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Hi Supporter - There's a lot happening in Texas!

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.

2016 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

SFA campus is now smoke-free [VIDEO]
KTRE - August 22, 2016

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - SFA is now smoke-free. The policy prohibiting smoking, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco began Monday. About 30 signs are placed around campus to remind returning students of the new rule. …

Dallas council will vote on no-exceptions smoking ban for parks
Dallas Morning News - August 22, 2016

Dallas' Quality of Life and Environment Committee voted to send the full council a proposed ordinance banning smoking in all public parks - without exceptions. The park board's proposal, which passed in early June after many months of delays and debates,

Round Rock to vote on banning use of e-cigarettes in public
KXAN.com - August 22, 2016

A spokesperson says council members believe if smoking is mostly banned, the use of ... where he may soon be forced to do most of his vaping, if council approves the ban. ... Two other Central Texas cities have electronic cigarette bans.

Dallas council will vote to ban smoking in parks without exceptions
Dallas Morning News - August 22, 2016

Moreno had just come out of the City Council's briefing chambers, where, on Monday morning, Dallas' Quality of Life and Environment Committee voted to send the full council a proposed ordinance banning smoking in all public parks without exceptions.

Playback: Patio Smoking Ban in Flames
The Central Health Equity Policy Council's efforts to ban smoking on smoking patios meets with community resistance
Austin Chronicle - August 19, 2016

The topic, a local flash point more than a decade ago when smoking was outlawed in bars and restaurants, flared up again with the Central Health Equity Policy Council's proposal to eradicate cigarette smoking on patios of those businesses. … Venue owners nevertheless agreed not to engage the tobacco lobbyists who've been eager to talk since news of the proposal broke. Also discussed: no vaping indoors, banning the sale of cigarettes in venues, and informational signage about smoking cessation options. Even those negotiations make Cowan apprehensive. …

New Program Increases Texas Student Knowledge of E-Cigarette Dangers, Cuts Intended Use
PR MediaRelease (press release) - August 19, 2016

Eleven Texas middle schools participated in the pilot test of a first-of-its-kind program to address the recent spike in youth E-cigarette use that is now being rolled out across the country. New data from a survey of students who participated in the programs test run shows the CATCH My Breath Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Program increased students awareness about the dangers of E-cigarette use, and 86 percent said they are less likely to use E-cigarettes as a result....

Students voice concerns on tobacco-free campus
The Mesa Journal News - August 17, 2016

As of August 15, 2016, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin campus (and its owned and leased properties) became tobacco-free. The policy prohibits all "tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco" and other related ...

City to study banning of smoke shops
Chron.com - August 17, 2016

Bellaire City Council is taking pre-emptive measures to keep smoke shops out of the community. Smoke shops sell tobacco products and smoking equipment.

UT Tyler enacts campus-wide tobacco ban
KYTX - August 16, 2016

"I know it will make some people mad that they won't be able to smoke here," said student Wesley Yates. "But I for one am for [the ban]. I shouldn't have to suffer ...

Plan to ban patio smoking in Austin hits headwind among bar owners
Austin Business Journal - August 15, 2016

Central Health's plan to ask Austin City Council to ban outdoor patio smoking at bars and music venues appears to have stalled. Pushback from bar owners has forced the public health district to reconsider. Both sides are discussing a potential compromise, the Austin American-Statesman reports...

Tobacco ban goes into effect Aug. 15
The Patriot Talon - August 5, 2016

UT Tylers tobacco free policy will go into effect on Aug. 15. Forms of tobacco not permitted include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, and all other tobacco products.

Vaping gains popularity; questions remain
The Killeen Daily Herald - August 5, 2016

Many of my patients ask me about e-cigarette(e-cig) use or vaping, as it is commonly known. Vaping overall is on the rise, with over 500 brands and 7,700 flavors on the market, including nicotine-free versions.

Smoking ban gets fogged at Music Commission
Austin Monitor - August 2, 2016

A preliminary proposal to ban smoking on all patios in Austin was met with pushback and prompt backpedaling at a meeting of the Music Commission on Monday. Proposed by Central Health, a taxpayer-funded district in Travis County, a potential amendment to Austins smoking ban was expected to come before City Council in late 2016, according to Central Health Communications Director Ted Burton last month. Don Pitts, manager of the city of Austins Music and Entertainment Division, said at Mondays meeting that the initiative was nowhere near formalized, however, and that Central Health staff had not yet met with city staff about it.

Amarillo College's campuswide tobacco ban to take effect Monday
Amarillo.com - July 27, 2016

Amarillo College will become a tobacco- and smoke-free school starting Monday. … Amarillo College will become part of a trend at colleges and universities across the nation as awareness of the impact of tobacco and second-hand smoke has continued to increase, said Bronson Frick, associate director at American Nonsmoker's Rights Foundation. "College and universities have become leaders for creating healthier environments and addressing the tobacco epidemic," Frick said. There are at least 1,483 campuses nationwide that are smoke-free, according to an April report from the foundation. Of those, 1,137 are 100 percent tobacco-free, and 823 prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on campus. A total of 57 of those campuses are in Texas. "Smoke-free environments used to be rare, but now are quite common," Frick said. "Today's young people have largely grown up in smoke-free environments and don't want to be impacted by second-hand smoke." …

All AC Campuses to Become Tobacco/Smoke-Free on August 1st
MyHighPlains - July 25, 2016

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reported on April 4, 2016, that "there are at least 1,483 100-percent smoke-free campuses" of which 1,137 are ...

Smoking ban could affect Austin bars, music venues
Austin Business Journal - July 25, 2016

In a policy debate that could have major ramifications for Austin bar and venue owners, Central Health is trying to ban cigarette smoking on businesses' outdoor ...

Playback: The Return of the Austin Smoking Ban
Austin (TX) Chronicle - July 22, 2016

A public health organization is working to amend Austin's smoking ordinance to restrict vaping anywhere smoking is forbidden and prohibit cigarette smoking on patios of restaurants and bars. The initiative comes courtesy of Central Health, a …

This Group Wants to Ban Smoking in Austin Bars and Restaurants ...
Eater Austin - July 21, 2016

Smoking was banned in public places, which included the indoor spaces of bars and ... Other cities with current bans on patio smoking include Boston, Palo Alto, ...

San Angelo and Tom Green Co. recognized for health
San Angelo Standard Times - July 19, 2016

Policy indicators include a 100-percent smoke-free city smoking ordinance; an emergency medical system that maintains a rapid response time for cardiac ...

Former mayor proud of city's evolution
Fort Worth Star Telegram - July 19, 2016

One thing from which Hooks initially shied was the city's smoking ordinance. "The majority [of citizens] wanted no smoking in the restaurants," Hooks said.

To smoke or not, local rules examined
The Port Arthur News - July 18, 2016

The City of Port Arthur made headlines in April when it joined 50-plus cities across the state and becoming a comprehensive smoke-free city. Bar owners and ...

UT Tyler to become tobacco free
The Patriot Talon - March 18, 2016

"I am excited to announce that beginning fall 2016, UT Tyler will become a tobacco free campus. Many of our student and faculty leaders have advocated this ...

McAllen Heart Hospital 5K raises funds for heart association
Monitor - March 18, 2016

At the McAllen Heart Hospital's Healthy Hearts 5K, more than 162 smoke-free petition cards were signed, which will help convince city leaders to pass a ..

Duncanville city council recognizes Severe Storm Week
Focusdailynews - March 17, 2016

All items on the consent and regular agenda passed with the exception of the ordinance exemption for Jackpot Bingo to have smoking allowed at the Bingo Hall.

Texas receives "F" grade for tobacco control, but not the case for ...
KFDA - March 17, 2016

But Mary Coyne with Tobacco Free Amarillo says this does not reflect services here. "I really think that Amarillo is very lucky when it comes to smoking. We used ...

Area baseball organization requests ban on pets, e-cigs
Gainesville Daily Register - March 17, 2016

Boys Baseball of Cooke County Vice President Ryan Schniederjan is asking the city of Gainesville to ban electronic cigarettes and pets in and around baseball ...

E-cig forces evacuation of Austin airport
WBAY - March 15, 2016

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Someone smoking an e-cigarette in a restroom at Austin Bergstrom International Airport triggered two fire alarms to go off and forced an ...

Non profit wants to ban smoking in city parks
KRIS Corpus Christi News - March 14, 2016

"It's all our space, and it's definitely kind of something (people smoking) that ... Under the proposed ordinance, the ban would apply to all tobacco products, and ...

Editorial: Disappointing delays in effort to ban smoking in Dallas parks
Dallas Morning News - March 11, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation Board members seemed firmly on the same page in 2014 when they unanimously asked staff to draft an ordinance to ban smoking in city-owned parks. Now, almost 16 months later, the board doesnt seem much closer to the goal. We had hoped the board would approve the ban when it came up for a vote Thursday. In fact, that is what the boards Administration and Finance Committee had recommended in a 4-3 vote. Instead, the board postponed a decision for the second time in four months, gridlocked over whether to propose a complete ban or allow exceptions. And that means an even longer wait until the board can get its recommendation to the City Council, which has the final say on whether to regulate smoking in city parks. The Dallas Zoo bans smoking. Restaurants in Dallas and many surrounding suburbs ban smoking. Most workplaces prohibit smoking on-site. Nonsmokers have rejoiced; smokers have adapted. We expect a similar result if parks are added to the list.

Decision on Smoking Ban Delayed
WBAP News/Talk - March 11, 2016

Dallas park board members have delayed a decision on whether to ban smoking in city parks. The decision came after several panelists said theyd like more input about possible exclusions to the rule. As recommended, the ban would prohibit lighting up in any city owned park, including municipal golf courses and even at the State Fair of Texas.

Dallas smoking ban ordinance still a work in progress
WFAA.com - March 10, 2016

Thursday morning, the City of Dallas' Parks and Recreation board members proved they're going to take their time before voting on a smoking ban for area parks. "I still feel like our opinions can not infringe upon the public, board member Sean Johnson said during Thursdays meeting. What I mean is, that an entire smoking ban could be detrimental to our entire parks system.

You can still smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette in Dallas' parks (for ...
Dallas Morning News (blog ) March 10, 2016

... Board to discuss banning smoking in Dallas' parks · Dallas' expanded smoking ban ... Sims said he heard the same argument when Dallas voted to ban smoking in ... And, he said, when the Dallas Zoo banned smoking in 2014, it began seeing ... of cities across the country, including Houston, have smoking bans in parks.

Gift of Life activities raise awareness of tobacco's tragic toll
Texas Examiner - March 10, 2016

Tobacco use, involving smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, and one-third of all cancer ...

County family loses home to fire
Madisonville Meteor - March 9, 2016

A Madisonville family was displaced Friday morning by a house fire that destroyed their Derby Lane home. … An investigation is ongoing but there was initial speculation that the blaze could have ignited by an electronic cigarette or a cell phone charging on a table. "The e-cigarettes have been known to ignite even when they're not charging," Jones said. "It spread pretty quickly. They heard a pop and opened the door to the living room, and the living room was on fire." …

Dallas Looking to Snuff Out Smoking in All City-Owned Parks ...
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - March 9, 2016

On Thursday, the Dallas Park and Recreation Board will vote on banning smoking in city-owned parks - every single one of them, with no exceptions. That's a ...

Dallas looking to snuff out smoking in all city-owned parks, including golf courses and Fair Park
Dallas Morning News (blog) - March 7, 2016

On Thursday, the Dallas Park and Recreation Board will vote on banning smoking in city-owned parks every single one of them, with no exceptions. Thats a far cry from the breathing room contained in the original proposal that was supposed to go to the board in December. The park board has actually been discussing a smoking ban since at least November 2014, when it asked city staffers to draft an ordinance prohibiting puffing in the citys parks and along its trails. That request came just four months after Houston banned smoking in its parks. Shortly after that, Frisco instituted its ban. Austin, meanwhile, has had one for years, along with about 1,000 big and small municipalities nationwide, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.

Councilwoman proposes a smoking ban for all public places in Port ...
12NewsNow.Com - March 3, 2016

Marshall said, "I don't think cold turkey is the way to go, just banning it all together. ... But Councilwoman Hamilton believes a smoking ban would actually help Port ... She said, "For the cities that have banned smoking, their businesses have ...

