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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.

2014 State Legislative Session: No regular session

State Quitline Number: 1-877-YES-QUIT (937-7848)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

New smoking regs on tap; includes e-cigs
Terrell Tribune - October 15, 2014

Other provisions of the update include: bars in restaurants would change from no restrictions to designated smoking areas with separate ventilation; ...

City council flicks smoking ban to the curb
Stephenville Empire-Tribune - October 15, 2014

On the agenda was a recommendation by councilman Casey Hogan that the council consider an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants, bars and other ...

Stub it out: Report suggests smoking ban in parks
Daily News - Galveston County - October 15, 2014

Stub it out: Report suggests smoking ban in parks. Story · Comments. Rules of Conduct. 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or ..

Exhibit mixes media; joins students, staff
UTA The Shorthorn - October 15, 2014

Graduate student Doug Davis wasn't sure his acrylic painting, "A Fine Cuban Cigar," would be displayed because of the smoking ban. Davis is glad the library is ...

The Showdown
Community Impact Newspaper - October 15, 2014

... San Marcos' bar scene was shaken up when a citywide ban on smoking took ... Marcos City Council passed a citywide ordinance banning smoking in public ...

Cris Medina returns to city council, ready to clean up 'mess'
KSAT San Antonio - October 14, 2014

He wants to champion a city ordinance prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and address a growing list of constituent concerns. He's also anxiously ...

E-cigarettes' popularity brings shops to Midland
EagleFordTexas.com - October 13, 2014

Midland College has had smoking restrictions in place for 20 years - smoking is limited to ... to smoke. "I could see where businesses would (ban e-cigarettes).

It's Texas-OU Weekend: Longhorns And Sooners Invade Dallas
KERA News - October 12, 2014

The list also includes hard plastic or metal water bottles, laser pointers, e cigarettes and umbrellas even though rain is in the forecast for kickoff. But Schuler's ...

Councilman leads effort to ban smoking in all public places (with online poll)
Stephenville Empire-Tribune - October 9, 2014

Should Stephenville pass a ban on smoking in public places? Vote online now at yourstephenvilletx.com. Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:00 am.

Pow Wow weekend in Chandler coming soon
Chandler Brownsboro - October 9, 2014

With the newly-instated parks rules, there will be absolutely no smoking, dipping, or vaping allowed anywhere in Winchester Park. ...

Colleges outlawing smoking on campus
Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University) - October 9, 2014

As of Oct. 1, there are at least 1,478 completely smoke-free campuses ... Sophia Chapman, director of the Office of Student Conduct at Texas Tech, said Tech is not currently on the way to becoming a smoke-free campus, but the university does have...

City council considers banning smoking in restaurants
Terrell Tribune - October 8, 2014

The city of Forney in 2013 passed its own smoking regulations. The new ordinance, which was to become effective March 1, 2013, bans smoking in public ...

Council approves health plan changes, Smith Hill project
Huntsville Item - October 7, 2014

…1, 2016, city employees who are not tobacco-free will be charged $50 a month in ... questioned how the city would police who is and who is not tobacco-free. ...

CPRIT-Funded MD Anderson, University of Houston Cancer ...
BioNews Texas - October 6, 2014

There are 19 Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) with several clinics throughout Texas that are scheduled to become tobacco-free within two years.

Houston City Council Expands Smoking Ban to Kush, 'Plant Products'
News 92 FM - October 1, 2014

Plenty of questions, and lots of discussion before Houston City Council voted Wednesday to expand the definition of smoking, and make a prime public area off-limits to smokers.

City expands smoking ban to include Main Street Square
Chron.com - October 1, 2014

Main Street Square is now a smoke-free zone following the City Council's decision Wednesday to expand Houston's smoking ban to pedestrian plazas, marking ...

Ingleside High School sophomore plans public smoking ban petition
Aransas Pass Progress - October 1, 2014

One Ingleside High School student is on a mission to put an end to tobacco in his community. Sophomore Carlos Vela, 15, was appointed last week by the Texas School Safety Center as one of 20 teen ambassadors for their statewide tobacco prevention program Say What!, an acronym for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco. He said he hopes his ambassadorship will help him get an ordinance passed in Ingleside to ban public smoking.

City considers expanding smoking ban again
Chron.com (blog) - September 30, 2014

City Council is considering redefining Houstons smoking ban to include all plant substances and combustible materials, as well as expanding the areas covered to include public pedestrian walkways. Currently, the citys smoking ordinance contemplates only tobacco products, outlawing smoking within 25 feet of a public facility, places of employment, bars and restaurants, outdoor sports arenas and stadiums, city libraries and parks.

Smokers were seen at FallsFest despite a new ordinance desinged to ban smoking at parks ($$)
Times Record News - September 30, 2014

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - FallsFest has come and gone for another year, but for some people, lack of ordinance enforcement left a bad taste in their mouths because of smoking.

VFW in the shadows of the smoking ban
Weatherford Democrat - September 27, 2014

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4746 Commander Roger Blair remembers cigarettes as something hed turn to during his time at war for a reprieve. When it came time to eat, a small pack of them would always come with his C-Rations, he said. Although hes working on becoming a reformed smoker, sticking to his handy e-cigarette nowadays, Blair said his organization is facing a battle they never signed up for, and they cant even smoke for relief. Weatherfords smokefree ordinance adopted by city council in late February by a 3-2 vote, while a victory for some, has become a problem for many at the local VFW post. More than 70 percent of its members have expressed their desire to bring smoking back inside their facility, according to a survey sent out by the organization.

Council to consider public 'vaping' ban
WOAI - September 26, 2014

BOERNE -- The Boerne City Council is considering banning the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping devices, in public places like restaurants and movie theatres.

Zoo smoking ban to benefit creatures large and small
WFAA - September 26, 2014

"Right now, today, 25 feet from a building they can smoke," said Sean Greene, vice president of guest services at the Dallas Zoo. "As of October 1, we will have them out in the parking lot." Greene said the new policy solves one of the top complaints at the Dallas Zoo. The zoo is an outdoor public park, so zoo officials had to get special permission from the Dallas Parks board to banish smoking. . Signs will soon be posted all over the zoo alerting visitors of the new policy. The ban includes electronic cigarettes, making the zoo one of the first in Dallas to officially prohibit vaping.

Survey: Texas Employers Largely Stomping Out Smoking
D Healthcare Daily - September 26, 2014

A first-time survey of Texas employers found that the vast majority restrict tobacco use during work hours, a positive sign that outreach efforts to dissuade Americans from partaking in the most preventable cause of death are working. The survey, conducted by the Texas Business Group on Health, reported that 90 percent of the surveyed companies have policies restricting tobacco use in the workplace and 76 percent have established policies banning smoking indoors. Seventy-one percent also restrict the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigs.

Fort Worth aims to prioritize health for employees
Insurance News Net - September 26, 2014

"As a part of Blue Zones, there is a discussion about whether parks and things should be tobacco free, but that is not what we are talking about here," Dickerson ...

The Garage offers coffee now, and a live music venue in the future
The Fort Stockton Pioneer - September 25, 2014

The interior houses a coffee shop with small lounge area and a vapor shop selling electronic cigarettes and accessories. The rest of the 10,000 square foot ...

E-cigarettes draw minors
Denton Record - September 24, 2014

Since it doesn't burn tobacco, e-cigarettes were marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes and a product people can "smoke" in places with smoke-free indoor ...

Lacy Lakeview bans e-cigarettes on city and school property
Waco Tribune-Herald - September 24, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes is officially banned in Lacy Lakeview on city or ... City council Tuesday night voted on a second reading to amend its tobacco ...

Texas Business Group on Health Reports on Employers' Tobacco Policies
PR Newswire - September 24, 2014

Survey indicates employers are prepared for the Affordable Care Act's tobacco cessation rules

Pine Tree student to serve on tobacco prevention board
Longview News-Journal - September 24, 2014

"As a senior in high school, I still put advocating a tobacco-free life at a high priority, and I plan on continuing tobacco prevention work in college." Say What!

Texas Business Group on Health Reports on Employers' Tobacco ...
NEWS.GNOM.ES - September 24, 2014

Seventy-one percent also restrict use of e-cigarettes and the like. Many companies offer a variety of innovative tobacco cessation programs and support ...

Panorama Village considering fees for online bill payments
Your Houston News - September 23, 2014

The city's ordinance to define smoking states inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette or pipe in any manner or form, ...

Kathrin Berg Pettit
El Paso Inc. - September 23, 2014

Ask Pettit what she believes is her greatest impact on the El Paso community, and she says without hesitation, "The non-smoking ordinance." Passed in 2001 ...

Smoke kills, e-smoke annoys
SFA The Pine Log - September 24, 2014

I know nothing has been proven connecting E-cigarettes to causing anything harmful like regular cigarettes do, but as someone who chooses to not put any form ...

Lacy Lakeview to consider ban on e-cigarettes
Waco Tribune-Herald - September 23, 2014

Lacy Lakeview officials Tuesday night will consider banning the use of ... season, the city received complaints that parents were smoking e-cigarettes ... Midway ISD already bans possession or use of e-cigarettes on campus property, he said.

Electronic cigarette use in question in Panorama Village clubhouse
Your Houston News - September 22, 2014

... at the city's golf course clubhouse, which is prohibited by city ordinance. ... "It's in our ordinances that it's not allowed," Panorama Village Mayor Howard Kravetz said. ... Currently, smoking of any kind is not allowed in the clubhouse but is ...

UTHealth Researchers Study Impact of Smoking Ban in Homeless ...
Newswise (press release) - September 22, 2014

Instituting a partial smoking ban at a homeless shelter can lead to a reduction in expired carbon monoxide levels, ...

Smoking Ban at Shelter Homes Encourages Quitting the Habit
Headlines & Global News - September 22, 2014

A smoking ban at homeless shelter is successful in helping residents quit smoking to a certain extent, according to a new study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

KHS students work to clear Kilgore's air
Kilgore News Herald - September 20, 2014

Kilgore High School students Cecilia and Karla Rodriguez are taking their efforts for a smoke-free air to the state again through Texas School Safety Centers Say What! Program …

Patirot Press: Electronic cigarettes no longer allowed in classrooms [VIDEO]
The Patriot Talon - September 19, 2014

Do you vape? New UT Tyler legislation prevents vaping in classrooms and requires everyone who is vaping to be at least 25 feet from entrances.

Tyler ISD bans e-cigs on property: Move follows Smith County's ...
KYTX - September 19, 2014

(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Tyler ISD trustees Thursday followed the lead of Smith County officials and prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes or any ...

City smoking ban goes into effect
Waxahachie Daily Light - September 18, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: IMPACT Waxahachie provided a Frequently Asked Questions for residents and business owners to explain the ordinance passed by the city ...

Explaining the Waxahachie Smoke-Free Air Ordinance 2757
Waxahachie Daily Light - September 18, 2014

Explaining the Waxahachie Smoke-Free Air Ordinance 2757 - Waxahachie Daily Light: Business ...

Hookah smoking a hot trend but clouded by health concerns
Great Falls Tribune - September 15, 2014

With cigarettes, you really have to push through smoking it the first time. ... Richardson has adopted ordinances that ban the use of tobacco products, including ...

College Station City Council approves restrictions on sale of e ...
The Eagle - September 13, 2014

Minors in College Station will not be able to own, purchase or use e-cigarettes after Sept. 22 because of an ordinance change passed by the College Station City Council on Thursday night...

CS Council Approves Banning E-Cigarettes to Minors
WTAW - September 12, 2014

The College Station city council has approved banning e-cigarettes to minors. That includes possession and consumption. Before the unanimous vote applying ...

Smoke clears Texas Wesleyan campus
The Rambler - September 11, 2014

The ban includes all tobacco products, from cigarettes to cigars to smokeless ... The policy also prohibits tobacco advertising, and money being accepted from ...

E-Cigarettes Ban Tabled by College Station City Council
KBTX - September 10, 2014

Some E-cigarettes do have nicotine, while others are nicotine and tobacco free. Assistant to College Station City Manager, Chris Jarmon says now the the ...

Council bans smoking in public parks
Community Impact Newspaper - September 10, 2014

It also prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and the possession or use of ... amendment that would prohibit the possession of all tobacco products in city ...

City aims to snuff out e-cigarette use by minors
Kingsville Record - September 10, 2014

With electronic cigarettes growing in popularity, Kingsville police are taking steps to restrict their availability to minors within the city limits by introducing an ...

City Council to reconsider e-cig ordinance
Texas A&M The Battalion - September 10, 2014

"After careful consideration, staff decided to bring forward an ordinance that only places restrictions on minors' access to e-cigarettes," said Colin Killian, ...

SHURMUR: Tech Doc: It may be time for a comprehensive indoor smoking ban
Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal - September 9, 2014

In Lubbock, an effort is afoot to eliminate the exceptions that exist to a public indoor smoking ban... While opinions vary on the proposed comprehensive ban, here are a few more facts to consider from a medical point of view:

Ditch the cigs: Burn ban returns for all City of Austin parks and ...
CultureMap Austin - September 9, 2014

Thanks to the hot and dry conditions throughout Central Texas, Austin Parks and Recreation Department has issued the ban which prohibits smoking and the ...

E-cigs not allowed in campus buildings
The Patriot Talon - September 9, 2014

The smoking policy is now treating e-cigarettes and other cigarette devices - cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff - the same as cigarettes, prohibiting their use

Letter: Smoke jeopardizes health
LubbockOnline.com - September 7, 2014

My mother, relatives and friends have all suffered from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. They join the thousands of Lubbock employees suffering every ...

Achievements & News
Valley morning Star - September 7, 2014

Smoke Busters Help Pass Harlingens New Smoking Ordinance The city of Harlingen now guarantees a 100 percent smoke-free environment in all workplaces around the city thanks in part to the efforts of a group of students called the Harlingen Smoke Busters.

Letter: Property owner has right to invite smokers
LubbockOnline.com - September 6, 2014

The nonsmoking argument does not affect my smoking right, but it would deny the right of a property owner to invite a smoker into his business. He has that ...

Beaumont residents ponder impact of CVS pulling tobacco from store shelves
KBMT 12 (Beaumont, TX) - September 3, 2014

Joe Billubs is thrilled that CVS will no longer sell tobacco. "A good idea...that'll help a whole lot of people stop smoking," Billubs said. Drugstore competitor Walgreens is still evaluating if its a good thing. There are those who sound doubtful that

Council asked to review smoke-free mandate
Waxahachie Daily Light - September 3, 2014

Wayne Strickland, owner of the College Street Restaurant and Pub, told the city council the smoking ban, in its current form, would be harmful to small ...

Local Doc calls CVS Tobacco Ban a Smart Move
KBTX - September 3, 2014

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It's a move smokers may not like, but health care ... a statement that they don't want to be associate with smoking," said Houser.

City council should consider more evidence, not default to restricting ...
Texas A&M The Battalion - September 3, 2014

The big sell for an ordinance amendment presented to the city council for ... no citations were issued for smoking traditional cigarettes in public in the last year.

Smoking ban in effect for Houston parks and libraries
KHOU - September 2, 2014

The ban was passed back in July and took effect after the day after Labor Day. Almost 1,000 American cities have already banned smoking in their parks.

Crackdown begins at Barton Springs spillway
MyFox Austin - September 2, 2014

Starting Tuesday, alcohol is banned on the Barton Springs Spillway. ... Officers will also be heavily enforcing the park's smoking ban and if caught, you could ...

Houston city parks smoking ban begins today
KTRK-TV - September 2, 2014

That's because a smoking ban goes into effect today. Houston joins 36 other cities in Texas with the same sort of ordinances. Also, a smoking ban already in ...

Letter: Property owners should decide
LubbockOnline.com - September 1, 2014

Those who want to ban smoking are usually no more interested in protecting the public health than those who promoted Obamacare under the pretense of ...

Vapers and businesses upset as e-cig ban takes effect Sept. 1
KFOX El Paso - August 31, 2014

Astrad Diaz, a bartender at Adrian's, said customers did not welcome the idea with open arms when they were told they could no longer smoke their e-cigs.

Vapers prepare for city-wide electronic cigarette ban starting Monday
El Paso Times - August 30, 2014

Vapers, those people who use e-cigarettes to give them the sensation and satisfaction of ... pipes or traditional cigarettes, and heat a flavored liquid that contains nicotine and .... "While tobacco smoke contains high levels of polycyclic aromatic ...

Letter: Secondhand smoke causes significant harm
LubbockOnline.com - August 30, 2014

I would like to voice my support for a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance for ... from secondhand smoke exposure is to prohibit smoking in all indoor areas..

Council denies VFW no-smoking exemption
Weatherford Democrat - August 30, 2014

The Weatherford City Council Tuesday denied a request from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars group, which requested exemption from the city's smoke-free ordinance.

TAMUCC's State of the University Address Fast Approaching
KIII TV3 - August 28, 2014

The long-term effects of smoke electronic cigarettes is unknown. The W.H.O. recent recommended e-cigs be ban inside.More >>. The long-term effects of smoke ...

Do you think electronic cigarettes should be banned from public ...
Bryan-College Station Eagle - August 27, 2014

Do you think electronic cigarettes should be banned from public places as cigarettes are under city ordinance? Total Votes: 159. Yes, they're gross 86 54%

College Station City council unable to reach agreement to regulate ...
KWKT - August 26, 2014

College Station, Texas (KWKT) - After discussions Monday the College Station City council was unable to reach an agreement to regulate electronic cigarettes.

College Station City Council Delays Action on Ban of Electronic ...
KBTX - August 25, 2014

College Station City Council Delays Action on Ban of Electronic Cigarettes ... and would also ban the use of e-cigarettes where tobacco smoking isn't allowed....

Huntsville needs a 21st century non-smoking ordinance
Huntsville Item - August 25, 2014

Most modern Texas cities have an effective non-smoking ordinances. The city policy ... This ordinance was drawn in the sand and has no enforcement policies.

McLane stadium rules made with students' safety in mind
The Baylor Lariat - August 25, 2014

Also, in conjuncture with the university-wide ban on tobacco products, smoking will not be permitted at the stadium which is an extension of the campus.

Letter: There is no constitutional right to smoke
LubbockOnline.com - August 23, 2014

As a third-year law student at Texas Tech, I would like to address some of the arguments raised by those opposed to strengthening the smoke-free ordinance.

New report shows Texas is lagging in tobacco prevention, Amarillo surging ahead
KVII ProNews 7 (Amarillo, TX) - August 22, 2014

The report called How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality states Texas is falling behind in tobacco prevention. It reports that Texas has had little to no tax increase in the past 6

SHIP ramps up its health drive; Program eyes working with other ...
Austin Herald - August 22, 2014

With tobacco use, SHIP is contracting with the American Lung Association to survey rental properties about smoke-free policies. Studier also plans to reach out ...

Fort Worth Blue Zones Project asks for policy changes to promote ...
Fort Worth Star Telegram - August 21, 2014

The tobacco policies could address tobacco litter, electronic cigarettes, creating smoke-free zones and limiting smoking in outdoor dining, beverage and service ...

Texas Wesleyan goes smoke-free
Fort Worth Star Telegram - August 20, 2014

Texas Christian University allows tobacco products and e-cigs on campus at least 25 feet from any entrance or exit. Wesleyan students caught violating the rule ...

Council approves citywide smoke free ordinance, 4-1
Waxahachie (TX) Daily Light - August 20, 2014

City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in work places and public places Monday. The ordinance passed in a 4-1 vote. The ordinance prohibits smoking inside of most businesses, public buildings, city- owned facilities, nursing homes, within

Alamo Heights mulls public smoking ban
mySanAntonio.com - August 20, 2014

As of July 1, nearly 80 Texas cities have enacted local smoking bans of varying degrees, including San ... Neither Olmos Park nor Terrell Hills have such a ban.

Honky Tonk Texas celebrates new patio, great performers
Beaumont Enterprise - August 20, 2014

The bar's smoke-free policy officially took effect on July 30 and, so far, owner Derek Billingsley has been pleased with the response. "So far, it's been pretty good ...

College Station City Council Propose A Ban On E-Cigarettes In ...
KAGS News - August 19, 2014

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - E-cigs are a growing trend among young adults and many people looking for a substitute to smoking traditional cigarettes. The new ...

City to ban e-cig sales to minors
Sealy News - July 31, 2014

The Sealy City Council asked for an ordinance to be drafted July 22 to ban sales of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, to those under 18 years of age. Currently ...

City looks at smoke-free plan
Joshua Star - July 29, 2014

Mayor Joe Hollarn asked if the smoking ban would extend to or overrule any bans ... Welch replied that district bans are already in place and any city ban would not ... banning minors from purchasing, possessing or using electronic cigarettes, ...

New Smoke-Free Billboards are Popping Up All Over Wichita Falls
KFDX - July 29, 2014

Also, several of the billboards emphasize smoke-free playgrounds, and officials say this is something they want visitors to really enjoy when they visit Wichita ..

Sport Clips is underway to build its second store next door to Papa ...
Times Record News - July 29, 2014

The smokers complained a little at first, but they still came back. ... The city smoking ordinance grandfathered businesses with separate smoking sections, giving ...

Letter: Nanny government not needed
LubbockOnline.com - July 28, 2014

This morning, I heard Mayor Robertson on the radio, discussing a possible non-smoking ordinance. He illustrated the problem as a trade-off between health ...

Plano City Council to consider downtown improvement
Dallas Morning News - July 28, 2014

The council will also consider an ordinance establishing regulations on the use and sale of electronic cigarettes and a $4 million bid for the 15th Street ...

Abilene City Council member speaks out on e-cigarette verdict
KTXS - July 25, 2014

The council voted Thursday to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but didn't amend the city's smoking ordinance to prohibit its use in Abilene public places.

Jails considering sale of e-cigs to inmates
ConnectAmarillo.com - July 25, 2014

AMARILLO, TX -- E-cig companies have a new target. Certain companies have started reaching out to jails to start selling the popular product to inamtes.

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson Talks About City Budget And ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - July 25, 2014

... recent budgeting decisions and the proposed smoking ban ordinance. ... supporter of business owner rights and believes ordinance banning smoking tobacco ...

Chad's Morning Brief: LIVE From Culligan Water, Lubbock City ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - July 25, 2014

Four members of the West Texas Smoke Free Coalition, a liberal group that was ... Twelve speakers spoke out against a proposed smoking ban including ...

E-cigarette stores face extremes of risk, opportunity
Newsday - July 25, 2014

Their customers are mostly former tobacco smokers who enjoy "vaping. ... Severe regulation of e-cigarettes could restrict or even close these businesses. ... E-cigarettes don't face the same restrictions on marketing as tobacco, the products are ...

E-Cigarettes Cause Mixed Emotions at City Council Public Hearing
Big Country Homepage - July 24, 2014

City Council voted Thursday to ban the sale and use of E-Cigarettes to minors, but not to impose the regulations of them in public places. This is after a big ...

City to ban smoking, firearms in city buildings
Valley Morning Star - July 24, 2014

RAYMONDVILLE — In this town that boasts its Western flair, city officials have taken a stand against firearms and smoking on the job in city buildings.

Wichita Falls Public Health Office Receive Smoking Ordinance Signs
KFDX - July 24, 2014

The signs advise that cigarette and electronic cigarette smoking is not allowed within 20 feet of a business entrance or location, like a playground, and five feet ...

Here's where you can still smoke in Houston
Chron.com - July 24, 2014

A city ordinance already bans smoking within 25 feet of a public facility, places of employment, ... When smoking was banned in Houston bars in 2007, drinkers soon grew ... Mayor Annise Parker has been very vocal about banning smoking in park ... If a patron complains or staff notices someone violating the ban, parks or ...

Council Bans Sale of E-Cigs to Minors, Does Not Ban Public Use
Big Country Homepage - July 24, 2014

Council Bans Sale of E-Cigs to Minors, Does Not Ban Public Use ... people quit smoking, an opinion backed up by the manager of Stogies Vapor located ... that the council was not interested in banning e-cigarettes from Abilene; however, the ...

Some East Texas schools taking stance on electronic cigarettes
Longview News-Journal - July 24, 2014

Longview: City Manager David Willard has banned the use of e-cigarettes among city ... Gladewater: The City Council in May voted to ban minors from buying, ... Some East Texas school districts are banning electronic cigarettes, while others ... levels of nicotine, the addictive chemical also consumed by smoking tobacco.

Effects from E-Cigarettes Need More Research
Big Country Homepage - July 23, 2014

The Abilene City Council will meet tomorrow, July 24th, to discuss the possibility of adding E-cigarettes to the city wide smoking ban ordinance. City Council ...

VIDEO: Houston bans smoking in city parks
KPRC-TV (Houston, TX) - July 23, 2014

Starting Sept. 2, all Houston city parks will be smoke-free, and those who don't follow the new rules could face a hefty fine. Syan Rhodes reports.

Smoking banned at Houston city parks and libraries
KPRC-TV (Houston, TX) - July 23, 2014

The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Houston Public Library have announced plans to ban smoking and tobacco products at all of their properties. Houston City Council met on Wednesday to discuss the new policy going into effect.

EndTobacco: It will take a village to tackle tobacco
Chron.com - July 23, 2014

A large segment of the public is exposed to, and develops cancer from, secondhand smoke. Sadly, children continue to be affected. In fact, more than 3,000 ...

Houston library, parks to announce new no-smoking rules
Chron.com - July 23, 2014

Houston library and parks staff will announce new no-smoking regulations to City ... the smoking ban to include tobacco products of any type on library premises. ... Smoking already is banned inside library buildings and within 25 feet of the ..

E-cigarette sales to minors banned in Eastland
KTXS - July 23, 2014

The proposed Abilene ban would actually add e-cigarettes to the current smoking ban ordinance in place for traditional cigarettes. It would additionally prohibit ...

E-cig sales supplement jail budget
Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune - July 22, 2014

The Titus County jail is a tobacco-free zone, and contraband smuggling has always been a serious problem. “It was a constant struggle, with people trying to ...

Sheriffs weigh selling e-cigarettes to inmates; Painter refuses
Midland Reporter-Telegram - July 22, 2014

While traditional cigarettes are banned from most jails, vendors of e-cigarettes ... Herklotz, who supports banning e-cigarettes to prevent issues with contraband at jails. ... a financial benefit, he won't budge on his policy of “no smoking -- period.

No Smoking in Most Texas Jails, But Many May Soon Sell E-Cigs
Governing - July 21, 2014

While traditional cigarettes are banned from most jails, vendors of e-cigarettes, ... With county jails facing budget shortfalls, e-cigarette vendors are pushing their ... jails strictly banned tobacco but that sheriffs were likely to view e-cigarettes more ... You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.

First City Council E-Cigarette Hearing Thursday
Big Country Homepage - July 21, 2014

City Council will hear from Abilene residents about a proposed city ordinance that would prevent the use of e-cigarettes within twenty feet of smoke-free ...

Proposed Eastland Ordinance Could Prohibit E-Cigs Sale, Use to ...
Big Country Homepage - July 21, 2014

Monday night, the Eastland Commissioners Court unanimously voted to pass an ordinance prohibiting the sale, use, and possession of electronic cigarettes to ...

Smoke Free Paso to launch new campaign
El Paso Inc. - July 21, 2014

A Smoke Free Paso del Norte will launch a new set of testimonials with area residents talking about their experiences in quitting smoking. The stories feature the ...

Texas Sheriffs Mull Selling E-Cigarettes to Inmates
New York Times July 19, 2014

As a way to allow some inmates to get their nicotine fix and sheriffs to shore up tight budgets, county jails across the country have begun selling electronic cigarettes. Though the trend has largely bypassed Texas, jail officials say that could change as sheriffs begin to warm up to the smokeless technology.

Documentary director talks electronic cigarette safety in Houston [VIDEO]
CW39 NewsFix - July 19, 2014

HOUSTON, TX In a world of good and bad, right and wrong, black and white, electronic cigarettes are not safe. That`s because nicotine isn`t good for you. It doesn`t cause cancer, but it isn`t good for you. But for those addicted to tobacco products and not concerned with a world of absolutes, only Sith deal in absolutes after all, these light saber-like personal vaping devices are safer than cigarettes. And that`s all that matters to them. Linc Williams, director of the new documentary We Are Vapers was at The Vapor Gypsy in Houston this weekend discussing proposed regulation, cautionary advice and industry standards set for the e-cig industry

Wichita Falls Smoking Ordinance Now in Effect
KFDX - July 17, 2014

It bans smoking in public places, within 20 feet of the entrance of a public place, or 5 ... that open after June 17th, which would have to ban smoking immediately.

City Council approves e-cigarette restrictions
Community Impact Newspaper - July 16, 2014

On July 10, Cedar Park City Council approved an ordinance that bans ... City Council heard first readings on June 26 that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors ... The other ordinance adds e-cigarette use to smoking as activities banned in city ...

As industry grows, future still hazy for e-cigarette regulations
Community Impact Newspaper - July 16, 2014

A city of Kyle ordinance banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and similar .... 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions to ban smoking in public places statewide.

Floresville, Gonzales ink alternative school deal
Wilson County News - July 16, 2014

Also during the meeting, the board has taken a stance against electronic cigarettes and vaporizer cigarettes, prohibiting the use of the smokeless alternative ...

Health Department Preps for Smoking Ordinance
KFDX - July 15, 2014

Restaurants that have separate smoking sections and bars have a two year grace period before they go totally smoke free. Officials says some businesses plan ...

Karen Gibson on City of Lubbock issues
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM - July 14, 2014

Councilwoman Gibson also touched on the smoke-free propositions put before ... the smoke-free coalition wants, an ordinance would only ban smoking indoors.

Coalition urges Lubbock council to adopt smoking ban; leaders mixed
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - July 11, 2014

For more than just health reasons, the West Texas Smoke-Free Coalition again asked the Lubbock City Council to completely ban smoking at local businesses. This time, the coalition also cited what its proponents called economic benefits.

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gerlt Talks About Smoking Ban, LP&L, and The ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - July 11, 2014

Currently, Lubbock allows smoking in bars and bingo halls, but not public ... of business because they couldn't use the whole restaurant and when the ban was ...

Chad's Morning Brief: Obama Talks Economy and Rips Republicans ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - July 11, 2014

The group who is attempting to grow government and ban smoking urged the city council to pass an ordinance at their next meeting. The city council also moved ...

District approves salary increases
Wilson County News - July 9, 2014

Unanimously, the board approved a ban on “e-cigarettes” from all district facilities. Also during the meeting, Moreno presented a report on the cost for renting ...

Business owners speak out on proposed Abilene e-cigarette ban
KTXS - July 8, 2014

Since the city announced a possible ban on e-cigarettes Monday, Abilene business owners who sell the smoking alternative definitely aren't shy about sharing ...

Proposed Eastland Ordinance Could Prohibit E-Cigs Sale, Use to Minors [VIDEO]
Big Country Homepage - July 7, 2014

This month's Commissioners Court meeting in Eastland will discuss the second and final reading of a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the sale, use, and possession of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Public use of e-cigarettes a growing topic in Corpus Christi ($$)
Corpus Christi Caller Times - July 7, 2014

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Victor Rivera demonstrates how to properly dismantle the e-cigarette to load the e-liquid at Monster Vape ...

City of Abilene considers adding e-cigarettes to smoking ban
KTXS - July 7, 2014

ABILENE, Texas - The city of Abilene is considering whether to add e-cigarettes to its current ban on smoking.

Letter: Anti-smoking, gun logic same
LubbockOnline.com - July 7, 2014

Finally, second-hand smoke research is still not absolute nor completely conclusive. Nor is there truly conclusive evidence Lubbock citizens are completely ...

Abilene City Council to Consider Banning E-Cigarettes
Big Country Homepage - July 7, 2014

On Thursday, July 10, the Abilene City Council will consider making what may be seen as a controversial change to the citys smoking ordinance. The council will consider banning electronic cigarettes from public places such as restaurants and bars in the same way regular cigarettes are.

Dark Clouds on E-Cigs' Horizon
Dallas Observer - July 3, 2014

The woman behind the curtain is busy today. She has too many orders to fill. Bottles of chemicals surround her as she leans over a small table and mixes a little from one and then another to create a "house blend" recipe while customers linger in the front room of her and her husband's vape shop in Arlington.

Businesses comply with new smoking ban
Valley morning Star - July 2, 2014

HARLINGEN On Monday, this city became the 37th in Texas to impose a widespread smoking ban, a seamless transition for some and a blow to business for others.

