a few months ago after the city
council voted to extend the city's current smoking ban to bars, pool
halls and parts of bingo halls.
The Mesquite City Council passed a stricter smoking ordinance, 4-0, at its regular meeting Monday. Council members Stan Pickett and Greg Noschese were not in attendance.
The new ordinance takes affect June 14 and will replace the current ordinance that was put into place in 1989. The ordinance bans smoking in all public places with the exception of bingo halls and retail tobacco stores whose primary activity is the sale or promotion of tobacco and tobacco products and accessories.
"In the 20 years since the city has revised its smoking ordinance ... there have been many discoveries that have come through the medical profession regarding secondhand smoke," said council member Dennis Tarpley, who served as the smoking ordinance task force chairman. "In the last three or four years I, along with other members of the council, have received numerous calls regarding when the city of Mesquite was going to do something about revising our smoking ordinance."
detail you'd ever want to know about Dallas' new smoking ...
With Dallas' April 10 smoking ordinance start date fast approaching, questions still linger as to what precisely will be within -- and against -- the new and very restrictive law.
For example: How enclosed can a semi-outdoor patio be before smoking is considered illegal?
Or, can you smoke in your private office if you're self-employed, but
operate out of an office building? ...
of Dallasites burning up over smoking ordinance? Not so much.
That's the number of folks (not counting press and city government officials) that attended a forum today about Dallas' new anti-smoking ordinance.
The forum itself proved quite informative, as moderator Chauncy Williams, a district manager for Dallas' Environmental and Health Services Department, clearly detailed the dos and don'ts of the new ordinance, which goes into effect April 10.
smoking ordinance fails
Mayor Ken Shetter explained the ordinances reappearance on the agenda before seeking comment from the assembled crowd. He said a vote on the ordinance at the previous meeting on Feb. 16 ended in a tie because of the absence of one of the members.
A councilman asked that the item be reconsidered before the full council, Shetter said.
After recognizing the emotional nature of the discussion, Shetter opened the meeting for public comment.
voters to determine whether city bans smoking in public places
Rowlett voters will determine the fate of the city's smoking ban at the polls May 9.
City Council members voted 5-2 Monday afternoon to put the issue to a vote after initially rejecting a motion to repeal the smoking measure outright. The council's action was prompted by the submission last week of a petition with more than 500 signatures calling for the council to repeal the smoking ordinance passed in February or to put it to a public vote.
The ordinance would ban smoking in most indoor public spaces, including restaurants and most bars. The ban was scheduled to take effect May 1 but now will await the vote of Rowlett citizens.
"This is what I believe democracy is all about," Mayor John Harper said after the council meeting.
Consider an ordinance repealing Ordinance Number ORD-003-09 in its entirety.
As authorized by Section 551.071of the Texas Government Code, this
meeting may be convened into closed Executive Session for the purpose
of seeking confidential legal advice from the City Attorney on any agenda
Council to reconsider smoking ban in special meeting
The Rowlett city council will meet Monday to determine what to do about
the city's recently passed smoking ban after a local business owner
filed a valid petition asking the city to reconsider the ordinance.
The meeting will be taped and rebroadcast on the citys cable access channel RTN16 in Rowlett and available on the citys on demand video streaming at www.rowlett.com .
Duncan wants your opinion on a smoke-free Texas
LUBBOCK, TX - (KCBD) Should Texas be smoke-free in all public places, including restaurants and bars? Senator Robert Duncan wants to know what you think.
Just like last session, the Texas Legislature is looking at a state-wide
smoking ban. He says the proposed legislation lawmakers are considering
affects all Texans. "One of the things that has my interest is
the enormous cost to all of us for treating diseases related to cigarette
smoking. I'm not talking about Medicaid and Medicare, but I'm talking
about the increase to insurance premiums that we all pay to subsidize
the healthcare for those who have smoking related illnesses," says
aims to prevent Rowlett's impending smoking ban
A city ordinance - scheduled to take effect May 1 - bans smoking from most indoor public spaces, including restaurants and their bars. But several hundred people already have signed a petition that could result in a citywide referendum to repeal the measure.
Those circulating the petition say they hope to submit it to the city by today.