Bingo, smoking don't go together in Duncanville
Dallas Morning News (blog) - March 2, 2016

"The real problem here is that the real reason the smoking ordinance was written was not to keep people from smoking but to protect employees [from ...

PA Council sets public hearing date for smoking ban
The Port Arthur News - February 23, 2016

Port Arthur is a step closer to becoming smoke free after City Council members on Tuesday set April 5 as the date for formal discussion during a public hearing.

No need to inhale
Houston Chronicle - February 18, 2016

While many states scored poorly, Texas was one of eight states to receive straight Fs on the American Lung Association's 2016 tobacco control report. Linked to more than 24,500 deaths in Texas annually, smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Texas, as it is in the U.S. The direct medical expenses of smoking, loss of workplace productivity and premature death costs Texas more than $20 billion annually, according to the Texas Medical Association. Although Houston along with 45 other Texas cities has passed a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance, according to Smoke-Free Texas, a coalition ...

Assisted living facility parked, restaurant smoking ban exhausted
Wylienews - February 17, 2016

Currently, the city places no restrictions on smoking in private businesses, preferring that the marketplace naturally dictate that decision. Any smoking prohibition ...

Campus smokers continue passive aggressive campaign against tobacco ban
UTSA The Paisano - February 16, 2016

UTSAs tobacco-free policy, which went into effect in 2014, prohibits the use of tobacco on the 725-acre property. In what can only be described as an act of protest, large groups of students have begun gathering outside of the McKinney Humanities building, actively smoking and violating university policy. Two years later, these dedicated protesters continue their campaigns, publically smoking between classes.

Say What! tobacco prevention summit to provide training for students ...
Midland Reporter-Telegram - February 15, 2016

Texas legislation passed last year for the education code restricting tobacco ... There's been a lot of work done in tobacco prevention in just smoking and dip, ...

Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange Names New Executive Director
El Paso Herald-Post (press release) (registration) (blog) - February 15, 2016

The Paso del Norte Health Information Exchanges (HIE) board of directors today announced the appointment of Jon Law as the Executive Director of the HIE. During his 12 years with PDNHF, he led the Foundation's Smoke Free Paso del Norte Initiative, designed its binge-drinking reduction strategy, and co-led a ...

Uhlhorn announces re-election bid for city commissioner
Valley morning Star - February 12, 2016

I am particularly proud of my work in helping to draft and pass a new smoking ordinance for the City that protects employees from the effects of second-hand ...

Vet groups exempt from non-smoking ordinance
Focusdailynews - February 11, 2016

The Duncanville City Council had a smooth meeting in late January at which time all the items on the agenda passed unanimously as presented except for two items. One of the items that needed tweaking was the Comprehensive Smoking Ordinance, which will go into effect on May 1, 2016. Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Harvey made a motion, seconded by Councilmember Johnette Jameson, to approve the Ordinance with two exceptions including that the ordinance go into effect in 90 days instead of the 181 days proposed and that the American Legion and VFW current locations be grandfathered and exempt from the non-smoking Ordinance.

BAMC now tobacco-free medical campus
DVIDS (press release) - February 9, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas Brooke Army Medical Center became a tobacco-free medical campus Feb. 1, joining an effort thats sweeping medical facilities across the city, state and nation. In accordance with Army Regulation 600-63 and Air Force Instruction 40-102, all forms of tobacco are prohibited, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, ...

Much of $3 million dissolved tobacco fund to go to jail infirmary
Times Record News - February 7, 2016

And in Burkburnett, when the no-smoking ordinance passed, the health district printed no-smoking signs to help offset the cost. Loading infographic ...

Report: Texas Needs Stronger Policies To Lower Tobacco Use
Houston Public Media - February 3, 2016

Many cities, including Houston, have local ordinances in place which prohibit smoking in public places. Still, Strother says the state needs to issue legislation to ...

Four "F's" for TX on Tobacco
550 KTSA - February 3, 2016

"Texas is one of twenty-two states that does not yet have a comprehensive smoke free law. We're really looking to protect Texans from second-hand smoke" ...

City Adopts Smoke-Free Air Ordinance of 2016
tx-duncanville.civicplus.com - [February 1, 2016]

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Duncanville City Council amended Chapter 16B of the Code of Ordinances and passed the "Smoke-Free Air Ordinance of 2016" in an effort to greatly reduce the expose of employees and citizens to the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke. See details.

SFA soon to be tobacco-free
Longview News- Journal - February 1, 2016

SFA soon to be tobacco-free. From Staff ... Stephen F. Austin State University will join other Texas public schools this year in becoming a tobacco-free campus.

Vaping 101: What you need to know
LubbockOnline.com - January 30, 2016

They can smell good and make curious-looking puffs of vapor, but what exactly are those little handheld devices more and more people are putting up to their mouths?

Stephen F. Austin University to Become a Tobacco-Free Campus in August
EverythingLubbock.com - January 30, 2016

It will include all forms of tobacco, smokeless or not, as well as vapor products like E-cigarettes. In addition to the tobacco ban, it is proposed that students will be ...

Regents approve making SFA "tobacco and vape free" [VIDEO]
KTRE - January 27, 2016

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Effective Aug. 22, SFA will be a tobacco and vape free campus. SFA Regents gave their stamp of approval in a meeting on Tuesday. …

Blazed and Confused : Campus officials concerned that students are ...
The Prospector - January 26, 2016

Marijuana has become as associated with the college experience as beer pong or ... Some students may get suspended from the university or campus housing.

Smoke-free campus? Not so much
UTSA The Paisano - January 26, 2016

UTSA has been a tobacco-free campus since June 2014. While tobacco use is prohibited on campus, cigarette butts can be seen scattered directly outside the McKinney Humanities building and other various spots on campus. … UTSA's policy prohibits tobacco in all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes. …

Smoking ban in vain, not designed for health
UTSA The Paisano - January 26, 2016

According to UTSA's Tobacco-Free Campus webpage, there are no designated areas for tobacco use on campus. However, anyone who has walked in between ...

City of Champions Advocate Announces Campaign for Mayor
Dallasweekly - January 26, 2016

"When citizens told me that we should push harder to make our city 'smoke-free,' I listened. I not only listened, I was able to convince our City Council that ...

Local businesses adjust to new smoking ordinance [VIDEO]
KWTX - January 22, 2016

Waco businesses are adjusting since a new smoking ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1. "People are getting used to the idea," Litke said. "Some people have accepted it and are like, 'OK lets do it,' and others are thinking about it. I mean they are making the change." George's Restaurant and Bar was one of the businesses who had to get rid of their smoking area in their bar however they said that it has turned into a good adjustment for the bar. "It pretty much all in all it worked out to our advantage," said manager Kevin Lopez.

Students Propose Clean Indoor Air Ordinance
Aransas Pass (TX) Progress - January 20, 2016

The Ingleside High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) await the next step after presenting the mayor and council at the city council meeting on Jan. 12 a presentation trying to pass a clean indoor air ordinance in the city of Ingleside.

NO SMOKING? City holds smoking ordinance workshop
Port isabel south padre - January 15, 2016

Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito and South Padre Island all have ordinances which regulate smoking in public areas. San Benito's ordinance has been on the ...

Waco adopts new smoking ordinance
The Baylor Lariat - January 14, 2016

The city of Waco has adopted a new smoking ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1, prohibiting smoking in all enclosed public places ranging from bars and restaurants to public parks. The City Council decided the new ordinance in a 5-1 vote in July 2015. Ventilation systems inside restaurants that allow smoking inside will no longer be sufficient. Smoking will be banned inside these establishments as well. Vapor shops and tobacco stores are another exception to the ordinance where smoking inside is still allowed. Hookah bars and cigar lounges are also an exception.

Commissioners Court retains firearms ban for employees
Austin Monitor - January 13, 2016

... ended with victory for proponents of tougher gun restrictions on Tuesday. ... the code, a small clause banning smoking on county property notwithstanding.

The Valley Town Crier - January 13, 2016

The UNIDAD Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition (TPCC) will hold its first ... among young people and adults, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, ...

Ingleside Students Trying to Pass Smoking Ban
KIII TV3 - January 11, 2016

They tried once in 2013 and now a student group in Ingleside called SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, is about to try to officially make smoking ...

Waco restaurants adding outdoor areas, adjust to impact of new ...
Waco Tribune-Herald - December 26, 2015

Local restaurants are bracing for the new citywide ordinance banning public indoor smoking that goes into effect on New Year's Day. Owners hope customers ...

Sounding Off: Dallas-area readers generally agree with a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in parks
Dallas Morning News - December 25, 2015

People got used to being in a smoke-free environment, even in the bars. Now, smoking isn't allowed in most public places. No one seems to mind. The same ...

Glenn Heights Council names five to Zoning Commission
Focusdailynews - December 22, 2015

A public hearing was heard in regard to a Special Use Permit for the Sonic Drive In ... The ongoing discussion regarding e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine and public ...

E-cigarette liquid poisoning rises in Harris County children ($$)
Houston (TX) Chronicle - December 21, 2015

Colorful liquids could be fatal to children, adults if they are ingested, physician says…

Glenn Heights City Council Meeting okays Drive-Thru lane at local ...
Focusdailynews - December 21, 2015

... and passed an ordinance that amends a current Code of Ordinances relating to a ... The Ordinance also outlines the ability for businesses to post "No-Smoking" ... Council passed an ordinance allowing for a Specific Use Permit (SUP) that ...

Local vape shop owner fights to save e-cig industry [VIDEO]
KFDA - December 18, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to regulate electronic cigarettes just like tobacco products. According to Lucky Ruckus Vape Shop owner Frank ...

Vaping increases among high-schoolers
Amarillo.com - December 17, 2015

On the heels of legislation that has made selling we-cigarettes to minors illegal, Tobacco Free Amarillo is trying to draw attention to the increase in vaping among high-schoolers and its negative health effects. We've seen an increase in the usage of e-cigarettes or vaping, and we feel the need to address for the community that it's not a safe alternative to smoking, ...

Debates About E-Cigarettes Continue [VIDEO]
MyHighPlains - December 17, 2015

Since e-cigarettes were first introduced, it was a common belief among those who used them that they were a safer alternative to standard cigarettes. "Public Health England just recently, within the last month and a half, have released a medical study where they have published the fact that they've determined that vapor products are at least 95-percent less harmful than tobacco," said Frank Blankenship, co-owner of Lucky Ruckus Vape Shop.

The Source: Should San Antonio Ban E-Cigs In Public?
Texas Public Radio - December 15, 2015

In 2011, San Antonio banned smoking cigarettes in public places. However, the ordinance did not specifically include e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

WinStar's aggressive booking pressures North Texas venues
Denton Record Chronicle - December 12, 2015

Planos Lauren Charbonneau, 58, a retired violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, attended the Browne concert in late October. I have absolutely no interest in gambling, she said. I was there for the concert. But that kind of venue has way too much cigarette smoke for me to handle, although in fairness, the concert hall was smoke-free.

Opinions vary on Sherman city council's extension of last call for bar ...
KXII-TV - December 9, 2015

... Denison, that's allowed their bars to stay open until 2 a.m. for years, and allows smoking inside. Traci Wellman supports the change in the ordinance. "They're ...

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Quits Smoking
SYS-CON Media (press release ) December 9, 2015

EL PASO, Texas, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Smoke-Free Paso Del Norte coalition presented their annual Chester L. Bryant Valor Award to the ..

SFA'S Proposed Tobacco-Free Policy Could Bring Changes in 2016
SFA The Pine Log Online - December 8, 2015

Garnering support from the Student Government Association, the Faculty Senate and SFA President Baker Pattillo, the resolution to make SFA a tobacco-free ...

Odessa College hears tobacco use policy feedback
Odessa American - December 4, 2015

It will be fall 2016 before all the data from the Tobacco Use Policy Task Force is presented to the Odessa College Board of Trustees, but Vice President of Student Services Kimberly McKay shared information from a recent survey with the panel during their meeting Thursday evening. On the question of if Odessa College implements a tobacco-free policy, which would you support 32.2 percent said they would support no tobacco or vaporized products on campus; 38.4 percent said tobacco and vaporized products should be allowed in designated areas only; 10.3 percent said tobacco and vaporized products should be permitted in campus parking lots and limited to vehicles; 12.2 percent said no tobacco or vaporized products should be allowed within 50 feet of an entrance; and 7 percent said none of the above, according to the presentation.