KSAT viewers sound off on proposed ban of e-cig sales to minors
KSAT San Antonio - July 2, 2014

SAN ANTONIO - District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina filed a Council Consideration Request on Monday proposing the ban of sales of electronic cigarettes ...

Letter: Anti-smoking group clears air
LubbockOnline.com - July 1, 2014

A public smoke-free ordinance has been in effect in Lubbock for more than a ... a few carefully crafted loopholes that allow smoking in bars, cocktail lounges and ...

Smoking bans across Texas
Valley morning Star - July 1, 2014

Attempts to pass a smoking ban law in Texas have failed twice in the state Legislature, in May 2007, and then in May 2009. Since 1997, the states only smoking law says you cannot smoke at school or school sponsored events, on a school campus or elsewhere; and in areas that are open to the public, like elevators, theaters, libraries, museums, hospitals, buses, airplanes, and trains, unless the owner of the building or establishment designates that smoking is allowed and posts appropriate warning signs.

Businesses comply with new smoking ban
Valley morning Star - July 1, 2014

The new regulation, which was approved May 27, is part of the city's smoke-free air initiative that states one's right to breathe clean air takes priority over one's ...

HARLINGEN ORDINANCE TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS' RIGHT TO ...
The Valley Town Crier - July 1, 2014

HARLINGEN A new ordinance which will grant all Harlingen citizens, workers and visitors greater protections from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke exposure took effect today. In May, Mayor Chris Boswell and the Harlingen City Council passed a strong, comprehensive smoke-free ordinance to make all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free.

Proposal Would Restrict 'E-Cig" Sales in San Antonio
WOAI.com - July 1, 2014

Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports that an effort is gaining steam at City Hall to ban the sale of those so called 'e-cigs' to kids under the age of 18. The push is being made by northwest side Councilman Cris Medina, who says the 'liquid nicotine' which is the active ingredient in many, but not all, electronic cigarettes.

Local organization ignites smoke-free movement
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM - June 29, 2014

Members of the West Texas Smoke Free Coalition igniting a smoke-free movement for The Hub City. Currently, the city has an ordinance allowing smoking in restaurants, bars or cocktail lounges in designated areas.

Texas lawmakers push for E-Cig ban to minors [VIDEO]
KFDA - June 27, 2014

The campaign to ban E-cigarettes to minors in Kyle, TX has now caught the attention ... The new law only outlaws possession of E-cigs by anyone under 18 and it's ... The FDA is considering requiring that all E-cigarette vapor mixes be tested, ...

Mayor: Smoking ban not 'black and white issue' as advocates pressure Lubbock council
LubbockOnline.com - June 27, 2014

A breath of fresh air thats what five Lubbock residents asked the City Council for Thursday night. A coalition formed to create a smoke-free city asked the council to implement a more comprehensive ordinance that prevents people from smoking in a bar or restaurant.

Council approves $2.48 gas increase ($$)
Weatherford Democrat - June 26, 2014

Veterans of Foreign War Post 4746 members expressed their displeasure with the recent council decision to not allow smoking in their facility. The council had agreed to consider revoking the ordinance but e-mails from other VFW members wanting to keep the facility non-smoking swayed the council to keep the non-smoking ordinance intact. Spokesperson Roger Blair said he is unsure of where the e-mails came from or if they were from members at all. "Smoking is the least of our medical concerns," Blair said. "We went over and fought so you could sit where you are right now." Member John Beauchamp said what the city did reflects on the county and its 162,000 residents. A.J. Glock said the council was becoming dictators over this.

Cedar Park City Council to consider new e-cigarette regulations
Community Impact Newspaper - June 25, 2014

On June 26, Cedar Park City Council will consider ordinances that would restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in city buildings and forbid the sale of ...

Reasons why some e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional smoking
Your Houston News - June 25, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get a handle on new smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, with newly proposed regulations that include banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to register all of their products and ingredients with the FDA.

Council limits smoking of e-cigarettes ($$)
Alvin Sun Advertiser - June 25, 2014

Electronic cigarettes will now be treated the same as tobacco cigarettes in Alvin after the City Council voted 7-0 June 19 to regulate their use in public places, including restaurants. Before the vote, three people spoke against the ordinances wording that would not allow smoking in restaurants.

Letter: Secondhand smoke risks health
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - June 24, 2014

In response to a recent A-J editorial, I would like to remind those who decry the merits of a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance for Lubbock about the overwhelming scientific evidence proving there is a real and present danger from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Bastrop School District approves maintenance service shift
Austin American-Statesman - June 23, 2014

The changes to the student code of conduct largely reflect additional language prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes, or other vaping equipment and accessories, ...

State Rep. Isaac to propose outlawing e-cig sales to minors
Community Impact Newspaper - June 23, 2014

State Rep. Jason Isaac said he plans on filing a bill in the upcoming 84th Legislature proposing a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and similar products to ...

Killeen ISD board to vote to approve ban of e-cigarettes
Killeen Daily Herald - June 23, 2014

Any student caught possessing, giving, selling or using the vaporizing devices or any associated liquid nicotine products will face disciplinary action if school board members approve Killeen ISDs new 2014-2015 student code of conduct handbook at its July 8 meeting.

EDITORIAL: Regulate e-cigs differently than tobacco cigarettes
Beaumont Enterprise - June 23, 2014

Many cities in Texas have long since banned smoking cigarettes in public places and buildings. After some initial pushback, most of these bans have been accepted because of the obvious health threats from cigarettes. E-cigarettes, however, are a slightly different matter, but that didn't stop the El Paso City Council from extending its ban on smoking to the new devices as well. When the law takes effect Sept. 1, "vaping" will also be illegal on all city-owned properties, including parks. That seems hasty.

Bryan-College Station districts now among those banning e-cigarettes from schools nationwide
Bryan-College Station Eagle - June 21, 2014

Schools across the country are cracking down on students using electronic cigarettes, and the Bryan and College Station school districts are now among them. The Bryan school district added electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to the list of prohibited items addressed in the student code of conduct at a board meeting last Monday, effective when school opens. The College Station school board amended its 2013-2014 code of conduct to prohibit e-cigarettes last September.

Graham ISD amends student code of conduct to prohibit e-cigarettes
Graham Leader - June 21, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals.

Ban has unintended impact ($$)
Area wait staff say less tips due to smoking ban
Paris News - June 20, 2014

Nearly three months have passed since the Paris City Council adopted an ordinance banning smoking from public restaurants and ball fields inside city limits, and although not a single citation has been written and business remains steady, wait staff is claiming a loss to the major part of their income, tips. I may have to pick up a second job, honestly, McKees 24-hour Family Restaurant waitress Carolyn Maynard said. Since the ban passed, I have been bringing home at least $35 less each day.

Vernon College Make Tobacco Policy Official [VIDEO]
KFDX - June 18, 2014

For more than ten years, Vernon College has had no smoking signs up at all of its campuses but no official tobacco policy. Today, that changed. Vernon College's board of trustees met this morning to write up an official tobacco policy, which bans all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on all of its campuses. They kept outside designated smoking areas on all campuses where smoker can light up.

City council bans e-cig sales to minors
Mineral Wells Index - June 18, 2014

A debate that has gone on for nearly two months regarding the sale of e-cigarettes to minors ended Tuesday night with Mineral Wells City Councils unanimous ruling banning the sale of e-cigarette devices and products to people under the age of 18. The local ordinance does not make possession or use of e-cigarettes illegal for minors.

Wichita Falls votes to expand smoke-free areas
Kswo.com June 18, 2014

WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS - The Smoke-Free Texas Coalition, comprised of members from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, LIVESTRONG and Texas Medical Center, released the following statement regarding the city of Wichita Falls' passage of a smoke-free ordinance.

El Paso City Council passes ban on e-cigarettes
El Paso Times - June 17, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes in public places across El Paso where smoking is now banned will be prohibited starting Sept. 1, and both smoking and vaping will be banned from all city-owned properties such as parks starting in 2015.

District to ban e-cigs
La Vernia News - June 18, 2014

Despite their growing popularity as a smokeless alternative to the real thing, e-cigarettes will be banned on all La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) ...

El Paso Extends Public Bans On Cigarettes To E-Cigs
KRWG - June 18, 2014

El Paso is extending its ban on cigarette smoking in public places to electronic cigarettes. The City Council voted Tuesday to extend the ban, effective Sept. 1.

Wichita Falls votes to expand smoke-free areas
KSWO - June 18, 2014

WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS - The Wichita Falls City Council voted to make all restaurants and bars and most other workplaces smoke-free. This ordinance is a great step forward for health that will better protect workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. However, provisions related to ventilation systems weaken the law and the two-year implementation of this proposal will continue to unnecessarily expose workers and residents to the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Around the area & state: Teen killed in drive-by shooting at gas station
Houston Chronicle - June 18, 2014

El Paso extends smoking ban to include vaping EL PASO - El Paso is extending its ban on cigarette smoking in public places to electronic cigarettes. The City Council voted Tuesday to extend the ban, effective Sept. 1. The El Paso Times reported the ban will bar smoking and vaping in 2015 from all city-owned properties, including parks. The ban also would keep smoke-free areas within 20 feet of all public entrances, except for El Paso International Airport. Violators will be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and up to $500 for other repeat offenses. A group of vapers - those who use e-cigarettes - presented a petition of what they said was 1,500 signatures opposing the expansion of the smoking ban

New Bars Opening May Not Have Smoking Grace Period
KFDX - June 17, 2014

The vote to extend the effective date for bars to be included in the two year grace period was another of several concessions given to bar owners. This extension was requested today by the owners of a new bar to be built on Jacksboro Highway called Lonestar that will open in September. While some bar and restaurant owners in Wichita Falls are still concerned about their businesses past the two year grace period, there are some in favor of being smoke free.

Wichita Falls Smoking Ban Ordinance Passes
KFDX - June 17, 2014

At the Tuesday city council meeting, councilors voted to approve the smoking ban ordinance with an amendment. The vote was 3 against, 4 in favor. This ordinance will eliminate smoking in all public places including bars and restaurants. The amendment states that bars that open before October 1st are still in the two year grandfather clause. Bars have a 2 year grace period before the ban takes effect, and restaurants and food establishments with separate ventilation systems for their smoking section also get a 2 year period.

Council bans electronic cigarettes in first reading ($$)
Alvin Sun Advertiser - June 16, 2014

Alvin may become one of the Texas cities and other cities around the nation that regulates the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. The Council voted at its June 5 meeting to pass on first reading an ordinance that would place electronic cigarettes under the same regulations as those made of tobacco. The measure will have its second reading at the June 19 meeting.

Clark, Griffith spar in District 3 Lubbock City Council runoff debate
LubbockOnline.com - June 16, 2014

Both candidates also took a stance against proposed legislation that would ban smoking in public places. People are big into regulation, and I think we want to ...

Our View: Adding a new ordinance makes smoke-free plan less appealing
LubbockOnline.com - June 14, 2014

The thought of making Lubbock smoke-free has appeal, but is it worth adding another law in a city that has a public smoking ordinance already in place?

MD Anderson announces tobacco-free hiring policy
Healio - June 13, 2014

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced that starting Jan. 1, 2015, it will hire only those applicants who are tobacco-free.

Smoke Free Organizations Target Texas Cities
Breitbart News Network - June 13, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas--Having lost support in four consecutive legislative sessions, supporters of a ban on smoking in all workplaces are taking their fight to individual cities. The West Texas Smoke Free Coalition targeting Lubbock and Smoke Free Wichita Falls are the latest examples of the fight between individual property rights and what supporters claim are the rights of employees.

Should the Lubbock City Council Pass an Expanded Smoking Ban? [Poll]
News/Talk 790 KFYO - June 13, 2014

The West Texas Smoke Free Coalition is pushing for a new ban on smoking in Lubbock that would go much further than the current ordinance. Matthew Harris appeared on The Chad Hasty Show Thursday to explain what his organization wants. In a nutshell, if you have employees, the group wants to ban smoking at your bar, restaurant, bingo hall, and cigar lounge. Harris said the group doesnt want to ban smoking on patios or other outdoor areas, but if it is an enclosed area they want it banned.

Council considers smoking ban
Elgin Courier - June 12, 2014

Newly-elected Elgin City Council member, Edward Maldonado, requested an item on the agenda for discussion at the June 3 meeting regarding smoking in restaurants in Elgin. Mayor Marc Holm informed those attending that the City Council had addressed the issue of a non-smoking ordinance for restaurants about six years ago and since there were only a few restaurants that allowed smoking, Council members at that time decided to not pass an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants. There are currently two restaurants in Elgin that allow smoking and both of those restaurants allow smoking only in their bar sections. Maldonados stance was for the minors who are subjected to second-hand smoke while in these establishments, including the teenagers or young adults who may be working there and the youngsters that come in with their parents to eat.

Latest Changes To Proposed Smoking Ban
KFDX - June 12, 2014

The proposed Wichita Falls smoking ordinance goes to the city council for a vote Tuesday, and more changes have been made in an effort to find an ordinance that will satisfy both sides. If passed, the ordinance bans smoking in work places, within 20 feet of the entrance of a public place, or 5 feet if children under age of 18 are not allowed in the ...

West Texas Smoke Free Coalition's Matthew Harris Aims To Ban Smoking in All Indoor Public Places [AUDIO]
News/Talk 790 KFYO - June 12, 2014

On the Thursday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Matthew Harris of the West Texas Smoke Free Coalition spoke with Chad Hasty about his organization's ...

Club gets 'secondhand' program ($$)
The Henderson Daily News - June 12, 2014

Hendersons Kiwanis Club program was far from smoke and mirrors, Tuesday, as members learned not only about the dangers of smoking but also about secondhand smoke. Michael Cary, with East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, said the Longview based organization has received a five year grant from the Texas Department of Health Services for tobacco prevention and cessation programs…

Council reverses decision on smoking amendment
Weatherford Democrat - June 12, 2014

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, Weatherford City Council members voted to keep their current nonsmoking ordinance intact Tuesday night, reversing a decision made last month affecting the Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the councils last meeting May 27, the council had voted 3-2 to draft an amendment to the ordinance allowing for private clubs to allow smoking in their establishments after members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4746 had asked the council to do so. At that time and with a large contingency of VFW, Mens Auxiliary and Ladies Auxiliary members in the chambers, VFW spokesman Roger Blair said there are a few nights a month where fundraisers are held and open to the general public but, for the most part, the club is open to members only…

Puff, it's gone: Cigar bar that went non-smoking has apparently closed
CultureMap Houston - June 12, 2014

Former cigar bar Downing Street Pub has apparently closed. A CultureMap reader says he spoke with an employee who informed him of the closure. In addition, the bar's website has been taken offline and no posts have been made to its Facebook page in over a week. An employee at a neighboring business observed that the bar, which is usually open for lunch, was locked up all day Wednesday…

Free-will smoke-free effort ($$)
South Jetty (subscription) - June 12, 2014

Despite the fact that the Port Aransas City Council chose not to implement a smoking ban for establishments that serve the public, many businesses in Port Aransas are, in fact, smoke-free….

Smoking compromise satisfies bar owners
Times Record News - June 12, 2014

The public health district will get its smoking ordinance, but some businesses in town will have two years to come into compliance. Lou Kreidler, director of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District, said the district was approached Friday by the local bar owners association to work on a compromise to the ordinance presented to the Wichita Falls City Council on June 3. The ordinance presented to the council would ban smoking in almost all businesses and outline specific distances from entrances smokers would have to be to smoke. Smoking would be allowed inside e-cigarette stores as well as smoke shops…

Making an IMPACT
Waxahachie Daily Light - June 11, 2014

Weve had a lot of calls and concerns regarding e-cigarette use among the youth in the school district, Phillips said during her presentation Monday. Were seeing an increase in our youth using this product and wed like for you to consider giving your policies and procedures for this next year as stronger look at the e-cigarettes. She doesnt want to see the social norm change, where a whole new group of youth are using nicotine, she said, and asked for the school districts backing as Impact Waxahachie brings the smoke-free effort before the Waxahachie City Council in the future. In 2013, Impact Waxahachie released a Smoke Free Waxahachie survey, where more than 1,000 people shared their opinion on public smoking. Eighty-two percent of those said they would support a smoke-free ordinance in Waxahachie…

Harlingen non-smoking ordinance to go into effect in July
KGBT-TV - June 11, 2014

The city of Harlingen is implementing a non-smoking ordinance that goes into effect July 1st. This ordinance prohibits smoking in bars, private clubs and the Valley Race Park. Harlingen is strengthening an ordinance that already prohibited smoking in public places and places of employment but it exempted bars, nightclubs and dog racing tracks...

Smoking ban exemptions changed a third time
Monitor - June 10, 2014

HARLINGEN — The City Commission at a special meeting May 27 adopted a significantly changed smoking ordinance although it was not presented at a public ...

El Paso, Texas Considers Ban On E-Cigarettes
Daily Caller - June 9, 2014

Los Angeles and New York have already banned e-cigarettes in public places. ... harm a ban would cause to small businesses, as well as reforming smokers, ...

Letter: Be respectful to non-smokers
LubbockOnline.com - June 9, 2014

He discusses smoking ban proposal every morning with an overbearing bias ... As a cigar aficionado I prefer smoking be banned in public places, especially ...

McKinney VFW post shifts longtime public perception
Star Local Media - June 9, 2014

Yet, since 2009, there's been no smoke choking the air – the post built a separate smoking room when indoor ordinances came down. You'll see few, if any, ...

Harlingen cracks down on smoking
Brownsville Herald - June 8, 2014

The smoking ban ordinance is posted online at www.myharlingen.us. ... The ordinance further states that no smoking will be permitted within 10 feet of entrances ...

City begins smoking ban process
Valley morning Star - June 8, 2014

HARLINGEN — City of Harlingen officials are notifying the public about details and the upcoming implementation of amendments to the non-smoking ordinance ...

City of Longview employees asked not to use e-cigs at work
Longview News-Journal - June 8, 2014

“I have received several complaints lately regarding employees smoking tobacco ... On May 22, the Gladewater City Council voted to ban minors from buying, ... Smith County commissioners in April banned the use of electronic cigarettes ...

Arcade games live on in the smartphone era
Houston Chronicle - June 6, 2014

"Plus, with the smoking ban, more and more customers are going outside to smoke instead of sitting at a table and playing." Sales of video and arcade games ...

Smoking ban approved
Valley Morning Star - June 5, 2014

Mezmar's understanding is that the extended ban goes into effect July 1. ... Proponents have argued that smoking should be banned because it affects innocent ...

Lions learn about dangers of 'e-cigs'
The Henderson Daily - June 5, 2014

“Smoking's bad,” we've all been told, and e-cigarettes aren't exactly good for you. Michael Cary with East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse talked ...

Council could restrict e-cig sales to minors
Mineral Wells Index - June 4, 2014

Following a lengthy discussion regarding e-cigarettes and the local sale to minors ... “The concern with these e-cigarette regulations by local communities – it's no doubt a ... Talks of possession and use were also mentioned, but at this time, the city council ... “I think anything with nicotine needs to be regulated like tobacco.

West Texas Smoke Free Coalition wants to end smoking in ...
KCBD-TV - June 4, 2014

They will address the City Council next month asking for a new ordinance to be passed that will achieve their goal. "We started last July as just a few of us that ...

Law banning e-cig use by minors passed in Kyle
Community Impact Newspaper - June 4, 2014

E-cigarettes have been hailed by advocates as safe for ostensibly producing no second-hand smoke effect and because e-cigarette “juice” is not rife with the ...

City council special meeting to dicuss regulation of electronic ...
KVIA El Paso - June 2, 2014

El Paso City Council is expected to hold a special meeting Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the regulation of electronic cigarettes also known as ...

Your World: Texas
Fort Bend Herald - June 2, 2014

E-cigarettes part of ban. SAN MARCOS — A city's ban on smoking in most public places includes e-cigarettes. The measure took effect this week for restaurants, ...

E-cigarettes part of San Marcos public smoking ban
KSAT San Antonio - June 2, 2014

The San Marcos City Council last October approved a no-smoking ordinance that began in January on city property. The measure took effect this week for ...

UTSA Goes Tobacco-Free
TWC News - June 2, 2014

But for some of those sticking around during the summer, the ban might actually ... Over the last year, the university has restricted smoking to a few designated ...

MD Anderson adopts no-tobacco hiring policy
Houston Chronicle - June 1, 2014

If they test positive for tobacco, they can get smoking-cessation materials and ... Texas is in a minority of states where banning smokers from getting jobs is even ...

Letter: Broaden smoke-free ordinance
LubbockOnline.com-May 31, 2014

I am voicing my support for a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that would cover all employees in Lubbock. Throughout my tenure as a cardiologist, I have ...

Kyle Set To Ban Minors From E-Cigs
KEYE TV - May 29, 2014

The City of Kyle is ready to ban minors from possessing electronic cigarettes. ... I mean any tobacco product is meant for anyone over 18." ... She says, "It was shocking to me that any 12-year-old can go and buy an e-cigarette at a local ...

Council to amend smoking ordinance for private clubs
Weatherford Democrat - May 29, 2014

City of Weatherford officials have agreed to look into amending the recently passed ordinance banning smoking in eating establishments with a 4-1 vote by city ...

The Take: UTSA says no to smoking and the feds deliver bad ...
San Antonio Business Journal (blog) - May 29, 2014

The University of Texas at San Antonio will go completely dark on June 1 when it officially becomes a tobacco-free and smoke-free facility following a one-year ..

San Marcos law restricts public smoking
KVUE - May 28, 2014

Beginning June 1, smokers will have to look harder for a place to light up in San Marcos. A new city ordinance takes effect Monday, banning smoking from enclosed areas of public places such as bars, restaurants and retail stores. In addition, no smoking is allowed on any city owned or rented property including parks, playgrounds, and sporting venues.

Bar Owners Frustrated with Proposed Smoking Ordinance [VIDEO]
KFDX - May 28, 2014

Members of the Wichita Falls Bar Owners Association say they are getting more frustrated with the proposed smoking ordinance, which would go into effect next January if passed by the city council. The proposed smoking ordinance originally required smokers to stay at least 20 feet away from any public place. New revisions now give places that are strictly an 18 years and over establishment a five-foot requirement for smokers. With this proposed new smoking ban set to be discussed at the city council next Tuesday, local bar owners say they are frustrated and worried about how it would be enforced, and how it would affect their businesses

Zero citations issued for Paris' new smoking ordinance
KXII-TV - May 25, 2014

PARIS, TX-- It's been one month since the grace period ended for the city of Paris' smoking ordinance, and police say they haven't issued one citation

Little fuss on ban ($$)
Paris News - May 24, 2014

Two months have passed since the Paris City Council adopted an ordinance banning smoking from public restaurants and ball fields inside city limits, but not a single citation has been written and business is remaining steady. The smoking ordinance passed by Paris City Council on March 24, prohibiting smoking in public restaurants or businesses, any ball fields and outside of establishments where smoking is not allowed within 30 feet of any entrance, held a 30-day grace period which ended last month, and since that time, only two warnings have been recorded.

San Marcos businesses already embracing indoor smoking ban ($$)
Austin American-Statesman - May 24, 2014

The citys indoor smoking ban for bars, restaurants and other public areas might not kick in until next week, but many businesses have already gone smoke-free inside. At Showdown, a popular bar near the bustling downtown square, management moved smokers outside weeks ahead of the official ban, said manager Andrew Fox. (The measure still allows smoking on outdoor patios.)

Gladewater considers banning e-cig sale, use for minors
Longview News-Journal - May 22, 2014

Jan Cain of Electrik Smoke Vapor Shop in Gladewater speaks about supporting the possibility of the city passing an ordinance banning the sale, use, ...

Tobacco free employee policy triggers backlash
KFDA - May 22, 2014

MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is adopting a tobacco free hiring policy, which means if a job applicant smokes and wants a job there, they may not get ...

Council hears report on e-cigarette devices, contents
Mineral Wells Index - May 22, 2014

After a lengthy discussion regarding e-cigarettes at an April Mineral Wells City Council meeting, Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan told the council he ...

MD Anderson to Adopt a Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy
News 92 FM - May 21, 2014

The campus has been smoke-free since 1989. Five years after that, MD Anderson became one of the few U.S. academic medical institutions to prohibit the ...

Local coalition pushing for smoke-free Lubbock
LubbockOnline.com - May 21, 2014

In this June 26, 2012 photo, a student waits for a bus behind a no smoking sign at ... Albany in Albany, N.Y. Tobacco use bans are sweeping campuses nationwide. ... since the comprehensive smoking ban was implemented,” the study reads.

Smoking ban proposal advances
Valley morning Star - May 21, 2014

HARLINGEN — Amid differing views, a split City Commission Wednesday advanced the proposed smoking ordinance that exempts fraternal organizations, ...

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center won't hire people who smoke
Houston Business Journal - May 21, 2014

M.D. Anderson's campus became smoke-free in 1989, and five years later it became one of the few U.S. academic medical institutions to adopt a policy ...

Abilene ISD board approves major renovations at two campuses
KTXS - May 20, 2014

Significant renovations are on the way to two well-known Abilene Independent School District campuses. The Abilene ISD student code of conduct was also addressed Monday night to prohibit items such as electronic cigarettes

Exclusions added to smoking ban proposal
Valley morning Star - May 20, 2014

HARLINGEN Licensed gaming facilities, fraternal organizations and private clubs would be excluded from the citys newest proposed ordinance to ban smoking in enclosed public and private places, except individual residences

Local Reaction to Proposed FDA E-cig Regulation
KAGS News - May 16, 2014

"I've been smoking cigarettes for about five years and like I just use it to basically ... e-cig manufacturers to report what's in their product and ban sales to minors.

VFW members voice concern over smoking ban
Weatherford Democrat - May 15, 2014

One local veteran's group doesn't like being told it can't smoke in its own building and made the Weatherford City Council aware of it. Roger Blair of the Veterans ...

Georgetown loosens e-cigarette law
Austin Business Journal (blog) - May 15, 2014

In April, the Georgetown City Council passed a resolution that prohibited the smoking of e-cigarettes in public places, banned minors from entering e-cigarette ...

Shop owner pleads his case and Georgetown amends e-cigarette ...
Austin American-Statesman - May 14, 2014

Customers can get a chocolate bacon flavored electronic cigarette at Allin Still's store in Georgetown, or any other combination of 400 cake and candy flavorings.

E-cig regulations on the horizon in Plano
Star Local Media - May 13, 2014

The Plano City Council heard a briefing at its meeting Monday concerning e-cigarettes. While no formal action was taken, the council directed city staff to draft an ordinance that will be presented for approval at an upcoming meeting. The ordinance will call for e-cigarettes, which are sold at an estimated 200 locations throughout the city, to be treated like traditional cigarettes. The purchase or possession of e-cigarettes by minors will be prohibited, as will their use in restaurants, many businesses and city of Plano facilities.

A smoke-free campus protects the health of all, but frustrates some
Borderzine - May 8, 2014

After 100 years the cloud of tobacco smoke at UTEP is lifting. UTEP banned the use of all tobacco products from university property on February 20. Notifications for the major ... “Why not ban fast food as well? If health is the real concern, ...

Colleyville council talks e-cigarettes
Community Impact News - May 7, 2014

The battery-powered device simulates tobacco smoking by producing a vapor that ... Ruthven said while there are no federal restrictions on who can buy ... and Drug Administration is still reviewing legislation that would restrict sale to minors.

Commissioners enact smoking ban ($$)
Wilson County News - May 7, 2014

FLORESVILLE -- Smokers who visit certain Wilson County buildings will not be able to light up nearby, following the Wilson County Commissioners Courts April 28 decision. Currently, she said, there is no penalty for anyone who violates the smoking ban, which becomes effective once warning signs are installed at the affected ...

TEXAS VIEW: E-cigarette vapors
Odessa American - May 7, 2014

While e-cigarettes are probably less harmful than cigarettes, it took decades ... e-cigarettes will serve as starter kits to create a new generation of tobacco smokers. ... to go into effect for several years, many states have banned sales to minors, ...

Commissioners opt not to ban e-cigarettes on county property [VIDEO]
KXII-TV - May 7, 2014

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - On Tuesday Grayson County Commissioners debated adding e-cigarettes to the County's smoking ordinance, which already bans smoking on county property. It was a big decision, and not everyone agreed on the outcome. Vaping, or enjoying an e-cigarette, is something you can still do on Grayson county property.

Possible Smoking Ban Worries Bar And Restaurant Owners In Wichita County [VIDEO]
KFDX - May 6, 2014

Wichita Falls bar and restaurant owners are fuming over a possible ban of smoking in public places. Business owners are afraid if patrons aren't allowed to light up, their bottom lines will go down drastically...

County makes e-cigs laws, campus policy still being considered by ...
The Patriot Talon - May 6, 2014

A recent decision made by Smith County commissioners on April 15 banning the smoking of electronic cigarettes and products from county buildings raises the question of whether this will affect e-cigarette users at the University.

The city of Borger may soon have ordinance banning the use of electronic cigarettes among minors [VIDEO]
KFDA - May 6, 2014

Amarillo, TX - Borger may soon have an ordinance banning the use of electronic cigarettes by kids. The city council voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes among minors...

Does It Matter That Houston's Not on List of Eight Cities That Ban Smoking in Public Parks?
Houston Press (blog) - May 6, 2014

There are eight big cities in the U.S. that ban smoking in public parks, and Houston isn't one of them. Just last week Philadelphia decided to ban smoking in public parks. The list of cities that do the same includes Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Phoenix and New York. "I think there's that misconception that 'Oh, we're outdoors, people won't be affected by [second-hand smoke]," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Getting to know the candidates: Lewisville council hopefuls detail ...
Star Local Media - May 5, 2014

My work on our oil and gas ordinances, which are some of the strongest in the state for ... I expanded our smoking ordinance to include bars and restaurants, the ...

Carrollton adopts e-cigarette ban
Star Local Media - May 2, 2014

CARROLLTON – Electronic cigarettes inside or within 20 feet of local retail and restaurant establishments in Carrollton are now banned, the Carrollton City ...

Chad's Morning Brief: Wendy Davis' Campaign Spokesman Resigns ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - May 2, 2014

On my show Carr let his liberal side shine through when he said smoking bans should be expanded to sports bars because even though the employees knew ...

Tobacco policy lacks teeth
SHSU Houstonian Online - May 1, 2014

A “smoke-free workplace” in policy reduces the health insurance burden for full-time university employees, whether or not their workplace is actually free of ...

Cedar Park council mulls smoking ordinance
Community Impact Newspaper – April 30, 2014

The city bans smoking in publicly owned buildings, and the state bans ... cities prohibit tobacco use in restaurants and about half ban smoking in bars, he said.

University takes next step in smoking policy
SHSU Houstonian Online - April 29, 2014

Sam Houston State University is taking the next step of enforcement to its tobacco-free policy after adopting it in 2012. According to Scott Dolezal, Custodial and ...

City has lost confidence in Paris City Council, Pickle says in candidate forum
eParisExtra.com - April 26, 2014

Collins also said he felt controversial topics such as the smoking ban and any decision to market Lake Crook to outside developers should be put to a vote of the citizens.

Cedar Park mulls smoking, E-cigarette ordinance
KXAN.com - April 25, 2014

“There's not really a lot of smoking bars in the area” said Tracy Murphy, a bartender ... we do allow it, and I think it would affect our business greatly (if the ban it).

Harlingen city leaders consider proposal to ban smoking at all bars
KGBT-TV - April 24, 2014

After a busy day at work, Steven Fujan likes to go to locals lounge in Harlingen to have a drink and smoke a cigar. However, he could soon lose that option, if city ...

Opinions vary on FDA announcing regulation of e-cigs
FOX 4 News - April 24, 2014

"I don't think smoking for minors is a good idea, and I think they should be ... Cities like Watauga, Bedford and Flower Mound have banned the sale of e-cigs to minors. ... So, the FDA is starting with a proposed ban on e-cig sales to minors.

Loophole allows for drinking, smoking on pedestrian bridge
KXAN.com - April 24, 2014

Currently APD can not give citations for drinking alcohol or smoking on the bridge. ... with a new ordinance to ban smoking and drinking on The Pfluger Bridge.

Local "Vape" Stores React to FDA Proposal
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - April 24, 2014

The federal agency is looking to ban the sale of popular "vaping" products to ... is there enough research to prove the products can help a person quit smoking.