If at least 521 qualified registered voters sign the petition, the council would have to repeal the measure or set an election date to let voters decide its fate. Such a vote could take place as early as May, making Rowlett one of the few cities in Texas where a comprehensive smoking ban has gone to a public vote.
And, petitioners say, the smoking ban could be prevented from becoming
law on the scheduled date even without a vote in May. That's because
the City Charter states that an ordinance that is the subject of a successful
referendum petition can't take effect without voter approval.
Houston smoking ban had no effect on business
Two years ago, the City of Houston expanded its smoking ban to include almost all public spaces.
To see if the ban affected bars and restaurants, the City of Houston spent $12,000 on a study. They learned that the ordinance did not have a discernable impact for either improving business or reducing it.
"It's reassuring that we did the right thing. We protected workers who often don't have a say in where they can work," said Houston Mayor Bill White.
There are a lot of factors that can effect business sales. They range from the economy to the time of the year.
"I would say that in the first year we experienced a slight drop
in sales, but we are back to where we were before the smoking ban. We're
probably just surpassing that as far as sales," said Jill Schoeffler,
who works at Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub.
residents want to stamp out smoking ban
By Pegasus News wire Rowlett's smoking ban is supposed to go into effect
May 1, but a group of residents are looking to reverse it. ...
Time for a statewide smoking ban
But what if it turned out that affected business owners actually agree with this law? The Texas Restaurant Association now says that a statewide ban is a good idea. When a 5,000-member group representing a $34 billion industry says it supports a smoking ban, it's time for lawmakers to take notice.
The lack of statewide uniformity has created a hodgepodge of ordinances among the 28 Texas cities that ban smoking and those that don't. It confuses patrons and leaves some business owners worrying about losing customers to smoking establishments up the road.
With this proposed law, the same ban would apply everywhere. It ends the guesswork. . . .
It's time for the Legislature to stand up to the tobacco lobby and stand for Texans who want to breathe freely and live longer.
Restaurant Association backs statewide smoking ban
It's not the prospect of a statewide smoking ban that worries Charles Nolet, who owns two cigarette-friendly Denton bars. It's the fear that it won't be strong enough.
"If it's strict, and everybody has to comply with it hard core, we'll all get by," Nolet said. "If there are gray areas where some of our competitors can still smoke, that's what will kill us."
Nolet's unease represents progress for supporters of a statewide smoking ban, who have long found bar and restaurant owners as vehemently opposed as tobacco companies.
"With 28 Texas cities and 24 states now smoke-free, it's just a win-win for that industry," said state Rep. Myra Crownover, the Denton Republican carrying the House bill to ban smoking in all the state's public places.
and ELLIS: Secondhand smoke a major killer
It is no wonder that 24 other states already have passed similar legislation.
We are proud to author House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 544 that give all Texans strong, comprehensive protection from hazardous secondhand smoke in the workplace.
When this legislation becomes law, Texas workers no longer will have to choose between their health and their paycheck.
We have spent the past three years working on this issue and so have our opponents.
Big Tobacco would like everyone to believe two things. First, the overwhelming body of scientific evidence linking secondhand smoke to heart attack and cancer deaths is "junk science." Second, the right to smoke is an individual liberty second to none.
The science is not in doubt. . . .
split vote, Mansfield adopts new smoking ordinance
MANSFIELD The City Council narrowly approved a tougher city smoking ordinance early Tuesday, but only after a heated debate and the closing of a loophole that had gone unnoticed.
The ordinance, approved 4-3 on the third and final vote, broadens city regulations and requires greater separation of smoking and nonsmoking sections in restaurants and other establishments.
To allow smoking, businesses must declare themselves for adults only or fully enclose smoking sections and put the kitchen and restrooms in the nonsmoking areas.
People under age 18 will be banned from any smoking area. The ordinance takes effect in 10 days and allows 18 months for businesses to make necessary modifications.
Smoking Ban Will Exempt Nightclubs, Pool Halls, Bingo Halls
Nightclubs, pool halls, public events and bingo halls can breath easy - they are exempted in the smoking ban draft that will likely be voted on Tuesday night.
Councilman Juan Rivera said that the changes come from trying to achieve a delicate balance between freedom of choice and keeping minors away from second-hand smoke.