A Smoke Free Paso del Norte recognizes HACEP
El Paso Inc. - December 4, 2015

A Smoke Free Paso del Norte, an initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, has recognized the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso with the annual Chester L. Bryant Valor Award. The award was named in honor of Chester L. Bryant, a champion of health and wellness who was involved in the efforts to pass the original clean air ordinance in El Paso. It recognizes the housing authoritys leadership in implementing a smoke-free multi-unit housing policy.

EDITORIAL: Edinburg new smoking ban is appropriately strict
Monitor - December 3, 2015

EDITORIAL: Edinburg new smoking ban is appropriately strict ... It's one of the toughest smoking bans locally and we commend the council. Smoking has been ...

More Nibbles: Recent Waco eatery profiles
Waco Tribune-Herald - December 3, 2015

Smoking: The Backyard's patio area has smoking zones that comply with the city's new smoking ordinance. On the menu: Burgers, barbecue, sandwiches, street ...

Edinburg Makes Smoking Illegal
Edinburg Review - December 2, 2015

By unanimous vote the Edinburg City Council amended an ordinance that now makes smoking illegal within the City. The comprehensive plan bans smoking in places of employment, public places, outdoor areas and City owned facilities as a means to protect the...

Edinburg first city in Hidalgo County to ban smoking in bars
Mcallen (TX) Monitor - December 2, 2015

...30 members of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition, which helped promote a new amendment to the city's ordinance that was adopted Tuesday night banning smoking in all public places, including bars, restaurants and parks. Tristan said her daughter,

Tobacco use on OC agenda
Odessa American - December 2, 2015

Buildings on campus are currently smoke free, but there are unofficial areas where people can smoke, Dalton said. Other items on the agenda are: Approval of ...

Ingleside students rally to bring indoor smoking ordinance to city
KRIS Corpus Christi News - December 1, 2015

Students at Ingleside High School organized a tobacco free walk to bring attention to their ordinance proposal. Carlos Vela, a junior at Ingleside H.S. is part of ...

Second hand smoking known to be harmful, at SEU it's impossible to ...
Hilltop Views - November 30, 2015

...12 report from The New York Times announced the suggestion of a new smoking ban in public housing. The ban would extend upon earlier restrictions that ...

FDA could regulate e-cigarette-use in SA
Houston Chronicle - November 29, 2015

The city of San Antonio recently extended its prohibition on smoking to Main Plaza and Travis Park - two public spaces downtown that often garner crowds. Adults still legally can use e-cigarettes in places like this where smoking is otherwise banned, but the city is waiting to see whether the Food and Drug Administration creates a new rule that would put e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other noncombustible smoking devices into the same category as traditional cigarettes. If that happens, the new generation of smoking will be relegated to the decks and back porches smokers flood to now.

Smoking rates high in Lubbock, Amarillo region
Amarillo (TX) Globe-News - November 26, 2015

Statistics provided by the Department of State Health Services show the Amarillo and Lubbock regions may have one of the highest smoking rates in Texas. A report provided by DSHS shows Region 1, which includes Amarillo, had a higher percentage of smoker

UTRGV officials prepare to implement new smoke-free policy
Monitor - November 26, 2015

UTB implemented a smoke-free policy in 2010, but smoking was still allowed at UTPA as long as it was 25 feet away from any entrance to a building and around ...

Edinburg considering comprehensive ban on smoking in effort to ...
Edinburg Politics - November 25, 2015

A proposed ban on smoking in public facilities and most privately-owned businesses ... (CDC) determined that smoking bans benefit the public and businesses.

Students to Hold Tobacco Free Walk
Aransas Pass Progress - November 25, 2015

Ingleside junior Carlos Vela and the Students Against Destructive Decisions organization will host a Tobacco Free Walk and Family Fun Day on Nov.

Hailey's Club to Relaunch With Sports Bar and Video Arcade Concept
Dallas Observer - November 25, 2015

Plus there will be food and drinks, and it will be a non-smoking environment. However, that part of the concept will not be open until later in February or March.

Killeen: Residents Weigh In On Proposed Public Housing Smoking ...
KWTX - November 24, 2015

HUD says about 228,000 public housing units are already smoke-free. The proposed rule would expand that to more than 940,000 units. Lucia Rodrigues with ...

Smoking ban in federal housing is a bad idea
TribTalk - November 24, 2015

Smoking ban in federal housing is a bad idea ... public housing rules by proposing a smoking ban will only add to the barriers many people face in ... Because Ms. Gross' column mischaracterized our position on banning the box, it is important

San Antonio, TX Bans Smoking In Main Plaza
The Cigar Authority - November 19, 2015

In a move that circumvents the Democratic process, the City Council of San Antonio made changes to the municipal smoking ban without a public discussion or ...

EDITORIAL: No public vaping in McAllen, statewide e-cigarette ...
Monitor - November 19, 2015

And in the case of electronic cigarettes, there is much that we don't know regarding the potential harmful effects of this form of smoking that is growing in ...

Edinburg City Council weighs smoking ban in bars, restaurants
KGBT- T November 18, 2015

Edinburg City Council weighs smoking ban in bars, restaurants ... "When my mom was a bartender, they would smoke in her face," Aliana said. "I think it's not fair ...

McAllen bans e-cigarettes in public places
Brownsville Herald - November 17, 2015

banning the use of e-cigarettes from any public place where smoking is currently prohibited. The city law is effective immediately just as the new state law banning minors from buying electronic cigarettes takes effect this month. Starting Jan. 1, violato...

Dan Pope On Why He Would Like To Be Mayor Of Lubbock ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - November 17, 2015

Hasty and Pope also discussed issues such as power production and LP&L, storm water and taxes, city debt, smoking bans and private property rights, as well ...

Councilmen postpone e-cigarette ban
Laredo Morning Times - November 17, 2015

The proposal would ban the devices - commonly known as e-cigarettes - from city buildings, parks, sports facilities, the Laredo International Airport, bridges, ...

Texas closely watching Colorado's 'grand experiment' with commercialized marijuana [VIDEO]
KHOU - November 13, 2015

The marijuana industry in Colorado now employs an estimated 16,000 workers, generates $1 billion in annual sales and in 2014 generated approximately $76 million in taxes funneled into the states general fund. But marijuana legalization opponents like Bob Doyle, the co-chair of Better Way Colorado (formerly known as Project SAM Smart Approaches to Colorado), offered this advice for other states like Texas. The warning for Texas would be, don't do it. It's a failed policy approach, Doyle said from his home in Centennial, Colo., a Denver-area suburb.

Smoking facing ban at Travis Park, Main Plaza
mySanAntonio.com (blog) - November 13, 2015

City officials have proposed a smoking ban for Main Plaza and Travis Park, a measure the City Council is scheduled to consider at its Nov. 19 meeting.

McAllen adds 'vaping' devices, e-cigarettes to smoking regulations
KGBT 4 (Harlingen, TX) - November 12, 2015

The McAllen City Commission added e-cigarettes and vaping devices to existing smoking regulations on Monday. "We actually get quite a bit of calls from the citizens of McAllen about e-cigarettes -- and complaining," said City Manager Roy Rodriguez, who...

City Of Duncanville Considering Stricter Smoking Ordinance
CBS Local - November 12, 2015

COM) - One North Texas city is considering a much stricter smoking ordinance. ... could include banning smoking at places of business, places of employment, ...

Hailey's Club to Close at End of December, Relaunch as Non-Music ...
Dallas Observer - November 12, 2015

The previous owner had a smoking ban in place, which Gibbs believes was partly responsible for the poor revenues. The staff was opposed to the ban as well.

More Nibbles: Recent Waco eatery profiles
Waco Tribune-Herald - November 12, 2015

Smoking: The Backyard's patio area has smoking zones that comply with the city's new smoking ordinance. On the menu: Burgers, barbecue, sandwiches, street ...

DeSoto goes Smoke Free in 2016
Focusdailynews - November 11, 2015

Residents seem to be as much on board for the new ordinance as the city ... the ordinance went to Council there were five restaurants with posted smoking ...

City of Edinburg declares Nov. 19 smoke-out day
The Edinburg Review - November 9, 2015

... of the dangers of smoking and encourage current smokers to give up the habit. ... The UNIDAD TPCC's goals are to prevent tobacco use among young people, ... among young people and adults, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, ...

UNIDAD TPCC announces partership for new state smoking cessation efforts
Monitor - Nov 8, 2015

UNIDAD Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition (UNIDAD TPCC) announces ... among young people and adults, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, ...

Port Lavaca voters opt to reinstate smoking ban
Victoria Advocate - November 5, 2015

The votes are in: Smokers in Port Lavaca will have to take it outside. With 696 votes supporting and 213 opposing, voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance on Tuesday's ballot prohibiting the use of tobacco products in most public buildings inside c...

Port Lavaca voters uphold smoking ordinance
Port Lavaca Wave - November 4, 2015

2 days ago - Port Lavaca residents voted 696 to 213 to uphold an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public buildings, unofficial results showed Tuesday night ...

City Council gives Fun Fun Fun Fest smoking exemption
UT The Daily Texan - November 5, 2015

City Council gives Fun Fun Fun Fest smoking exemption ... the Council approved an exemption to the city's parks smoking ban for Fun Fun Fun Fest. ... "I was against the [smoking] bans because people have a lot of elective behaviors that are ...

E-cigarettes: Just a fad or here to stay?
The Daily Campus - November 4, 2015

"I chose to quit smoking for my health and use the e-cig to quit," she said. ... with many establishments ban smoking, the usage of e-cigarettes and vaporizers are on ... because he was smoking on the rooftop lounge, where smoking is banned.

SFA regents took at possibility of making university a smoke-free ...
KTRE - November 2, 2015

Smokers are in the minority at SFA. They know campus smoking restrictions are likely to occur. Smoker and adjunct faculty member James Couch doesn't like ...

Faculty Senate drafts tobacco-free proposal
The Patriot Talon - October 27, 2015

And in a way it endorses their original position... a year ago they wanted to go smoke-free." SGA President Alexander Free said that the work being done in ...

County bans use of e-cigarettes
The Port Arthur News - October 26, 2015

The amended order adds e-cigarettes to the list of banned smoking products. ... For County employees or visitors to County buildings, smoking is prohibited ...

Sherman bar owner says smoking ban hurts business [VIDEO]
KXII-TV - October 26, 2015

SHERMAN, Texas -- Jake Knight has owned Rendezvous Bar and Grill in Sherman for six years. Knight said he respects the city's decision to ban smoking in ...

Letter: Jazz Fest due for venue change
Corpus Christi Caller-Times - October 25, 2015

Maybe the committee should consider the festival grounds being smoke-free also. I didn't see much of a police presence to help with traffic flow or as a deterrent ...

Fun Fun Fun Fest may have designated smoking areas
KXAN.com - October 22, 2015

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Today Austin city leaders are considering making an exception to the smoking ban in public places. The proposal would allow temporary ...

HISD Board Approves Minor Changes
Hillsboro Reporter - October 22, 2015

The supplement in the HISD Board Book reads, "In regard to tobacco and e-cigarettes use, employees will not be permitted to smoke or use tobacco products or ...

Teens warning peers of dangers of e-cigarettes
KHOU - October 22, 2015

Texas lawmakers recently made it illegal for young teens to buy e-cigarettes, but the ... together to warn their peers about the dangers of smoking e-cigarettes.

The Alternative
SFA The Pine Log - October 21, 2015

According to Frank, those who are trying to stop smoking can opt out of the ... so kids can't get them and should be banned inside buildings and on campus.

City bans drones, e-cigs at parks
Fort Bend Herald - October 21, 2015

Smoke electronic cigarettes? Enjoy flying drones? Don't bring them to Rosenberg city parks or you could pay a hefty fine. The City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to ...

San Antonio Considering Banning Smoking at Main Plaza, Travis Park
San Antonio Current (blog) - October 20, 2015

While San Antonio bills itself as meeting national "Smoke Free City" standards, puffing on a cigarette at Main Plaza in the heart of downtown is perfectly legal.