Paris businesses ready for new 'no smoking' policy
Paris News - April 24, 2014

The smoking ordinance passed by Paris City Council on March 24, prohibiting smoking in public restaurants or businesses, any ball fields and outside of ...

Bids for Decatur ag facility exceed estimate
Wise County Messenger - April 24, 2014

OK'd a policy to prohibit school employees or members of the public on school property from using electronic cigarettes or electronic vaporizing devices.

Georgetown makes e-cigarettes illegal in public places
KVUE - April 23, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Texas -- E-cigarettes are now illegal to use in public places in Georgetown. The city council considered several factors when passing the ordinance two weeks ago, including how safe the devices really are. The new rule goes into effect Wednesday. It's an extension of the city's current ban on indoor smoking.

Texas town makes e-cigarettes illegal in public places [VIDEO]
KHOU - April 23, 2014

Some say e-cigarettes can help traditional smokers quit. Others argue that their flavored liquids, with names like cotton candy and cherry crush, and their blue ...

No Smoking Ban Warning-Only Period Ends Today
eParisExtra.com - April 23, 2014

On March 24, 2014, the Paris City Council passed an amended ordinance regarding smoking in public places and businesses. The no smoking ordinance went ...

Council lights up e-cig talks
Burleson Star - April 22, 2014

Electronic cigarette regulations could be coming to Burleson. City Council members at their Monday meeting discussed the possibility of having e-cigarette regulations in the future, but stopped short of listing specific steps toward an ordinance.

Lack of e-cig policy frustrating, unjust
The Collegian - April 22, 2014

TCC needs to define a policy for electronic cigarettes so students, faculty and police have a set of rules to follow and enforce.

Lack of e-cig policy frustrating, unjust
The Collegian - April 22, 2014

Nonsmokers should not have to deal with the worry of secondhand smoke causing health issues while sitting in class. Asking students, faculty and staff to walk to ...

Prevention is key in fight against cancer
mySanAntonio.com - April 22, 2014

In Texas, 273 municipalities have banned cigarette smoking in public places, and we need to take that further. We can change the effects of The Big C in our ...

Residents divided on smoke ban proposal
NewsOK.com - April 22, 2014

The proposed extension also would ban electronic cigarettes from the workplace. ... He also said that there has been study after study, and that smoking bans ...

Smoking fines start Thursday
Paris News - April 22, 2014

The smoking ordinance was passed by Paris City Council on March 24, prohibiting smoking in public restaurants or businesses, any ball fields and outside of ...

Hewitt weighs merits of e-cigarette ban for minors
Waco Tribune-Herald - April 21, 2014

But Devlin said he is waiting on guidance from the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, which has concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes, before ...

Residents divided on smoke ban proposal
Valley Morning Star April 21, 2014

The proposed extension also would ban electronic cigarettes from the workplace. Youth of the community through an organization called Harlingen Smoke ...

Harlingn looks to expand smoke-free environs
Brownsville Herald - April 20, 2014

HARLINGEN Health, choice and rights dominated recent discussions before the City Commission on Mayor Chris Boswells proposal to extend the smoking ban to all workplaces, including bars, hotels and private clubs and organizations, such as the Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Cities weigh regulating e-cigarettes: Ordinances aimed at keeping minors from buying devices
Denton Record Chronicle - April 19, 2014

The growing use of electronic cigarettes by minors is meeting with growing resistance in Denton County. Five towns in the Denton area have already passed ordinances prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and several other cities are considering similar moves.

E-cigs, ag center on agenda
Wise County Messenger - April 19, 2014

The Decatur school board will talk about electronic cigarettes and the proposed DISD agriculture project center when it meets Monday at the administration ...

Sabine ISD bans e-cigarettes
Tyler Morning Telegraph - April 17, 2014

(MCT) -- Sabine ISD has banned e-cigarettes following an escalating series of issues involving students in ... "We'd like to go ahead and place in our policy to ban the e-cigarettes from campuses ... "You can't be in our office smoking anything.

Some officials have reservations about smoking ban
Valley morning Star - April 16, 2014

HARLINGEN — City commissioners Wednesday moved toward approving Mayor Chris Boswell's proposal to extend the smoking ban, but the vote has not been ...

Prevention best way to fight cancer
mySanAntonio.com - April 16, 2014

...Myra Crownover, R-Lake Dallas, herself a champion for smoke-free public places. Over and over, we heard that the best defense is a good offense: prevention, ...

Rowlett city council passes e-cigarette ordinance
Star Local Media - April 16, 2014

On Tuesday, Rowlett Police Chief William Brodnax presented an ordinance to city council that banned the possession and sale of e-cigarettes to minors with an amendment prohibiting adults from purchasing e-cigarettes and related products for minors. Violating the ordinance could carry a fine of up to $250.

Sabine ISD bans array of electronic cigarettes
Kilgore News Herald - April 16, 2014

Promoted most often as an alternative to tobacco products, e-cigarettes and their ilk are now just as prohibited on Sabine ISD property. Following an escalating series of issues involving students (and others) in possession of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, SISD Superintendent Stacey Bryce on Monday recommended school board members ban the products outright on school property for all comers...

Teen E-Cigarette Use Raises Red Flags for Health Authorities
Gilmer Mirror - April 9, 2014

There is no data on the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, and too little information about the chemicals they contain, said Dr. Michael Huang, medical ...

Broader city smoking ban proposed
Insurance News Net (press release) - April 15, 2014

Mayor Chris Boswell has proposed extending the city's no-smoking ordinance to include non-profit private clubs and fraternal organizations. The proposal also would apply to all bars, nightclubs, gaming rooms, the dog track, hotels and motels and playgrounds. "I'm hoping the commission will consider going the rest of the way as a way to help insure the health of those in the workplace," Boswell said Monday. "Most businesses are already in voluntary compliance, it appears." The proposed ban also would apply to electronic cigarettes, which he said are "showing a link to health issues."

E-cig usage banned inside Smith Co. buildings, will follow same protocol as traditional smokers
KETK - April 15, 2014

Tyler, Texas (KETK) Electronic cigarettes and other vaping products will now be covered under Smith County's smoking ordinance and will not be allowed inside Smith County buildings nor within 50 feet of the county property entrances.

City shies away from e-cig ban: Outlaws sales to minors ($$)
The Baytown Sun - April 12, 2014

Baytown City Council voted to amend a city ordinance so that it prohibits the sale and possession of electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine by minors. What they didnt do, however, was ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Initially, the proposed ordinance amendment included that restriction as well.

City promoting a 'green' Fiesta
mySanAntonio.com - April 11, 2014

The city also is reminding the public to observe a smoking ban along Fiesta parade routes that was initiated three ago. Private property is excluded from the ban.

City of Bedford Bans E-Cigarettes in Non-Smoking Areas
KXAS-TV NBC-5 (Fort Worth, TX) - April 10, 2014

The City of Bedford will be enforcing a new policy that will reduce the number of locations where the public can use e-cigarettes. The Bedford City Council approved an ordinance that will ban the use of e-cigarettes in locations where smoking is already

Electronic Cigarettes Added to Smoking Prohibitions
City of Georgetown Texas - April 10, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have been added to City of Georgetown rules that prohibit smoking in indoor public places and businesses. The ordinance also prohibits ...

Bedford Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors
CBS Local - April 10, 2014

Bedford Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors. April 10 ... COM) – The City of Bedford has banned the use of e-cigarettes in all ... The ordinance will take effect in the coming weeks and will treat e-cigarettes the same as most tobacco products.

E-cigs may be banned from use in county buildings
Tyler Morning Telegraph - April 9, 2014

Smith County commissioners Tuesday agreed to include electronic cigarettes to the list of tobacco products banned within and just outside county facilities.

Georgetown City Council bans e-cigarettes in public places
KXAN.com - April 8, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) The Georgetown City Council voted on Tuesday evening to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places as well as ...

Sherman considering a smoking ban in restaurants
KTEN - April 8, 2014

As surrounding towns such as paris crack down on smoking bans, Mayor Cary Wacker says the city council is slowly looking into a widespread ban that would eliminate smoking sections in restaurants.

E-cigarette Bans: Necessary or Needless
KEYE TV - April 8, 2014

They're also being banned. ... Many disagree with the ban like Terri Driver who says e-cigarettes have been "a blessing" for her ... Pettit says he thinks because they simply look like regular cigarettes or smoking they're put in the same category ...

Smoking fines to start ($$)
Paris News - April 8, 2014

The new smoking ordinance is in full effect but in a little more than two weeks will be enforced with fines. The ban has a 30-day grace period, and the Paris Police Department is giving warnings rather than citations, but on April 23, violators can receive a fine, according to Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.

Police department prepares to enforce City of Paris smoking ban
eParisExtra.com - April 8, 2014

Halfway through a 30-day grace period for the city's recently amended smoking ordinance, the Paris Police Department has not received a complaint about any ...

E-cigarettes banned within, just outside Smith County facilities
Tyler Morning Telegraph - April 8, 2014

Smith County Commissioners Court members agreed to include electronic cigarettes to the list of tobacco products banned within and just outside county facilities. Further official action will be taken upon review and changes of the existing county smoking policy.

Smoking ordinance gets special session in Rowlett
Dallas Morning News - April 7, 2014

The Rowlett City Council will discuss amendments to its smoking ordinance in a special meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The amendments would include a provision to prohibit the sale, use and possession of electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine and associated paraphernalia to minors.

E-cigarettes are smoking's newest thing; potential dangers hazy
El Paso Times - April 7, 2014

On March 20 the City of Socorro tweaked its municipal clean indoor air ordinance, by changing the definition of smoking to include "electronic cigarette or e- cigarette or liquid nicotine." By doing so, Socorro now prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, bars and other indoor work environments.

Ditching the matches: 'Vapor' shops proliferate as smokers turn to e-cigs
Longview News-Journal April 6, 2014

When the owner of seven Tobacco Junction stores decided in December to open a ... to electronic cigarettes, the shop on Gilmer Road would have been one of three in ... Cooper, who said his cigarette sales had seen a drop, added that his stores ... because they don't have a plan at this point nor have they been involved in ...

Hallsville woman has brought e-cigarettes to family
Marshall News Messenger - April 6, 2014

Husband, brother-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, cousin, boss. These are just a few of the people that Dee Kilgore of Hallsville has brought into the e-cigarette fold.

E-cig biz to protest ban plan ($$)
The Baytown Sun - April 5, 2014

Zach Jones, along with his brother Max, owns the only shop in Baytown that caters exclusively to electronic cigarettes and the liquid solution needed for vaping among users. And as the owner of Max & Zacks Vapor Shop on Garth Road, Jones isnt too happy about a proposed city ordinance that would limit where these popular e-cigarettes are used.

Rivals' views of city vary
Denton Record Chronicle - April 5, 2014

Gregory said there was little interest in beefing up the city's smoking ban when he started working on the issue, but he was able to get more restrictions passed ...

Irving needs a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance
Dallas Morning News (blog) - April 4, 2014

According to research, exposure to secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable deaths. Evidence shows secondhand smoke exposure has ...

College Station Woman Starts Petition to Ban Smoking in City Parks
KAGS News - April 3, 2014

While smoking is banned in local bars and restaurants. One woman hopes to ban smoking from Bryan and College Station city parks. On beautiful days like this ...

Five on Three: VaporWize
Star Local Media - April 2, 2014

In addition to electronic cigarettes and E-juice, Vaporwize also provides vaporizers and accessories for E-Cigs including charms, lanyards and replacement ...

Administrators, students grapple with e-cigarettes
The Collegian (Tarrant County (TX) College) - April 2, 2014

Without a clear policy, TCC police, faculty and other college officials are forced to deal on their own with how to regulate the use of these products in the classrooms and hallways. Several schools in the area have already banned them, such as the

Up In Vapors
Austin Monthly - April 2, 2014

Smoking of any kind is banned in parks and enclosed spaces, but thats not keeping electronic cigarette shops from converting die-hard smokers into vaporers. E-cigs, also known as vaporizers, look similar to cigarettes in shape and size, but they don't contain tobacco or require a flame to light them. Instead, the devices ...

Sherman looking into city-wide smoking ordinance
KXII-TV - April 1, 2014

SHERMAN, TX - Smokers in Sherman might have to be more careful where they take a drag, the City is considering a smoking ordinance. Many local restaurants have gone non-smoking, and now, Sherman is looking ... 12 they fear a ban on smoking would cause customers to go somewhere else.

Administrators, students grapple with e-cigarettes
The Collegian - April 1, 2014

Currently, TCC policy forces smokers of traditional cigarettes off-campus or to the parking lot to sit in their cars. However, the policy doesnt address electronic cigarettes at all.

E-cigarette ban for minors is best approach
Your Houston News - April 1, 2014

Schools are adopting many of the same policies, banning the use of e-cigarettes in the same way that smoking and the use of tobacco products are banned.

Killeen resident opens smoke-free bar
Killeen Daily Herald - March 30, 2014

HARKER HEIGHTS Dirty Harry's is not just another bar on Veteran's Memorial Highway in Harker Heights. It's now the only smoke-free bar in the Central ...

E-cigarette debate reaches McLennan County
Waco Tribune-Herald - March 30, 2014

Cities in McLennan County are following national trends to ban smoking or vaping electronic cigarettes in public places as legislators try to catch up with an industry that is providing smokers new ways to inhale nicotine without tobacco. Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and the Texas cities of Socorro, near El Paso, and Frisco are some that have banned using e-cigarettes in public places. Hewitt and Woodway could soon follow suit.

A minor problem: Ordinance bans e-cig sales to those under 18
Star Local Media - March 27, 2014

The city of Mesquite is joining several other Metroplex municipalities in regulating the use and purchase of electronic cigarettes or e-cigs as they are often referred to. The city council has passed two ordinance amendments within the last two months to add provisions regulating the use of e-cigs at city-owned facilities and the sale of the devices to minors.

Council bans smoking in public places
Alice Echo-News Journal - March 28, 2014

The Alice City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits smoking in all public ... Exceptions to the smoking ban would be a private residence, a bar, tobacco ...

Smoking ban far from complete
Paris News - March 27, 2014

THE ISSUE: The city council's smoking ban is far from comprehensive. The council has disappointed supporters of the ban and burdened business owners with ...

A minor problem: Ordinance bans e-cig sales to those under 18
Star Local Media - March 27, 2014

...17 meeting, when it banned the devices from use at the city's parks and recreation ... The devices are used as part of a city-sponsored smoking cessation plan ... board meeting to ban the use of e-cigs at school and extracurricular activities. ...

Karen Gibson Discussed Main Points in Re-Election Campaign [Audio]
News/Talk 790 KFYO - March 27, 2014

In addition, Gibson discussed the texting while driving ban. ... Gibson also talked about the movement to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants, which she ...

Smoking struggle
The Pan American – March 27, 2014

Having been a smoker for seven years, he said he always ends up smoking again ... than 20 Texas colleges and universities that already have a ban of this kind, ...

MWISD sets make up dates; plans ahead
Mineral Wells Index - March 27, 2014

From bad weather days and electronic cigarette usage on district property to adoption of the calendar for the 2014-15 school year and new textbooks, a wide ...

Georgetown smoking ban amended to include use of electronic vaping devices
Community Impact Newspaper - March 26, 2014

Using electronic vaping devices, or EVDs, could soon be considered the same as smoking tobacco products in the city of Georgetown. At its March 25 meeting City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would add EVDs into the citys smoking ordinance. Because it is new technology there is very limited testing as to the serious health issues that may or may not be there not only for the user but for the second hand vapor that is being extended, City Manager Paul Brandenburg said.

One year in, smoking ban creates new norm
Brownsville Herald - March 25, 2014

Brownsville has been the non-smoking section of the Rio Grande Valley for more than a year now and a city health official suggested that the ban against smoking inside restaurants and bars has now become accepted as the norm here in southern Cameron County.

E-cig plan sounds counterproductive
The Baytown Sun - March 25, 2014

The e-cigarette is helping and has helped people stop smoking. ... We ban smoking here and there but take away a substitute for no good reason, because it ...

City Council unanimously adopts comprehensive 'No Smoking' ban throughout Paris
eParisExtra.com - March 25, 2014

Addressing the dangers of second-hand smoke, the Paris City Council unanimously adopted a stricter No Smoking policy for the city Monday night, putting into effect immediately a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants. First, District 4 councilman Dr. Richard Grossnickle, sticking to his guns to the end, made a motion to adopt an even stricter policy that would have included bars and E-cigarettes, which a citizens task force left out, as a compromise. His motion died for lack of a second, and Grossnickle then went along with his colleagues in a 7-0 vote for the compromise version of the smoking ordinance, which omits any mention of E-cigs (vapor cigarettes) and permits bar owners to permit smoking in their establishments.

Paris City Council approves smoking ordinance
KXII-TV - March 24, 2014

The city of Paris has a new smoking ordinance. With a unanimous vote the Paris City Council approved the amended smoking ordinance, banning smoking in all public places. Bars and private clubs, as well as the use of e-cigarettes are excluded from the ordinance.

Paris City Council Agenda: Monday, March 24
eParisExtra.com March 23, 2014

PARIS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA 5:30 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 24 Discuss and act on an Ordinance amending and replacing Article III, Smoking Regulations of Chapter 17 of the Code of Ordinances, prohibiting smoking in ...

Paris City Council expected to adopt ban Monday on smoking in and around restaurants and other public places
eParisExtra.com - March 23, 2014

The Paris City Council is expected on Monday to adopt an amended smoking ordinance that will add restaurants, ballparks and bowling alleys to the prohibited list. .. The compromise also omits any mention of electronic cigarettes. Task force members didn't feel there is adequate scientific proof of the danger of E-cigarettes. ...

WT bans e-cigarette use inside buildings
Amarillo.com - March 23, 2014

...Barraza, a West Texas A&M University senior, smoked e-cigarettes indoors on the WT campus until a recent policy change banned their use inside buildings. I see peoples point that they dont want people smoking indoors, even if its just vapor; but on the same token, it doesnt seem to be nearly as dangerous as cigarettes, he said. ...

Here is the proposed city-wide smoking ban ordinance that will ...
eParisExtra.com - Mar 23, 2014

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Paris, Texas, hereby finds and determines that it is necessary to amend the city's smoking regulations to further restrict ...

Invitation to All Points: Council considers restrictions on e-cigarettes
Fort Worth Star Telegram - March 22, 2014

The Fort Worth City Council is considering a ban of electronic cigarette sales to minors, following actions taken by several other cities in Texas and elsewhere. Proponents of e-cigarettes see them as a helpful and healthier tool in promoting smoking cessation, and opponents believe they are a gateway to tobacco cigarette smoking. But the FDA has yet to issue guidelines about the potential health risks of e-cigarettes. ...

Baytown should ban e-cigs too ($$)
The Baytown Sun - March 22, 2014

The City of Baytown is considering adding e-cigarettes to its public-smoking ban ordinance. The proposal would prohibit them from being sold to minors and ban them in public places where smoking is banned. ...

Final decision slated on ban
Paris News - March 21, 2014

The long-discussed and combative Paris smoking ban may finally see a conclusion Monday night. The Paris City Council plans to vote on the finalized ...

The smoking ban is not a matter of smoker's rights
Paris News - March 21, 2014

A response to “Your Voice” printed 3-14-14 titled “Maybe Texas should ban smoking.” The writer should get her facts correct regarding Arkansas' smoking ban.

Socorro bans electronic cigarettes
KVIA El Paso - March 21, 2014

The Socorro City Council voted Thursday to add e-cigarettes to the city's public smoking ban. Socorro is the first city in the El Paso metropolitan area that has ...

Fort Worth looks at banning e-cig sales to minors
Fort Worth Star Telegram - March 20, 2014

In February, the Fort Worth ISD banned the use of e-cigarettes on district property ... city in Texas that does not ban tobacco smoking in bars, so a broader ban on ...

Austin Public Housing Could Go Smoke-Free
KEYE TV - March 20, 2014

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin discussed the possibility of Section 8 housing becoming smoke-free Thursday. A survey conducted at 17 properties ...

Campus tobacco ban includes electronic cigarettes
UT The Daily Texan - March 20, 2014

Howarth-Moore said banning e-cigarettes was part of the stipulation for ... smoking an electronic cigarette, I didn't even know they were banned,” Alvarado said.

Jeff Griffith Discusses LP&L, Downtown Redevelopment, and Other ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - March 20, 2014

Griffith was also asked about a number of other local issues, include a sales tax increase and a smoking ban. But in most cases, Griffith stated that he was ...

Baytown considers treating e-cigarettes as other tobacco products
Houston Chronicle - March 19, 2014

... are considering restricting e-cigarettes in the same way that other tobacco products ... Currently, there are no restrictions on e-cigarettes, meaning in theory a minor could ... and smoking that would bring e-cigarettes under the same restrictions. ... He added that his workplace has already decided to restrict e-cigarette use.

Vaping draws local entrepreneurs
Community Impact Newspaper - March 19, 2014

Though first skeptical of e-cigs, Robertson said she was able to quit smoking in two days because of vaping. We got into this to help other people, knowing that ...

Big Tobacco Beware, Vapor Cigarettes Are Here
Graham Leader - March 19, 2014

For decades, tobacco companies cornered the market on cigarette sales. However, sales have been taking a nosedive lately, and the once-booming industry is seeking to protect its multi-billion-dollar bottom line by concentrating on its global reach in Asia and other continents. Besides the usual suspects as reasons for the declinehealth risks and cost at the forefrontother obstacles exist. In 2008, China became the first country to introduce a non-tobacco alternative known as the electronic cigarettealso known as the vapor cigarette.

Authority goes smokeless ($$)
Times Record News - March 18, 2014

The Wichita Falls Housing Authority has announced it will implement a Smoke Free Policy beginning April 1.

The City of Baytown Wants to Snuff Out E-Cigs
KTRH - March 18, 2014

While some residents agree with city council saying they are as harmful as regular cigarettes, supporters argue that since they contain no tobacco, the electronic devices are not as bad for the user and less invasive for those around them as traditional smokes. Baytown City Manager Bob Leiper says "In a nutshell, we want to treat e-cigarettes the same as cigarettes. That's the best way to describe it. The city will revisit the issue on April 10th and if they decide to put those restrictions in place, they could go into effect as soon as ten days later.

E-Cigarettes, Refills Pose A Danger To Children, Local Doctors Say
KWTX - March 18, 2014

The Texas Poison Control Network is reporting an increase in cases involving young children who have gotten hold of the liquid refills for increasingly popular electronic cigarettes, and doctors shared the concern Monday at a forum at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. 'More than half of the exposure is kids under 6 years old," said Dr. Ryan Morrissey, the Central Texas Poison Centers medical director. "The numbers have gone up as e-cigarettes have become more popular." Statewide statistics released Monday show the center got 11 calls in 2011 involving children who either inhaled or ingested the liquid that contains the nicotine whose vapor electronic cigarette users inhale. In 2012, the center got such 43 calls and the number increased to 123 in 2013. So far this year, the center has already received 58 calls and officials estimate that the total could come close to 300 by years end.

University policy to now include e-cigarettes
ConnectAmarillo.com powered by KVII - March 17, 2014

AMARILLO, TEXAS -- If it applies to one, it applies to all. West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) recently submitted change to a current policy that prohibits students from smoking inside to now include electronic cigarettes. Experts have estimated electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes a nearly $1.7 billion industry in 2013. The newest e-cigarette shop, Anywhere E-Cig, in Canyon opened just before the university submitted changes to its policy

Debate on health effects of e-cigs heats up as teen use grows [VIDEO]
FOX 4 News - March 17, 2014

A growing number of school districts in North Texas have found it necessary to formally ban the use of e-cigarettes on campus because its use among teenagers is exploding.

City weighs e-cigarette restrictions ($$)
The Baytown Sun - March 16, 2014

They can be seen just about anywhere these days electronic cigarettes. Often used by smokers and others who want to avoid the health problems associated with tobacco products and smoke inhalation, these e-cigarettes are gaining momentum in popularity. ...

Veterans park on Bridgeport City Council agenda ($$)
Wise County Messenger - Mar 15, 2014

The council will also consider adopting an ordinance outlining rules for the ... alcoholic beverages, drugs and the smoking of tobacco products on the grounds.

Council delays ban again
Paris News - March 11, 2014

The Paris City Council again delayed a decision on a city-wide smoking ban proposal, once more pushing the plan to the city attorney to make changes.

Proposed smoking ordinance one step closer to being final
KXII-TV - March 10, 2014

PARIS, TX-- The city of Paris is one step closer to implementing a citywide smoking ordinance. The smoking task force committee met before Monday's council ...

Ardmore roadway to close for construction
KXII-TV - March 10, 2014

DENISON,TX---A new city ordinance approved by the council Monday night will regulate on the use of electronic cigarettes in Denison.

Fort Worth councilman wants to curb e-cigs for minors
Fort Worth Star Telegram - March 10, 2014

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns wants the city to curb the use of electronic cigarettes by minors, a growing, but some say dangerous, trend.

To smoke or not to smoke. It is not a question
Borderzine - March 6, 2014

UTEP tobacco-free campus sign And the smoker that I chose to share my life with was the one who told me about this new tobacco free campus policy at UTEP.

Denison council approves e-cigarette ordinance
KXII-TV - March 4, 2014

DENISON,TX---A new city ordinance approved by the council Monday night will regulate on the use of electronic cigarettes in Denison. The City of Denison passed an ordinance that will prohibit smoking E-cigarettes in public areas or inside businesses at the owner's discretion. City officials say it's to make Denison a healthier place for residents to live, something Angie Sparkman, owner of "Wicked Vapors" disagrees with. The ordinance would also prohibit minors under the age of 18 to purchase e-cigs, something Sparkman says her store already does and that every vapor store should do.

Council divided on e-cigarette measure
Austin Herald - March 4, 2014

The Austin City Council is one step closer to an electronic cigarette moratorium prohibiting e-cigarette use in public places, but the council appears split on the issue. Council members voted 4-3 on the issue during their work session Monday night, with Mayor Tom Stiehm supporting the measure as Council Member Judy Enright was absent, which means the council will formally vote on a moratorium during its March 17 public meeting....

Wesleyan going smoke free?
The Rambler - March 4, 2014

The buzz around campus smoking-sections is that Texas Wesleyan could become a smoke-free campus. It has be said that Wesleyan might become a non-smoker free campus. Of course, thats not going to happen. Because its ridiculous, just like the notion of a smoke-free campus.

Students lobby local government for ban ($$)
Paris News - March 4, 2014

Along with the rest of Paris, a group of sixth grade students at Crockett Intermediate School await a final decision on a smoking ban in public places within the city limits. A decision is expected at a Paris City Council meeting as early as Monday.

Group resets meeting ($$)
Paris News - March 4, 2014

Another ice storm slowed the process of passing a smoking ordinance in Paris. The smoking ban committee meeting on Monday was cancelled, along with several other meetings due to bad weather and ice on roadways. The meeting has yet to be rescheduled but the committee hopes to meet before Paris City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

An e-cigarette ban is the right path
Dallas Morning News (blog) - March 2, 2014

Your editorial suggesting holding off on banning e-cigarettes in public places contains an important contradiction. You state there is little if any scientific evidence indicating a second-hand smoke danger from e-cigarettes, but you also point out that e-cigarette smokers might be inhaling formaldehyde and an ingredient used in antifreeze. My question is, what happens when e-cigarette smokers near me exhale? Where do that formaldehyde and other chemicals go? I dont want to be forced to breathe it even if its odorless. I suggest that rather than an e-cigarette ban being premature, what is actually premature is allowing the public use of these items without further testing of the contents of the vapor and its effects on both the vaper and the innocent bystanders. I applaud the Frisco City Council for taking a proactive stance and restricting the use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited....

Council OKs $500 penalty to get city workers to quit smoking
Monitor Online (blog) - March 2, 2014

GUN BARREL CITYThe high cost of smoking tobacco will get even more expensive in 2015 for Gun Barrel City municipal employees who refuse to quit smoking. The City Council approved a measure Feb. 25 that will penalize city employees who smoke to the tune of $500 per year. Smoking employees will see that amount of money deducted from their paychecks in 26 installments, according to the plan presented by City Manager Gerry Boren. Its a great incentive, Boren said.

E-cigs draw attention of kids, officials
Wise County Messenger - March 1, 2014

Electronic-cigarettes, also called e-cigs, are battery-operated nicotine inhalers. The e-cig liquid comes in a dizzying array of flavors such as bubble gum, gingerbread, peanut butter cup, kettle corn and marshmallow. Only e-cig liquid that contains nicotine is illegal to sell to minors. But store owners can sell the electronic cigarette device and any of the flavors without nicotine to anybody if they choose. Several North Texas cities have banned the sale of electronic cigarette devices or accessories to minors. Flower Mounds city council approved a ban on Feb. 3, prohibiting minors from purchasing or possessing the devices and outlawing use of the product on any town property where smoking is prohibited. Lewisville, Rockwall and Murphy have all passed similar prohibitions. Last month, the Bridgeport school board looked at adopting a rule that would prevent e-cig use by anyone at all campuses.

Committee to review smoking ban
Paris News - February 28, 2014

Committee to review smoking ban....

Editorial: The e-cigarette problem
Dallas Morning News - February 26, 2014

For students, DISD policy bans “possessing, smoking or using tobacco or ... This newspaper supports the tobacco-smoking ban but feels an e-cigarette ban is ...

Tobacco bans go unenforced
The UTD Mercury - February 26, 2014

While UTD's tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of any tobacco products within 33 feet of building entrances, students, faculty and staff can often be seen ...

Downing Street to Go Non-Smoking; Oysterfest at Caracol
Eater - February 27, 2014

Downing Street to Go Non-Smoking; Oysterfest at Caracol ... Downing Street has announced that it will become a non-smoking establishment as of March 15.

E-cigarettes banned on Fort Worth school property
Fort Worth Star Telegram - February 26, 2014

The policy revision bans electronic cigarettes or any electronic vaporizing devices of any kind from school district property. Superintendent Walter Dansby ...

Council OKs smoking ban
Weatherford Democrat - February 25, 2014

By a 3-2 vote, Weatherford council members Tuesday night passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in enclosed eating establishments.

Paris City Council endorses citizen task force's smoking ban compromise
E Paris Extra - February 25, 2014

The Paris City Council on Monday directed City Attorney Kent McIlyar to prepare a smoking ban for restaurants and athletic fields as agreed upon last week by a citizens task force. John Kruntorad, chairman of the Lamar County Republican Party, spoke from the podium on the compromise reached by a 10-person committee that was divided 5-and-5 among those for and against a smoking ban...

Smoking ban nears passage ($$)
Paris News - February 25, 2014

A smoking ban in the city of Paris is a step closer to law. The compromise the 10 members of the smoking ordinance committee came to last week includes a ban on smoking in all restaurants, ball fields and and 100 feet from any other building where smoking is prohibited. The compromise is to be put into legal form, approved by the committee and back before the Paris City Council at its next meeting....

Paris Smoking Task Force recommends amendments to ordinance
KXII-TV - February 24, 2014

PARIS, TX -- The Smoking Ordinance Task Force committee met for the first time Friday and offered up some dramatic changes to Paris' proposed smoking ban. After a two and a half hour debate, the task force amended the ordinance to ban smoking in all restaurants, but allowing bars that make more than 50% of revenue off alcohol sales, the right to decide. Committee members also agreed on eliminating e-cigarettes and private clubs.

Another Texas University Is Tobacco Free
KWTX - February 22, 2014

The University of Texas at El Paso is now a tobacco-free campus.

UTEP implements campus wide tobacco ban
El Paso Times - February 21, 2014

Approved by the University of Texas System, the tobacco-free campus policy is now published as part of the UTEP Handbook of Operating Procedures.

Lewisville area sees wave of restrictions involving e-cigarettes ...
Dallas Morning News - February 21, 2014

Lewisville resident Max Gaebler (left) inspects an e-cigarette product handed to him by Frank Malara, owner of The Vapor Zone. Malara's store specializes in ...

North Texas Town's Ban Raises Questions on Dangers of 'Vaping'
WOAI.com - February 21, 2014

A north Texas town has become the first in Texas to add the practice of 'vaping,' or using electronic cigarettes, to all of the places where smoking traditional ...