There have been concern from outspoken citizens in previous council meetings that banning smoking in Killeen businesses will only drive customers away to competing businesses in other cities. Other citizens have expressed their concern over the public health and risks of second-hand smoke, but Rivera said that the citizens wanted action on the matter, and he intended to at least bring the matter to a vote.
smoking ban committee burns out
And on Tuesday, the Killeen smoking ban committee called it quits after months of filtering the heated exchanges from various sides of the issue.
The committee agreed to delay any recommendations to the City Council in light of the growing support for a statewide smoking ban currently proposed in the state Legislature.
But before they let it burn out, the City Council will discuss the issue in a workshop session next week. The majority of the council members indicated they favored waiting as well, since the legislative session ends in May.
If the state does not pass the bill, the committee members agreed that
they would consider relighting the debate after 90 days.
Police" Coming to Dallas
The city of Dallas' new no-smoking ordinance goes into effect a little more than a month from now. But just who will enforce this new law?
The Dallas City Council voted 11-3 Wednesday morning to approve spending $165,674 on three new positions in the city's Environmental and Health Services Department.
The positions are officially "sanitarians," but some people view them as the "Smoking Police."
The ordinance enforcers won't hang out in Dallas bars looking for violators, but will only respond to complaints called into 311.
Lago bans smoking in public places
The ban includes restaurants, schools, and day cares.
Anyone wanting to smoke in El Lago will have to walk at least 25 feet away from the buildings entrance to do so.
parks could go smoke-free
The policy will complement smoke-free ordinances already in effect at both local hospitals, schools and numerous restaurants around Lufkin. The decision to go smoke-free will not only benefit healthier living, but could also allow room for growth in the community, according to Kenneth New, chairman of the Drug Free Business Group.
co-authors statewide smoking ban bill
House District 55 Rep. Ralph Sheffield hasn't wasted any time since he got to Austin as he is already in the middle of what could become the biggest hot button topic of this legislative session.
Sheffield is co-authoring House Bill 5 - a no smoking ban currently gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature.
In 2007, a similar version passed the House before dying out in the Senate.
But this one is different, said Sheffield.
On Thursday, Sheffield stood on the steps of the state Capitol with several other legislators alongside Texas native and cycling phenom Lance Armstrong, who has joined forces with anti-smoking groups to urge Texas lawmakers to pass a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other indoor work and public places.
rally for statewide smoking ban
AUSTIN -- Waitresses in San Antonio or Galveston should have the same right to a smoke-free workplace enjoyed by their counterparts in Houston or Dallas, advocates of a statewide smoking ban said at a Capitol rally Thursday.
"We don't want our employees to have to choose between their jobs and their health," said Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, who has filed a bill to ban smoking indoors, including in restaurants and bars.
Last week, College Station became the 28th Texas city to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. Houston, Dallas, Austin and El Paso also have strong ordinances.
But 64 percent of Texans live in cities, towns or unincorporated areas that have weaker bans or no bans, according to Smoke-Free Texas, a group that includes the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Texas Medical Association and Texas PTA.
finds most Texans want smoking ban
Smoke-Free Texas, a coalition of public health organizations lobbying the legislature for such a ban, released the poll results on Thursday. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the poll.
The survey found that 68 percent of residents want the ban, and that 72 percent believe the rights of customers and employees to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the rights of smokers and business owners.
State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, has introduced House Bill 5 before the legislature, which would prohibit smoking in all public places where at least one person is employed.
"The benefits of a statewide smoke-free law are undeniable," Crownover said. "It's good for health, good for business and saves money now spent on healthcare. No one should be forced to choose between their health and a paycheck."
rides into Texas political fight
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong . . .
On Thursday, the seven-time Tour de France champion returns to the Texas Capitol to put his celebrity and expertise behind an anti-smoking bill in the Legislature. He is scheduled to appear at a news conference to release public polling data showing widespread support for a ban on smoking in public places . . .
Supporters of the smoking ban, which failed two years ago, are counting on him to put the same kind of pizazz into their cause.
"The comeback is as much about bringing awareness to this fight against cancer as it is about winning the Tour de France," Armstrong told The Associated Press on Wednesday, three days after finishing 29th at the Tour of Australia. "It all ties in and these are all key parts."