Spurs roll out new look, other changes to improve fan, sponsor ...
San Antonio Business Journal - October 15, 2015

In addition, the Spurs and Bexar County are transforming AT&T Center into a tobacco- and smoke-free building - inside and out. As a result, fans will be ...

Spurs.com - October 13, 2015

There will be no designated smoking areas anywhere inside the AT&T Center. The tobacco and smoke-free environment extends 500 feet from the AT&T Center.

No More Smoke
The Pine Log - October 13, 2015

A joint resolution supporting SFA as a tobacco-free campus has been passed by the SFA Student Government Association and the Faculty Senate in response ...

Faculty Senate president releases smoking survey results
Patriot Talon (University of Texas at Tyler) - October 12, 2015

...The results show that 55 percent of respondents want a tobacco-free campus, 16 percent would like for there to be designated smoking areas in low traffic areas of the University and 7 percent want to extend the required distance from all building ...

Vape Summit fogs over Houston
Houston Chronicle (subscription) - October 10, 2015

A pungent cloud of vapor rolled over the George R. Brown Convention Center this weekend as hundreds of e-cigarette enthusiasts turned out to the fourth annual Vape Summit. Vapes are gadgets used to atomize e-juice, a flavored nicotine compound, and provide a smokeless cigarette-like experience. Unlike traditional cigarettes, users can puff on their devices indoors in many locations and control the amount of nicotine they consume. There is still much debate over the potential health effects of the increasingly popular, yet unregulated devices.

ROBERTS: Gala supports local cancer patients
Lufkin Daily News - October 7, 2015

Locally, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network was instrumental in the passage of smoking ordinances in both Lufkin and Nacogdoches.

UT Austin Named a Leading Healthy Campus in the US
University of Texas at Austin News - September 29, 2015

Maintaining a tobacco-free campus and offering programmatic support to reinforce this policy. Offering 500,000 square feet of indoor and 40 acres of outdoor ...

Memorial Hermann helping to stomp out smoking during Houston ...
Your Houston News - September 23, 2015

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, estimates that tobacco cuts short the lives of nearly 30,000 Texans annually - or roughly three people per hour. In Texas ...

EDITORIAL: A new smoking ban won't solve these problems
Corpus Christi Caller-Times - September 22, 2015

Protecting the nonsmoking public from secondhand tobacco smoke, a stellar motive, isn't the motive. The desired outcome is to deter loitering outside City Hall by people who aren't there to conduct City Hall-related business.

Officials considering smoking ban on City Hall property
Corpus Christi Caller-Times - September 18, 2015

More smoking restrictions could be coming to City Hall. Management is considering whether to propose a smoking ban for the City Hall campus.

Health officials, shop owners welcome ban on e-cigs to minors
Tyler Morning Telegraph - September 17, 2015

The spotlight on e-cigarettes continues to grow, as Texas joins at least 45 other states to prohibit the sale of the product to minors. In May, the 84th Texas ...

Three Ambassadors to Represent Ingleside
Aransas Pass Progress - September 16, 2015

... ambassadors from across the state. They also will organize and participate in local events to promote the ordinance proposal and a tobacco-free Ingleside.

SGA and Faculty Senate speak on tobacco options
The Patriot Talon - September 15, 2015

Two campus government organizations are each working on potential tobacco bans and talks ... Some students are against the tobacco ban on campus like James Hescock, and ... "All the policy will do would remove the cloud of smoke from along the ... It may be instead of totally banning it; it could be we've got to be more ...

Businesses See Impact of Wichita Falls Smoking Ban
KFDX - September 10, 2015

The ordinance bans smoking in all public places. ... and comply with the smoking ban, so his business became a non-smoking facility back in December 2014.

No Smoking, Austin: 10 Years Later: Chronicle revisits smoking ban at bars, music venues
Austin Chronicle - September 4, 2015

On May 7, 2005, Austin citizens cast their ballots regarding an ordinance to ban smoking in nearly all public places, including bars, music venues, and bowling alleys. Now, 10 years later, many who frequent Austin bars and music venues probably cant imagine a time when smoking in public places was commonplace. Those who are age 30 or younger may have never seen a concert in a smoke-filled club because they grew up in an era when such bans were the norm. The Chronicle revisited some of those on both sides of the argument to reflect on the ban and get their input on what will probably become yet another debate in the months and years to come e-cigarettes.

DeSoto adopts clean air ordinance
Focusdailynews - September 4, 2015

Mayor Carl Sherman and the DeSoto City Council tonight voted to adopt a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that will protect all workers and the public from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke. Smoke-Free Texas is a broad coalition of organizations and individuals who believe all Texas employees have the right to breathe clean indoor air. We support a statewide law to protect Texans from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace. Our members include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network,American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Another North Texas City Passes Ordinance Banning Smoking
D Healthcare Daily - September 3, 2015

The [DeSoto] City Council on Tuesday night voted 6-1 in favor of an ordinance that will essentially ban smoking in all areas where people gather. Restaurants, bars ...

New Law Prohibits the Sale of E-Cigs to Minors
KAUZ-TV - September 1, 2015

A Bowie e-cigarette shop is glad the ability to sell e-cigs to minors has gone up in smoke. On the door of Yellow Rose vapor a sign is posted that states, "We I.D. ...

Vaping: Fad or not?
The Patriot Talon - September 1, 2015

A list maintained by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation shows that only North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah have laws that restrict the usage September 1, 2015...

Rosenberg officials push for 'e-cig' ban in parks ($$)
Fort Bend Herald - August 31, 2015

Rosenberg City Council last week discussed the possibility of implementing a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices in public parks. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have recently gained national attention as many local and state governments have raced to ban the products sale and use by minors.

Cell phone use banned in Elgin ISD classrooms
Elgin Courier - August 26, 2015

Electronic Cigarettes: Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), or any other electronic ...

Banning smoking on campus just alienates smokers
The Daily Cougar - August 26, 2015

Banning smoking on campus just alienates smokers ... Wellness, the ban came from "our social responsibility to promote the health, wellbeing and safety ... Designated smoking areas were established as part of a gradual "effort to phase in the ...

UH's tobacco-free policy aims for a healthier community
The Daily Cougar - August 26, 2015

With the goal of creating a more positive and healthy place for students, the University became tobacco free on Aug. 17. ...

Insight: Does the city enforce its smoking ban on hospital, university campuses?
Denton Record Chronicle - August 24, 2015

Both Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas have bannedsmoking on their grounds, both indoors and outside. But those bans aren't tied to ...

Local student group fights against tobacco use
Valley morning Star - August 23, 2015

HARLINGEN - If there's someone smokin' in your neighborhood Who you gonna call? Smoke Busters. Alex Cavazos, 15, and his fellow Harlingen Smoke Busters are a familiar sight around Cameron County in their bright red shirts distributing information about the dangers of smoking.

Smoking attitudes changing in Amarillo
KFDA - August 18, 2015

She admitted to being "a little apprehensive" about banning smoking in the bar area, and ... The smoking ban debate turned on the health risks associated with ...

Ingleside teen ambassador works to change tobacco laws
Corpus Christi Caller-Times - August 17, 2015

Vela believes the effects of e-cigarettes are dangerous but because they are so new, few people know to what extent. "We asked that (representatives) not ...

Pro-Con: Should Port Lavaca ban smoking, vaping indoors?
Victoria Advocate - August 16, 2015

Jordan plans to vote in favor of the ban, which would also restrict the use of electronic cigarettes. But for Campbell, it's all about community health. ...

Smoke shop ordinance proposal
KGNS.tv - August 13, 2015

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - The Laredo Planning and Zoning committee addressed local smoke, tobacco and head shops. There's a great deal of concern over ...

McKinney schools, police punish black students disproportionately ...
Dallas Morning News (blog) - August 12, 2015

... for school resource officers (SROs) that focuses on how to interact with youth. ... possession of marijuana (69 instances) and possession of cigarette/tobacco ...

Port Lavaca Wave - August 11, 2015

3 concerning citizens not speaking against the new non-smoking ordinance. ... held a public hearing on the city juvenile curfew ordinance at its meeting last ...

Bonham city council votes to change smoking ban language
KXII-TV - August 11, 2015

BONHAM, Texas -- The city council amended on Monday language in an ordinance that prohibits smoking and vaping in restaurants and public buildings. In the amended version, owners and employees are responsible for posting a "No Smoking" sign or symbol at a location clearly visible to a person entering the restaurant of public building. Prior to the change, business owners and employee were charged with enforcing the smoking ban.

Council places smoking ban issue on ballot
Victoria Advocate - August 10, 2015

PORT LAVACA - City Council members voted to put a smoke ban ordinance to public vote Monday. An ordinance enacted by council to ban smoking took effect in April. But 204 registered voters signed a petition to place a referendum on the ordinance, returning the issue to the City Council.

City of Austin sides with barbecue joints on smoke emission
Digital Journal - August 8, 2015

This made sense, especially because Austin is known as the "clean-air city" for the city's stringent no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places and ...

Pottsboro bans smoking in three city parks [VIDEO]
KTEN - August 5, 2015

POTTSBORO, TX -- The air in one local town will soon be cleaner especially for its young athletes.

City Approves New Outdoor Dining And Seating Ordinance For Downtown [VIDEO]
KAUZ-TV - August 4, 2015

New outdoor dining and seating options may be heading to downtown Wichita Falls. City Councilors approved a new ordinance Tuesday to set the standard for downtown curb appeal.

Permian student lobbies for more tobacco product regulation
Odessa American - August 4, 2015

Permian High School student Alexus Galindo recently was chosen as part group from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to speak to members of Congress one-on-one about tobacco use concerns. This bill would undermine efforts to prevent children and teenagers from smoking by exempting e-cigarettes and other tobacco products that entered the market ...

Early Chamber of Commerce to Host 3rd Annual Skeet Shoot ...
Brownwood News (blog) - August 3, 2015

The Early Chamber of Commerce along with Fiocchi Ammunition and Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods will host their 3rd annual Skeet Shoot on August 21st and 22nd at Crab Pitts Place, located at 3060 County Road 315 in Early. Scoreboard sponsors include: Cloud 9 Vape, Good Samaritan - …

Council considers regulations for downtown outdoor dining
Times Record News - August 3, 2015

... city's code of ordinances to establish regulations for outdoor seating and dining in downtown. ... Outdoor areas will still be subject to the city's smoking ordinance. ... An ordinance to amend city code to prohibit illegal dumping of refuse and ...

Watchdog: Meet the Arlington councilman with a short fuse [VIDEO]
Dallas Morning News - August 1, 2015

... wrote Parker, who represents the area around the sports stadiums, to ask if the city has a policy on e-cigarettes. Parker replied that it was under consideration.

LETTER: Melodramatic?
Waco Tribune-Herald - July 27, 2015

In Jack Crane's recent letter... I don't know that anyone has ever reported that a death was because of any exposure to smoke. I'm pretty sure it would state death from lung cancer, emphysema, COPD or one of the many other cancers related to smoking. Also...

Jessica Pounds: Technology making it harder to catch kids smoking ...
Cleburne Times-Review - July 26, 2015

Texas retailers - like all states - are banned from selling cigarettes and other ... Greg Abbott signed a bill into law also banning vapor devises to minors, but it ...

Smoking ban passes final hurdle with some concessions to businesses
Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald - July 22, 2015

The council made some minor tweaks to the ordinance on second reading to ease the burden on businesses that want to create a smoking patio or allow on-site sampling of e-cigarettes. The ordinance, which also limits smoking in parks to small dedicated are

Strict Smoking Ordinance Passed in Waco
KCEN-TV - July 22, 2015

"I came out today to support smoke free effort here in Waco, because we know that smoke free ordinances, death and suffering due to cancer, heart disease, ..

Sherman, TX Bans Smoking In Bars & Restaurant
The Cigar Authority - July 22, 2015

... up to $500. You can still smoke on patios however that are 25 feet away from the main entrance. ... Previous Waco, TX Approves Bar/Restaurant Smoking Ban ...

Reactions: Sherman's Ban on Smoking and Vaping Inside ...
KTEN - July 21, 2015

Monday night, the Sherman City Council passed an ordinance to ban smoking and vaping in all bars and restaurants within the city limits.