Should use of E-cigs be allowed in public?
WCNC - February 20, 2014

The Frisco City Council passed an ordinance on February 18, 2014 to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes wherever regular cigarettes are prohibited.

Frisco Council bans e-cigarettes to minors and where smoking is ...
Community Impact Newspaper - February 19, 2014

Frisco City Council members voted unanimously Feb. 18 to ban e-cigarettes where smoking is banned. The approved ordinance also bans the sale of ...

Lubbock unlikely to follow Frisco on e-cig ban
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM - February 19, 2014

The City of Frisco's City Council voted Tuesday night to regulate electronic cigarettes, and enforce a new law that will mirror the current smoking ordinance.

Frisco Passes E-Cigarette Restrictions: City Council voted Tuesday night to pass the ordinance
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - February 19, 2014

The Frisco City Council decided Tuesday to pass an ordinance on the use of electronic cigarettes within city limits. City Council voted to regulate the sale, possession and use of e-cigarettes by minors and ban the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited. The amendment to the smoking ordinance would restrict the use of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine to those age 18 and older. Additionally, those under the age of 18 would not be allowed to possess e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine. The city is also considering including adding restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as restaurants and theaters...

Frisco Just Banned E-Cigarettes in Public Places, But Why?
Dallas Observer (blog) - February 19, 2014

Electronic cigarettes look like cigarettes. They supply nicotine like cigarettes. Users exhale a puffy cloud like cigarettes. So they must be cigarettes, right?...

North Texas town passes strict ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes
KHOU - February 19, 2014

FRISCO, Texas The city of Frisco took almost unprecedented action in banning the use of the electronic cigarettes where smoking is also prohibited.

Smoking bans become more popular among Cy-Fair businesses
Community Impact Newspaper - February 19, 2014

Despite little action at the state level when it comes to enforcing smoke-free policies at businesses and restaurants, several business owners in Harris County have recently passed or are making plans to adopt smoke-free policies. Business owners and managers like Mike Nelson with Copperfield Bowl said they are tired of waiting for state legislators to pass a ban. Nelson has moved forward with plans to launch his own no-smoking policy for the bowling alley, which he said will be put into effect starting in September.

MD Anderson Anti-Smoking program
MyFox Houston - February 18, 2014

Are you a kid who needs to stop smoking? There's an app for that. It's called Tobacco Free Teens. It is actually a problem so prevalent the FDA estimates 700 kids every day become regular smokers. So one area hospital is trying to change that. MD Anderson Cancer Center has a program to quit smoking that is specifically for children...

Frisco to consider banning e-cigarettes everywhere that smoking prohibited
Dallas Morning News (blog) - February 17, 2014

The Frisco City Council will again take up the idea of regulating e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine this week. One proposal under consideration would ban the use and possession of e-cigarettes by minors. Thats a common-sense approach adopted by several area cities that recognizes the highly addictive nature of nicotine found in many of these battery-operated devices that simulate smoking. Some public health advocates warn that e-cigarettes are considered training wheels for traditional cigarettes, according to the text of the citys proposed ordinance. Minors are defined as anyone younger than 18 years old. A violation would carry a fine of up to $250, under the current proposal. The other possible ordinance would ban e-cigarettes everywhere that smoking is prohibited in the city. This is a big step, should it be approved. Lufkin is believed to be the only city in Texas to ban e-cigarettes in public places as part of its smoking ordinance. The only other local ordinance in Texas to come close to that is the one adopted by Flower Mound earlier this month. That one bans the use of e-cigarettes on town property where smoking is prohibited...

EDITORIAL: The facts about secondhand smoke are indisputable
New Braunfels (TX) Herald-Zeitung - February 16, 2014

Comal County commissioners on Thursday took a step into the 21st century by banning smoking in all county facilities, yet left one foot in the past by allowing department heads the option of enforcing the ban in county-owned vehicles.

Hashmi appoints bipartisan citizen committee to study a smoking ...
E Paris Extra - February 16, 2014

Five of the 10 citizen members were selected because they have expressed support of a smoking ban in the city. The other five members were selected because ...

Smoking ban group named
Paris News - February 15, 2014

Paris Mayor Dr. A.J. Hashmi selected a group of 12 business owners, medical doctors, citizens and council members to rewrite a smoking ordinance for the city ...

A ban on public smoking
Weatherford Democrat - February 15, 2014

Weatherford City Council members are considering the first draft of a no smoking ordinance in eating establishments. Council members received copies of the ...

Smoking banned in all facilities
Herald Zeitung - February 14, 2014

A ban on smoking in all county facilities was approved Thursday by Comal County commissioners, who gave Sheriff Bob Holder and other department heads the ...

E-Cigarettes poisoning children
KFDA - February 13, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity because they are marketed as a safer ... spike in phone calls, about e-cigarette poisonings, are causing concern.

Council receives smoking ordinance draft
Weatherford Democrat - February 12, 2014

Weatherford City Council members will begin looking at the first draft of a proposed no smoking in restaurant ordinance during Tuesday night's regular meeting.

Committee formed to amend Paris' smoking ordinance
KXII-TV - February 11, 2014

PARIS, TX-- A smoking ordinance sparked yet another heated debate at Monday's city council meeting, and it's being brought back on the council agenda. The council decided to form a task force committee with doctors, business owners, city officials, smokers and non smokers to amend the ordinance. The ordinance, as it's proposed now, would ban smoking in bars, restaurants and all public locations, as well as the use of e-cigarettes.

Council fogging the issue ($$)
Paris News - February 11, 2014

THE ISSUE: The councils decision to appoint a committee to study a smoking ban is disappointing. An issue of this importance should be be dealt with, rather than obscured by delay. If the Paris City Council wants perfection, its not going to find it. If the Paris City Council wants to please everyone, its not going to happen. If the Paris City Council believes a committee will develop a kinder, gentler more palatable comprehensive smoking ban, it wont.

Council delays smoking ban ($$)
Paris News - February 11, 2014

A divided Paris City Council failed Monday to pass a comprehensive citywide smoking ban and instead formed a committee to rewrite a proposed ordinance. During a nearly two-hour public hearing, about 40 people spoke both for and against the ban. Many said the city is behind the times and its for the good of the community, while others said it is government overreach.

KN Rootbeer goes smoke-free
Graham Leader - February 11, 2014

One of the last smoke-friendly restaurants in Graham has reversed its policy. K N Rootbeer, a staple of Graham since 1957, decided in January to disallow smoking in the restaurant permanently. By going non-smoking we're trying to be fair to all of our customers, said Tracey Downey, one of three K N owners. Some people just can't breathe when ...

E-Cigarettes use not welcomed on Williamson County property [VIDEO]
KXAN.com - February 11, 2014

On Tuesday Williamson County's ban on using electronic cigarettes on county property went into effect. Commissioners approved an amendment to the county's ...

Smoking ban vote expected ($$)
Paris News - February 10, 2014

The Paris City Council is expected to enact a citywide comprehensive smoking ban following a public hearing tonight. The council meets at 5:30 p.m. at city hall. The proposed ban stops smoking in public areas, including work places, restaurants, bars and private clubs, as well as other places frequented by the public like sports complexes and ball fields. Smoking would also be banned within 20 feet of any outside entrance, window or ventilation system to the listed places.

Sounding Off: Lewisville-Flower Mound area readers tell us their take on local e-cig restrictions
Dallas Morning News February 9, 2014

Lewisville and Flower Mound councils recently banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Highland Village City Council is considering a similar proposal to ban minor possession of the devices. Where do you stand on this matter?

We should discourage use of e-cigarettes
Brazosport Facts (subscription) - February 9, 2014

This week, CVS pharmacies announced they no longer will carry tobacco products as of October of this year. The paradox of providing health care services and ...

The time has come to clear the air on public smoking
Paris News - February 7, 2014

In the early 1900s, public smoking bans existed to prevent fires and prevent ... Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld as early as 1971 called for a complete ban ... He called for banning smoking in restaurants, theaters, airplanes, trains and buses.

Council may ban smoking
Paris News - February 7, 2014

At the 5:30 p.m. meeting at the city hall, the council plans a public hearing on a new law that bans smoking from virtually all public places. According to its ...

El Paso public housing to go smoke-free
KFOX El Paso - February 6, 2014

EL PASO, Texas -- The Housing Authority for the City of El Paso has plans to make all of its public housing units smoke-free. This decision comes after hundreds ...

Small town residents like the idea of smoke free living
KXAN.com - February 5, 2014

Burnet does have a smoking ban, but it only applies to buildings the city owns and operates. ... Hays County banned smoking in their buildings two years ago.

E-cigs now banned on Williamson County property
KXAN.com - February 5, 2014

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) The use of electronic cigarettes on county property has been banned in Williamson County after commissioners approved an amendment to their tobacco-free campus policy.

Marble Falls bans smoking in grocery stores
KXAN.com - February 5, 2014

MARBLE FALLS (KXAN) Marble falls banned smoking in grocery stories, they say in order ... City officials said the smoke ban will only apply to grocery stores.

Flower Mound approves ban on e-cigarettes for minors
Dallas Morning News - February 4, 2014

Flower Mound on Monday approved a ban on selling electronic vaping devices or electronic cigarettes to minors. The ordinance amendments also prohibit minors from purchasing or possessing the devices and bans their use on town property where smoking is prohibited. Lewisville, Rockwall and Murphy have also banned e-cigarette sales to minors.

No Smoking ($$)
Bay City Daily Tribune - February 1, 2014

A new city ordinance bans all smoking in Bay City restaurants, health care facilities and in bars that serve food. Bars that derive 90 percent or more of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages are exempt from the ban. In todays health conscious world, this is a move that is becoming more commonplace. Gone are the days when diners light up for an after dinner cigarette while at a restaurant table or the smoking sections in a dining establishment. And this is a good thing.

Sheriff disputes smoking ban
Herald Zeitung - January 31, 2014

Sheriff Bob Holder snuffed out — at least temporarily — a plan to ban employee smoking in all county facilities and vehicles when he told Comal commissioners ...

Houston Housing Authority Implements Smoke-Free Policy at Its 25 ...
PR.com (press release) - January 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) strongly encourages all housing authorities to implement a smoke-free policy at their properties ...

E-Cigarettes Shop Is Benefiting From Demand
Big Country Homepage - January 31, 2014

The new technology of e-cigarettes is taking off across the nation, as a what some are saying is a newer and safer alternative to regular smoking. As Stogies ...

Smoke Screens: A special report on the booming e-cigarette industry
KLTV - January 30, 2014

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There is no denying that the e-cigarette industry is taking East Texas by storm. Vapor lounges, where people both use and buy e-cigarette ...

Are e-cigarettes a problem? A council divided
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram - January 30, 2014

Local government officials are taking notice of this latest tobacco craze. E-cigs are not federally regulated, and though several states have adopted regulations on the battery-operated devices, Texas hasn’t. As a result, city leaders say they don’t...

Health Concerns Over Electronic Cigarettes
MyHighPlains - January 28, 2014

AMARILLO -- In the past, smokers have tried to quit the unhealthy habit by going for direct nicotine instead of getting it through cigarettes, but how much healthier are electronic cigarettes?
There are more calls to the Poison Control Center these days, about the use or the misuse of e-cigs. The devices heat up a synthetic nicotine oil, and turns it into a vapor that users can then inhale. There is more concern about accidental effects on kids according to Jeanie Jaramillo of the Poison Control Center. "With children, particularly young children if they drink the liquid from the cartridge they can actually have seizures and that can be very problematic for young children, and the devices themselves are also a choking hazard," said Jaramillo. Of course, if parents who use e-cigs can keep them and the parts out of their kids' reach, then these accidents can be easily avoided. The effects on teens seem to be minor for those who use the devices according to the directions. Headaches, nausea and vomiting, but these occur with first time users

City passes ban on smoking ($$)
Bay City Daily Tribune - January 28, 2014

Starting today, smoking is no longer allowed by Bay City restaurants and bars that serve food.
By a 4-1 vote, the Bay City City Council adopted a smoking ban at their Jan. 23 meeting. According to city charter, the council only needs a single vote to adopt such an ordinance, which then goes into effect when it is published in The Bay City Tribune. The ordinance appears in the classified legal section on page 6B of todays edition of the paper

Paris considers smoking ban
KXII-TV - January 28, 2014

PARIS, TX -- Smokers in Paris could soon be banned from lighting up at local bars and ... "Banning smoking in public places is not an issue which is just in our ...

Lewisville City Council prohibits sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Dallas Morning News - January 28, 2014

The Lewisville City Council voted Monday to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine to minors. The ordinance amendment also bans the sale of the products in cigarette self-service dispensers.

Smoking ban: 'For' outnumber 'against' ($$)
Paris News - January 28, 2014

Parisians speaking in favor of a city wide smoking ban overwhelmed those against it at the Paris City Council meeting on Monday. It was standing room only at city hall as dozens spoke on the possibility of a smoking ban in city limits, in response to a presentation from Supporters of Transforming North Texas tobacco workgroup and students at the Jan. 13 regular meeting.

NLC restricts e-cigarette use
North Lake News Register - January 27, 2014

As of Jan. 21, North Lake Colleges no-smoking policy will now include restrictions on e-cigarettes. The policy already limits the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products on campus, but school administrators added wording directly referring to e-cigarettes to address complaints and concerns about smokers using the electronic cigarettes in classrooms and around campus. However, e-cigarettes are not covered under Irvings smoking ordinance, which defines smoking as the combustion of any cigar, cigarette, pipe or similar article, using any form of tobacco or other combustible substance in any form.

Ban on e-cigarette sales to minors is on Lewisville City Council agenda
Dallas Morning News - January 27, 2014

The Lewisville City Council will consider an ordinance Monday that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes or liquid nicotine to minors. The proposed ...

Mayor Parker to address smoking ban on public housing properties
abc13.com - January 27, 2014

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Mayor Annise Parker will talk about a new smoking ban on public housing properties, which has angered many tenants.

Houston Housing Authority implements no smoking policy
MyFox Houston - January 25, 2014

Sure, there are no smoking signs in public places but now certain residents won't be allowed to smoke inside their own home The Houston Housing Authority's new rule prohibits residents and their visitors from smoking inside an apartment. This policy impacts 5,500 families in all 25 Houston public housing properties...

Grand Prairie leaders ban smoking in most public placing, smoking ...
The Tribune - January 22, 2014

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Leaders of a Dallas-area city have voted to ban smoking in most public places amid health concerns. The Grand Prairie City Council ...

Grand Prairie passes smoking ban
Dallas Morning News - January 21, 2014

GRAND PRAIRIE — City Council members unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that bans smoking in most public places. “I'm glad it's over with,” Mayor ...

Rockwall City Council bans e-cigarette sales to minors
Dallas Morning News - January 22, 2014

Dissenting votes came from Mayor Pro Tem David White and council member Jim Pruitt. The council had given preliminary approval of the ban at its Jan.

Grand Prairie to consider tighter smoking rules
Dallas Morning News - January 20, 2014

GRAND PRAIRIE One of North Texas's last holdouts on banning smoking in most public ... The city's current ordinance bans smoking in public areas of health care ... The proposed ordinance would ban smoking inside most public places, ...

MSU smoke ban includes e-cigs
Times Record News - January 18, 2014

The tobacco-free policy at Midwestern State University prohibits the use of lighted tobacco products, smokeless ...

Desoto school district snuffs out use of e-cigs; others may follow suit
FOX 4 News - January 17, 2014

Desoto school district snuffs out use of e-cigs; others may follow suit.

Killeen: School Board Bans Electronic Cigarettes
KWTX - January 14, 2014

KILLEEN (January 14, 2014) The Killeen School District approved policies Monday night banning electronic cigarettes and similar liquid nicotine products from ...

Killeen ISD: Just say no to electronic cigarettes
Killeen Daily Herald - January 14, 2014

...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 ...

UTSA is going tobacco free this summer
Morning Edition, San Antonio Business Journal – January 14, 2014

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 ...

Petitioners damage sign, could face charges
UTA The Shorthorn - January 13, 2014

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.

UTSA campuses are on track for tobacco-free and smoke-free status ...
UTSA Today - January 13, 2014

The UTSA campuses will be completely tobacco-free and smoke-free on June 1. The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and ...

E-cigarette poisoning increasing among children in Texas
KHOU CBS 11 (Houston, TX)- January 10, 2014

SAN ANTONIO -- An increasing amount of children have been checking into the Texas Poison Center for electronic-cigarette poisoning. According to the center, 52 percent of the calls for e-cigarette exposure involved children under the age of five, from 20 ...

Frisco City Council discusses sale, use of e-cigarettes
Community Impact Newspaper - January 8, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are legal to sell to a person of any age, and can be smoked anywhere in Frisco, but that could change in the future. Frisco City Council members on Dec. 7 opened discussion on the issue, brought to them by the Frisco Police Department. ...

Frisco to Consider Adding E-Cigarette Restrictions
KXAS-TV NBC-5 (Fort Worth, TX) - January 8, 2014

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

Keller City Council to Discuss Smoking Ban
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - January 7, 2014

... 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....

Are E-Cigs Just As Risky As Cigarettes? [Video]
KEYE TV - January 8, 2014

Quitting smoking is a pretty common New Year's resolution, but it's not an easy thing to do. All About Vapor Manager CJ Champ turned to Vaporizers, or e-cigs. "I was smoking about a pack a day," Champ said.

Rockwall City Council gives initial OK to ban e-cigarette sales to minors
Dallas Morning News (blog) - January 6, 2014

The Rockwall City Council moved forward Monday night with a ban on e-cigarette sales to minors. Rockwall would join other Dallas-area cities in regulating e-cigarettes. Murphy prohibits sales to and possession by minors, while Richardson requires a special permit for e-cigarette businesses. Mansfield recently enacted a six-month moratorium on such shops.

DART releases policy on e-cigarettes in response to rise in popularity
CultureMap Dallas - January 6, 2014

Touted as a way to smoke without bothering other people, e-cigarettes are turning up in a lot of places that smoking would not be allowed. But one of those places will not be on Dallas public transportation. Responding to their increasing popularity, DART issued a release saying that e-cigarettes will be handled the same way as regular cigarettes, which are forbidden.

Tobacco exposed: Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative
El Paso Times - January 6, 2014

With a $132,000 grant from the Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative, the Department of Public Health has a program called Tobacco Exposed, which provides ...

E-Cigarette Ban in Oklahoma; Not Affecting Texas Sales
KFDX - January 4, 2014

The new e-cig ban in Oklahoma hasn't slowed down business in Texas. There are some customers concerned about it mostly our customers that come in that are state employees are concerned about it because that means they can't use it in places that they frequent, says Stogies Sales Associate Mike Lewis.

Programs provide tobacco users help with kicking habit ($$)
Lufkin Daily News - January 2, 2014

Many people use the new year to try to better themselves, either by doing something good or stopping something harmful. With more than 24,000 Texans dying from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year, many people resolve to kick a bad habit and usher in the new year smoke-free.

San Marcos smoking ban in effect
KXAN.com - January 1, 2014

SAN MARCOS (KXAN) - In San Marcos, the smoking ban is now in effect in or near any city owned property.

San Marcos to ban smoking, e-cigarettes in 2014
MyFox Austin - December 31, 2013

On New Year's Day, San Marcos will begin the transition of going smoke free. Cigarettes aren't all city leaders are banning. Smoking will be banned in and ...

Sounding Off: Rockwall-area readers tell us if cities should regulate sale of electronic cigarettes
Dallas Morning News - December 15, 2013

The Rockwall City Council is considering regulating the sale of e-cigarettes in the city, including to minors.

Dallas-area cities struggle with regulation of e-cigarettes
Dallas Morning News - December 17, 2013

E-cigarettes, which imitate the sensation of smoking, don't contain tobacco but may include nicotine. Scientists say more research is needed on them. ...

UTSA students: Other students, faculty breaking tobacco-free rule
WOAI - December 5, 2013

SAN ANTONIO- The University of San Antonio became tobacco-free back in June. To ease the transition the univesity created designated smoking areas at certain parking lots around campus. Students are allowed to spoke at these locations until next June. Some U.T.S.A. students though told News Four San Antonio they see people smoking all across campus.

Local electronic cigarette users provide etiquette tips
KHOU - December 5, 2013

PEARLAND, Texas -- If you haven't heard of electronic cigarettes by now -- they are getting more popular by the day. Dylan Thompson knows all about e-cigs.

San Marcos Smoking Ban Includes E-Cigarettes
SBWire (press release) - November 15, 2013

San Marcos, Texas has just joined a growing number of Central Texas cities to pass a smoking ordinance. Sharon Teal and Ray Santorelli, owners of Ahh Vapors, had hoped the ban would not extend to electronic cigarettes but it did. The proprietors believe the ban was enacted without proper information. Ahh Vapors specializes in selling vaporizers and e-cigarettes with different levels of nicotine and several flavors for smokers intending on weaning off of cigarettes.

Up in smoke: Smokers need to adhere by policy
The South Texan - October 30, 2013

The TAMUK Student Government Association (SGA) said there have been complaints from students that smokers will smoke too close to buildings. They dont want to be entering and exiting a building smelling like smoke. In response to the complaints, SGA said they will be making a resolution that will inform the student body of the campus policy regarding smoking: smokers cannot be within 20 feet of a building.

E-Cigs: Ban burns smokers, ignites debate among students
Eastfieldnews - October 30, 2013

The Subway employees don't ask him to smoke elsewhere. ... in the Pit, library, hallways and classrooms, a new policy change is banning them on campus.

Is it really any different?
The Ranger - October 24, 2013

When people come onto this campus, they are greeted by signs that read, San Antonio College is a smoke-free campus. A smoke-free campus is intended to protect the health of students, employees and visitors. But dont be surprised if you see puffs of smoke wafting through the air around campus. Those puffs are not smoke exhaled by users of traditional tobacco cigarettes but a mist of vapors created by electronic cigarettes.

Smoking ban e-cigarette inclusion sparks debate
UTA The Shorthorn - October 23, 2013

About 4 million Americans are electronic cigarette users, as estimated by the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. UTA students are also catching ...

Readers talk professor's death, shutdown and e-cigarettes
UTA The Shorthorn - October 22, 2013

Occasionally, we will present thoughts from you, our readers, about what we're reporting and commenting on. Readers' letters and commentary will publish in ...

Bar owner hoping to ban smoking in Lubbock
KCBD-TV - October 22, 2013

Michael Clintsman is the owner of Bar PM and Local Bar and Grill. Both currently allow customers to smoke, but Michael hopes to change that soon. "We talked ...

A real culture change
Denton Record Chronicle - October 19, 2013

Smokers have been lighting up in a different way here in Denton and around the country as electronic cigarettes gain popularity, moving from a fad to a real ..

San Marcos bans smoking indoors
Community Impact Newspaper - October 17, 2013

The ordinance also bans outdoor smoking on city property, including parks and open spaces, ... A number of health providers spoke in favor of the smoking ban.

Looking through the e-cig haze
Community Impact Newspaper - October 17, 2013

Those statistics, along with claims of health and lifestyle benefits, have helped the electronic cigarette industry grow from a $300 million industry in 2012 to a ...

E Cig Might Face Regulations in North Texas Reviews DigitalSmoke ...
SBWire (press release) - October 17, 2013

Currently there are eight e cigarette stores in Richardson city and city leaders' are taking ... Tim Faukner who is in the business of electronic cigarettes and owns ...

Hill: Tech should ban smoking, fight tobacco companies
Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University) - October 16, 2013

As long as U.S. tobacco corporations are able to promote their death sticks to 13-year olds in Beijing or Thailand with a picture of the Marlboro man riding on the side of a dilapidated tourist bus, people aren’t making a choice. They ...

Silva: Ban would stifle freedom, have enforcement issues
Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University) - October 16, 2013

I fear the enforcement will either be underenforced, leaving the policy to be a big waste of time, or it will lead to Tech Police Department, or whoever is left to enforce the new policy, to infringe on our personal privacy while on campus.

Smoke has yet to clear on ban: Vape shop owners call e-cigarette ...
Hays Free Press - October 16, 2013

Ahh Vapors in San Marcos specializes in selling e-cigarettes and vaporizers, providing a number of nicotine levels and flavors for smokers who want to wean ...

North Texas City Considers Regulating E-Cigarette Stores
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth (KTVT - CBS 11) - October 15, 2013

...just the past few months, Richardson city leaders say one kind of business seems especially interested in setting up shop -- e-cigarette retailers. Currently there are eight of the stores in the city. In the business of electronic cigarettes storeowner...

Mansfield considers crackdown on electronic cigarettes
KHOU CBS 11 (Houston, TX) - October 15, 2013

Mansfield is the first city in North Texas to target electronic cigarettes. The City Council voted 5-0 to put a hold on all permits for electronic cigarette shops for six months. During that time, staff members will look at the issue and consider where e

Richardson city staff proposes regulations for e-cigarette businesses
Dallas Morning News (blog) - October 15, 2013

A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette in Aurora, Colo. in March 2011. The Richardson City Council is looking into adopting zoning ...

E-cigarette ban blows smoke
UTA The Shorthorn - October 9, 2013

UTA reiterated that its tobacco ban policy includes electronic cigarettes, but it shouldnt. The campuswide tobacco ban, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2011, still elicits ire from current students and alumni. More than two years ago, arguments brewed about whether it was fair to enact such a ban. Currently, the debate is whether electronic cigarettes, which are a substitute for tobacco smoking, should be banned. Todays debate is less convoluted. The answer is no. University leadership should remove this aspect of the ban. ...

San Marcos passes stricter smoking ban: ordinance will go into effect in June 2014
KXAN.com - October 3, 2013

San Marcos (KXAN) - In a 6-1 vote on Tuesday night, the San Marcos city council voted, in a second reading, to move forward with a stricter smoking ordinance. The ordinance -- effective June 1, 2014 -- will ban smoking in bars, restaurants, park space and on grounds operated by the City. City council members are providing some leeway for certain businesses that don't have outdoor seating. If the business lacks a patio but they're planning to build one, they must get a building permit by June 1, 2014 and have the patio in place and be smoke-free inside their business by January 2015.

Right to Smoke? or Right to Fresh Air
SFA The Pine Log Online October 2, 2013

The more controversial issue is the effects of second-hand smoke. Its one thing for someone to destroy their own body, but its something else when someones habits affect the health of those around them. The CDC goes on to say that second-hand smoke causes an estimated 46,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the U. S. among non-smokers. Unfortunately, 20 feet from any entrance is not only difficult to gauge, but also difficult to enforce. A petition is currently on the table to ban smoking entirely from campus. The following is an excerpt from the petitions page on change.org. The purpose of this petition is to show support for a smoke-free campus at Stephen F. Austin State University. Implementing a smoke-free policy will create a more positive campus environment and promote the well-being of all students, faculty, alumni, and visitors. As per American Nonsmokers Rights Foundations April 2013 report, 783 University & college campuses in the U.S. have already adopted a smoke free or tobacco free campus policy. This is a high time now that SFA also adopts a similar policy and sets an example demonstrating its commitment toward community health.

Electronic Cigarette Reviews Nacogdoches Decision to Get to ...
SBWire (press release) - October 2, 2013

Nacogdoches city fathers are using electronic cigarette reviews to better educate themselves about the effects of banning e cigarettes before making any ...

Tobacco ban includes e-cigarettes
UTA The Shorthorn - October 1, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are included in UTAs tobacco-free policy on campus and are prohibited. The university sent an email to faculty and staff reinforcing the ban on electronic cigarettes on Monday. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said e-cigarettes have always been included in the policy that went into effect in 2011.

TSC issues nonsmoking reminders
Brownsville Herald - October 1, 2013

Although Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville are separate entities, they are both still operating as tobacco-free campuses.

Nacogdoches officials looking into banning E-cigarettes
KLTV - September 30, 2013

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Cities are researching the legal risks of banning e-cigarettes. It's happening in Nacogdoches. Nacogdoches City Attorney Rob Atherton is brushing up on E-cigarettes. "I think they call it vaping because of the vaporization," Atherton said. He's right. It's the kind of research he'll present to city council tomorrow night. Sooner or later the council will have to decide how the popular growing contraption fits in with the city's smoking ban.

UMC Hospital Smoke Free Campuses
EverythingLubbock.com - September 27, 2013

UMC Hospitals has been smoke free for 4 months and are seeing benefits.

No exception made for e-cigarettes on campus
Richland Chronicle - September 25, 2013

No exception made for e-cigarettes on campus ... The first line states that “electronic cigarettes are not emission-free.” The advisory note also goes on to say that ...

Council lingers on proposed smoking ban
The Irving Rambler - September 24, 2013

The Irving City Council snuffed out plans for what could have been a highly contentious meeting and agreed to postpone discussing a possible smoking ordinance.

North Richland Hills To Consider Smoking Ban
CBS Local - September 22, 2013

The North Richland Hills City Council will vote Monday night on tightening smoking restrictions in the city. If passed, lighting up a cigarette will only be ...

Vaping on the rise among teens: Local retailers adamant on following state regulations concerning e-cigarette sales
Palestine Herald-Press - September 21, 2013

Neither shop sells to minors and both have that policy posted liberally at their stores. Were here to help people kick a habit, not help them start one, local vape shop owner Jennifer Sutton said.

Irving hires interim city manager, delays smoking ban
Dallas Morning News blogs - September 21, 2013

an odor of tobacco wafted through council chambers as dozens of residents streamed in to speak against the proposal to ban smoking in all public buildings. But many of them, including two rows of residents wearing bingo hall T-shirts, left after Mayor ...

Irving City Council likely to delay voting on smoking ban
Dallas Morning News - September 19, 2013

With its members divided and businesses opposed, the Irving City Council is likely to delay Thursday's vote to widen its smoking ban. The council banned most ...

San Marcos City Council votes to ban public indoor smoking
Community Impact Newspaper - September 18, 2013

San Marcos City Council voted 60 on Sept. 17 to ban smoking in public places. The ordinance, which requires a second vote at the Oct. 1 council meeting, applies to public indoor spaces such as workplaces, bars and restaurants, but it allows smoking at patios and other outdoor areas. The ban takes effect June 1, 2014. No one spoke against the ban during the meeting.

Smoking ban one step closer in San Marcos
KHOU - September 18, 2013

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- A proposed smoking ban split San Marcos two years ago. On Tuesday city council members voted to push it forward. The ordinance ...

No Lubbock city code addressing e-cigarettes
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - September 14, 2013

So acceptable in fact, the city of Lubbock does not have an ordinance banning or even addressing the use of e-cigarettes, according to Stevan Walker, environmental health coordinator for the city.

Lubbock health professionals question long-term effects, safety of e-cigarettes
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - September 14, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity, but local health professionals question the safety of the devices. Hudgens and Alalawi said their biggest concern is that young people will get false impressions about the products and smoking, in general, and begin using them. Could this be a tool or a message that is making cigarettes more available to minors?

Irving City Council to vote on smoking ordinance amendment
Dallas Morning News - September 13, 2013

The City Council is expected to vote on the Board of Healths recommendation to amend the current smoking ordinance, which would prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars, sports cafes, outdoor patios, bingo parlors and all health care facilities, at its 7 p.m. Sept. 19 meeting at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.

City council to hold public hearing on smoking ban tonight
San Marcos Mercury - September 3, 2013

The city attorneys office has released a draft of a proposed ordinance that would ban cigarette smoking in nearly all public places, including bars and restaurants, as well as city-owned parks and other facilities. The San Marcos City Council will hold a 7 p.m. public hearing on the proposed legislation at its regular meeting tonight at San Marcos City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St.

UTSA campuses are now tobacco-free and smoke-free with a few ...
UTSA Today - August 30, 2013

(Aug. 29, 2013) -- The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and smoke-free status began June 1, 2013. Essentially, the UTSA campuses are now ...

City schedules hearing on indoor smoking ban
San Marcos Mercury - August 25, 2013

The San Marcos City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. during its Sept. 3 meeting on strengthening the City's Clean Air ordinance governing smoking in ...

San Marcos considers indoor smoking ban
Austin American-Statesman - August 21, 2013

San Marcos is considering a ban on smoking indoors in public places, a move ... The move comes years after other cities passed similar bans, and may have ...