Bowl-a-Rama goes smoke-free
"We didn't want to wait any longer to do the right thing," says Bowl-a-Rama general manager Jon Gano.
compromises on proposed smoking ordinance
Under the new proposal, restaurants, sports bars and other establishments could allow smoking only if they post notice that no one under 18 is permitted and that the building provides no smoke-free areas.
Councilman Cory Hoffman, who initiated a push for a citywide smoking ban, agreed to the age exclusion because adults can make "a conscious decision with fair warning."
"And like anything, in order to get anything passed, you have to compromise," he said.
City Council Approves Smoking Ban
In a packed meeting, city council members heard from about 30 people on both sides of the issue. Several physicians spoke up in favor of the smoking ban, while some business owners and bar patrons spoke publicly against it.
Lago is now a smoke-free city
Smoking in public places in the city of El Lago is no longer legal.
El Lago joins the majority of Bay Area cities which ban smoking in public places after Council approved a no-smoking ordinance Monday night.
The ordinance, passed unanimously, specifies that smoking is banned in restaurants, public facilities, bars, and covered public areas.
Certain designated smoking areas will be created in some public spaces, such as near the citys swimming pool area, said City Secretary Ann Vernon.
Restaurant outdoor seating areas also are exempt from the ban, she said.
senator to propose statewide smoking ban
Passes Expanding Smoking Ban
The new ordinance, which will go into effect April 15, will include bars, billiard parlors and bowling alleys are locations that had been excluded from the current ban. In addition, the new smoking ban will make it illegal for someone to smoke within 10 feet of a public doorway, unless the person is walking by.
City Council votes to expand smoking ban
The council's 10-5 vote generated jubilation citywide, from medical professionals concerned with second-hand smoke's carcinogenic effects to workaday Dallasites who simply hate having a hefty dry-cleaning bill with their pint of pilsner.
It likewise stoked deep worry among bar and billiard hall owners, who fear patrons will take their business to nearby municipalities such as Addison, which feature comparatively liberal smoking regulations.
Dallas will begin enforcing the stronger ordinance April
10. People or businesses found violating it face a $200 fine for each
Mound A No Smoking Town In 2009
A Flower Mound smoking ordinance sparked debate during the Town Council meeting Monday, before passing with a 3-1 vote.
The new smoking ordinance prohibits smoking in all restaurants, bars, retail stores, indoor places of employment and public parks. It will also have a setback requirement prohibiting smoking 25 feet from any opening to a public building or place.
However, the regulations will allow hotels and motels to designate up to ten percent of rooms as smoking rooms.
Areas without restrictions include private residences, personal automobiles, public sidewalks and parking lots within public parks meeting the setback requirements.
Environmental Services Director Mathew Woods said smoking will be prohibited in private residences providing medical care of daycare services for children and adults.
Texas won ANR's Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge
for passing the most municipal smokefree laws in 2007.
of Appeals tightens smoking ban, defines rules
Local bars will have to do more than post "no smoking" signs and remove ashtrays, according to a federal appeals court decision late last week upholding Austin's smoking ban.
Austin voters passed the "Smoking in Public Places" ordinance in May 2005. The ordinance took effect in September 2005, prohibiting smoking in all public places. In October 2006, a U.S. district judge upheld most of the ordinance but ruled that a clause in the ordinance requiring owners to take "necessary steps" to enforce the ban was unconstitutionally vague. The ruling required owners to only post smoking signs and remove ashtrays and prevented the city from revoking or suspending the licenses of violating establishments.
snuffs out challenge to Houston's smoking ban
After a daylong hearing in which the bar owners sought a preliminary injunction against the ordinance, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller found that the city can regulate alcohol-selling businesses to protect the public health and welfare.
Miller said the plaintiffs, Crazy Frogs Saloon and the Houston Association of Alcoholic Beverage Permit Holders, did not meet the legal burden required for an injunction.
is ahead of curve
How prophetic! On May 13, the citizens of Victoria passed one of the
strongest comprehensive smoke-free ordinances in the state of Texas.
Then, not two months later, the surgeon general of the United States
issued a 700-page report that clearly and unequivocally supports that
ordinance and calls on the rest of the United States to do the same.
Maxwell, Mayor of Round Rock, TX, receives the 100% Smokefree Award
of Excellence in February 2004 for Round Rock's 100% smokefree workplace
and restaurant law.
Smokefree Supporters in
Campaign for a Smokefree Victoria