Smoke-free ordinance faces final vote at Waco meeting
Waco Tribune-Herald - July 19, 2015

Compared with the current smoking ordinance passed in 2009, the new smoke-free ordinance eliminates exemptions for bars and pool halls, as well as for separately ventilated smoking areas inside restaurants and other businesses.

Public hearing being held for Sherman's proposed smoking ordinance
KXII-TV - July 19, 2015

... it comes to smoking in the city, but it didn't include bars and restaurants. Wacker says if passed, the new ordinance would ban smoking, including e-cigarettes, ...

LETTERS: Readers discuss the city's proposed smoking ban and ...
Waco Tribune-Herald - July 18, 2015

Nothing takes the fun from a night out quite like having to spend the next hour washing the smell of nasty chemicals from secondhand smoke out of your hair and ...

Exploring SA's Fledgling Vaping Scene
San Antonio Current (blog) - June 17, 2015

When Kimberley Velasquez started vaping six years ago, electronic cigarettes were scarce in San Antonio. Velasquez, director of inbound sales at Career Point ...

Council delays vote on smoking ban as debate smolders
Waco Tribune-Herald - June 16, 2015

Waco City Council on Tuesday postponed until next month a comprehensive smoking ban, but still got an earful from dozens of both advocates and opponents ...

EDITORIAL: Smoke-free Waco is terrific goal, but consider local businesses' investments as well
Waco Tribune-Herald - June 16, 2015

City Council should be resourceful in how it does so, offering a decent grace period that allows businesses time to adjust or grandfathering those businesses that adapted earlier till they sell, renovate, move or, best of all, get with the program, if ...

Wichita Falls Smoking Ban Nears One Year Mark
KAUZ-TV - June 16, 2015

However, she said city officials where she currently lives attempted to ban smoking in casinos, but that didn't pass. Despite that measure failing she has noticed ...

Fannin County commissioners adopt ordinance banning smoking & vaping
KXII-TV - June 15, 2015

FANNIN COUNTY, Texas -- The City of Bonham banned smoking in public places in May, and now Fannin County is following suite. Monday morning commissioners voted to adopt the same smoking ordinance Bonham is enforcing. It is now illegal to smoke and vape in county buildings.

Complete Waco smoking ban would target bars, restaurants, workplaces
Waco Tribune-Herald - June 13, 2015

A comprehensive ban on smoking inside bars, restaurants and other public spaces and workplaces goes before the Waco City Council for a vote Tuesday.

Highland Village City Council Approves First Read of E-Cigarette Ordinance
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - June 10, 2015

At their May 9 meeting, the Highland Village city council passed their first read of an amendment to the Health and Sanitation Ordinance relating to the use of e-cigarettes. The amendment categorizes e-cigarettes as the "smoking of tobacco products" within the ordinance.

Paso del Norte Health Foundation awards $3.2 million in grants
El Paso Inc. - June 7, 2015

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation awarded $3.2 million in grants under the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Priority Area A Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative. The funds went to Children in Need of Services, Families in Youth Inc., City of El Paso Department of Public Health, the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The initiative promotes health and prevents disease in the region by reducing smoking.

Del Mar college goes 100% "smoke-free"
KRIS Corpus Christi News - June 4, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI - Del Mar College is now joining the hundreds of college campuses around the nation as 100% smoke-free. Starting in the fall, no smoking is ...

Sherman, Texas Could Vote on Restaurant Smoking Ban This ...
halfwheel.com - June 2, 2015

It's been a slow process to getting to an actual vote on banning smoking in bars and restaurants in the north Texas city of Sherman, but a simple up-down vote ...

HSU Adopts Campus-Wide No-Smoking Policy
Big Country Homepage - June 1, 2015

The university has announced its official adoption as a tobacco free campus. According to administrators, the purpose of the initiative is to promote a healthy and ...

Hair, fireworks, alcohol, more: Texas lawmakers did a lot to affect ...
Dallas Morning News - June 1, 2015

Vaping: If you're younger than 18, your access to e-cigarettes just got smoked. A law signed by Abbott will prohibit sales to minors. It takes effect Oct. 1.

Affordable housing bans smoking, possibly truancy
Austin Monitor - May 27, 2015

Now, if residents are caught smoking more than four times in non-designated ... 500 other housing authorities nationwide in its decision to ban smoking in its ...

County hears report on tax abatements
Tyler Morning Telegraph - May 26, 2015

... in hiring is the company's employment standards, which include a criminal background check and a requirement that its workforce be completely tobacco-free.

Vapor sales to minors in contention
Denton Record Chronicle - May 26, 2015

Thinking the 15-year-old had been smoking cigarettes, the Pilot Point ... sales and as a bill banning sales to minors statewide awaits the governor's signature. ... City Council passed a new smoking ordinance on April 21 that includes a ban on ...

Two new City Council members sworn in, Brainard selected as ...
Community Impact Newspaper - May 21, 2015

... creating the city's home repair program as well as passing the native plants and landscaping ordinance, recycling improvements and the smoking ban.

New Law makes it Illegal for Minors to Purchase or Possess E ...
Fox 2 KFXV - May 20, 2015

Texas lawmakers have approved a bill to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. SB 97 prohibits the sale, distribution, possession and use of e-cigarettes to any ...

Bill banning e-cigarettes for minors needs Abbott's signature
KVUE - May 19, 2015

The bill also bans possession of the devices in Texas by anyone under 18. E-cigarettes are battery-operated smoking devices that vaporize chemicals for ...

Burkburnett Butts Out
KAUZ-TV - May 18, 2015

Officials in Burkburnett passed a ban on smoking in public places. ... increased the initial proposed regulations by adding smoking bans on public sidewalks.

Will the Texas governor sign myth into law
Nolan Chart LLC - May 14, 2015

Coming out of the 84th Texas Legislature is a bill that claims to be an age restriction bill that does a lot more than restrict age. Around the world, and all across Texas, former smokers are starting to breathe easier and are no longer addicted to cigarettes. Their sense of smell, taste, and joy for life is coming back as they get further from smoking. Their renewed health is a great relief to public health costs as well as relieving for families and friends. Due to the myth nicotine is the bad player in burning tobacco, the majority of legislatures passed Senate Bill 97, ignoring the facts growing scientific studies provided to them when the bill was being debated. The bill they are sending to the Texas governor is about to treat all eLiquids, even those with zero nicotine, the same as tobacco.

Bonham bans smoking in public places
KTEN - May 13, 2015

Restaurant-goers who don't like the smell of smoke with their dinner will be happy to know that a ban against smoking in one local town is now in place. After several complaints against smoking, the Bonham City Council decided to put a ban in place Monday night. The new rule prohibits not only smoking, but also vaping in restaurants and public buildings.

Texas lawmakers approve measure to ban e-cigarettes for minors
NYC Today - May 13, 2015

Soon, there could be a ban in Texas on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. According to reports, the state has moved closer to ban the e-cigarette to ...

Del Mar College board approves smoking ban
Corpus Christi Caller-Times - May 13, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Del Mar College Board of Regents unanimously approved a ban on all tobacco products on campus effective in the fall semester. The ban will encompass all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigarettes, vaping pens, chewing tobacco and any other products or devices. "I am aware of ...

Lawmakers Vote To Ban E-cigarette Sales To Minors
KYTX - May 12, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) E-cigarettes would be off-limits for Texas minors to purchase under a proposal that has cleared both chambers of the Texas Legislature.

Texas moves closer to ban e-cigarettes to Minors
NH Voice - May 12, 2015

Soon, there could be a ban in Texas on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. According to reports, the state has moved closer to ban the e-cigarette to ...

House moves forward on new e-cigarette regulations
Dallas Morning News (blog) - May 11, 2015

E-cigs are battery-powered vaporizers that turn nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals into an aerosol that is then inhaled by the user. The amounts of nicotine and ...

House lawmakers take another swipe at Denton fracking ban
Dallas Morning News (blog) - May 11, 2015

... the most high profile of those billsa measure restricting cities from enacting a ... would not restrict voters' rights to ban things such as plastic bags or smoking ...

Measure eliminating pot prohibition inches forward in Texas
Watchdog.org - May 7, 2015

... general would have prevented us from making the same mistake again, Simpson wrote in a March op-ed. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Or your vape.

Bar owners: Ban made in smoke-filled room
Victoria Advocate - May 5, 2015

PORT LAVACA - Despite a ban on smoking in public buildings that took effect last month, bar attendees puffed cigarettes as they talked down the new city ordinance Thursday.

Teens advocate for a tobacco-free lifestyle
KGBT-TV - May 4, 2015

Say What!," an organization that focuses on tobacco prevention, encouraged Rio Grande Valley smokers to put down their cigarettes and quit smoking tobacco on Saturday. The Uniting Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition in Hidalgo County and the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University worked with teenagers across the Valley at a Say What! event this weekend.

We're Denton Dammit
Denton Record Chronicle - May 1, 2015

... Denton politics for the first time as a proxy for bar owners who still allow smoking even though Rockin' Rodeo has been nonsmoking for more than a year.

The Height of Hypocrisy: Cities vs State
WOAI - April 30, 2015

So Republican State Senator Don Huffines is pushing a law to curb the power of city halls all over Texas. "We created the municipalities," said Huffines, referring to the Texas Legislature. "So we're responsible to make sure they don't trample the freedom and liberties of their citizens and the business community." In Texas if a city's population tops 5,000, its citizens can pass a home rule charter, giving City Council the power to regulate just about anything. Huffines says most city's don't overstep that authority, but a handful of city councils are out of control, passing regulations he says violate state law and threaten the economy. To put the brakes on that Huffines proposed a law, Senate Bill 343, that would preempt cities from passing an ordinance if the state claims regulatory authority. "That super preemption idea would be terrible," says Bret Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League.

Science Scene: Vaping not as bad as smoking, but still raises health concerns
UT The Daily Texan - April 29, 2015

E-cigarettes are a 21st century take on smoking. They use a battery-operated device that looks like a cigarette and turns liquid from a cartridge into an aerosol. But since vaping arrived on the market less than a decade ago and only gained popularity within the last five years, scientists cant yet study long-term effects. For that to happen, it will take more time…

These Texas cities won't let residents smoke in restaurants or bars
Chron.com - April 27, 2015

But at the city level anti-tobacco movements have enjoyed success. The strictest ordinances banning smoking in public workplaces, restaurants and bars are on the books in 36 cities, according to a University of Houston database. The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation lists 24 states and Washington D.C. with comprehensive bans. Those proposals have made less headway in the south; however more than 100 Texas cities have enacted some type of prohibition on smoking in public places, writes the Texas Tribune. ...

COMMENTARY: Pass statewide smoke ban in Texas
Monitor - April 27, 2015

Given that nearly two-thirds of states are now considered smoke-free, we should be concerned that less than 45 percent of our state's population is protected ...

JR Bentley's plans soft reopening
UTA The Shorthorn - April 26, 2015

Now Bentley's will be classified as a restaurant because of a higher food sales percentage, making it a smoke-free establishment, although e-cigarettes are still ...

Sounding Off: Plano-area readers tell us whether cities should regulate smoking in public places
Dallas Morning News - April 24, 2015

Should cities ban or regulate smoking in public places such as restaurants and bars?

League of Women Voters forum draws crowd
Denton Record Chronicle - April 23, 2015

Still others seemed to function as a litmus test: If elected, would you overturn the smoking ban? Would you direct the police department to make enforcement of ...

Editorial: Smoking ban isn't needed
Amarillo.com - April 23, 2015

Legislation creating a statewide smoking ban in Texas has been smoldering in ... twice, as city voters have shot down two smoking bans in the past few years.

Revisiting rules of the game
Denton Record Chronicle - April 22, 2015

Heavy public participation in debates about a smoking ordinance and hydraulic fracturing have created exceptionally long meetings. Denton residents have also ...

Denton Bans Indoor Smoking and Vaping
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - April 22, 2015

The original smoking ban passed in late 2012 and enacted in early 2013 required all Denton restaurants and most other businesses to go smoke free. The city ...

Denton Amends Smoking Ban
WBAP News/Talk - April 22, 2015

After some contentious debate, members voted 5-to-2 to extend the ban to all ... that have patios will have about four months to put an end to indoor smoking.