'Smoke-free' survey results released by IMPACT Waxahachie
Waxahachie Daily Light - August 12, 2013

In the past year IMPACT Waxahachie, a community coalition formed to eliminate and prevent youth substance abuse, has been working to educate our community on the benefits of a Smoke-Free ordinance [sic]. During this time a Smoke Free Waxahachie survey was conducted to gather public opinion. Of the 1,010 people surveyed 98.08 percent were registered voters of Waxahachie, while 1.92 percent was not registered to vote due to age, or were not registered to vote in Waxahachie, but worked here.

McLennan County: New Smoking Restrictions Approved On County ...
KWTX - July 17, 2013

MCLENNAN COUNTY (JULY 16, 2013)—Smokers must be at least 25 feet away from the door of any county-owned building in McLennan County under a plan ...

Sherman man's e-cigarette explodes while charging
KXII-TV - July 17, 2013

SHERMAN, TX -- They've been touted as the 21st-century cigarette. But, one Texoma man has a warning for e-cigarette users after he says simply charging his ...

So much for workplace smoking bans? E-cigarettes, vaper policies and its impact on healthcare
MedCity News - July 14, 2013

FORT WORTH -- Chris Putnam lights up at his desk several times a day. And, surprisingly enough, nobody seems to care. "We can pretty much do it anywhere we want," said Putnam, who is allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes while he handles phone and front-counter sales for XL

Smoking ban could expand across Irving
Dallas Morning News - July 7, 2013

Melvin Lamene III, owner of Po' Melvin's, placed a nonsmoking sanction on his restaurant in January. The city of Irving's Health Board Committee has drafted a proposal to change the city's current smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking in bars, sports cafes, private clubs, patios, at the Irving Convention Center and more.

Sounding Off: Is Irving ordinance too hard on smokers?
Dallas Morning News - July 7, 2013

Smokers have rights just like everyone else; but nonsmokers also have rights. ... as they have been nonsmoking for a few years, so going non-smoking would be ...

Diners, business owners react to ordinance that would prohibit smoking in most
Dallas Morning News - July 6, 2013

When smokers dining at Po Melvins want to light up, owner Melvin Lemane gives them a bucket. The owners nonsmoking policy, enacted earlier this year, has forced his crowd of smokers to puff outside with the aforementioned bucket for collecting ...

Letter: Support smoke-free workplaces
Wilson County News - June 26, 2013

We should all be disappointed the statewide smoke-free workplace bill failed. Call your state senators and representatives and ask them to support this proposal ...

Watson, L.K.; Cannon, C., "A smoke-free Texas? Yes, please,"
Texas Nursing 87(2): 8-9, Spring 2013.

Smoking ban upsets bar owners, patrons
Lufkin Daily News - June 23, 2013

Almost two months after the city of Lufkin enacted a smoking ban in restaurants and bars, the owner of Lufkin bar Jim Ann's said she has seen about a 30 ...

Henderson downtown may go smoke-free
Longview News-Journal - June 23, 2013

When Henderson City Council meets on Tuesday, council members will be asked to consider making downtown a smoke-free zone. They will also consider a ...

Irving City Council Considering Smoking Ban Proposal
CBS 11 - June 18, 2013

The City of Irving could soon join the list of other North Texas cities that have banned smoking. The push is coming from the Board of Health in the city.

Bid for workplace smoking ban flames out again
Monitor - June 11, 2013

For a fourth consecutive legislative session, a proposed statewide ban on smoking in public workplaces fell short, as critics argued that such a ban could unconstitutionally curtail businesses freedom. And while supporters have said that they would renew their efforts in the 2015 session, opponents say they are ready for another face-off and that such legislation may even be obsolete.

Statewide Smoking Ban Effort Snuffed Out Again
D Healthcare Daily - June 11, 2013

For the fourth consecutive legislative session, the drive to create a statewide smoking ban in most public places and indoor worksites went up in smoke. Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, introduced the smoke-free legislation during the session, just as they had during the three previous sessions. The House passed the legislation in 2007 and 2011 but it has never gained traction in the Senate.

Lufkin man goes to jail for smoking warrant ($$)
Lufkin (TX) Daily News - June 9, 2013

Stephen Albro Jr., 22, was arrested by police when they discovered a warrant on file for smoking in a city park. He was released on a $500 bond and ordered to re-appear before a judge. ...

University to make campuses tobacco-free
Denton Record Chronicle - June 7, 2013

DALLAS Texas Woman's University will become tobacco-free on its Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses this fall. The Board of Regents decided ...

Electronic cigarettes could be removed from Forney's smoking ban
inForney.com - June 6, 2013

The ordinance regulating smoking in public places ("smoking ban") passed earlier this year in Forney may have an exemption on the horizon. During the June 4th City council meeting, Council member Andy Parker asked for clarification regarding e-cigarettes in the Citys current ordinance. There seems to be some confusion as to whether the vapor-type cigarettes, I think they call them e-cigarettes, whether the use of those is also banned? asked Parker. According to Community Development Director Peter Morgan, e-cigarettes are currently covered under the ban as a smoking or other tobacco substitutes and would be illegal to use or smoke anywhere the ordinance prohibits smoking. City Manager Brian Brooks said if the City Council requests to revisit the smoking ban, the city can certainly do that. Council member Parker added, Since the issue was brought up with me specifically, I think we should [revisit the ordinance], for the simple reason that the rationale underlying the smoking ordinance to begin with is that it is a health issue based on second hand smoke." Electronic cigarettes are defined in Section 8.1201 of the Forney City Ordinances under smoking as other combustible material or smoking equipment or device, irrespective of form or kind.

Electronic Cigarette Ban Exemption Removed from Forney Reports ...
SBWire (press release) - June 6, 2013

Following the cigarette ban in public places, the government of Forney might remove the ban from electronic cigarettes. In the council meeting held on 4th June one of the council member demanded clarification regarding e cigarettes in the Citys current ordinance. According to customer reviews on electronic cigarette ban, they dont want the government to treat these smokeless cigarettes as tobacco cigarettes.

No luck this session for Texas smoke-free workplace advocates
Houston Business Journal - June 5, 2013

This session marked the fourth failed attempt to pass a statewide smoke-free workplace law in Texas, despite proponents beginning the session with hopes that this time would be different. Senate Bill 86 and House Bill 400 filed by State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, respectively proposed eliminating smoking in certain workplaces and public spaces, and instigating a smoke-free workplace law with fines for violations of up to $50 for individuals and $500 for employers. Neither bill made it out of committee.

'Smoke-free' UH burns students
The Daily Cougar - June 5, 2013

On Saturday, the University joined 711 colleges and universities around the country when it banned all tobacco products and became a tobacco-free campus, except for 20 one-year designated smoking areas. Prior to the tobacco-free policy, there was a 15-feet smoking ban from buildings and yet smokers still crowded the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library steps daily. Compliance with this policy is doubtful and although the University policy fulfills the CPRITs requirements, it lacks the strengths to make a real change. Without a more severe punishment for its violators, preferably in the form of a monetary fine, there is little incentive to comply. ...

UTSA Smoking Ban Takes Effect
FOX 29 - June 1, 2013

It is not going to be easy to light up a cigarette on the UTSA campus.

Irving announces Po' Melvin's is now smoke-free
Dallas Morning News (blog) - May 30, 2013

Po Melvins, the Irving restaurant known for its down-home-cooking, is now a smoke-free establishment. Irving Board of Health members recently presented the restaurants owner, Melvin Lemane III, with its Heroes for Health Award, for going smoke-free.

Unauthorized Video Ban at School by Education Department ...
SBWire (press release)-May 28, 2013

Austin, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/28/2013 -- Education departments have banned the use of electronic cigarette on the school premises. The children's are not ...

Teachers Advocate Ban of Electronic Cigarette in Schools Reports ...
SBWire (press release)-May 22, 2013

The head teachers in Ribble Valley held a joint meeting and concluded that though electronic cigarette is not illegal but schools are definitely not the place ...

Reminder: UTSA begins transition to tobacco-free status June 1
UTSA Today - May 16, 2013

The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and smoke-free status will begin June 1, 2013. Through this one-year transition period, ...

Letter: Smoking ban logic goes up in flames
Amarillo Globe-News - May 12, 2013

Why should the government tell them how to care for their food and drink, but also allow them to expose their staff and customers to cigarette smoke? The editorial staff of the Amarillo Globe-News should either use better logic or stay out of the ...

Brighton School Banned Electronic Cigarettes on Campus ...
SBWire (press release) - May 7, 2013

Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/07/2013 -- As every coin has two faces, electronic cigarettes also have two aspects including both the negative as well as positive.

Smoking ban on life support
Dallas Morning News (blog) - May 7, 2013

I checked in with House Public Health Chairman Lois Kolkhorst, whose committee has the legislation that would institute a statewide smoking ban in businesses.

Smoking ban bills projected to fail
LubbockOnline.com - May 6, 2013

Myra Crownover, R-Denton, Crownover's House Bill 400 would ban smoking ... Like Price, Seliger said if cities want to have smoking bans, it is their prerogative.

Musician plays about dangers of second hand smoke
KVUE - April 30, 2013

Imagine finding out you have stage four lung cancer, when youve never touched a cigarette. I said 12 centimeters, thats the size of a baseball. Im thinking no wonder I feel so crappy, Joe Maniscalco said. Maniscalco found out he had cancer six years ago. The tumor was removed and a lobe in his lung was removed. Then 14 months later, cancer was discovered in his other lung. Maniscalco says he got the disease all from secondhand smoke. I guess as a performer singing and playing trumpets you are actually breathing in more than the average person would, he said. Maniscalco has performed in just about every venue around Hampton Roads. He says if smoking laws were passed years ago, he wouldnt be fighting cancer.

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios will be Non-Smoking Starting May 7
Dallas Observer - April 30, 2013

For quite some time Dallas has maintained no-smoking laws in its bars, restaurants and music venues, forcing smokers into the elements during concerts or comedy shows; but just 40 miles away, Denton has long remained the go-to city for tabacco users because of its lenience towards smoking in bars and restaurants. Until now. On December 18, Denton City Council voted on a committee-proposed non-smoking ordinance, which ruled that a city-wide smoking ban would go into effect on April 17 of this year. There are some exceptions for bars, however. Either way, the time has come, folks. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios owner Josh Baish logged on to the RGRS Facebook page and made this announcement at 3:17 p.m. on Monday afternoon:

Gregg County awards tobacco funds to nonprofit groups
Longview (TX) News-Journal - April 30, 2013

Gregg County commissioners on Monday divvied up $20,000 among eight nonprofit groups from interest on a $2.8 million fund set aside for health care projects. ... Caring and Sharing, supplying hygiene tools and information on tobacco dangers ...

Are public smoking bans good?
Beaumont Enterprise (blog) - April 29, 2013

For Beaumont it was. As much as some folks groused about it. A study done by the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler showed that after July 2006 smoking ban took effect heart attacks and strokes hospitalizations declined. Heart attack hospitalizations dropped 26 percent. Stroke 29 percent. They even dropped for COPD and asthma. For some. But there was racial inconsistency. The first time this has ever been found in a study. While the hospitalization rates dropped for Beaumont whites with COPD and asthma 36 percent and 31 percent respectively, they did not drop at all for the Beaumont black population.

Hospitalizations for heart attacks and strokes declined significantly after Texas city imposes smoking ban
Gilmer Mirror - April 28, 2013

A recent study has shown that not only did heart attacks and strokes decline significantly in all residents of a Texas city after a citywide smoking ban, but that hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma also dropped for some.
The study compared hospital discharge rates from July 2004 through June 2006 (before the ban) with discharge rates from July 2006 through June 2008 (after the ban) in Beaumont, Texas. These rates then were compared with hospital discharge rates in Tyler, Texas, which did not have a smoking ban at that time.

Tobacco on campus goes up in smoke
Daily Cougar (University of Houston) - April 27, 2013

UH will become tobacco-free June 1, school officials announced Thursday.

University of Houston Bans Smoking On Campus
KUHF-FM - April 26, 2013

The University of Houston is the most recent campus to enact a complete ban on smoking and tobacco use. The tobacco-free policy goes into effect on the UH Campus on June 1. She says the university will initially have 20 designated tobacco-use areas scattered across campus for staff and students. Those smoking areas will be in effect for the first 12 months of the new policy and will likely be phased out next summer. ...

Department of State Health Services welcomes a smoke-free coalition in South Texas
Big News Network.com - April 25, 2013

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. …

Wesleyan needs considerate smokers [Opinion]
The Rambler-April 24, 2013

And now a less commonly known hazard from smoking in addition to firsthand and secondhand smoke, is third-hand smoke, which is harmful to children the ...

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to restrict smoking on its campus
Ultimate West U - April 21, 2013

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston has announced it will limit smoking on its campus. According to a press release from the center, "Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S. In an effort to improve the health of veterans, volunteers, visitors and staff, MEDVAMC will severely limit smoking on its campus this year. The decision to change our smoking policy reflects the medical center's commitment to improve the health of our nation's heroes. Smoking will only be allowed in designated smoking shelters."

Anti-smoking ordinances around East Texas vary from city to city ($$)
Lufkin Daily News - April 20, 2013

Even with Lufkin joining the ranks of cities going to a 100 percent smoke-free ordinance in most enclosed places, a survey by The Lufkin News shows that city smoking ordinances in East Texas are a patchwork of laws that vary widely from city to city. According to the Texas Smoke-free Ordinance Database, located on a University of Texas Medical Branch website, ordinances for selected East Texas cities range from 100 percent smoke-free, where no smoking is allowed in a particular setting, to no coverage, where there are no restrictions on smoking.

Arlington schools' student code addresses electronic cigarettes, ...
Fort Worth Star Telegram - April 19, 2013

ARLINGTON -- School officials will allow see-through clothing at school for the 2013-14 school year as long as students are wearing code-compliant clothing ...

Denton Restaurant Smoking Ban Takes Effect
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - April 17, 2013

Denton's smoking ban went into effect Wednesday. The city ordinance, which was passed in December, bans smoking in restaurants, bowling alleys and pool halls. Outdoor patios, bars, tobacco shops, tobacco and cigar bars and fraternal organizations are excluded. Businesses have 30 days to comply with the ban and display the proper signs before enforcement begins.

Student group presents smoking ordinance revision
Aransas Pass Progress - April 17, 2013

A heated discussion ensued about revising the current ordinance relating to ... have shown that sales of alcohol were not affected by these smoking ordinances. ...

With 74% of Texans supporting the Law to create Smoke-free ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release) - April 9, 2013

According to a new survey conducted by the Smoke-Free Texas coalition, 74% of Texans voted in favor for a proposed statewide law, which would make an effort to eliminate smoking in all indoor workplaces. This regulation would affect public buildings, offices, restaurants, and bars. With such an overwhelming amount of support for this legislation, the agents at Hamann Insurance Group want to support local business owners during this possible transition. Establishing a healthier workplace through a non-smoking environment can benefit an organization greatly. …

UTSA to begin transition to tobacco-free status on June 1, 2013
UTSA Today - April 8, 2013

The UTSA Tobacco-Free Task Force has received support from President Ricardo Romo and the Campus Management and Operations Committee (CMO) to move forward with the university’s tobacco-free and smoke-free campaign. The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco- and smoke-free status will begin June 1, 2013. During the transition period, smoking and tobacco use will be allowed only on surface parking lots except for the following: …

Travis County smoking ban goes into effect
YNN, Your News Now-by Jeff Stensland - April 7, 2013

Travis County Commissioners extended the smoking ban beyond the walls of county buildings to include all county-owned property, including parking lots, ...

Smoking ban sees limited enforcement, mixed results
Brownsville Herald - April 6, 2013

All enclosed facilities owned by the city are subject to the smoking ban. “Texas is one ... (from these types of bans),” Post Communications Officer Art Wilson said.

Measure Would Ban Smoking On Capitol Grounds
KUHF-FM - April 6, 2013

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, pushed through an amendment on Thursday that would abolish smoking on the Capitol grounds. The measure must still make it through the House. …

Legislature briefs: Senate OKs ban on smoking on Capitol grounds
Fort Worth Star Telegram - April 5, 2013

The Senate approved a ban Thursday on smoking on Capitol grounds. … The ban was placed on a broader bill about the agency that manages the state Capitol complex. That bill, including the smoking ban, now goes to the House.

Measure Would Ban Smoking on Capitol Grounds
Permianbasin360 - April 4, 2013

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, told his colleagues on Thursday that he remembers when every desk in both Capitol chambers had an ashtray. Some 40 years later, the dean of the Senate pushed through an amendment that would abolish smoking on the Capitol grounds altogether. "This is speaking to secondary smoke for our school children, our workers," Whitmire said. "That's what progress and education and smart rules are about." …

LETTER: Time to go smoke-free
Lufkin Daily News - April 4, 2013

I am writing to you as a concerned Texas citizen and member of the American Heart Association’s Texas State Advocacy Committee in support of Lufkin’s comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. …

Candidates express views in small forum
Brownsville Herald - April 3, 2013

Candidates for Brownsville City Commission made their case to members of the Republican Club of Brownsville during the club’s forum Wednesday afternoon at the Valley International Country Club … Following their introductions, candidates were peppered with questions selected by the Republican Club that centered on the city’s recent restrictions on plastic bags and a ban on smoking in public venues, including bars. …

Lufkin City Council OKs smoking ban
Lufkin (TX) Daily News - Apr 3, 2013

After conducting a public hearing in a filled-to-capacity council chamber on Tuesday night, the Lufkin City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in most enclosed public places in the city.

Letter: On smoking ban vote at American Legion
Kerrville (TX) Daily Times - Apr 3, 2013

Was taken there as a guest and was so smokey I couldn't wait to leave. ... Let's hope they do the right thing and go no smoking inside.

LETTER: Make Lufkin smoke-free
Lufkin Daily News-April 3, 2013

I stated in the LDN in November 2010 now is the time for Lufkin, Angelina County and the state of Texas to become smoke-free. Unfortunately it is in 2013 and ...

Housing authorities across state eye no-smoking policies ($$)
Temple (TX) Daily Telegram - March 31, 2013

Texas housing authorities are progressively moving toward no-smoking policies in buildings ...

Poll Shows Support from Texans for Smoke-Free Workplace Law at All-Time High
Gilmer Mirror - March 25, 2013

On the heels of legislation filed by Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) – House Bill 400 – we wanted to share the results of a poll released today by the Smoke-Free Texas coalition. …

Survey of Texas Voters Smoke-Free Law (PDF)
Baselice & Associates Inc. – [March 26, 2013]

Baselice & Associates, Inc. are pleased to release the results of a survey among N=836 randomly selected registered voters in Texas. Reponses to this survey were gathered via landline and cellular telephone as well as by internet on February 20-24, 2013. …

Potter County Commissioners Court 3/25/13
MyHighPlains - March 25, 2013

RESTRICTIONS ON SMOKING ON COUNTY PROPERTY: To consider and act upon issuing notice to county personnel regarding smoking restrictions, and to ...

Smoke-free will save lives and money; Cruz not 'natural born'; keep ...
Austin American-Statesman - March 24, 2013

Re: March 12 editorial, “Texas’ smoking habit costs billions”
I appreciate the Statesman’s editorial support for legislation that would outlaw smoking in all workplaces. Making Texas workplaces smoke-free this year will save lives and money and improve the overall health of our communities. As a physician practicing in Central Texas for nearly 24 years, I know all too well that secondhand smoke is deadly and costly. Even brief exposure may trigger heart attacks and asthma and may set the cancer process in motion. We pay the price for secondhand smoke in higher rates of illness, treatment and death. …

Laredo Community College may become smoke-free campus
Laredo Morning Times - March 21, 2013

Smoking might soon become a thing of the past at Laredo Community College. In a special-called meeting Thursday, LCC's board of trustees directed administration to research banning smoking at the college with all but one board member ...

Gainesville leaders seeking input on smoking ordinance
KXII-TV - March 21, 2013

Smoking restrictions could go into effect in the city of Gainesville soon. At Tuesday's city council meeting, councilors announced they are taking resident input for a future smoking ordinance. Many council members said they've been ...

LETTER: A tobacco-free day
Lufkin Daily News-March 20, 2013

Tobacco Free Kids Day, or known as Kick Butts Day, is a day of activism that encourages kids and teens to stand out, speak up, and promote smoke free ..

Lufkin City Council discusses smoking ordinance
Lufkin Daily News-March 20, 2013

Members of Smoke Free Lufkin then submitted a model ordinance for consideration from the Berkeley, Calif.-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation ..

Texas Lawmaker Presses for Smoking Ban
NACS Online - March 15, 2013

NORTH TEXAS – The Lone Star State has no statewide smoking ban, and state Rep. Myra Crownover wants to change that, CBSDFW.com reports. The House has approved smoking bans in 2007 and 2011, but none have passed the Senate. …

Push to make Texas workplaces smoke free
Austin Business Journal (blog) - March 12, 2013

Legislation has been filed proposing smoke-free workplaces across the state to protect all employees from second-hand smoke. … Myra Crownover, R-Denton ­ proposes a smoke-free workplace law with fines for violations amounting up to $50 for an individual and $500 for employers. …

Texas' smoking habit costs us billions
Austin American-Statesman - March 11, 2013

Stand at the intersection of public health and public policy and it won’t be long before you see a wreck. Collisions are inevitable when perceived “rights” fail to yield to the public good. In January, state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, again filed legislation that would impose a statewide ban on smoking in public places. State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, filed an identical House bill just before the Friday deadline. Previous attempts at the smoking ban ended up deader than Humphrey Bogart, but here we go again. Ellis and Crownover filed smoking ban legislation in 2007, 2009, and 2011. Smoking ban bills passed the House in 2007 and 2011, but none of those bills ever got a vote in the Senate. …

Texas House Bill 400, a smoke-free workplace law in Texas, by Rep Myra Crownover
Liberty Vindicator - March 10, 2013

Below is a statement by Claudia Rodas, co-chair of the Smoke-Free Texas coalition, on Rep. Crownover’s proposed smoke-free workplace bill: “The Smoke-Free Texas coalition commends Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) for her continued dedication and leadership on this important public health issue. …

Proponents of a statewide smoking ban try, try again
Fort Worth Star Telegram - March 8, 2013

Undaunted by defeats in three previous legislative sessions, a broad-based coalition of health advocates is re-launching a push for a statewide smoking ban in most public places and indoor worksites. …

UNT smoking ban effective, despite lax enforcement
Pegasus News - March 6, 2013

DENTON ­ It's been more than two months since UNT became completely smoke-free. Students, faculty and staff are still adjusting, but despite a near total lack ...

Baylor student senate urges school to go 'smoke-free'
KWKT - March 4, 2013

Baylor's student senate leaders are following a similar smoke-free bill that was implemented at UT. Baylor's student sentate says eliminating smoking is not only ...

Local reaction to proposed 21 smoking age in Texas
KFDA - March 4, 2013

Sales tax comprises about a quarter of the state's revenue, and tobacco taxes make up about 1.5 percent. And tobacco use has actually been falling in Texas ...

Texas Talks Tobacco Buying Age
National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) - March 4, 2013

An attempt to increase the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 is floating around the Texas legislature in an effort to curtail teen smoking rates. ...

Smoking restrictions face long odds in Legislature
Austin American-Statesman - March 3, 2013

For the fourth consecutive legislative session, a Democratic state senator from San Antonio is trying to raise the legal age for buying or possessing cigarettes and other tobacco products. Despite falling short in his previous attempts to boost the legal age from 18 to 19, Sen. Carlos Uresti is upping the ante this time with a bill outlawing tobacco products for Texans under 21 years old. …

Lewisville restaurants sales unaffected by smoking ordinance
Star Community Newspapers - March 1, 2013

According to the first quarter report of restaurant revenue, sales were not negatively affected by the no-smoking ordinance. "The new ordinance has been in place for nearly five months and has not slowed down our restaurant traffic in the slightest," said Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Vaughn during the 2013 state of the city address. "In fact, citywide restaurant receipts were up 4.25 percent year-over-year during the first quarter operating under the new ordinance." The ordinance, which went into effect Oct. 1, prohibits smoking within restaurants, bars and bowling alleys. In addition to the increase in food service, mixed drink sales increased by 2.18 percent. "We're not attributing the increase in revenue to the ordinance - it could be because of the economy, the holidays or other factors," said James Kunke, community relations and tourism director. "The real point is that sales didn't go down due to the ordinance. Some people insisted that the ordinance would cause restaurants to lose money or even close and that didn't happen." …

Lights out: Campus smoking ban
UT The Daily Texan - February 25, 2013

Editor’s note: On Friday, March 1, UT will become a 100 percent smoke-free campus. Some 15 signs currently designating smoking areas will have been removed by then. Below, Daily Texan columnists Roy Cathey and Zachary Adams take opposing stances on the smoking ban.

Where there's smoke … there's a proposed statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News (blog) - February 11, 2013

We’d heard a rumor this session that Rep. Myra Crownover, the perennial champion for a statewide ban on smoking in the workplace, might have been laying down her sword on the issue this session after losing several of these fights in a row. Not true. Crownover, R-Lake Dallas, told us today that she is absolutely planning to file another bill – after she works out the kinks on this one with the umpteen number of groups she’s working with (she listed five off the top of her head as we walked and talked at the Capitol today: American Heart Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Restaurant Association, March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society….). The bill will look “a little different” from past versions, she said, though she declined to say what those differences would be, as the groups are still hammering it out. …

City may revisit smoking policy ($$)
Terrell Tribune - February 7, 2013

The Terrell City Council may revisit the city's smoking ordinance sometime during 2013, according to a city official. Ordinance No. 1992, passed by the council in ...

Smoke-free campus, concealed carry to appear on SGA ballot
The Daily Toreador (registration) - February 1, 2013

On February 27 and 28, students at Texas Tech will vote for more than just positions in the executive and legislative branches of the Student Government Association. During Thursday’s meeting, senators passed two resolutions that will place a referendum on the upcoming election ballot. The first resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 48.11, passed with 98 percent of the votes. According to the bill, the referendum will be put on the ballot to gather opinions of the students about becoming a tobacco-free or smoke-free campus. …

Public smoking officially sidelined: Brownsville's extended ban set to ...
Brownsville Herald - February 1, 2013

Forget about lighting up a cigarette on Super Bowl weekend. Brownsville’s revised smoking ban takes effect Saturday, prohibiting smokers from lighting up at virtually any public place, including bars and sports arenas. The ordinance also bans smoking in bingo halls, convention centers, educational facilities, health care facilities, game rooms, shopping malls, city buildings and bus stops. …

Keys Lounge Going Non-Smoking
FWWeekly - January 31, 2013

A few weeks back I wrote a story about my favorite non-smoking bars. Today I found out the venerable Keys Lounge will soon be following suit. The last time I went to Keys, the air was so densely fogged with smoke you could have cut with a knife and spread it on a cracker. At the time of this posting, Keys’ owner Danny Ross had not yet responded to Fort Worth Weekly. But in a Facebook post by Michael “Big Mike” Richardson, he quoted Ross confirming the news. Several bands have requested that the club be non-smoking for their show, Ross said. It was happening so frequently that he decided to just make the club smoke-free permanently. “Yes it’s true,” Ross told Richardson. “Right now it’s no smoking on weekends, and as soon as I have the patio built, it will be totally non-smoking. “I think it will help attendance and be healthier for everyone,” he continued. …

Smoking Ban Gets In Defense Attorney And "Patriot" Adam Reposa's Way
Austinist - January 30, 2013

… Though he seems too good to be true, he is true. His website, which you should visit, contains an entire section explaining how he was held in contempt in 2008, and further explores his legal philosophy, which he claims is more litigious and all about acquittals over plea bargains. The site primarily discusses DWI offenses, but a new smoking ban enacted Tuesday that prohibits tobacco use on all official Travis County properties is what now has Reposa's mustache in a jumble. …

Travis County approves comprehensive smoking ban
KHOU - January 30, 2013

AUSTIN -- Travis County commissioners approved a comprehensive smoking ban for all county property Tuesday afternoon. It bans the use of all tobacco ...

Travis County might ban smoking, other tobacco use on county ...
Austin American-Statesman - January 28, 2013

Travis County commissioners will consider banning all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on county property, indoors and out. A majority of commissioners told the American-Statesman on Monday that they will support the ban. …

Haslet to consider smoking ban in city-owned, operated facilities
Fort Worth Star Telegram - January 28, 2013

HASLET - The Haslet City Council could soon consider snuffing out smoking in public places. The council at its Feb. 4 meeting is expected to consider an ordinance intended to prohibit smoking in all city-owned or city-operated facilities and properties. The proposal is also meant to regulate smoking in public places. Those public places would include work places, elevators, retailers and restaurants, city secretary Dianna Buchanan said. …

No more smokers on campus starting in March
The Daily Texan (Univ. of Texas at Austin) - Jan 25, 2013

The University will remove temporary smoking locations next month to become a fully tobacco-free campus but will continue to enforce the policy without fining violators. Starting March 1, smoking tobacco will no longer be allowed at the 15 temporary loc

As UT bans smoking on campus, it continues to benefit from tobacco investments
The Daily Texan (Univ. of Texas at Austin) - Jan 25, 2013

The University of Texas Investment Management Company, or UTIMCO, is a nonprofit corporation created by the UT System to oversee UT and Texas A&M systems' investments.

City may extend ban on smoking to outdoor patios
UT The Daily Texan-Jan 24, 2013

The city placed a permanent ban on smoking in city parks in December 2011. ... that the government might pay later on in life, but straight out banning it isn't fair.

Forney City Council approves restaurant smoking ban
inForney.com-Jan 23, 2013

Forney City Council approves restaurant smoking ban ... Cigarettes are not the only smoking product to be banned under this ordinance, cigars and lighted ...

SGA hosts 2nd smoke-free campus town hall meeting
The Daily Toreador (registration)-Jan 24, 2013

Student Government Association hosted its second and final town hall designed to gather student opinions about creating a tobacco or smoke-free campus at 2 ...

Students showed up voicing their concerns on making the campus ...
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM-Jan 24, 2013

Students showed up voicing their concerns on making the campus tobacco-free, or smoke-free. SGA Graduate Senator Katherine Lindley said they have heard a ...

Organizations pushing extended smoking ban for Austin bars
CultureMap Austin - January 21, 2013

KVUE -- If you are one who likes to light up when enjoying the great outdoors at an Austin bar or restaurant, you might eventually have to go someplace else to ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking Ban ($$)
Lufkin (TX) Daily News - Jan 20, 2013

Now is the time for Lufkin to approve smoke-free ordinance

Groups call on Austin leaders to extend smoking ban
KHOU- January 20, 2013

AUSTIN -- There is a push to extend the City of Austin's smoking ban to ... Voters approved a ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants in Austin in 2005.

EDITORIAL: Smoking Ban
Lufkin Daily News-Jan 19, 2013

Dr. Sidney Roberts, the medical director of the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center in Lufkin, is in a unique position to judge the effects of smoking on ...

Excerpts of reader comments to stories online
Austin American-Statesman-Jan 19, 2013

I support the ban, but does Austin have the resources to enforce it? They also banned smoking in parks, which included Zilker for ACL. Though, people just ...

Representative Crownover on her smoke-free workplace bill: "You ...
Texas GOP Vote-Jan 19, 2013

Back in 2005, Representative Myra Crownover authored and passed House Bill 790 to increase the number of genetic disorders newborns are screened

Texas Awaits Statewide Ban on Smoking
TopNews Arab Emirates - January 18, 2013

Texas Awaits Statewide Ban on Smoking While as many as 29 states have implemented statewide smoking ban, it has been claimed that it's high time that ...

Texas needs a statewide ban on smoking
San Antonio Express - January 17, 2013

A poll conducted in 2011 indicated 70 percent of Texans would support a statewide ban. The passage of city smoking bans across the state in recent years ...

Smoking on patios now under fire
Austin News - January 17, 2013

Some want a ban to prohibit smoking on outdoor patios at restaurants and bars. ... Ave. says he thinks banning smoking outside on patios is crossing the line. …

Austin may ban smoking on bar, restaurant patios
MyFox Austin - January 17, 2013

But not everyone supports a full out ban on smoking. In 2005 the city banned smoking inside bars and restaurants, pushing smokers out on to decks and patios. …

Texas Tech's Campus May Go Smoke-Free
EverythingLubbock.com - January 17, 2013

Texas Tech students returned to school Wednesday, some of them with cigarettes in hand, but smoking on campus could soon be a thing of the past. …

Potential patio smoking ban may affect 600 businesses
Austin Business Journal (blog) - January 17, 2013

Austin's smoking ban in restaurant and bars could be expanded to include outdoor ... Austin already has a ban in place on smoking inside bars and restaurants. …

Austin might ban smoking on bar and restaurant patios
Austin American-Statesman - January 16, 2013

Smokers in Austin could soon have fewer places to light up. Austin’s 8-year-old ban on smoking inside bars, restaurants and live music venues might be expanded to include outdoor patios and decks at those businesses. Live Tobacco-Free ...