Denton bars have to clear the air
Denton Record Chronicle - April 22, 2015

The ban also extends to all bars, with some getting until the end of 2017 to comply. ... to use e-cigarettes or similar devices any place that smoking is banned.

Take a Deep Breath if You Want to Try Competitive Vaping
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition - April 22, 2015

Using e-cigarettes, contestants vie to create biggest 'clouds'; sponsors, cash prizes Contests called 'cloud competitions' are being held across the U.S., where vapers try to blow the biggest cloud.

E-cig increase in schools leading to bigger problems
KFDA - April 20, 2015

Amarillo, TX - Area high school liaison officers said they are sometimes confiscating more than a dozen electronic cigarettes a week on school campuses.

Council to revisit smoking issues
Ban to return to the forefront after being tabled for two weeks
Denton Record Chronicle - April 20, 2015

Dentons smoking ban returns to the forefront Tuesday, when the City Council deliberates changes it tabled two weeks ago. In addition to banning smoking in bars, the council may expand the ban to e-cigarettes and similar devices, including banning their sale to minors, when it revisits the issue both in work session and regular session Tuesday. A sunset provision would establish a specific time frame to end smoking in Denton bars, where a grandfather provision would permit bars to still allow smoking until some other criteria were triggered, such as the sale of the business.

It's Time for Denton's Clubs to Embrace the Proposed Smoking Ban
Dallas Observer (blog) - April 16, 2015

Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden is one of the smoking ban's largest ... Regardless, banning smoking in local bars is an important step forward for Denton, ...

College students not fazed by e-cigarette study
The East Texan - April 16, 2015

College students are speaking out about the New England Journal of Medicine's reported finding of formaldehyde in the vapor of electronic cigarettes ...

Wylie, TX Rejects Stricter Smoking Laws
The Cigar Authority - April 15, 2015

... not everything is bigger in Texas as Wylie has rejected stricter smoking issues. ... rejected a measure that would have banned smoking where food is served.

Gun Barrel City Council candidates share views on local smoking ...
CedarCreekLake.com - April 15, 2015

Candidates running for the Gun Barrel City Council split along public safety and political lines while discussing smoking bans during a candidate forum April 14.

Council forum marked by friendly tone, tough questions
Waco Tribune-Herald - April 14, 2015

The candidates had roughly similar responses when asked about their position on a "smoking ban." The Waco council this year will consider a model ordinance ...

Letters on vaping, child abuse, marijuana
Longview News-Journal - April 14, 2015

I am concerned with the availability of e-cigarettes - commonly referred to as "vapes" - to East Texas youth. Texas, along with nine other states, currently does...

Editorial: Ballot box can't fix everything
Amarillo.com - April 13, 2015

The city of Amarillo has had two smoking bans on the ballot since 2005, and both attempts at a citywide smoking ban went down in flames - albeit by narrow ...

Rangel: Local control debate is out of control
Amarillo.com - April 12, 2015

Ask any member of the Texas Legislature about local control, and its hard to find anyone who is against it. On Thursday, for example, Rep. Jonathan Stickland told his House colleague Roland Gutierrez he is against his House Bill 456 which would prohibit the sale and possession of e-cigarettes on high schools campuses because its something the school districts, not the Legislature, should decide. ... Really? On Tuesday, the 150-member House will vote on a bill that would severely limit the oil and gas regulatory powers of cities, a proposal naming five authors and 52 co-authors including Stickland. ...

Food-o-File: Clearing the air
Austin Chronicle - April 10, 2015

Now that the proposed barbecue smoke ordinance has been discussed before ... smokers to another position on the GoodLife Food Park lot on Mon., April 13.

Wylie officials discuss role of government in failed push for stricter ...
Dallas Morning News - April 9, 2015

Wylie has fewer restrictions on smoking than many other cities in Collin County. ... that would have banned smoking at places where food is prepared and served. ... and businesses, as long as the individual businesses choose not to ban it.

Longview revamps rules for employees
Longview News-Journal - April 9, 2015

The policy changes, which the City Council is set to consider today, also formally bans electronic cigarettes for city employees, increases the number of vacation ...

Greater Dangers Found In Tobacco Smoking
Dallasweekly - April 9, 2015

... accidents, homicides, HIV/AIDS, and alcohol-related illnesses combined, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, an anti-smoking advocacy group.

Military vets social keyed to cigars, friendship draw military vets
Chron.com - April 9, 2015

The first Thursday of every month, a group of American military veterans gather ... the mid-20s to 50s and gather outside on the bar's patio to smoke their cigars.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland spikes colleagues' bills
Austin American-Statesman (blog) - April 9, 2015

Gutierrez said his measure to ban electronic cigarettes at schools should pass later in the session. View Comments. Previous. Rep. Borris Miles threatens cop, ...

What would legalizing marijuana mean for East Texas courts?
KLTV - April 8, 2015

I still think there's going to be restrictions placed as far as the court system goes," ... they would still not be allowed to consume or smoke marijuana, just like they ...

City eyes smoking ban compromise
Denton Record Chronicle - April 8, 2015

Denton originally banned smoking in public places, including workplaces, in late 2012, ... Even with a more comprehensive smoking ban, smoking would still be ...

Waco: Council Restricts E-Cigarette Use
KWTX - April 8, 2015

All we've done is add e-cigs to our current smoking ordinance," said Mayor ... "This just kind of expands the nicotine and tobacco ban to e-cigarettes as well," ...

Waco clamps down on public use of e-cigarettes
Waco Tribune-Herald - April 8, 2015

The council on second reading amended the smoking ordinance to treat e-cigarette use the same as cigarette use. That means no vaping or smoking in most ...

Fiesta goes green
MySA - April 7, 2015

"Anything on city property - parades, NIOSA - and even some (events) on public property we want to be smoke-free," Melnik said. "We want to make this ...

City examines homelessness
Denton Record Chronicle - April 7, 2015

Close to a compromise to expand Denton's smoking ban, the City Council ultimately ... Denton originally banned smoking in public places in late 2012, giving ...

Longview smoking ban divides mayor candidates
Longview News-Journal - April 7, 2015

A 2003 Longview smoking ban has become a point of contention in the 2015 mayoral race, with candidate Richard Manley calling the ordinance "unnecessary ...

One less smoking trap on campus - Editor's Column
North Lake News Register - April 7, 2015

Recently, I went to a restaurant in my seventh month of pregnancy and chose the non-smoking area to sit, but there were no backs to the chairs, which was ...

E-cig retailers exempted under new measure against public vaping
Waco Tribune-Herald - April 7, 2015

The original version, which passed on first reading last month over the protest of retailers, treats vaping the same as smoking under the city's smoking ordinance.

City of Brazoria bucks nonsmoking trend
Houston Chronicle - April 3, 2015

Last month, the police chief of the city of 3,000 in west Brazoria County, where smoking is prohibited in public buildings, made his case to the city council that the interrogation room be exempted from the city's ordinance. Nationally, it's hard to find another city with a nonsmoking exception for interrogation rooms. Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights keeps track of nonsmoking laws throughout the country and could only find one city with a similar law. Merrill, Wis., passed an exception for its police interrogation room in 1997, said Cynthia Hallett, the organization's executive director.

Initiatives emerge in second Longview mayoral debate
Longview News-Journal - March 31, 2015

The successes included beginning Longview Transit, reaching a contract for water from Lake O' the Pines, passing a smoking ban in restaurants, encouraging ...

EDITORIAL: 'Vaping' unknowns justify public controls
Beaumont Enterprise - March 31, 2015

Beaumont City Manager Kyle Hayes says the city's 2006 smoking ban includes vaping, ... Smoking bans were once considered a violation of individual rights.

Facebook comments: Smoking ban
Austin American-Statesman - March 31, 2015

A recent UT study suggests that smoking bans like Austin's might be able to change the habits of younger smokers, ... How about banning reading in public?

Lawmakers fume over e-cig sales
Jacksonville Daily Progress - March 31, 2015

Texas is one of nine states that don't limit sales of e-cigarettes to youth - a status that could soon change. The Senate last week passed a bill banning e-cigarette ...

Forum touches on economy
Denton Record Chronicle - March 31, 2015

... the city's ban against hydraulic fracturing remains in place, and disagreed on ... ban and thought that businesses should be allowed to have smoking indoors if ...

Cleburne Passes Smoking Ordinance
Fort Worth Weekly - March 30, 2015

The ordinance makes it clear that any business can choose to allow smoking, ... by a bartender on a busy Friday night before any smoking bans were put into ...

Legal haze about vaping in SE Texas
Beaumont Enterprise - March 30, 2015

A cloud lingered, wafting through a dimly lit Thirsty's bar one hot September day. About 15 patrons sat near the front like mythical dragons, emitting a haze from odd electronic devices.

Lawmakers fume over e-cigarette sales
Corsicana Daily Sun - March 29, 2015

AUSTIN - Peddlers of electronic cigarettes may claim their products only release harmless vapors, but a number of lawmakers are unconvinced and now ...

Legislature looking at banning sales of e-cigarettes to youth
Mineral Wells Index - March 28, 2015

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a number of e-cigarette users are migrating from more traditional tobacco products, though a ...

Texas House committee considers e-cigarette ban for minors
Hillcountrynews - March 26, 2015

A week after the Texas Senate passed a bill to prevent minors from buying electronic cigarettes, House lawmakers on Tuesday considered similar legislation ...

Bryan Businesses Refuse to Sell E-Cigs to Minors
KAGS News - March 25, 2015

"I think it's the right thing to do to not allow to smoke. ... one of only nine states that doesn't have a state law banning minors from buying or smoking e-cigarettes.

City Smoking Ordinance Different For Children & Adults
CBS Local - March 24, 2015

"So many cities have outright banned smoking and we have a lot of ... smoking bans, Cleburne approved a smoking ordinance that gives business owners the right to choose. ... "I would have liked the city to be non-smoking - an outright ban.

Cleburne smoking ordinance passes
Cleburne Times-Review - March 25, 2015

The ordinance bans smoking in all city facilities and vehicles and in certain ... Smoking is banned within 25 feet of public park playground areas, Market ... The ordinance stops short, however, of banning smoking in all areas of public parks.

Texas House committee considers E-cigarette ban for minors
KVIA El Paso - March 24, 2015

A week after the Texas Senate passed a bill to prevent minors from buying electronic cigarettes, House lawmakers on Tuesday considered similar legislation ...

House Committee on Public Health hears testimony
KVUE - March 24, 2015

... would allow parents to see how many students at their child's school have opted-out of getting vaccines, and and regulations for cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

We Are Chameleons
St. Mary's University - March 24, 2015

That was certainly the case when she and her team served as public relations liaisons for the Smoke-Free San Antonio campaign in 2010-2011, with the goal of ...

E-cigarettes more dangerous than guns?
Dallas Morning News (blog) - March 24, 2015

E-cigarettes and the vaping devices they have spawned are battery-powered products that are meant to allow users to inhale water vapor instead of the smoke, ...

Deadline to file bills passes with 6000 filed
Your Houston News - March 23, 2015

Under SB 97, the penalties for violating this rule would be the same as for other tobacco products as vendors could face fines up to $500 for selling e-cigarettes ...

The more things change the more they stay the same
Midland Reporter-Telegram - March 23, 2015

A smoking ordinance were both handled during Faircloth's and Canon's terms. ... community came together to discuss/argue about the merits of a smoking ban.

NICHOLS: Committees holding hearings on bills
Lufkin Daily News - March 23, 2015

Last week was the deadline to file bills in the Senate. While approximately 2,000 bills were filed in the Senate and 4,000 bills in the House, not all of those will receive a committee hearing or go to the Senate floor. The upcoming weeks will be filled with committee hearings and passing bills through the Senate to the House. Banning E-Cigarettes. This week, the Senate passed SB 97, by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, which prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are battery-powered cartridges which heat up flavored liquid and produce an inhaled nicotine vapor. These products do not contain the tar and carbon monoxide found in regular cigarettes but can contain formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.

Cleburne to address smoking ordinance Tuesday
Cleburne Times-Review - March 23, 2015

After several weeks of discussion and one delay, Cleburne City Council members plan to vote on a proposed smoking ordinance on Tuesday. Those who choose to go the designated-area route must completely separate their smoking from their non-smoking areas and install restrooms in the ...

Cleburne Officials to Reconsider Smoking Ordinance
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - March 23, 2015

Cleburne City Council officials said they will reconsider a smoking ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting. According to the ordinance, no one under the age of 18 is allowed in a business is designated as a smoking facility. This gives business owners the ability to ... The ordinance had been tabled since a Feb. 23 meeting.

Smoking ban a year later ($$)
Paris News - March 23, 2015

Tuesday marks one year since Paris City Council passed a city-wide smoking ban. The ban, affecting most Paris businesses, is the same ban surrounding communities are looking to as cities like Sherman consider their own. It, however, has local businesses feeling a few mixed emotions a year later. We lost a lot of business, McKees waitress Lori Glemmons said. Our regular customers still complain about not being able to light up with their coffee.

Letter: Washington judge prevents smoking in home
LubbockOnline.com - March 21, 2015

When the anti-smoking proponents in Lubbck were urging the City Council to ban smoking in the places where smoking is still permitted, I remember thinking smoking bans in this country started out small on ... those anti-smoking people would work their way up to ultimately getting smoking banned in private homes.

A Sneak Peek At Batanga's Revitalized Food and Bar Program
Houston Press (blog) - March 19, 2015

(City of Houston ordinances require that smoking on restaurant patios be kept 25 feet away from building entrances. Batanga's patio is large enough to be able ...

My Five Cents
Record Live - March 19, 2015

This week, the Senate passed SB 97, by Senator Hinojosa, which prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are battery-powered ...

E-Cigarette Ban Begins In Denton County
CBS Local - March 18, 2015

... similar ban. It's not being considered in Collin or Tarrant Counties. The city of Denton is considering adding e-cigarettes to its no-smoking ban passed in 2013.

State bills could affect local control
Alpine Avalanche - March 18, 2015

Rangra said Alpine has a smoking ban but some cities do not. Having the state approve all city ordinances would be a case of "one-size-fits-all" regulation, ...

Texas Senate passes e-cig restrictions, alternate path to graduation
Your Houston News - March 18, 2015

Among those were a bill to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and another to offer an alternative way to graduation for students that fail a high-stakes test.

OUR VIEWPOINT: Brazoria move to allow smoking during ...
Brazosport Facts (subscription) - March 18, 2015

When Brazoria City Council voted last week to allow smoking in the police ... folks who are against the unhealthy habit, and the second-hand smoke it creates, ...

Waco: City One Step Closer To Banning E-Cigarettes In Public Places [VIDEO]
KWTX - March 17, 2015

E-cigarette use may soon get a lot more complicated in the city of Waco. The city council is deciding whether to regulate or even ban their use in places where smoking is also banned. The first part of this vote passed at a meeting Tuesday. It has to go through one more to change the current smoking ordinance.

E-cigs now in county policy
Dallas Morning News - March 17, 2015

The Denton City Council banned smoking in many public places, with the notable ... Since then, the council has discussed, but not taken any action on, banning the sale ... see the council taking up the smoking ban again in March or even early April. ... which will once again consider a bill that bans smoking in public places, ...

Law | Sherman, Tx Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - March 17, 2015

On Monday, the Sherman City Council heard a request to ban smoking in ... According to Mayor Cary Wacker, most people are in favor of the smoking ban.

Waco: City One Step Closer in Banning E-Cigarettes in Public Places
KWTX - March 17, 2015

Burke agreed on banning e-cigs from certain public places, but if the council decides to ban vaping in his shop that's where he will put his foot down. "If they are ...

Bingo hall events to be held for Tobacco-Free Kid Day
Tyler Morning Telegraph - March 17, 2015

Wednesday is Tobacco-Free Kid Day, an annual day of awareness that encourages people of all ages to live tobacco-free lifestyles. The goal of Tobacco-Free ...

EDITORIAL: Apply smoking ordinance to e-cigarettes, but wait for ...
Waco Tribune-Herald - March 17, 2015

These "electronic smoking devices" deliver nicotine through vapor rather than ... But before we include these e-cigarettes in any ban as part of a discussed ...

Senate passes bill to prohibit teens from buying e-cigs
Dallas Morning News (blog) - March 17, 2015

AUSTIN-Senators voted 27-3 to bar minors from buying e-cigarettes with three North Texas Republicans, Sens. Konni Burton, Bob Hall and Don Huffines, voting ...

Waco City Council to Consider New E-Cigarette Regulations
KCEN-TV - March 17, 2015

The proposed changes to the smoking ordinance would regulate e-cigs just like cigarettes. The rule would prohibit the devices anywhere cigarettes are ...

Meeting eyes bills on local control
Denton Record Chronicle - March 17, 2015

The league called HB 40 a "nuclear" response to Denton's ban, taking a ... In response, many local governments have passed ordinances with bans on smoking and distracted ... Eleven local governments have restricted or banned these bags.

Smoking ordinance requested in Sherman
KXII-TV - March 16, 2015

SHERMAN, TX-- The Sherman City Council heard a request to ban smoking in restaurants and bars within the city limits Monday. Smoking ordinances are in ...

Advocacy groups want lawmakers to consider raising legal smoking ...
KFDA - March 16, 2015

After asking for your thoughts on Facebook, Darren says, "Just ban smoking all together. "And Amber says, "If you want people to stop using them. Stop making ...

Deadline for new bills passes; focus is on legislature
KXAN.com - March 16, 2015

The list of bills includes a ban on e-cigarette sales to minors. Another would allow high school students to graduate, going on to college or careers, without ...

Waco council to crack down on public e-cigarette use
Waco Tribune-Herald - March 15, 2015

Waco City Council on Tuesday is set to take its first step in regulating e-cigarettes, banning vaping in places where smoking is barred. The council will vote on whether to prohibit electronic smoking devices in most enclosed public spaces, including schools, buses, institutions, theaters, stores and food establishments.

Sherman City Council to hear request regarding smoking in restaurants and bars
KXII-TV - March 15, 2015

SHERMAN, Texas -- Smokers in Sherman might have to be more careful where they take a drag in the near future. Sherman citizen Joshua Loe has approached the City Council and asked them to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars inside the Sherman City limits.

It's a wrap: Editorials for the week of March 8-14
Austin American-Statesman - March 14, 2015

Amy Ridenour, chairwoman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, disagreed. If bureaucratic buttinskies would back off, she wrote, e-cigarettes could ...

People Behaving Badly: Illegal parking near schools
KZTV Action 10 News - March 12, 2015

We are just making a point that the smoking ordinance is not being followed.As a reminder to smoking bars, all the authorities need is someone to pick up the ...

Arlington man files suit over exploding e-cig battery
WFAA - March 12, 2015

ARLINGTON - There is still debate about the health effects linked to electronic cigarettes sold in stores like Vixen Vapors . But David and Shaye Powell say ...

Arlington Man Sets Crotch On Fire, Sues Vape Shop Over Exploding ...
CBS Local - March 12, 2015

PANTEGO (CBSDFW.COM) - The pain may be gone, but the scars and troubles still linger for an Arlington man burned by an exploding ...

Brownsville groups among award winners
Brownsville Herald - March 11, 2015

In the category of Tobacco-Free Living, the Harlingen Smoke Busters took the award for an initiative by youth members to educate their peers of the risks of ...

Chad's Morning Brief: Local Control Debate Continues in Austin ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - March 11, 2015

If so, does that mean the state can step in and do away with smoking bans? Or is this only ... What about bans on texting and driving or even water restrictions?

Electronic cigarette, vapor shops growing in popularity in Spring ...
Community Impact Newspaper - March 11, 2015

Vapor shops and stores carrying e-cigarettes have proliferated in Spring in the past year. Local shop owners said the popularity of these shops has risen due in ...

Bill that would require AG to sign off on city petition drives meets opposition in Austin
Dallas Business Journal - March 11, 2015

...elections to smoking bans. The Texas Oil & Gas Association joined the Texas Restaurant Association and other groups in supporting the bill. "It provides a nice path to ensure locally adoptive measures do …

County to address e-cigs in policy
Denton Record Chronicle - March 10, 2015

Denton County commissioners will take another week to decide how vaping and e-cigarettes relate to the county's smoking policy. Human resources director ...

Local Control Texas releases open letter
KVUE - March 10, 2015

A second bill up for debate this session would eliminate virtually all local ordinances not authorized by state law, like local smoking ordinances, alcohol sale ...

Port Aransas South Jetty
South Jetty (subscription) - March 5, 2015

This year, the Rockers asked Bernie's to enforce no smoking in the bar while they ... for The PA Rockers have been at Bernie's since they've banned smoking on ...

HOSA club gains valuable experience at Spring Leadership ...
Huntsville Item - March 4, 2015

Blalock, Rumble and Prospere debated the positive and negative aspects of electronic cigarettes. "Some people think that they're better for you than cigarettes, ...

Editorial: No-smoking policy on campus is hazy
The Baylor Lariat - March 3, 2015

But isn't Baylor a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus? In August 2014, the university enacted a policy that banned all forms of tobacco use on campus. This ban ...

Bill places city's home rule, ordinances at risk
Brownsville Herald - March 2, 2015

... multi-family ordinances, landlord regulations and smoking and texting while driving bans ... Denton's fracking ban, Austin's hands-free driving restrictions and ...

Burnet considers no-smoking rules for private businesses
The River Cities Sunday Tribune - December 3, 2014

BURNET - City officials are considering expanding Burnet's non-smoking regulations ... and assess fines for businesses as well as patrons who violate the ban.

Terry County Commissioners Court Meets
Brownfield News (subscription) - November 26, 2014

There was also a change made in the smoking policy. No smoking or tobacco use is allowed in any government building. This includes dipping and e-cigarettes.

Find another cause
Dallas Morning News (blog) - November 22, 2014

Seriously, a couple of cigarettes in a wide open space? Maybe Ragland needs to take up another cause. Maybe he could do something about dogs annoying people in parks and leaving their poop for non-dog owners to step in.

Williamson County program aims to help smokers quit [VIDEO]
KXAN.com - November 21, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) Cigarettes and the second hand smoke that comes with them are linked to cancer and respiratory disease. A free program extended through the end of the year can help smokers kick the habit. In February, county officials approved a ban on using electronic cigarettes on county property. Officials said the devices are not F.D.A. approved and they could…

Local health groups join in urging a smoke-free community
Paris News - November 20, 2014

The third Thursday of November, since 1976, is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, and today local health care professionals join the ...

E-cigs banned on Austin Community College campuses
KXAN.com - November 19, 2014

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Community College is expanding it's smoke-free policy to include prohibiting vapor products, such as electronic cigarettes, a...

Smokers Caught Lighting Up Inside Bar Despite City Ban
KZTV Action 10 News - November 19, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The city passed a no smoking ordinance nearly 6 years ago ... A viewer sent us video of patrons smoking inside the bar, he says he shot it ...

RAGLAND: The great, smoke-free outdoors
Dallas Morning News - November 19, 2014

If smoking is a genuine public health threat, and the city's already banning it in most enclosed public spaces, why do we tolerate it in parks where young kids come to play? We shouldn't. Not when we know the dangers of secondhand smoke. Not when we're...

ACC bans e-cigs effective Jan. 5
Community Impact - November 19, 2014

ACC's current smoke-free policy was adopted in October 2011 and prohibits the use of smoke-producing tobacco in district facilities, on college grounds and in ...

Bryan school board tackles changes in math testing standards
Bryan-College Station Eagle - November 18, 2014

The board also extended the ban on electronic cigarettes to anyone on district grounds. The board added e-cigarettes to the list of prohibited items in the student ...

Editorial: Why Dallas needs to ban smoking in parks
Dallas Morning News - November 17, 2014

Atlanta is one of the many U.S. cities that has banned smoking from its municipal ... The answer's so simple a preschooler can figure it out: "Cigarettes smoking"

Methodist Student Center versus 'smokers' corner'
The Ranger - November 17, 2014

The Methodist Student Center has been troubled by smokers since the ... that they could ticket the smokers for violating city ordinance by blocking the sidewalk.".

Editorial: Thanks for kick-start to ban smoking in Dallas parks
Dallas Morning News - November 16, 2014

Most studies agree that nonsmokers can avoid second-hand danger as long as they are careful to keep their distance more than three feet from anyone ...