Lufkin City Council begins exploring smoke-free ordinance
Lufkin Daily News-January 16, 2013

The Lufkin City Council on Tuesday hosted discussion and an unofficial public hearing on a possible smoke-free ordinance for public places in the city. ...

TAMUG restricts smoking on campus
Daily News - Galveston County-January 16, 2013

GALVESTON — Texas A&M Universityy at Galveston implemented a policy Tuesday that greatly restricts where students, staff, faculty and visitors can light up ...

Smoke-free campus subject of SGA town hall meetings
The Daily Toreador (registration)-January 15, 2013

Study-time smoke breaks and in-class tobacco dipping may become an old habit for students , faculty and staff on Texas Tech's campus. That is, if a majority of ...

Texas lawmakers receive failing grade from American Lung Association
Alamo City Beat, San Antonio Business Journal

Texas failed to protect children from the tobacco industry's marketing tactics by neglecting to invest in programs and policies proven to reduce the …

Tech student government turns to students, other institutions on ...
LubbockOnline.com-January 15, 2013

Dawn Hudgens, a certified tobacco cessation treatment specialist at Covenant Health Systems, said adjusting to a tobacco-free or smoke-free campus could be ...

Lufkin may soon be a smoke-free zone
KLTV-January 14, 2013

An ordinance is already in place that bans smoking at city parks and restricts the practice ... Nacogdoches implemented a similar city-wide smoking ban on July 1, 2008. City council members in Nacogdoches passed an ordinance that banned ...

Students return to smoke-free campus
Denton Record Chronicle - January 14, 2013

University of North Texas students won’t be able to smoke on campus this semester. As of Jan. 1, UNT went smoke free. …

Proponents of statewide smoking ban optimistic this session ($$)
Austin Business Journal - Jan 11, 2013

The possibility of banning smoking in public workplaces across Texas has been relit this legislative session by anti-smoking

Support reignited for statewide smoking ban in Texas
Dallas Business Journal-January 11, 2013

The possibility of banning smoking in public workplaces across Texas has been ... Meanwhile, the smoking ban bill — expected to result in millions of dollars in ...

Texas Tech student government to hear views on tobacco-, smoke ...
LubbockOnline.com - January 10, 2013

SGA will hear opinions on becoming a tobacco-free or smoke-free campus, said Katherine Lindley, graduate senator. Current Texas Tech University students, ...

Forney City Council thinks smoking ban is too broad, asks for ...
inForney.com - January 9, 2013

The Forney City Council met on Tuesday night, January 8, 2013 to discuss a smoking ordinance for the City of Forney. The meeting held at City Hall, was expected to bring about a vote on the ordinance brought forth by Community Development Director Peter Morgan. However, after much discussion, the Council asked Morgan to bring back a smoking ordinance aimed specifically at restaurants and City owned property. …

Texas Senator Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
NACS Online - January 9, 2013

This isn't the first time Ellis has proposed a smoking ban, and he has vowed to ... Already, dozens of Texas cities have smoking bans, including Austin, which ...

Potential smoking ban impact on Amarillo
KFDA - January 7, 2013

Amarillo, Texas - With another attempt in the works to ban smoking statewide in bars and restaurants, we went to a few local places who have already restricted smoking. Some Amarillo restaurant goers are glad to be able to breath [sic] a little easier while eating their meal. An Amarillo steakhouse has been smoke free since April of 2011 and they tell us their sales trend has continued to go up since the ban was enforced. …

Forney City Council agenda includes possible smoking ordinance
InForney.com - January 7, 2013

The next Forney City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night, January 8, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. and will include discussion and possible approval of a smoking ordinance in the City of Forney. The council previously discussed a possible smoking ordinance on May 1, 2012, and requested that the city's attorney write a proposed smoking ordinance for review. …

Proposed statewide smoking ban in Texas
KFDA - January 7, 2013

A statewide smoking ban could soon be a reality in Texas. State Senator Rodney Ellis out of Houston filed a bill that would ban smoking in all indoor and outdoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants. If passed, this ...

Texas Senator Drafts Bill to Ban Public Smoking
KCEN-TV - January 6, 2013

We've already seen smoking bans for some restaurants, bars and for employees, but ... Hallmark Restaurant in Killeen banned smoking about five years ago. …

City works to spread word about smoking ban
Denton Record Chronicle - January 5, 2013

New Year’s customers at El Guapo’s told owner Mike Zampino that they thought the city’s smoking ban began Jan. 1. His restaurant is one that will likely be affected by the new ban. The bar at El Guapo’s, although a separate room, is located inside the building along with the restaurant’s kitchen and dining rooms. Zampino realized that, with the new year, he needed to find out more about the city’s new rules and what changes he needed to make at his business. He just couldn’t tell his customers when. It’s April 17. …

Euless cafe snuffs out smoking after 37 years
Fort Worth Star Telegram - January 4, 2013

Something new on a wall at Verna's Cafe has angered a few customers but delighted most. It popped up New Year's Day amid the prints of rustic gas stations and dogs wearing cowboy hats, photos of city officials, a certificate of occupancy for up to 75 diners, framed newspaper clippings and posters celebrating the Trinity Trojans. The new sign reads "No Smoking." And it was put up in response to complaints, the cafe's owner said. …

Texas lawmaker takes aim at smoking with statewide ban
KVUE (Austin, TX) - January 3, 2013

Filed by State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), SB 86 would ban smoking in all indoor and outdoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants statewide. ...

83(R) SB 86 - Introduced version - Bill Text
Texas Legislature - January 4, 2013

AN ACT relating to the elimination of smoking in certain workplaces and public places; providing penalties. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: ...

Health district now tobacco-free
Wichita Falls (TX) Times Record News - January 4, 2013

As of Jan. 1, the Wichita County-Wichita Falls Public Health District is a tobacco-free campus. Employees or visitors must leave the property to smoke. ...

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.

Council adopts smoking ordinance
Denton Record Chronicle - December 18, 2012

Despite overwhelming public support for extending a proposed smoking ban to bars, the Denton City Council bowed to pressure from local bar owners and adopted a smoking ban that left their businesses alone. … Several council members pledged to revisit the ban within the next year, including possibly providing incentives to bars to help make the transition.

Denton Clears The Air On Citizen-Proposed Smoking Ban Expansion
KERA News - December 18, 2012

… A citizen advisory committee proposal asks for no smoking in all businesses, city buildings, schools, restaurants, billiard and bowling facilities and most bars in the two-college mecca of cheap drink specials. And in the last meeting of the year, councilmembers will decide how far to expand the city’s smoking ordinance. …

Denton Considers Smoking Ban | FrontBurner
D Magazine - December 13, 2012

ack in September, the Denton City Council sent its proposed smoking ban to committee, eliciting the opinions and remarks of 20 health-care professionals, business owners and other community members. The goal was to craft laws that were both health-conscious and business-friendly. What they came back with was a strange package that bans smoking nearly everywhere, except bars “that admit patrons under the age of 18,” the Denton Record-Chronicle reports. …

Vote on proposed smoking ordinance expected Tuesday
Denton Record Chronicle - December 11, 2012

A proposed citywide smoking ban would give nearly everyone a smoke-free workplace except for those who work in tobacco lounges, bars and similar establishments. The Denton City Council was briefed on a proposed ordinance during a work session Tuesday afternoon. The council is expected to discuss the matter again in a work session before holding a public hearing and voting on the matter this Tuesday. …

City readies enforcement of amended smoking ordinance
Brownsville Herald - December 10, 2012

Days after the Brownsville City Commission voted to amend the city’s smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking in all public places, city officials are making preparations for how it will be enforced. …

Texas Music Theater in San Marcos edges toward smoking ban
Austin American-Statesman - December 6, 2012

Texas Music Theater has banned smoking most nights of the week and will likely ... November ballot last year asking residents whether to ban smoking in public ...

No smoking in Brownsville bars
KGBT-TV - December 6, 2012

Mayor Tony Martinez cast the deciding vote in favor of the smoking ban ... He adds Brownsville does not compare to those cities which implement similar bans.

Smoking ban poll
Denton Record Chronicle (blog) - December 5, 2012

The city of Denton polled users of its new website, Engage Denton, on a proposed smoking ban in the city back in January, February and March. A wide majority ...

Brownsville OKs smoking ban despite bar owners' objections
Monitor - December 5, 2012

Ronnie Park stands with his wife, Murna, as owners of R&M Trails End Saloon. They spoke with other bar owners about their displeasure at the city ...

Texas Music Theater goes smoke-free
San Marcos Mercury - December 4, 2012

The Texas Music Theater (TMT) owners announced this week that the downtown performance hall will go smoke-free during ticketed shows, the first music venue in the city to do so. …

Texas Music Theater Becomes First Non-smoking Bar or Music Venue in Hays County
San Antonio Express - December 3, 2012

November 28, 2012 - The Texas Music Theater, a music venue in downtown San Marcos, Texas, announced the decision last week to enact a non-smoking policy to create a smoke-free listening experience during ticketed shows, becoming the first bar or music venue in Hays County to initiate the policy. … The venue will still allow smoking inside during non-ticketed shows with a traditionally larger percentage of smoking patrons, but may make the decision to go entirely smoke free soon based on customer input on these nights. …

Many Abilene college campuses considering snuffing out smoking
ReporterNews.com - November 27, 2012

Several of Abilene's college campuses have at least kicked around the idea of banning smoking entirely, while one has long been smoke-free. … According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of Oct. 15, at least 826 U.S. colleges or universities have adopted smoke-free campus policies, ...

Time to pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ban
Houston (TX) Chronicle - November 24, 2012

Patchwork system across Texas causes confusion...

Rathbun, Estrada, Trawick, Bui: Smoking ban protects employee health
Austin (TX) American-Statesman - November 23, 2012

After going smoke-free, our businesses have saved money on insurance, maintenance and other costs related to secondhand smoke. Most of all, our employees are healthier. We've seen improvements in employee productivity, lower absenteeism and … ...

The Main Point: Forcing smokers off campus causes excessive litter
University Star (TX) - November 14, 2012

Though a compromise on the tobacco ban needs to be reached between smokers and administrators, leaving cigarette butts and garbage strewn down LBJ ...

Texas Legislature gets bills on texting, taxing, smoking and more
Fort Worth Star Telegram (TX) - November 12, 2012

At least six bills calling for a statewide ban on driver texting were introduced ... SB 86 would ban smoking in all public places and in places of employment.

LETTER: Go smoke-free for a day
Lufkin Daily News (TX) - November 14, 2012

If you notice a difference in the air quality on Nov. 15, it is compliments of the numerous smokers in America who have chosen to participate in the 37th Great ...

Arlington council snuffs out new ban on smoking
Fort Worth Star Telegram - October 31, 2012

After months of discussion, the Arlington City Council decided Tuesday night not to ban smoking at city parks, nightclubs and bowling alleys. Councilman Robert Rivera, who initially led the drive to broaden the city's smoking ordinance, said he changed his mind after visiting with small-business owners who feared that a smoking ban would force them to close. … Rivera had said he thought a broader ban would be tourist-friendly. ...

Concerns Arise About Brownsville's Proposed Smoking Ban
KVEO-TV - October 27, 2012

Under Brownsville's current city ordinance smoking is allowed in bars but city commissioners are considering a prohibition. Lynda Camacho is the bar manager at Southwinds lounge she has been working there for 15 years she strongly opposes the proposed ordinance she says more than half of her customers smoke. …

Gladewater council mandates signs for smokers
Longview News-Journal - October 19, 2012

Businesses in Gladewater that allow smoking will now be required to post a sign designating so. After six months of deliberating whether to make Gladewater a smoke-free city and prohibit smoking from all buildings open to the public, the City Council on Thursday decided there was no "overriding benefit" in doing so. …

UPD, administrators continue enforcement efforts
University Star (blog) - October 18, 2012

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. …

Arlington City Council tables smoking changes until Oct. 30 meeting
UTA The Shorthorn - October 16, 2012

… Based on discussion and community meetings, city council was scheduled to vote on the approval of these changes in the present ordinance at Tuesday's meeting. City council tabled the voting of these proposed amendments and postponed voting until the Oct. 30 city council meeting. …

Smoking ban to be considered in Arlington
FOX 4 News - October 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - If you want to have a smoke while you shoot pool in Arlington, you might be out of luck. The city council Tuesday night will consider a ban on smoking in certain businesses. According to the council's agenda, members will consider altering the current smoking ordinance, last updated four years ago. CLICK HERE TO READ ORDINANCE

Trend toward increasingly restrictive smoking ordinances may evolve into another step
MidCitiesOnline.com - October 16, 2012

The Arlington City Council this week will consider a vote on the ordinance that would limit the number of smoking areas at the Rangers Ballpark, as well as at several other areas that now allow smoking. Smoking would be eliminated on the balconies of the private Cuervo Club at the ballpark, and smoking areas on the upper concourse would be reduced and moved farther out from seating and concessions. Smoking areas on the ground level of the open-air stadium would also become more visible through floor markings. …

Pool hall owner says smoking ban would put him out of business
Fort Worth Star Telegram - October 16, 2012

ARLINGTON -- Nick Alexander is concerned that his two Arlington billiard halls will go out of business if the City Council votes today to ban indoor smoking at entertainment venues. …

Arlington City Council contemplates smoking regulation ...
UTA The Shorthorn - October 15, 2012

According to the agenda, if passed, the amendment would prohibit smoking in eating ... Are you in support of the banning of smoking in these types of locations? …

Hotel owners prepare for possible smoking ordinance revision
Temple Daily Telegram - October 14, 2012

Some Temple hotel and motel operators will pay close attention to the City Council’s agenda items next month. The Council is considering a proposed smoking ordinance revision that would mandate hotel and motel owners to restrict smoking to 25 percent of their rooms and designate the smoking units with a sign. …

Letter: Tobacco rule about control and discrimination
Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal - October 13, 2012

The Avalanche Journal’s “Our View” on UMC’s anti-nicotine policy in the Oct. 3 edition is completely one-sided and does not “make sense” as you state. I do not smoke, and I do not appreciate secondhand smoke . . . We should all be concerned when entities ...

Commissioners asked to get a handle on courthouse smoking ($$)
Lufkin (TX) Daily News - Oct 10, 2012

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 ...

County clerk asks commissioners to make courthouse 'a non ...
Lufkin Daily News (TX) - October 9, 2012

County clerk asks commissioners to make courthouse 'a non-smoking area'.

Citizens to Draft Smoking Ban in Denton
KXAS-TV NBC-5 (Fort Worth, TX) - Sep 21, 2012

Denton City Council selects group to help create a new smoking ordinance ...

Cell Phone Ban: Could it Prompt a Smoking Ban?
MyHighPlains - September 21, 2012

They say a smoking ban would follow the same logic used by commissioners to ... There are already cities about our size in Texas with smoking bans in place. …

Arlington to Vote on Tighter Smoking Limits at the Ballpark
NBC 5 Dallas - September 19, 2012

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 ...

Arlington gives informal OK to more smoking limits at Rangers Ballpark
Fort Worth Star Telegram - September 19, 2012

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 ..

A smoke-free campus?
The Daily Cougar - September 19, 2012

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. ...

Council to appoint panel to study smoking issue
Denton Record Chronicle - Sep 15, 2012

Smoking inside or outside restaurants, such as Hooligan’s on the Square, could go by the wayside if the Denton City Council passes a smoking ban ordinance. …

It's a drag: University of Houston wants to ban smoking on campus ...
CultureMap Houston - September 13, 2012

The University of Houston is the latest Texas institution of higher education that is considering a smoking ban on campus, following a threat by the Cancer ...

Smoking bans could expand in Arlington
Fort Worth Star Telegram - September 13, 2012

… The council might vote as soon as next month to prohibit smoking in public parks, billiard halls, bowling alleys and sexually oriented businesses. Smoking is already prohibited in such places as restaurants, hospitals, retail establishments, theaters and common areas of multifamily developments. …

Up in smoke: UTSA moves towards tobacco-free campus
The Paisano (University of Texas at San Antonio) - Sep 11, 2012

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

U of H considers smoking ban on campus
KHOU (TX) - September 12, 2012

HOUSTON—The University of Houston has made a proposal to ban smoking ... He said he hopes all tobacco products will be eventually banned from campus.

Complete tobacco ban considered
The UTD Mercury - Sep 10, 2012

On Aug. 28, vice president of administration Calvin Jamison led a town hall meeting that introduced more information on a new tobacco policy that took effect on Aug. 31. …

Notable and quotable
Fort Worth Star Telegram / Arlington Citizen-Journal - September 10, 2012

Residents lit up the Arlington Citizen-Journal's Facebook page with opinions last week after the City Council discussed whether to ban smoking at city parks, inside Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and at businesses like pool halls, bowling alleys and nightclubs …

JENSEN: Cigarette smoke clouds building entrances despite 20-foot rule
The Pine Log (Stephen F. Austin State University) - Sep 10, 2012

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, only falling behind heart disease in a study released in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lung cancer is also one of the most common types of cancer, with causes such as pollution, radiation and, the most common we see today, smoking. …

ACL may repeat smoking ban
UT The Daily Texan - September 7, 2012

Smokers attending the Austin City Limits music festival may be constrained for the second year in a row because of a burn ban set for all of Travis County. …

Lack of research leaves Texas State ineligible for CPRIT funding
University Star (blog) - September 6, 2012

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awards grants to universities who conduct research and have tobacco-free policies. Institutions like the ...

Arlington council informally supports expanded smoking limits
Fort Worth Star Telegram (TX) - September 5, 2012

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 ...

UT and Rice disagree over most effective tobacco policy
UT The Daily Texan - September 4, 2012

Rice University initiates partial smoking ban to comply with Cancer Prevention ... UT banned tobacco campus-wide earlier this year after the Cancer Prevention ...

UMC Working Towards A Smoke Free Campus
EverythingLubbock.com - August 23, 2012

In a few months, cigarette smokers will not be able to get a job at one major local hospital. Eric Finley with University Medical Center said they will no longer hire nicotine users starting January 1, 2013. …

LETTER: Smoking ban pursuit
Lufkin Daily News - Aug 18, 2012

LETTER: Smoking ban pursuit By DOUG MYERS of Lufkin The Lufkin News. I would like to commend the city of Lufkin for its pursuit of a smoking ban in bars and ...

Tobacco Free Fort Bend Coalition students attend conference
Ultimate Fort Bend - Aug 16, 2012

Texas Tobacco Free Conference" in The Woodlands July 22-25. The Tobacco Free Fort Bend Coalition sponsored the student representatives from Sugar Land ...

Decision on Brownsville Smoking Ban Postponed
KVEO-TV - August 9, 2012

The vote on an ordinance that would ban smoking in Brownsville has been postponed ... The city's revised smoking ban would prohibit smoking in public places ...

Smoking in public places not snuffed out yet
Brownsville (TX) Herald - August 8, 2012

The vote on an ordinance that would ban smoking in nearly all public places in Brownsville has been postponed for one week. The City Commission on Tuesday tabled the second and final reading of the city's revised smoking ban that would prohibit smoking in virtually all public places including bars and sports arenas within the next two months. ...

Sunnyvale Bans Smoking in Parks, Town Facilities: Town's smoking ban includes cars parked in parking lots of town facilities, parks
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog) - August 7, 2012

After much debate, Sunnyvale is taking its smoking ban to the next level by banning smoking in all park spaces and town facilities. The Town Council voted 3-2 to ban smoking in all parks and town property such as City Hall and the library -- including in vehicles in the parking lots of those facilities. …

Chambers Health goes tobacco free
Anahuac Progress – August 1, 2012

Starting September 1, 2012, smoking and the use of tobacco products will no longer be permitted at any of the Chambers Health facilities, or its grounds. …

UTA smoking ban continues one year later
UTA The Shorthorn (TX)- August 1, 2012

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 ...

Lights out: Council bans smoking in all park spaces
Star Community Newspapers - July 25, 2012

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 the parks. …

Potter County smoking policy changes
KFDA - July 24, 2012

The Potter County Commission voted Monday to amend their smoking policy. Commissioners voted to ban smoking on county property but to exclude private ...

Cafe owners say business has increased since going smoke-free ($$)
Mineral Wells Index - July 19, 2012

GRAFORD – In one week’s time a new rule at Graford’s 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 county’s newest entirely non-smoking establishment. …

Henderson residents to have say on going smoke-free in downtown
Longview News-Journal - July 6, 2012

HENDERSON ­ The city's business and civic leaders plan to publicly discuss the pros and cons of a smoke-free downtown before moving forward with action. …

Lewisville Smoking Ban In Effect October 1
CBS 11 - July 2, 2012

The City of Lewisville has banned smoking at restaurants, bars and bowling alleys. James Kunke, the city’s 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 the ban. …

Brownsville weighs smoking ban
Mcallen (TX) Monitor - Jul 2, 2012

The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking in bars, bingo halls, convention centers, educational facilities, health care facilities, game rooms, shopping malls and city buildings. It would also ban smoking in sports arenas and at bus stops. …

City proposal could outlaw tobacco use in public places
Brownsville (TX) Herald - Jul 2, 2012

Lighting up in a bar or stepping out for a quick smoke could get a little harder in Brownsville as the City Commission prepares to update the city's smoking ordinance that will outlaw smoking in all public places. …

Officials table hearing on smoke-free city
Longview News-Journal - June 27, 2012

Following comments from several residents who were against a smoke-free city, the Gladewater City Council tabled considering a public hearing on the …

Potter chokes on smoking ban
Amarillo.com – June 28, 2012

Potter County Commissioner H.R. Kelly thinks like a man with a law enforcement background. He appears to be uncomfortable with ambiguity, which might be why he voted “no” this week on a proposed tobacco-use restriction on county property. …

Brownsville Looking to Tighten Up on Smoking Ban
KVEO-TV - June 26, 2012

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 ...

Potter OKs policy on smoking areas
Amarillo.com - June 26, 2012

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. …

Group Rallies Support For Smoking Ban In Stafford
KUHF-FM - June 25, 2012

... in Stafford this Wednesday night on efforts to ban smoking in businesses. ... says her group has been successful in getting smoking bans in other communities. …

Lewisville Considers Smoking Ban for Bars, Restaurants
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog) - June 21, 2012

Lewisville is considering a smoking ban that would make it more difficult for people to light up in bars and restaurants. …

Lewisville City Council Mulls Smoking Ban
CBS Local - June 18, 2012

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. ..

Campus smoking bans becoming more common
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram - Jun 17, 2012

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,

Angelina College announces tobacco-free campus for fall 2012
Lufkin Daily News (TX) June 18, 2012

Following its monthly board meeting this week, Angelina College officials have announced the approval of a policy making the AC campus tobacco-free ...

Lufkin could be going 'smoke free' in the future
KTRE (TX) June 18, 2012

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.

Tobacco-free campus a good idea
Houston Chronicle (TX) June 18, 2012

... 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 ...

Angelina campus goes tobacco free in fall semester
KETK (TX)- June 14, 2012

Lufkin - The Lufkin Daily News is reporting; following its monthly board meeting this week, Angelina College officials have announced the approval of a policy ...

SHSU goes tobacco free
Huntsville Item - June 8, 2012

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. …

UNT plans ban on smoking
Officials now working out details of policy to free campus of bad habit
Denton Record Chronicle, June 2, 2012

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 Foundation. …

Lamar University goes smoke-free June 1
Liberty Vindicator - June 1, 2012

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 ...

Fulton law will limit smoking products
Rockport (TX) Pilot - May 18, 2012

What is in one’s 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. ...

Sul Ross adopts smoke-free, tobacco-free policy
Alpine Avalanche - May 17, 2012

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 ...

Arlington looks at tightening city smoking restrictions
Fort Worth Star Telegram (TX) - May 15, 2012

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.

Fort Worth City Council unlikely to require new municipal hires to ...
The Republic - May 8, 2012

AP FORT WORTH, Texas ­ Fort Worth's proposed ban on the hiring of smokers as municipal employees appears to be heading nowhere. …

UNT campus to go smoke-free in 2013
Pegasus News - May 8, 2012

UNT’s 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. …

Arlington Bingo Halls Fear a Smoking Ban would hurt Charities
33 KDAF-TV - May 6, 2012

Arlington city council is considering an all-out ban on smoking, in every public building. The city already bans smoking in restaurants and most public building, but there are some exceptions. ...

San Marcos council approves park rules limiting alcohol, tobacco use
Chicago Tribune - May 4, 2012
CIARA O'ROURKE Austin American-Statesman, Texas

... 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 ...

Lewisville council candidates differ on smoking ban, English as ...
Dallas Morning News (subscription) - May 4, 2012

…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 ...

Arlington to consider banning smoking at workplaces
Fort Worth Star Telegram - May 1, 2012

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. … Since 2006, smoking has been banned at Arlington restaurants, hospitals, ... drive to strengthen smoking restrictions, said a citywide ban on indoor smoking ...

Arlington Smoking Ordinance May Change
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog) - May 1, 2012

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 City Council passes new park rules, including alcohol ban
Austin American-Statesman (blog) - May 1, 2012

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. …

Fort Worth no-smoking proposal pits employers' healthcare costs vs ...
Fort Worth Star Telegram - May 1, 2012

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.

Maggio: Please, no more smoking in public
The Daily Toreador (registration) – April 30, 2012

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 ...

Fort Worth's hiring policies shouldn't change to ban smokers
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Apr 29, 2012

Previously, government tried to find ways to prevent nonsmokers from ... In Fort Worth, the city staff is researching a proposal to hire only nonsmokers. …

Smokers caught breaking ban at Fiesta Flambeau
WOAI - Apr 28, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ordinance approved by City Council : Exemptions include some bars, assisted living centers
Athens (TX) Review, 2012-04-24

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.

Fort Worth to consider hiring only non-smokers
Fox News - April 17, 2012

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 millions ...

Fort Worth to Consider Tobacco Ban for New City Employees
First Coast News - April 17, 2012

FORT WORTH -- City employees who take a smoke break are fuming over a new idea to make Fort Worth a tobacco-free work place by not hiring smokers. …

Council approves BHS bids, amends smoking ordinance
The Tribune - April 16, 2012

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. …

Cleaner, greener Fiesta promised
San Antonio Express - April 12, 2012

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 ...

Cedar Creek Lake cities likely to eventually consider smoking bans ...
Cedar Creek Lake - April 12, 2012

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 ...

UT-Austin now smoke-free except for 12 zones
Houston Chronicle - April 12, 2012

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. …

UT Begins Austin Campus-Wide Tobacco Ban
CBS Local - April 12, 2012

AUSTIN (AP) - The University of Texas in Austin has gone tobacco-free in a healthy move that could add up to more ...

UT goes tobacco-free to preserve research funding
Austin American-Statesman - April 11, 2012

That agency, which requires recipients of its grants to have tobacco-free premises, was established when voters authorized $3 billion in bonds for cancer ...

Mayor: Pflugerville not likely to tackle smoking ban in near future
Community Impact Newspaper - April 6, 2012

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. …

Agreement for Corpus Christi pipe ban dispute comes down to one word
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller Times - March 27, 2012

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 smoking. … 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. …

Humble says no to smoking in public
Houston Chronicle - March 7, 2012

It's now illegal to smoke in public areas in the city of Humble. ...

UTPA considers smoking restrictions
Monitor, March 3, 2012

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. …

Hanovers to go smoke free March 5
Community Impact (TX) Newspaper - March 2, 2012

Hanovers is voluntarily banning smoking as of March 5. ... “We think that the greater good will come [of the ban],” co-owner Adeline Bui said. …

White Settlement restricts smoking in restaurants
Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram - March 1, 2012

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. …

Tech to go with tobacco-free policy
LubbockOnline.com - Feb 26, 2012

By By Brittany Hoover The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced earlier this month a new tobacco-free policy for all current and ...

Simpson: So, what really happened
Longview News-Journal - Feb 25, 2012

During the session, legislation was proposed to ban smoking statewide in private ... The bill would have banned smoking in private businesses, ...

City Council favors compromise over smoking ban
El Campo (TX) Leader-News, 2012-02-15
SHANNON CRABTREE

A proposed ban on smoking in public places won’t go before El Campo voters – City Council and business owners will work out a compromise instead.

Crownover honored as health advocate
Denton Record Chronicle - Feb 11, 2012

The American Heart Association presented state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, with the “Heart of Honor” award Friday for her leadership and commitment to public health issues, according to a news release from Crownover’s office. … In 2007, Crownover filed legislation to protect Texas workers from secondhand smoke in the workplace. Crownover passed the legislation in the Texas House ...

Proposed smoking ban revisited by city council
El Campo (TX) Leader-News, 2012-02-11
SHANNON CRABTREE

Continued debate over a proposed smoking ban in El Campo’s bars, restaurants and other public buildings will highlight discussions when City Council meets for a workshop session Monday. . . .

Research group calls for tobacco ban
UT The Daily Texan - February 10, 2012

Because of a new provision from one of the University’s 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 Institute’s funds. …

Largest addiction treatment facility in Central Texas says, 'No smoking’
Austin American-Statesman - February 10, 2012

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. ...

SAN ANGELO SMOKING BAN - ONE YEAR LATER: Haze lifted smoke still getting in some eyes
San Angelo Standard Times - Feb 4, 2012

Reyes, a former smoker, approved of the citywide smoking ban put in place last year and said he frequents his favorite bars and clubs more now that the ban ...

Area and state briefs: White Settlement delays vote on smoking ...
Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram - January 26, 2012

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. …

Denton launches virtual town hall
Denton (TX) Record Chronicle - January 24, 2012

Council members informally agreed this month to form a citizen committee to study a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other workplaces.

Smaller Texas towns lag on smoking regulations
Fort Worth Star Telegram - January 24, 2012

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 ...

Fiesta smoking ban proposal goes to council
WOAI - January 19, 2012

San Antonio, TX - …But this year the 121-year-old celebration is changing with the times and offering party-goers a smoke free environment. "We are asking city council to ...

Smoking? Or non? Jacksonville may soon be smoke-free
KETK (TX) - January 13, 2012

JACKSONVILLE ­ Jacksonville Mayor Kenneth Melvin tells KETK that the "Clean Air Committee" has been meeting for a few months now. And after much research, ...

Survey reveals residents support Lufkin going smokefree
KTRE - January 12, 2012

43,000 non-smokers die each year from second-hand smoke. It's a number Smoke Free Lufkin says needs to shrivel. According to a recent survey, Lufkin residents agree. …

Smoking ban takes effect in Austin
KVUE (Austin, TX), 2011-12-24
ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News

A permanent smoking ban is now in effect. ...

Council bans smoking from public parks
KVUE (Austin, TX) - December 16, 2011

by KVUE News AUSTIN -- City Council has passed a permanent smoking ban at all city parks, pools and preserves. Council members voted for the ban on Thursday ...

Committee to recommend smoking ban
Jacksonville (TX) Daily Progress - December 15, 2011

JACKSONVILLE ­ Jacksonville's smoking ban committee is drafting a citywide smoking ban presentation and it is tentatively scheduled to present it at a ...

Austin City Council actions: Smoking banned in city parks
Austin American-Statesman - December 8, 2011

Took a preliminary vote to ban smoking in city parks. ...

Debate surrounds city park smoking ban
KVUE - December 8, 2011

Austin, TX -- The potential new ban now brings in a new era for Austin's parks, pools, and nature preserves like the Greenbelt in that smoking will no longer be allowed. …

City permanently bans smoking in parks
Austin (TX) News - December 8, 2011

On Thursday the Austin City Council approved a smoking ban in city parks on first reading. The ban still needs to more votes before it goes into effect. ...

KUT Morning Newspod December 8, 2011
KUT News - December 8, 2011

The Austin City Council is scheduled to vote today on an ordinance to permanently ban smoking at all city parks. The ban would include city athletic fields, ...

Austin golf courses get a mulligan in proposed smoking ban
Austin American-Statesman (blog) - December 8, 2011

“The Austin City Council today (Thursday) is expected to ban cigarette smoking in city parks which ...

Smoking committee: More study needed
Jacksonville (TX) Daily Progress - December 7, 2011

JACKSONVILLE ­ The Smoking Ban Committee decided to forestall presenting a decision to the City Council at Tuesday's meeting and instead conduct additional ...

Refine proposal on Fiesta smoke
San Antonio Express - December 6, 2011

The measure would have banned smoking within 50 feet in every direction from the ... But a 50-foot extension of the smoking ban onto private property is ...

Council doesn't slap ban on parade smokes ­ yet
San Antonio Express - December 2, 2011

The City Council didn't vote Thursday to ban tobacco consumption along the routes of the ... Castro said that given the past debate on the smoking ban, ...

Residents sound off about proposed smoking ban
Jacksonville (TX) Progress, 2011-11-30
Marivel Resendiz Jacksonville Daily Progress The Jacksonville Daily Progress

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. ...

City council may ban smoking near Fiesta parades
WOAI (TX) - November 30, 2011

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. ...

Some Abilene businesses still complain about smoking ban five ...
ReporterNews.com(TX)- Jaime Adame - November 29, 2011

The decrease in citations suggests that the ban is working, ... Since the Abilene vote, smoking bans have become more commonplace nationwide. ...

Jacksonville examining city smokefree ban
The Cherokeean Herald (TX) - Quinten Boyd - November 9, 2011

During Tuesday's city council meeting, council members approved the creation of a committee to examine and evaluate a city-wide smoking ban. ...

Possible Shenandoah smoking ban discussed
Your Houston News (Houston Community Newspapers), 2011-11-02
Catherine Dominguez Houston Community Newspapers

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. ...

Austin City Council passes proposal for smoke-free parks
The Horn - Alexa Ura - November 2, 2011

Womack said he worried that banning smoking from public golf courses that are ... Enforcing a smoking ban in parks during city-wide special events that many ...

Council proposal would permanently ban smoking in city parks
Austin American-Statesman - Sarah Coppola - October 18, 2011

The new proposal would permanently ban smoking in those areas. The council will decide Thursday whether to ask city staffers to start writing a ban, ...

Outdoor smoking ban in Austin could be permanent
Austin Morning Call, Austin Business Journal 10/18/2011

…Three Austin City Council members are pushing for the outdoor smoking ban, which is part of the city's burn ban, to become permanent. Council members Laura Morrison, Mike Martinez and Kathie Tovo…

Boerne bans all smoking in parks
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, 2011-09-30, Zeke MacCormack

The Boerne City Council has enacted a ban on all types of smoking at municipal parks, from barbecue to cigars. ...

Smoking Ban Now in Effect in San Antonio
Meetings & Conventions (TX) - Sarah J.F. Braley - September 27, 2011

A smoking ban went into effect recently in San Antonio, where lighting up no longer is allowed in enclosed public …

Drought may make it harder for Texas smokers to light up
msnbc.com - Sylvia Wood - September 15, 2011

Some of the nation's largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, have already banned smoking in outdoor spaces, ...

Mayor Considers Ban on Smoking in Parks
MyFox Houston - September 14, 2011

Mayor Parker says she's considering banning smoking in city parks. Families have been making memories aboard the Hermann Park train for decades. ...

City may ban smoking in parks
Houston Chronicle (blog) - September 14, 2011

Mayor Annise Parker said she is considering banning smoking in the city's 380 parks because of the fire dangers presented by discarded cigarettes. ...

Smoking banned in Williamson County parks
Austin American-Statesman - September 13, 2011

Williamson County commissioners have banned smoking in county-owned parks, preserves and trails because of the drought. Outdoor cooking is allowed as long ...

Smoking Ban Counts at ACL Fest This Weekend
Austinist - Paige Maguire - September 13, 2011

There's been a smoking ban in city parks since April (whoops), and we learned yesterday that it will indeed extend to Austin City Limits music festival this ...

Denton to consider smoking ban
Denton Record Chronicle - Lowell Brown - September 13, 2011

The action came after several residents appeared before the council recently asking the city to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and ...

Campus police resources strained
University Star (TX) (blog) - September 7, 2011

Daniel Benitez and Chief of Police Ralph Meyer about increasing the number of officers to enforce the new campus-wide smoking ban. …

Smoking ban means a healthier campus
University Star (blog) - September 7, 2011

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 ...

Cities can decide issues themselves
Amarillo.com (TX) - September 5, 2011

It involves a city ordinance that bans smoking indoors. ... This city's voters twice have rejected calls to enact an indoor smoking ban. Why? ...

Guide to S.A. 2011: Planning expected to yield to actual work on big projects
By Josh Baugh
San Antonio Express, August 22, 2011

... will be prohibited in those places, and San Antonio will qualify as a “smoke-free city” under criteria set by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...

City smoking ban removed from November ballot
University Star (blog) – August 21, 2011

The non-binding referendum banning smoking in public places in San Marcos was extinguished from the November ballot after a four to three City Council vote. ...

Breathe easy: smoking ban taken off ballot
University Star (blog) - Aug 21 2011

The San Marcos City Council decided on August 2 not to pursue the power to enact a city-wide smoking ban. I was relieved to hear our City Council did the ...

Cary Clack: Breathing easier at the bus stop
San Antonio Express - August 18, 2011

It extends the smoking ban to pool halls, bars, bingo parlors, the San Antonio Zoo, ... To smokers who say banning smoking outdoors goes too far, he says, ...

S.A. smoking rates down a third over decade
San Antonio Express - Don Finley – August 14, 2011

Ruth Keys, an administrative assistant at Lackland AFB, says none of the no-smoking signs led her to quit on July 1. ...

Bus stops won't be haven for smokers
San Antonio Express, August 8, 2011

… In the United States, 468 communities have laws that ban smoking in the workplace, restaurants and bars, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Of those communities, 138 outlaw smoking at outdoor transit facilities.

A total of 217 U.S. cities have smoke-free outdoor transit areas, said ANR Executive Director Cynthia Hallett.

“It's just a matter of folks beginning to understand that when you're in a small space like that, where people congregate, it is still shared air,” Hallett said. ...

Some hold breath as smoke ban nears
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - August 3, 2011

... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is poised to add San Antonio to its gold standard list of smoke-free cities, program manager Annie Tegen said. …

San Marcos council snuffs out public smoking ban
Newstreamz San Marcos (TX) - Sean Batura -August 3, 2011

...Guerrero and councilmembers Ryan Thomason and Kim Porterfield stood solid in support ..

City-Wide Smoking Ban About To Begin
KSAT San Antonio -August 2, 2011

Smoking sections inside restaurants are out, too, and you'll now face a fine for lighting up on city park playgrounds or pavilions. ...

Countdown on for smoke-free San Antonio
WOAI - August 2, 2011

San Antonio is one of the last big cities in the country to go smoke-free. Local bar owners and their patrons say it's going to take time to adjust to the ...

Texas State kicks-off tobacco-free policy
Newstreamz San Marcos - August 1, 2011

... and vehicles in 2000, and several outside smoke-free zones were established in 2005. The Round Rock campus opened in 2005 as a tobacco-free campus.

SAHA smoking policy is laudable
San Antonio Express - August 1, 2011

But the decision of the San Antonio Housing Authority to ban smoking in public housing is a sensible step for public health and for taxpayers. ...

UTA to ban tobacco products
Houston Chronicle - July 29, 2011

2011 AP Starting Monday, the campus will become completely tobacco-free. Faculty, students, staff and visitors will not be allowed to use any tobacco ...

SAHA to ban smoking in public housing
People won't be allowed to light up in own homes
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, 2011-07-28
Karisa King

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. ...

City Council holds smoking ban forums
University Star (blog) - July 27, 2011

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 …

Respondents split on proposed smoking ban
Newstreamz San Marcos - July 27, 2011

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, ..

San Marcos Downtown Association to discuss smoking ban tonight
Community Impact Newspaper - Jaime Kilpatrick - July 28, 2011

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., ...

SAHA to ban smoking in public housing
San Antonio Express - Karisa King - Jul 23, 2011

Its smoking ban will affect: To the list of places where smokers no longer will be able to light up - government buildings, parks, restaurants and bars - public housing residents in San Antonio soon will add one more: their own homes. ...

Those at smoking ban forum seem split on proposed November ballot measure
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2011-07-19
Ciara O'Rourke AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

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. ...

City to hold open house today on public smoking ban
Newstreamz San Marcos - July 18, 2011

Should the San Marcos City Council let citizens vote on a non-binding proposition to ban smoking in public places, and if so, what kinds of places? San Marcos residents and business owners are invited to participate in an open house meeting today to ...

San Marcos Smoke-Free Initiative
WOAI - July 17, 2011

San Antonio -- Count it down. Just 33 days until the city-wide smoking ban begins. As San Antonio bars, restaurants, billiard halls, and bingo halls prepare for the change on August 19th, a neighboring community is also eyeing a ban. ...

Onward through the fog: Will smoking ban blow over into Buda, Kyle?
Hays Free Press - Sean Kimmons - July 14, 2011

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, ...

HANKINS: Freethought San Marcos: Thinking about regulation of public alcohol, tobacco use
San Marcos (TX) Mercury, 2011-07-11
LAMAR W. HANKINS

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. ...

City council aims for November smoking vote
Newstreamz San Marcos - Sean Batura - July 12, 2011

San Marcos law currently allows smoking in bars and in designated smoking areas within restaurants, work places, and even offices in government-controlled buildings. The law bans smoking in public meeting rooms, public areas of grocery stores and other ...

City calls public meetings on smoking ban
Newstreamz San Marcos - July 8, 2011

San Marcos city officials have announced two open houses later this month to discuss a possible ban on smoking in public places that is being considered by the city council. The meetings will take place on July 18 and July 21. ...

San Marcos schedules meetings to discuss proposed public smoking ban
Community Impact Newspaper - Jaime Kilpatrick - July 8, 2011

The City of San Marcos has scheduled two public meetings to receive feedback from residents and business owners about a proposed public smoking ban. The meetings will be from …

San Marcos solicits feedback for pending smoking ban
Austin Business Journal, July 7, 2011

…The city of San Marcos will soon host public gatherings to discuss a proposed ban on smoking public places. The solicitation for feedback is the next step to putting the item on the November ballot…

San Marcos to put smoking ban on November ballot
Austin American-Statesman (blog) - July 6, 2011

SAN MARCOS ­ Presented with four ways to proceed with a potential public smoking ban, the San Marcos City Council opted late Tuesday to move forward with putting a nonbinding referendum before voters in November. Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison ...

Caprock Cafe Willingly Goes Smoke Free
Sports Radio ESPN 1420 - Lauren Wood - July 6, 2011

The first Lubbock sports grill to get a smoking permit under the modified city ordinance in 2001 willingly went smoke-free on Tuesday. Loyd Turner, owner of the Caprock Café at 34th Street and Indiana Avenue, said the decision was an easy one to make. ...

Lubbock sports grill goes smoke-free to satisfy customers
KCBD-TV - July 5, 2011

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, ...

Riverland goes tobacco-free
Austin Herald - Trey Mewes - July 1, 2011

A tobacco-free campus task force, led by public relations head James Douglass, sent surveys to employees and students, and held forums and met with the student senate. Douglass wasn't immediately available for comment and a message on his voice mail ...

BUTT OUT: Legislature again flicks away smoking ban
Mcallen (TX) Monitor, 2011-06-30
Gail Burkhardt The Monitor

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. ...

Push continues to make Lufkin smoke free
KETK - June 27, 2011

Janet Taylor, with the Smoke Free Lufkin campaign, tells the Daily News: The Coalition hopes eventually the city will adopt a complete smoke-free ordinance to deny smoking in all businesses. The proposed ordinance would also keep smokers a certain ...

EDITORIAL: No Smoking: City of Lufkin should move toward passage of smoke-free ordinance
Lufkin (TX) Daily News, 2011-06-26

Austin, Dallas and Houston have done it. Nacogdoches and Tyler have done it. Even Diboll has done it. ...

San Marcos smoking ban regs move forward
Austin Morning Call, Austin Business Journal 6/24/2011

…San Marcos City Council members voted in favor this week to drafting an ordinance that would ban smoking indoors. The discussion was the first step passing an anti-smoking law in San Marcos, one…

Catholics, other faith groups lobby for smoke-free workplaces
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-06-24
Kate Shellnutt

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. ...

Council supports smoking ban ballot measure
Newstreamz San Marcos - Sean Batura - June 23, 2011

At their meeting on Tuesday, six out of seven San Marcos Councilmembers expressed support for letting voters decide whether the city ought to ban smoking in public places. Councilmembers have until Aug. 2 to place a smoking ordinance on the November ...

Dallas bans smoking in parks
Statesman Journal (blog) - June 22, 2011

The City of Dallas banned smoking with in city parks during a council meeting earlier this week. City Manager Jerry Wyatt said the ban is for the most part across the board, noting that it affects “all parks, except one designated spot in the main park ...

Statewide smoking ban is revived in special session
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Dave Montgomery - June 20, 2011

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- A proposed statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants that died during the regular legislative session appears to be getting a second chance in the special session. ...

San Marcos may ban smoking
Austin Business Journal - Vicky Garza - June 17, 2011

About 33000 students attend Texas State University, making the city a haven for restaurants and bars ­ the two types of businesses generally opposed to smoking bans. A statewide smoking ban has been left lingering by the state Legislature in the ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban and all that it saves
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2011-06-07

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. ...

Denison City Council considers Waterloo Park Smoking Ban
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 ...

Texas House attempts new public smoking ban
But 'niche' businesses resist rejuvenated bill
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-06-05
GARY SCHARRER AUSTIN BUREAU

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. ...

Smoke free bill to be heard in House committee Saturday
Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog) - Erin Mulvaney - June 3, 2011

The legislation to make Texas' public spaces smoke free will be heard in the House Appropriations committee Saturday. The bill by Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, failed in the final days of the regular legislative session. ...

Smoking ban to be resuscitated
Denton Record Chronicle - Bj Lewis - June 2, 2011

In addition to benefiting public health, she said the ban could save the state money, which is why she attached it to the fiscal matters bill. “Earlier this year, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission estimated that a statewide ban on smoking ...

Statewide smoking ban dies - again - for another session
Dallas Morning News (blog) - Karen Brooks - May 29, 2011

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 ...

Smoking Ban May Face Uphill Battle in Texas Senate
The Texas Tribune , 2011-05-24
Emily Ramshaw Emily Ramshaw and Becca Aaronson

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. ...

Texas House approves ban on smoking in indoor public places
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2011-05-20
Dave Montgomery

The Texas House voted 73-66 on Friday to approve a statewide ban on smoking in indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.

Public smoking is allowed in some businesses in Laredo
Laredo Sun - Francisco Diaz - May 19, 2011

The council decided to allow the amendment to permit customers to use tobacco products in their facilities without the risk of being sanctioned for violating the ordinance prohibiting smoking. In the council meeting were activists and members of the ...

Lawmakers say they have a vehicle for smoking ban
San Marcos Mercury - Emily Ramshaw - May 16, 2011

Don't stub out the statewide smoking ban bill yet. The bill's House and Senate authors say they've got a vehicle for the measure to be ...

Possible change in the non smoking law
Laredo (TX) Sun, 2011-05-16

"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. ...

Smoking ban to be an amendment on another bill later on
Dallas Morning News (blog) - Karen Brooks - May 12, 2011

Myra Crownover, R-Denton, postponed her smoking ban bill tonight and is going to add it as an amendment to another bill later.

"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." ...

Odessa City Council Considering Tobacco Ordinance Revision
NewsWest9.com - May 12, 2011

The city has had a smoking ban since 2001 but the new ordinance is targeting all tobacco products. The new tobacco ban could be on the May 24th agenda for council members to consider. ...

King: Despite wide support, bid to ban smoking is flagging
Houston Chronicle - Bill King - May 11, 2011

The DSHS study was conducted by a team of environmental engineers from the University of Texas and compared the air quality in a number of restaurants and bars immediately before and after Austin banned smoking in such establishments in 2005. ...

Rosenberg Allowing 'Transitional' Period In Enforcing New Smoking Ordinance
FortBendNow - May 6, 2011

Because the City of Rosenberg's new smoking ordinance will impact so many commercial businesses and public places, the city is allowing a transition period before full enforcement of the ordinance begins on July 5. If violations are observed prior to ...

Rio Grande City expands smoking ban
Monitor - Gail Burkhardt - May 5, 2011

Public officials often cite Chili's Grill and Bar as one of the city's only restaurants with a smoking section, if not the only one. “Chili's plans to comply fully with the recent smoking ban ordinance passed by the Rio Grande City Council and will ...

Smoking ban eyed at Alvin city parks during athletic events
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-05-05
MICHAEL WRIGHT CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT

City Council is developing an ordinance that would prohibit smoking at sporting events in city parks, City Manager Terry Lucas said. ...

It's time for Texas to outlaw smoking in public places
Houston Chronicle - Harold J. Farber - April 15, 2011

The Texas Legislature is considering legislation to prohibit smoking in most public places, including workplaces, bars and restaurants (Senate Bill 355 and House Bill 670) ...

Highland Village to be smoke free
The Cross Timbers Gazette - April 13, 2011

The Highland Village City Council Tuesday approved the second and final read of an ordinance providing for smoke free workplaces in the city by a vote of 5-2. The ordinance prohibits smoking in any enclosed facility within all places of employment and ...

South Padre Island smoking ordinance now in effect
KGBT-TV - April 11, 2011

by Action 4 News Staff A smoking ordinance has gone into effect for public places within city limits of the Town of South Padre Island. The recently-approved ordinance went into effect starting on Monday. Town leaders are considering a “public place” ...

Statewide smoking ban proponents optimistic bill will pass ($$)
Houston (TX) Business Journal, 2011-04-08

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. ...

Rosenberg city council passes smoking ban
KRTK TV ABC13 (Houston, TX), 2011-04-06

Another community in Fort Bend County is banning smoking. ...

City mulls expanding existing smoking ban
Odessa (TX) American, 2011-04-01
SARAH MUELLER

Will Hamilton said he will never smoke because he's seen how smoking has ravaged his father's health. ...

New website hopes to remove smoking
One.com - March 18, 2011

The website contains a facts section about the hazards of smoking, as well as information links, ordinances in the state of Texas, a comments section and information relating to members of its committee. According to the campaign, 26 percent of adults ...

Killeen council to reconsider residential building zones
Killeen Daily Herald - Anthony Scott - March 14, 2011

The meeting will also include discussion and briefing on financial items, consideration of a smoking ordinance amendment and the city manager's evaluation. The council's public workshop starts at 5 tonight at the city's Utility Collections Building, ...

Bill banning smoking in public places closer to becoming law
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM - Matt Ernst - March 14, 2011

A bill to ban public smoking in Texas is one step closer to becoming law. It's already passed a Senate committee and now heads for a full Senate vote. If passed every public place would become smoke-free, including bars and restaurants. ...

Vasquez & Ledbetter: Smoke-free workplace law is necessary for the health and well-being of all Texans
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2011-03-10
Bishop Joe S. Vasquez and Gary Ledbetter, Special Contributors

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. . . . ...

Statement on Passage of Smoke-Free Workplace Bill Out of House Public Health Committee
PR Newswire, March 9, 2011

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. ...

Coalition asks for stricter RGC smoking ban
Monitor - Gail Burkhardt - March 9, 2011

Villarreal emphasized the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying that anyone who has a loved one affected by cancer would support the ordinance. SCAN proposed the ordinance because of those dangers. “It's important because a lot of people don't know that ...

Legislator Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth - Sara Story - March 3, 2011

A Denton lawmaker is proposing a statewide smoking ban, saying it will save lives and money. Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, is sponsoring a bill that would ban smoking in workplaces and most indoor public places. Jimmy Meredith, the owner ...

Smoking ban bills in Legislature could affect Big Country business owners
ReporterNews.com - Sarah Kleiner Varble - March 3, 2011

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. ...

Rio Grande City passes smoking ban
Monitor - March 3, 2011

City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday night to ban smoking in restaurants, public places and the work place. Restaurants must limit smoking to a room with a floor-to-ceiling wall that separates it from the nonsmoking area, according to the ...

The entry titled "Group launches site to shift debate on school funding."
Austin American-Statesman (blog) - Jason Embry - February 24, 2011

The Smoke-Free Texas Coalition today will unveil a study on the economic impact of a statewide smoking ban, saying such a ban could save the state and private-sector employers $404 million over two years. (Remember, that's not a dollar-for-dollar ...

Smoke signals Will Texas tobacco lobbyists win again?
Houston Chronicle - Feb 20, 2011

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. ...

TWU Board of Regents approves updating public smoking policy
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog) - Diane Smith - Feb 18, 2011

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. ...

HERMER / GINGISS: Time for statewide ban on smoking in public places
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-02-17
LAURA HERMER and PHYLLIS GINGISS

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. ...

Few patrons fume over smoking ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - Feb 12, 2011

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. ...

Smokers adapt to first day of citywide ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - February 10, 2011

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." ...

Tuesday chat: A smokin' question
San Angelo Standard Times - Rick Smith - February 8, 2011

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? ...

Lawmakers urged to pass smoking ban
Austin Business Journal, February 4, 2011

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 ...

Capitol Digest: 70% of Texans want smoking ban, poll shows
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2011-02-02

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. ...

Legislators say 70% of Texans favor a smoking ban
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2011-02-01
Dave Montgomery

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 bars. ...

Denton Republican, Houston Democrat team up for 3rd shot at statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2011-02-01

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. ...

Poll: Texans want smoke-free environment
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, 2011-02-01
Posted on 02/01/2011 by Gary Scharrer

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. ...

70 Percent of Texas Voters Support Law Making Bars, Restaurants ...
PR Newswire, February 1, 2011

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. ...

Students get behind proposed smoking ban
abc13.com - January 26, 2011

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. ...

Houston lawmaker pushes for state-wide smoking ban
KHOU - January 18, 2011

HOUSTON—A 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 it’s 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 ...

Rio Grande City to consider no smoking ordinance
KGBT-TV - Sergio Chapa - January 17, 2011

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. ...

Coalition talks about smoking ordinance
My West Texas - Audrie Palmer - January 12, 2011

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 ...

San Angelo City Council gives smoke ban final passage
San Angelo Standard Times - Denise Morris - January 11, 2011

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 ...

San Angelo City Council ready to discuss substantive changes to smoking ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - December 6, 2010

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.” ...

Area teen to deliver message to state lawmakers backing statewide smoking ban
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Yamil Berard - November 22, 2010

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." ...

OUR OPINION: No major changes should be made to smoking ban
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-11-20

The City Council is walking a fine line in taking up amendments to San Angelo’s 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 didn’t 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. ...

Council's moves a little smoky
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - Nov 20, 2010

The meeting’s 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 wasn’t “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 Farmer’s 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.” ...

NCTC board votes ‘no’ to making Gainesville campus tobacco-free
Gainesville (TX) Register, 2010-11-17
PAMELA ROBINSON, Register Staff Writer

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.

San Angelo City Council: No palatable options for health care insurance plans
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - November 16, 2010

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 I’m 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.

“I’m surprised,” he said. “I think it’s a pretty big can of worms there.” ...

Haltom City Public Housing to Snuff Out Smoking
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth - Susy Solis - November 16 2010

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 ...

Smoking ban still hazy for some
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - November 14, 2010

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo’s 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. ...

Smoking ban, tax ordinance to go into effect in about a month
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - November 8, 2010

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. ...

Angeloans vote for their future
San Angelo Standard Times - November 3, 2010

San Angeloans voted for their physical health and for the long-term health of their city in Tuesday’s 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. ...

2010 ELECTION: San Angelo bans smoking, drops sunset on sales tax
Standard-Times, November 3, 2010

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Smoke-Free San Angelo is no longer just the name of a local petition group.

Voters approved Proposition 1, meaning San Angelo’s 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 didn’t let their hopes get too overblown. ...

2010 THE VOTE: Smoke ban, tax face vote
Council may alter tobacco bill if approved
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-10-31
Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times

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 . . .

Galveston smoking ordinance leaves some people confused
KRTK TV ABC13 (Houston, TX), 2010-10-23

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 …

For Prop 1
San Angelo Standard Times - October 22, 2010

... 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. ...

MICHAEL BLANC: Secondhand smoke is a killer
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-10-18
MICHAEL BLANC

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 dad’s 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. ...

Council votes to keep ban changes
By Ian White
The Daily News (Galveston County, TX), October 15, 2010

GALVESTON ­ Despite an outburst of public opinion against Galveston City Council’s September vote to overturn its smoking ban, council members defeated Mayor Joe Jaworski’s effort to find a compromise to the argument Thursday.

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 city’s 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. …

Council clear to vote on smoke
Daily News - Galveston County - Ian White - October 14, 2010

GALVESTON — Council members Dianna Puccetti and Steve Greenberg both have been cleared of a conflict of interest in voting on the city’s no-smoking laws, which is on the agenda again for today’s 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 Greenberg’s case is his employer, Landry’s 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. It’s my opinion that neither has a conflict of interest about it." ...

Smoke-Free San Angelo to hold fundraising rally
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - October 13, 2010

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 ...

New smoking rules go into effect today in Galveston
abc13.com - October 13, 2010

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. ...

SMOKE-FREE ORDINANCE PRO: Employees' health, safety are stake
San Angelo Standard Times - October 7, 2010

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 ...

Sprint Adds Texas Store to Roster of LEED-Certified Locations
Advertiser Talk - October 6, 2010

The Harker Heights store is also a smoke-free environment that features carbon-dioxide monitoring and low-VOC-emitting (Volatile Organic Compounds) building ...

Galveston Island's weakened smoking ban returns it to "the 1970s" as a fight lights up
Culture Map Houston, 2010-09-28
Sarah Rufca

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. ...

Missouri City Smoking Ban takes effect Oct. 1
Bay Area Citizen (Webster, TX), 2010-09-28
DIANE TEZENO

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. ...

Smoking ban fight still not finished
Daily News - Galveston County - Ian White - September 28, 2010

GALVESTON — A Galveston woman has begun a campaign to put the city’s hotly debated smoking policy on the ballot for next May’s elections.

And, judging by comments on the campaign’s Facebook page, Mayor Joe Jaworski is right behind her.

Alice Melott, a real-estate agent, began her campaign almost immediately after Thursday’s 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.

“Galveston’s 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 campaign’s “Keep Galveston restaurants smoke-free” Facebook page.

He advised people how to view the city council’s televised coverage of the vote, writing: “It’s a 49 minute discussion and three votes. Difficult to watch at times." ...

Ordinance that prohibits smoking to be revised
Laredo Sun - Francisco Díaz - September 28, 2010

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 ...

Council amends smoking rules
Daily News - Galveston County - Ian White - September 24, 2010

GALVESTON ­ Galveston’s citywide clean air ordinance went up in smoke Thursday as the council voted 4-3 to allow people to light up in bars and several other places banned by the ordinance.

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. …

Galveston City Council Revises Smoking Ban

Galveston.com & Company (press release) - September 23, 2010

After considerable public comment and discussion the Galveston City Council amended the Island’s 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 City’s “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 Galveston’s 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.
* Smoking is now allowed in private clubs, fraternal organizations, and outdoor seating areas.
* On-premise alcohol consumption is now allowed in retail tobacco shops.
* Smoking is now prohibited within five (5) feet of a doorway or window (in proximity to an establishment where smoking is prohibited) ...

Smoking ban in public housing is right move
Corpus Christi Caller Times - September 22, 2010

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 shouldn’t have to work that hard to make its case. ...

Ban smoking throughout Bexar? State legislator wants to counties decide
KENS 5 TV - September 10, 2010

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. ...

Statewide smoking ban being prepped for next legislative session
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sep. 08, 2010

AUSTIN -- Undaunted by failure in last year's legislative session, supporters of a statewide smoking ban are gearing up to resurrect the measure to combat what they say is a public-health menace caused by secondhand smoke. …

Rail station platforms smoke-free Wed.
Austin News - September 1, 2010

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 ...

Three years later, city's smoking ban is working
By Joel Dunnington, M.D.
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston Chronicle, Aug. 31, 2010, 9:06PM

Burning leaves outdoors is illegal in Houston. But until three years ago you could still burn leaves indoors — as long as they were wrapped in a little white piece of paper. That never made sense to me or the schoolchildren I spoke to.

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. ...

San Antonio Joins the Fight Against Secondhand Smoke Clean Air Ordinance
Sacramento Bee - August 23, 2010

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. ...

San Antonio snuffs out smoking in bars, restaurants
San Antonio Business Journal on August 20, 2010

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.” ...

San Antonio to be Latest Texas City With Smoke-Free Workplaces
City Council action increases momentum for statewide law to protect workers and residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke in workplaces

PR Newswire, 2010-08-19
SOURCE Smoke-Free Texas

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, ...

Council adopts tough smoking
San Antonio Express, August 19, 2010

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. ...

Council adopts tough smoking rules
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - August 19, 2010

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. ...

City’s smoking ban vote today
By Josh Baugh - Express-News
Web Posted: 08/19/2010 12:00 CDT

The City Council is poised today to adopt rules that will make San Antonio smoke-free ­ after more than four months of rancorous debate and a much quieter last-minute round of deal-making.

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. …

Smoking ban is vital for S.A.
Express-News Editorial Board – August 19, 2010

City Council will vote today on whether to expand San Antonio's smoking ordinance. It shouldn't be close.

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. …

Tougher smoking ban likely to pass S.A. City Council Thursday
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-08-16

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. ...

Citizen: Abilene's Smoking Ban Must Be Enforced
BigCountryHomepage.com KTAB TV 24, KRBC TV 29 (Abilene, TX), 2010-08-10
Reported by: Victor Sotelo and Austin Kellerman

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. ...

Smoking at new courthouse stirs up row among officials
Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram, 2010-08-10
Bob Campbell Midland Reporter-Telegram *

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. ...

San Antonio one step closer to becoming smoke free
KENS 5 TV - Karen Grace - August 9, 2010

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. ...

S.A. city council has smoking ban on agenda despite support drop
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-08-05
KENS 5 Staff

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.

Ordinance will be commitment to preserving good health
San Antonio Express - August 5, 2010

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. ...

Smoke alarm
San Antonio Current - Tiffany Maples - August 4, 2010

...which means the smoking-ban debate is back on the front burner, beginning with Monday's Quality of Life Committee meeting, where some of our least ...

Let votes decide smoke ban issue
San Angelo Standard Times - July 28, 2010

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The smoking-ban issue has been messy nearly from the start, so messy that it didn’t even get on the May election ballot when it was supposed to. That’s 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 mayor’s point. Smoke-Free wouldn’t accept the city’s amended ordinance that exempted bars from the list of places covered by the ban, and presumably some San Angeloans — it’s anybody’s guess how many — want smoking curtailed but think it should be OK in bars. ...

Cap Metro to limit tobacco use
News 8 Austin - July 26, 2010

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" stops. ...

VIDEO: How Is Total Smoking Ban Working In Corpus Christi?
San Antonio City Council To Vote In August Whether To Expand Smoking Ordinance

KSAT-12 (San Antonio, TX), 2010-07-23
Isis Romero, KSAT 12 News Reporter

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. ...

McKinney City Council meeting summary July 20
North Texas e-News - July 23, 2010

... 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. ...

Mayor wants discussion on San Angelo's own smoking ordinance allow voters a ...
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - July 19, 2010

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.

“That’s what I want to discuss with council, to see if there’s an appetite for that, to put an ordinance into play that’s closer to the middle ground and let people see that in action so when they vote, they’ll understand that they’re voting for something that’s middle ground versus something that’s 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. ...

Firefight continues over smoking ban
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - July 14, 2010

Of the 30 largest American cities, only San Antonio, Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn., ... according to data from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. ...

Smoking ban could benefit health of San Antonio’s tourism industry
San Antonio Business Journal, June 28, 2010
By Dan R. Goddard

With more than 70 percent of the country covered by no smoking ordinances, San Antonio is one of the nation’s last tourist destinations that doesn’t 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 foundation’s 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.” ...

KIAH COLLIER: Ordinance to ban smoking still up in the air
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-06-27
Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times

The smoke-ban saga continues and could carry on after the November election. Here’s a quick summary of what’s 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 city’s 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 it’s unfair to place the ban only on some businesses. ...

Big Tobacco very, very quiet on smoking ban
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, 2010-06-26
Greg Jefferson

"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. . . .

Group rejects smoking ban proposal
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-06-25
Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times

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. ...

Smoking Ordinance Causes Some Debate At MoCity Meeting
FortBendNow - June 22, 2010

Missouri City’s proposed smoking ordinance wasn’t a slam dunk at last night’s 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. ...

Smoking ban debate fills City Hall; future still foggy
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-06-16
KENS 5 Staff

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. ...

CITY COUNCIL LIVE: Council votes to amend smoking-ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Michael Kelly - June 15, 2010

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. ...

Smoking petition on council agenda
San Angelo Standard-Times - Michael Kelly - June 14, 2010

SAN ANGELO, Texas ­ The San Angelo City Council may take the final step at its meeting today to place a citywide smoking ban petition on ...

Input given
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - June 11, 2010

City Council members remained silent Thursday on a proposal to stiffen San Antonio's smoking ban while members of the public ...

Missouri City asking for suggestions on smoking ban
abc13.com - June 10, 2010

Some of the proposals include banning smoking in all enclosed public places, as well as at sports arenas and stadiums. ...

Variant smoking plan tied to e-mail
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - May 27, 2010

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 can’t help that. ...

Secondhand Smoke Policies in Bexar County, 2010 (PDF)
Institute for Health Promotion Research (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio), 2010-05-25

San Antonio officials are proposing to expand the city’s 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 Antonio’s 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 Antonio’s 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.

Report: San Antonio smoking ordinance wouldn’t snuff out restaurant/bar industry
Institute for Health Promotion Research (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio), 2010-05-25

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, don’t 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.

Anti-smoking measure would not put San Antonio bars out of business, report shows
San Antonio (TX) Business Journal, 2010-05-25

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. ...

Market forces alone won't make city smoke-free
San Antonio Express - Veronica Flores-Paniagua - May 25, 2010

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. ...

Source of mystery smoking ordinance still a mystery
San Angelo Standard-Times - Kiah Collier - May 25, 2010

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The city clerk’s 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 weren’t 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 city’s information technology department was searching archived e-mails and would determine who had sent the e-mail by Friday. ...

Hearing process for smoking ban starting over
San Angelo Standard-Times - Kiah Collier - May 21, 2010

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.

“We’re fixing it,” she said. “We’re still on schedule." ...

The Brief: May 20, 2010
Texas Tribune (blog) - Julian Aguilar - May 20, 2010

San Antonio's proposed expansion of its municipal smoking ban hit a snag on Wednesday after the city council's Governance Committee decided the issue needed ...

City tinkers with smoking ban
San Angelo Standard-Times - Kiah Collier - May 18, 2010

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 ordinance’s potential effect on businesses.

The council, according to the City Charter, has 30 days from Tuesday — the ordinance’s 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 New ...

Council eyes smoking ban
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-05-18
Kiah Collier

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 week’s 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. ...

Smoking ban gets in our eyes
San Antonio (TX) Current, 2010-05-17
Posted by Elaine Wolff on 5/17/2010 3:52:05 PM

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 won’t have to worry, because there won’t 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 . . .

Proposal approved on first reading for smokeless bars
Alpine Avalanche - May 13, 2010

Alpine’s 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 it’s 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. ...

Alpine Bar Owners Support Smoke Free Ordinance
NewsWest9.com - Cierra Putman - May 12, 2010

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." ...

Conroe passes ordinance making it OK to light up
abc13.com - May 7, 2010

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.

San Antonio considers smoking ban, again
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-05-06
Christopher Heath - KENS 5

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. ...

Smoking ordinance 'economic disaster,' bar owners say
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - May 5, 2010

While an anti-smoking advocate believes there hasn’t been enough data to determine the economic effect from Conroe’s 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 Tailgator’s Pub and Grille on Texas 242. “It is very real. If you look at my liquor sales reported to the government, they’re down about 25 percent." ...

Conroe may lift smoking ban in bars
Houston Business Journal, May 5, 2010

An amendment to a smoking ban ordinance may soon give smokers the right to light up in Conroe bars once again. ...

Council may allow smoking in bars
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - May 4, 2010

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. ...

Congratulations, Kemah Smokers: You're 20 Feet Closer To The Front Door
Houston Press (blog) - Richard Connelly - April 27, 2010

The Kemah city council couldn't agree on a smoking ban in bars and restaurant bars at their meeting ...

City's smoke ban up for talks
Galveston Daily News, 2010-04-26
Hayley Kappes The Daily News

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 laws.

Councilman pushing new smoking ban
WOAI - April 22, 2010

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 city’s 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. ...

Councilman Rodriguez drafting smoking ban
San Antonio Current (blog) - April 21, 2010

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." ...

Student Group Encouraging MoCity Residents To Vote For Public Smoking
FortBendNow - Jamie Mock - April 19, 2010

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 doesn’t.” ...

The smoking ban ­ 1 year later
Tavern Guild director says most bars happy with the ban, but Illusions owner says it is forcing him to sell
Dallas Voice - John Wright - April 8, 2010

Gay bars in Dallas get high marks for compliance with the city’s 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 doesn’t believe the ban has hurt business, contrary to what opponents predicted. ...

Smoking ordinance gaining momentum
Waxahachie Daily Light - Mike Sackett - Apr 6, 2010

At the last commission meeting, Thomas and the commission turned possible ordinance changes over to the city's attorney Toby Mash. Mash said the ordinance ...

Council to receive smoke-ban petition
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-04-06
Kiah Collier

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. ...

Police issue first smoking tickets
Corpus Christi Caller Times - Katherine Rosenberg - March 24, 2010

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 we’ve 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.” ...

Council votes to ban smoking near playgrounds
Herald Zeitung - Chris Cobb - March 23, 2010

The New Braunfels City Council is close to imposing a smoking ban near the city’s 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 city’s parks advisory board after residents had asked that smoking be prohibited at those locations.

“This, for me, is about safety,” said Councilor Mark Goodner. “I’ve seen people out at a playground catching kids at the bottom of a slide with a cigarette in their fingertips.” ...

County ends smoking on courthouse roof patios
Brazosport Facts - John Lowman - March 11, 2010

Pct. 1 Commissioner Donald “Dude” Payne moved to ban smoking there and Rhodenbaugh seconded. “It's the old county jail recreation yard,” said Arthur ...

Missouri City Residents To Vote In May On Public Smoking Ban
FortBendNow - Jamie Mock - March 3, 2010

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 ...

Conroe smoking ban takes effect
Montgomery County Courier - Brad Meyer - March 1, 2010

The number of places tobacco enthusiasts can light up declined significantly Monday as Conroe’s 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. ...

Business owners sue over island smoking ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2010-02-23
Laura Elder The Daily News

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." ...

Citations now an option for ban violators
Corpus Christi Caller Times - February 19, 2010

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 didn’t want to take away an officer’s 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.”

That’s 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. ...

Smoking ban won't be on ballot
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - February 17, 2010

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. ...

University Park bans smoking in public areas
Dallas Morning News - Lori Stahl - February 16, 2010

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. ...

Smoking ban on city agenda
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-02-16
Kiah Collier

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. ...

City smoking ban will likely be on May 8 ballot
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - February 9, 2010

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. ...

Bar smoking not entirely snuffed
But police have not given out any tickets
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times, 2010-02-02
Sara Foley

Smoking in Corpus Christi bars is illegal now but it continues to occur.
Some bars are leaving the decision to smoke up to their patrons. Police, meanwhile, are waiting on complaints before enforcing the rule.

Corpus Christi police haven’t issued any tickets for violating the smoking ban since it took effect more than six months ago and don’t plan on dropping in on bars to test compliance, spokesman Capt. Todd Green said.

“It’s one of those ordinances we only enforce if someone complains,” Green said. “We’re not saying that we’re not enforcing it, but we’re not going to do sweeps.”

At the Havana Club, 500 N. Water St., visitors are warned smoking inside is illegal and told that if they’re ticketed, they’re 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. ...

Residents plead for status quo in smoking ban Posted On: Tuesday, Feb. 2 2010 ...
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - February 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. ...

LJ hospital goes totally smoke-free
Brazosport Facts - Katlynn Lanham - February 1, 2010

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 hospital’s 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. ...

Petition mounted to ban smoking
5K signatures sought by Feb. 12
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-01-28
Kiah Collier

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. ...

Smoking ban recommendation stalled by more residents with input
KXXV News Channel 25 - Natasha Chen - January 26, 2010

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. ...

Committee to discuss smoking ban with council
Killeen (TX) Daily Herald, 2010-01-26

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. ...

E-cigarettes not illegal in Abilene
Abilene (TX) Reporter-News, 2010-01-23
* Tanner Anderson

Assistant City Attorney Theresa James said the city's smoking ordinance was not drafted to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes. But she said even though e-cigarettes are not in violation, that does not prevent a business owner from prohibiting them.

"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. ...

Smoking task force to tackle ordinance
Ennis Daily News - January 21, 2010

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 Inn’s Brian Ozymy and National Envelope’s Marty Nelson. Mayor Russell Thomas announced the task force’s creation at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ennis City Commission. ...

Committee reviews smoking ordinance
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - January 21, 2010

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." ...

Smoke-free initiative loses steam
Lewisville Leader - Heather M. Smith - January 19, 2010

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 city’s 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 group’s effort. ...

Committee to report on discussion of smoking ordinance
Killeen (TX) Daily Herald, 2010-01-19

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.
The committee, composed of resident Rudeford Norman and Councilmen Kenny Wells and Juan Rivera, proposed to the council a repeal of the smoking ordinance's exemptions during an August council 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. ...

Anti-smoking effort temporarily stubbed out in Lewisville
Dallas Morning News, 2010-01-13

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. ...

Commission eyes smoking referendum
Ennis Daily News - January 7, 2010

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 subject. ...

Galveston Has New Smoking Ban
Violators Could Get $100 Fine
KPRC-TV (Houston, TX), 2010-01-01

Galveston's smoking ordinance went into effect on Friday.
The ban is one of the strictest in the state.

The law bans smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs, on patios and in outdoor seating areas.

Group reaches half-way point in signature drive
McKinney Courier Gazette - Heather M. Smith - December 22, 2009

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 spring’s 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. ...

Council to meet for final time in '09
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - December 15, 2009

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. ...

Island smoking ban will exclude tobacco shops
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-12-11
Rhiannon Meyers The Daily News

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. ...

Lewisville group hopes to ban smoking in city
Dallas Morning News, 2009-12-05
WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News

A group of Lewisville residents is launching a grass-roots campaign to let voters decide whether to ban smoking in the 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. ...

City votes to change smoking ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-12-04
Rhiannon Meyers The Daily News

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. ...

University Park May Be Next to Snuff Out Smoking
KXAS-TV NBC-5 (Fort Worth, TX), 2009-11-30
ELLEN GOLDBERG

University Park is considering a smoking ban similar to those in two neighboring cities.

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." ...

Benbrook will ban smoking in city parks
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2009-11-27
ELIZABETH CAMPBELL

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. ...

South Padre leaders back off tackling smoking ban
Brownsville (TX) Herald, 2009-11-22
CARL PHILLIPS, Island Breeze

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," he said.
He contended that more than 400,000 deaths in the United States each year are due to smoking-related illnesses, and recommended adoption of an ordinance to prohibit smoking in offices, retail shops, hotel/motels, restaurants (except for outdoor areas) and bars that derive more than half their gross income from the sale of food.

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. ...

Local City Council Tightens Public Smoking Ban
KWTX - November 18, 2009

The Waco City Council voted Tuesday to tighten its current smoking ordinance, requiring any new nightclubs and bars to be smoke-free. ...

Council to take up smoking ban again
Daily News - Galveston County - Leigh Jones - November 12, 2009

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. ...

San Antonio could revisit a proposed smoking ban in public places
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2009-11-10
Karen Grace / KENS 5

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. ...

“The Smoke-Free Debate Is Not Over,” Waco Coalition Says
Disappointed by the Waco City Council’s decision not to ban smoking entirely from bars, restaurants and workplaces, the Smoke-Free Waco coalition vowed Wednesday to continue to fight . . .
KWTX-TV News 10 KWTX-DT Channel 53 (Waco, Texas), 2009-11-04

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 city’s 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 coalition’s 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. ...

Waco City Council to address smoking ordinance, eliminating alley trash bins
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - November 3, 2009

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. ...

Palestine City Council OKs Smoking Ban
Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph, 2009-10-27
BETTY WATERS Staff Writer

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.

Senior centers smoking
Odessa American - Geoff Folsom - October 26, 2009

Ector county commissioners voted 3-2 to snuff out smoking at the county’s 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 isn’t allowed elsewhere in county-owned facilities. ...

City council expected to vote on smoking ban
Palestine (TX) Herald-Press, 2009-10-25
PAUL STONE The Palestine Herald

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.

Waco City Council to vote on new smoking ordinance Nov. 3
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - October 21, 2009

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. ...

Smoking ban supporters speak
Ennis Daily News - October 20, 2009

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. ...

City council set to vote on convention center improvements
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - October 19, 2009

On the agenda: Work session discussions on education summit, Freedom Fountain and possible changes to smoking ordinance. Business session action on naming ...

Highland Village bans smoking in city parks and recreation areas
Pegasus News - October 16, 2009

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. ...

Smokers Sound Off On Tobacco Ban At Andrews Hospital
NewsWest9.com - Wyatt Goolsby - October 15, 2009

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." ...

City council to vote on proposed smoking ordinance
Palestine (TX) Herald-Press, 2009-10-14
PAUL STONE The Palestine Herald

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.

Smoking ban fight faces long odds
Galveston Daily News, 2009-10-10
Laura Elder The Daily News

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.
In a letter to the city's attorney, the Galveston Bar and Tavern Owners Association asked the city to conduct an assessment of how the ordinance would affect its member businesses.

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. ...

Sorry, hookah bar, no smoking
The Bryan-College Station Eagle, October 9, 2009

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 ...

Smokers Against Any Smoking Ban in Odessa City Parks
NewsWest9.com - October 8, 2009

ODESSA - Smokers in Odessa are making it known, they're against the proposed tobacco ban at city parks. Thursday night was the first open meeting for people ...

Odessa Considering Tobacco Ban in All City Parks
KOSA - Beau Berman - October 6, 2009

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. ...

City receives petition to overturn smoking ban
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - October 5, 2009

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 city’s last municipal election. ...

No citations issued since ban took effect
Business remains good for some, not so good for others
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 2009-09-26

When the city’s 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 hasn’t happened, many bar owners say, the lawsuit some were considering hasn’t 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 can’t 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 don’t impact alcohol sales. ...

Conroe residents attempt to snuff out smoking ban
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - Sep 26, 2009

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.

“We’re 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 city’s last regular municipal election. The May 2008 election drew 2,305 voters, and 20 percent would equal 461 signatures.

Committee snuffs out smoking ban
Stephenville (TX) Empire-Tribune, 2009-09-17
WHITNEY WHITE-ASHLEY Staff Writer

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. ...

City council approves budget
Palestine Herald Press - Paul Stone - September 15, 2009

Also on Monday, four persons addressed the council during open forum in favor of an ordinance restricting smoking in public places, such as restaurants, ...

Lubbock commissioners douse smokers on courthouse lawn
LubbockOnline.com - Elliott Blackburn - September 15, 2009

The court voted to ban smoking anywhere within the city block where the courthouse stands. Smokers should move to the southeast corner of the block north of ...

University takes Smoking Ban Outside
KIII TV3 - September 1, 2009

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. ...

Conroe approves smoking ban
KHOU - August 27, 2009

CONROE, Texas – Conroe became the latest city in our area to approve a smoking ban. The action prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, ...

Smoke-Free Waco Coalition asks for comprehensive smoking ban
Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald, 2009-08-26
Mike CopelandTribune-Herald business editor

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. ...

Council to vote on smoking ordinance
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-08-26
Nancy Flake

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 “... you’ll 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.
But members of BreatheFree Conroe and some other residents want a comprehensive ban that prohibits smoking everywhere except in outdoor spaces and private residences. ...

Smoking ban law facing rewrite
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - August 20, 2009

Some Killeen business owners escaped the city's smoking ordinance that was enacted June 1, but come September, a proposal to revoke ...

Waco City Council doesn't support separate smoking sections for bars, still mulling whether to change ordinance
Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald, 2009-08-19
J.B. Smith Tribune-Herald staff writer

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." ...

Waco City Council to consider smoking ban compromise
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - August 18, 2009

The Waco-McLennan County Health District’s 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 city’s 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. ...

Council hears both sides on smoking ban
Sugar Land Sun, 2009-08-12
Nancy Flake

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. ...

Smoking ban draws fire from businesses
Galveston Daily News, 2009-08-14

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. ...

EDITORIAL: Don’t hold your breath: Speak up on smoking ordinance
Sugar Land Sun, 2009-08-10

The Conroe City Council’s 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 Wednesday’s 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 hasn’t changed? The public should have the most say in the matter.

Galveston adopts smoking ban
Dallas Morning News - July 24, 2009

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. ...

Up in smoke
El Dorado News-Times - July 24, 2009

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. ...

Killeen reignites smoking committee Posted On: Tuesday, Jul. 21 ...
Killeen Daily Herald - Justin Cox - July 21, 2009

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. ...

No citations issued in first month of smoking bans
Mesquite (TX) News/Rowlett Lakeshore Times , 2009-07-16
Ann Marie Shambaugh, Staff Writer

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." ...

Citywide smoking ban begins on Friday
Kilgore (TX) News Herald, 2009-07-15
BRENDA BROWN

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.
The ordinance also bans smoking within 30 feet of the entrance to any business or workplace.

Business owners and employers are required to post "No Smoking" signs. ...

Council expected to hear recond reading of proposed revision to ...
El Dorado News-Times - Tia Lyons - July 9, 2009

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 city’s 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...

Grapevine debating smoking ordinance
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2009-07-08

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?
Various youth sports associations have asked for an ordinance, officials said.

"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. ...

Council postpones smoking ban vote
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-07-08
Leigh Jones The Daily News

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. ...

City Council to discuss smoking ban
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-07-07
Nancy Flake

While they won’t 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 today’s workshop meeting, Mayor Webb Melder requested the issue be brought back before council. No action, however, will be taken during Thursday’s 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 ...

City Council recongizes Gen. Walker, Belton Parade
Belton Journal - Debra Stewart - July 5, 2009

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. ...

Council to consider smoking ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-06-27
Leigh Jones The Daily News

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. ...

Discussion on smoking ban lights up again
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-06-23
Leigh Jones The Daily News

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.
But many businessowners who opposed the ban before have changed their minds.

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. . . .
Several of Pettit's neighbors on Postoffice Street also have reopened without a smoking section. . . .

The ordinance proposed in 2006 excluded private clubs from the smoking ban, which wasn't fair to other businesses, Greenberg said.
Two weeks ago, Thomas asked council members to review a copy of the failed ordinance, which included the private club exclusion. ...

The Smoke-Free Texas coalition would like to express appreciation to the Corpus Christi City Council for allowing the smoke-free city ordinance to be implemented as scheduled.

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.

 

Council split on total workplace smoking ban
Waco Tribune Herald - June 16, 2009

Some said the current regulations are unfair, unenforceable and unwieldy, seeming to ban smoking in restaurants and other public spaces but allowing ...

Smoking in restaurants is a thing of the past in Killeen
KXXV News Channel 25 - June 1, 2009

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. ...

Statewide smoking ban is dead, bill authors say
House member vows to bring it back again in 2011
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-20
Corrie MacLaggan AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


The authors of a proposed statewide indoor smoking ban declared the measure extinguished Tuesday, and one blamed the tobacco lobby.

"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. ...

Time running out for smoking ban bill
KVUE - May 19, 2009

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. ...

EDITORIAL: Make it law in Texas: No ifs, ands or butts
Statewide smoking ban languishing in Legislature
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-16

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. ...

EDITORIAL: Tobacco lobby’s holding the lighter. Will Texas Lege take a drag?
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2009-05-16

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.
We'll be watching that bill. How our state senators vote on it will signal clearly who they listen to more: tobacco lobbyists or Texans. ...

Prop 1 defeated, DonCarlos re-elected
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-05-11
JOSH HARDWICK

In another election, voters soundly defeated a proposition to exempt certain; “stand alone” bar establishments from the city’s 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” (66 percent).
Support groups on both sides of the issue have contested the right to smoke in public venues for several months leading up to Saturday’s election. . . .

“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.”

Senate panel passes indoor smoking ban
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-12
Corrie MacLaggan

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.
The version that the committee approved was stricter than the one that passed out of a House panel, which would exempt certain bars and would not apply to counties with fewer than 115,000 residents.

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." ...

Rowlett voters approve smoking restrictions
Dallas Morning News, 2009-05-10
RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning News

Rowlett voters overwhelmingly approved new restrictions on smoking Saturday, defeating petitioners who had forced the special election.
In February, the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of an ordinance that prohibits smoking in or within 15 feet of indoor or enclosed public spaces.

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."

House panel passes watered-down smoking ban
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-08
Corrie MacLaggan

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."

Smoking ban bill being blocked from Senate vote
AP, 2009-05-06
JIM VERTUNO Associated Press Writer

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.

Rowlett Residents To Vote On Smoking Ban Saturday
CBS 11 - May 6, 2009

This Saturday, Rowlett residents will vote on an ordinance to ban smoking indoors in public places, including restaurants and bars. ...

Frisco city council considers cigar bars
McKinney (TX) Courier-Gazette, 2009-05-05

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. ...

Texas Smoking Ban Proposition Could Be Snuffed Out Soon
KBMT ABC 12 - April 29, 2009

The House passed a weakened version of the smoking ban last session but it never came up for a vote in the Senate and supporters are getting worried their ...

Kilgore City Council backs down on smoking ban
Kilgore News Herald - April 29, 2009

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. ...

Ad Campaign: All Texans Should Have the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air
Ad Calls for Smoke-Free Restaurants, Bars and Workplaces Statewide
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2009-04-27

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." ...

Kilgore puts brakes on citywide smoking ordinance
News-Journal.com - 11 hours ago

By Jamaal E. O'Neal KILGORE ­ The City Council decided Monday at a public hearing on a proposed smoking ordinance to postpone those plans. ...

Official mulls smoke ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-04-26
T.J. Aulds The Daily News

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. ...

Kilgore: 2nd hearing Monday on limiting smoking
News-Journal.com - April 22, 2009

KILGORE — The city will hold its second town hall meeting Monday to field residents' questions and hear comments about a planned smoking ordinance. ...

Texas Press Association State Capital Highlights
Blanco County News - April 22, 2009

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. ...

EDITORIAL: Waffling City Council puts off smoking ban for two months
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times, 2009-04-17

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.

WATCH: Lawmakers to hear testimony on statewide smoking ban
KVUE - April 14, 2009

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. ...

Council to hear arguments from bar owners on smoking ban delay
Corpus Christi Caller Times - April 13, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI — Bar owners may get two more months to build patios for smokers if the City Council decides today to delay the smoking ban a day before it would take effect.

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.

“They’ve 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 Marez’s request, said he wants to hear why the bar owners need the delay. ...

As smoke clears, Dallas bars adjust
Dallas Morning News, 2009-04-11
JESSICA MEYERS, MARK NORRIS and MICHAEL E. YOUNG / The Dallas Morning News

The Deep Ellum bar and others across Dallas no longer permit smoking inside since a new smoke-free workplace law took effect early Friday.
The Elbow Room's darkened interior has built its smoky patina over almost a century, embedding it deep into wood walls. But nostalgia waxes thin on bartender Jessica Rose, who looks forward to inhaling deeply again.

"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.
But bar operators still worry that forcing smokers outside will cost them business.

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. ...

Dallas City Ordinance 27440 New Standards to Smoking Ordinance (PDF)
Dallas City Hall , 2009-04-11

Effective April 10, 2009
Smoking is Prohibited

- In all indoor and enclosed areas in the city including workplaces
- Within 15 feet of any entrance to an indoor or enclosed area
- In any area designated as nonsmoking by the owner, operator, or person in control of the area and marked with a no smoking sign
Smoking is Allowed
- In a private residence (except when used as a facility for child, adult or health care) ...

Dallas institutes smoking ban for bars
United Press International - April 10, 2009

DALLAS, April 10 (UPI) -- The smoking ban instituted Friday in Dallas bars and pool halls is a positive step for the Texas city, some residents say. ...

Dallas smoking ban set to extend to bars
Texas Cable News - April 9, 2009

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. ...

Dallas City Council member Tennell Atkins seeks to delay smoking ordinance's expansion
He cites patio permit trouble; others expect to vote as scheduled
Dallas Morning News, 2009-04-02
DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News

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." ...

Clear the air
Houston’s smoke-free. The rest of Texas should be, too
Houston Chronicle, March 30, 2009

Texans can’t breathe easy yet ­ at least, not as easily as we do in Houston. Among the bills stuck in the state Legislature’s committee limbo are a pair that would make the rest of the state as smoke-free as our city.

House Bill 5 (sponsored by Myra Crownover, R-Denton) and Senate Bill 544 (by Rodney Ellis, D-Houston) would change the state’s patchwork of smoking laws into a single clear ban: No smoking in indoor work and public places, including restaurants and bars.

Houston, which launched a similar city-wide ban in 2007, shows how well a state-wide ban could work. Has our ban hurt bar or restaurant sales? Not according to city sales-tax receipts. Did it drive away tourists? Not according to the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston.

Has it saved the hearts and lungs of Houston workers? Almost certainly. Studies have found that heart health improved significantly after smoking bans passed in Colorado, Indiana, Montana, New York, Ohio, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. The health benefits are probably greatest for bartenders, waiters and baristas: One study shows that, in the absence of a smoking ban, food-service workers are 50 percent more likely than other people to die from lung cancer. ...

City smoking ban petition fails to net enough signatures
Corpus Christi Caller Times - March 26, 2009

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 didn’t 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. ...

Kilgore town hall meeting set for smoking ordinance
News-Journal.com - March 26, 2009

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. ...

New Dallas Smoking Ban May Be Delayed
KERA - March 25, 2009

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.

Council backs smokeless parks, tourism board
Lufkin Daily News - March 25, 2009

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."

Group Turns Petition In To City To Keep Smoking Legal In Bar, Pool Halls
KRIS Channel 6 (Corpus Christi, TX), 2009-03-17

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.


Mesquite City Council passes smoking ban
McKinney (TX) Courier-Gazette, 2009-03-16
Kenny Green, Staff Writer

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."

Every detail you'd ever want to know about Dallas' new smoking ...
Dallas Morning News - March 16, 2009

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? ...

Lots of Dallasites burning up over smoking ordinance? Not so much.
Dallas Morning News - March 12, 2009

Three people.

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.

Revised smoking ordinance fails
Burleson-Crowley Connection - March 10, 2009

Restaurant patrons may still “smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em” at several local establishments after the Burleson City Council failed to pass a revised smoking ordinance on March 2.

Mayor Ken Shetter explained the ordinance’s 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.

Rowlett voters to determine whether city bans smoking in public places
Dallas Morning News, 2009-03-10
FRANK TREJO / The Dallas Morning News

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.

TITLE Consider an ordinance repealing Ordinance Number ORD-003-09 in its entirety.
TITLE Consider an ordinance calling a special election in Rowlett on Saturday, May 9, 2009 for the purpose of voting "FOR Ordinance Number 003-09" or "AGAINST Ordinance Number 003-09".
City of Rowlett (TX), 2009-03-08

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 item herein.
The City of Rowlett reserves the right to reconvene, recess or realign the Regular Session or called Executive Session or order of business at any time prior to adjournment. ...

Rowlett: Council to reconsider smoking ban in special meeting
McKinney (TX) Courier-Gazette, 2009-03-07

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 petition provided the required 521 valid signatures of registered voters in Rowlett, which leaves the city council with several options. The council will meet Monday to consider repealing the smoking ordinance or scheduling an election in May to allow voters to decide the fate of the ordinance. . . .

The meeting will be taped and rebroadcast on the city’s cable access channel RTN16 in Rowlett and available on the city’s on demand video streaming at www.rowlett.com .

Senator Duncan wants your opinion on a smoke-free Texas
KCBD-TV - March 4, 2009

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 Duncan.

Petition aims to prevent Rowlett's impending smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2009-02-27
FRANK TREJO / The Dallas Morning News

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.

Study: Houston smoking ban had no effect on business
KHOU CBS 11 (Houston, TX), 2009-02-25
Lee McGuire / 11 News

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.

Rowlett residents want to stamp out smoking ban
Pegasus News - February 26, 2009

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. ...

Editorial: Time for a statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2009-02-20

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.

Texas Restaurant Association backs statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2009-02-17
EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News

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.

CROWNOVER and ELLIS: Secondhand smoke a major killer
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2009-02-15
Myra Crownover is a Republican state representative from Denton / Rodney Ellis is a Democratic state senator from Houston

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. . . .

In split vote, Mansfield adopts new smoking ordinance
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - February 11, 2009

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.

Killeen Smoking Ban Will Exempt Nightclubs, Pool Halls, Bingo Halls
KXXV News Channel 25, TX - February 10, 2009

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.

Killeen's smoking ban committee burns out
Killeen Daily Herald, TX - February 4, 2009
It's been all talk and no resolution for three months.

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.

"Smoking Police" Coming to Dallas
MSNBC, 2009-02-03

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.

El Lago bans smoking in public places
KHOU, TX - February 2, 2009

El Lago has become the latest to ban smoking in public areas.

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 building’s entrance to do so.

Lufkin parks could go smoke-free
Lufkin Daily News, TX - February 2, 2009

A motion made during a Monday meeting between the Lufkin Parks Board and The Coalition has begun the process of turning Lufkin parks into smoke-free zones.

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.

Sheffield co-authors statewide smoking ban bill
Killeen (TX) Daily Herald, 2009-02-01
Justin Cox Killeen Daily Herald

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.

Supporters rally for statewide smoking ban
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2009-01-30
JANET ELLIOTT Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau

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.

Poll finds most Texans want smoking ban
Austin Business Journal, January 29, 2009

More than two-thirds of Texans polled in a recent survey say they support banning smoking in all indoor work and public places.

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."

Armstrong rides into Texas political fight
AP, 2009-01-28
JIM VERTUNO

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."

Rowlett: Bowl-a-Rama goes smoke-free
Dallas Morning News, TX - January 26, 2009

"We didn't want to wait any longer to do the right thing," says Bowl-a-Rama general manager Jon Gano.

Mansfield compromises on proposed smoking ordinance
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - January 26, 2009

By ROBERT CADWALLADER MANSFIELD ­ The City Council could vote today on a citywide smoking ban with some exceptions, including restaurants that choose not to admit minors.

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.

CS City Council Approves Smoking Ban
KBTX, TX - January 23, 2009

They voted and the results are in. Now changes are coming to where restaurant and bar patrons can light up, in College Station.

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.

El Lago is now a smoke-free city
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-01-20
MARY ANN HELLINGHAUSEN

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 city’s swimming pool area, said City Secretary Ann Vernon.

Restaurant outdoor seating areas also are exempt from the ban, she said.

Houston senator to propose statewide smoking ban
Texas Cable News, TX - January 7, 2009

HOUSTON­State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston is filing legislation for a statewide workplace smoking ban. The proposal would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

Council Passes Expanding Smoking Ban
KRIS-TV, TX, December 17, 2008

After nearly two hours of a sometimes heated debate Tuesday, the Corpus Christi City Council has given final approval to an expansion of the city's ban on smoking.

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.

Dallas City Council votes to expand smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2008-12-11
DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News

Smoking soon will be illegal in Dallas bars, billiard halls and most other workplaces after the City Council expanded the municipal smoking ordinance Wednesday.

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 offense.

Flower Mound A No Smoking Town In 2009
Town Council Passes An Ordinance Banning Smoking In Public Places
Flower Mound (TX) Messenger, 2008-11-07

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.

Court of Appeals tightens smoking ban, defines rules
The Daily Texan (Univ. of Texas at Austin), 2008-03-31

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.

Judge snuffs out challenge to Houston's smoking ban
By Matt Stiles
Houston Chronicle, August 28, 2007

A federal judge on Monday rejected bar owners' complaints about Houston's comprehensive smoking ban, allowing the new restrictions to take effect Saturday.

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.

Victoria is ahead of curve
The Victoria Advocate, July 24, 2006

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.
I am proud to live in a city that has placed the health and safety of the community above the supposed financial interests of a few people.

Nyle 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.

 

 

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