Eager Texas lawmakers file bills on gay marriage, open carry
Fort Worth Star Telegram - November 15, 2014

Hinojosa also filed SB96 and SB97 to regulate e-cigarettes, or vapor products. SB96 would bar their use on school property, and SB97 would extend many ...

UT researcher receives grant to study relationship between smoking ...
UT The Daily Texan - November 13, 2014

The University officially became a smoke-free campus in April 2012. Sherry Bell, senior program coordinator of University Health Services, said UHS implements ...

Suddenlink dispute and tobacco free campus
The Patriot Talon - November 13, 2014

Suddenlink has dropped all viacom channels and has left customers upset, many of which are UT Tyler students. Volunteers worked to clean up campus by ...

Houston employers struggle with how to handle e-cigarettes in the workplace
Houston Business Journal - November 13, 2014

...the office, can second-hand vapor be harmful? When it comes to traditional smoking, Houston companies handle smoking policies differently. Some offer casual guidelines for when employees can take smoke …

Council to consider tax abatement for Avery, Freedom's Path ...
Community journal - November 12, 2014

Council members also approved a new rule about e-cigarettes and minors; and modified the speed limit on a portion of State Highway 173. ...

UT nursing school gets $3M for smoking cessation project
Austin Business Journal - November 11, 2014

"The majority of psychiatric hospitals ban smoking on their premises so that patients have an opportunity to experience abstinence for a number of days," Dr….

Banning smoking in Dallas parks and trails is a no-brainer
Dallas Morning News (blog) - November 11, 2014

City parks would be a good example of where the rights of the many should prevail ... According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 990 ...

Valley politicians submit bills for upcoming legislative session
Brownsville Herald - November 11, 2014

He also filed a set of bills that would ban the use of e-cigarettes on school property and ban the sale of such products to minors. "A 2012 study by the Centers for ...

Pecan Valley Centers announce enhanced tobacco free workplace ...
The Glen Rose Reporter - November 10, 2014

GRANBURY - Pecan Valley Centers for Behavioral and Developmental HealthCare announced plans to enhance their existing tobacco-free policy at all ...

Letter of the Day: Lubbock must become smoke-free
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - November 10, 2014

A poll commissioned by the American Heart Association found 73 percent of Lubbockites believe they should have the right to breathe smoke-free air in restaurants and bars. This right must be extended to those who work in restaurants and bars as well...

Bedford joining the no-smoking-in-restaurants club
Fort Worth Star Telegram - November 9, 2014

At Al Wadi on Brown Trail, owner Salwa Timani said her restaurant is already nonsmoking and that the patio is far enough from the entrance so people there can ...

Students blow off designated smoking areas
The Daily Cougar - November 7, 2014

Since June 2013, UH has called itself a tobacco-free campus. Designated areas are still labeled around the campus, and all is supposedly well. Despite the ...

Dallas to consider ban on smoking in parks
Dallas Morning News - November 7, 2014

And some cities, such as New York and Chicago, have also banned e-cigarettes in parks. It's definitely trending in cities throughout the nation, said Reginald ...

Lubbock City Council Postpones Votes on Annexation and the ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - November 6, 2014

Many of those speaking either discussed the upcoming vote concerning mobile food vendors (aka food trucks) or the proposed strengthening of the citys ban on smoking and tobacco in public places which was tabled last month.

Wallace: City of Lubbock needs smoking ban in public
Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University) - November 5, 2014

Smoking in public should be illegal nationwide but Lubbock needs to be ahead of that curve in order to help out Tech students and its residents.

E-cigs around campus blow mixed signals
Hilltop Views - November 4, 2014

... bringing up the ever-present debate to join fellow universities in banning tobacco use. ... Walking around campus, the presence of cigarette smoke is undeniable. ... Association (SGA) to determine whether or not to ban smoking on campus, ... of students believed that e-cigs should not be banned on St. Edward's campus.

University should ban cigarettes, allow e-cigs
Hilltop Views - November 4, 2014

Because St. Edward's antiquated policies allow smoking on campus, the university should at least ban cigarettes and instead allow students to smoke e-cigs.

Organization advocates tobacco-free campus, arranges cigarette ...
The Patriot Talon - November 4, 2014

Currently the campus follows the City of Tyler smoking ordinance, in which individuals ... The University recently added a change to the smoking policy, treating ...

Smokers still smoking in public despite Smoke-Free Lufkin Ordinance
KTRE - November 3, 2014

Driving through downtown Lufkin there are quite a few people that are still smoking outside of businesses even though the City of Lufkin has been smoke-free for ...

Bedford, Texas Bans Smoking in Restaurants
halfwheel.com - November 3, 2014

As of Jan. 1, 2015, smoking in restaurants in the Fort Worth suburb of Bedford will be no more. The Bedford City Council passed a smoking ban last week, ...

OPINION Tijerina: Campus smoking ban would shun community of smokers
The Daily Toreador (registration) - November 3, 2014

According to a recent article in The Daily Toreador, Lubbock City Council has considered a bill to ban smoking in public areas. The bill seems to be very vague on its demands and, if passed, could cause someone to be arrested for simply lighting a cigarette in the parking lot of a restaurant. Many students have transitioned from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, which are supposed to present a healthy alternative, but students are banned from smoking ...

Letter: Secondhand smoke is a health hazard
LubbockOnline.com - October 31, 2014

... such as benzene, lead, formaldehyde, and cyanide and 41,000 nonsmoking Americans die yearly from diseases caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Bedford Passes Restaurant Smoking Ban
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - October 30, 2014

The City of Bedford has passed an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants. Bedford passed the ordinance on Sept. 9, but said that bars or businesses that derive 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of alcohol can still allow smoking.

Letter: Doubts secondhand danger
Avalanche-Journal - October 27, 2014

I have serious doubts inhaling secondhand smoke has the same results. If inhaling secondhand smoke kills, then everyone born before 1970 would be dying from emphysema and lung cancer.

OPINION - White: Smoking ban needs less government control
The Daily Toreador (registration) - October 27, 2014

A limited smoking ban is probably an acceptable manifestation of the ... The bill bans smoking outdoors within 20 feet of patrons and windows, which will make it ...

Tech students respond to smoking ordinance
The Daily Toreador (registration) - October 26, 2014

Texas Tech students are divided in their opinions about a smoking ordinance that was supposed to be voted on Thursday by the Lubbock City Council. By a vote of four to three, the Lubbock City Council decided to postpone the first reading of the proposed smoking ban Thursday. The proposed smoking ban would have amended Article 8.17 Smoking; Tobacco Products of the city of Lubbocks Code of Ordinances to prohibit the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in public places and places of employment. According to the amendment, the proposed ordinance would have also banned the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in personal vehicles parked in parking garages, banks and fast food drive-thrus, as well as near highway tollbooths.

Tech Student Senate gives support for city smoking ordinance
The Daily Toreador (registration) - October 24, 2014

Tech Student Senate gives support for city smoking ordinance ... the Lubbock City Council's ordinance to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. ... has already passed an ordinance that bans all smoking inside the bar, but allows ... Berry said Local has seen an increase in business and ratings as a result of banning smoking

Mayor Glen Robertson Very Disapponinted in City Council's Inaction ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - October 24, 2014

The biggest issue that arose at the meeting was the council voting 4-3 to indefinitely postpone voting on the proposed smoking ban ordinance. Robertson, Jeff ...

Lubbock City Council delays vote on expanded smoking ordinance
LubbockOnline.com - October 23, 2014

During the discussion before the smoking ordinance motion was voted on, a few ... reported in the media that the tobacco products dip and snuff would also be banned. ... Many of the public were also condemning the possible ban of electronic ...

Former rodeo pro seeks to restart casino cruises
Corpus Christi Caller Times - October 23, 2014

It also will allow smoking only on the bridge deck and outdoors, hoping to offset complaints from nonsmokers after a long cruise. "The demand is there ... and it's ...

Smoking ordinance could soon include Lubbock's bars and sports grills
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - October 23, 2014

During a meeting Thursday, the City Council will have its first vote on an amendment to an existing ordinance that would prohibit smoking in almost all enclosed public spaces, and unlike the current law, the amendment includes bars and sports grills.

Chad's Morning Brief: Private Property Rights Under Assault Tonight ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - October 23, 2014

In reality, it is much more than a smoking ban. The ban that the Lubbock City Council will vote on tonight includes e-cigarettes and vapor, snuff, dip, and anything ...

Ban Smoking While Driving?
KTRH - October 23, 2014

Smoking already is banned in many Houston restaurants, office buildings and even some public spaces -- now some say your car should be off limits too.

Metro considering rider code of conduct
Houston Chronicle - October 22, 2014

Metro could expand its smoking ban to uncovered bus stops and park and ride ... When banned, someone who returns to a transit facility could be arrested for ...

More children exposed to liquid nicotine
KFDA - October 22, 2014

Amarillo, TX - Poison control centers continue to see a large increase in calls of children exposed to liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. The centers in ...

Lubbock Smoking Ban Could Expand to Regulation Inside Cars and ...
Breitbart News - October 22, 2014

Section 8.17.033 of the ordinance bans smoking in outdoor areas as well. ... section has raised eyebrows as it could lead to banning smoking in a citizen's car at ...

"Ahead of the Curve": Popular Denton Bars Ban Smoking
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - October 21 2014

Denton banned smoking in restaurants and other indoor establishments in April 2013, amid a wave of new smoking bans nationwide. ... The trio of Fry Street bars banning smoking are still allowing smoking on their outdoor patios and said that ...

Column: 'Ooh That Smell'
Terrell Tribune - October 21, 2014

Like Spencer said, you not only smell the cigarette smoke. You also taste ... Years after the ban took effect, it was obvious that fear was unfounded. Just as it was ...

Council to vote on smoke-free ordinance Thursday
KCBD-TV - October 21, 2014

Harris is president of the West Texas Smoke Free Coalition. ... "I think it would be a complete overreach by government because the ban on it is prett

Midland College updates e-cigarette policy
Midland Reporter-Telegram - October 21, 2014

Trustees approved a policy update to state that smoking, "including use of smokeless devices like electronic cigarettes," is prohibited except in designated ...

Regulate E-Cigs Sooner, Not Later
MedPage Today - October 21, 2014

E-cigarettes have the potential to eliminate consumption of combusted tobacco, but only when the FDA exercises "thoughtful" regulation of the products, authors ...

Councilwoman Karen Gibson Encourages Citizens to Speak On ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - October 21, 2014

There are businesses all over town that are non-smoking, good for them, but they got to choose it. It's not the Lubbock City Council telling them you have to do ...

Reno to enforce smoking ban
Paris News - October 21, 2014

The ban, adopted Oct. 13, imposes a smoking ban on city property including parks, except in designated posted areas; inside city owned or operated buildings; ...

Chad's Morning Brief: It's Time to Show Up and Fight the Lubbock ...
News/Talk 790 KFYO - October 21, 2014

The ban on smoking would not only include cigarettes, but also cigars, dip, snuff, pipes, and yes even vapor and ... Smoking bans are where it all begins.

City Council to discuss a ban on smoking in public areas
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM - October 20, 2014

Cassie Lindsay has never smoked a day in her life. The mom of three, said she does everything in her power to keep her children away from the smoke.

Smoking may be banned in restaurants, parks
Terrell Tribune - October 20, 2014

1, one that would ban smoking in restaurants, city parks and city vehicles. ... bars in restaurants would change from no restrictions to designated smoking areas ...

Permian teen ambassador to anti-smoking campaign
Odessa American - October 19, 2014

Alexius said her grandparents, both longtime smokers, have developed health ... like to see a city ordinance go into effect that would ban the use in some areas, ...

Parties set to square off on Nov. 4
Denton Record Chronicle - October 18, 2014

Crownover said she has always been a strong advocate for the environment and added that she will continue to work on her smoking ban legislation that has ...

Trustees approve ban of electronic vaporizing devices
Alvarado Star - October 16, 2014

On Monday, the AISD school board broadened the ban on the use of ... "We expect all adults to model an attitude of anti-smoking for our students, many of whom ...

Reader Feedback
Stephenville Empire-Tribune - October 15, 2014

Should the Council decide to ban smoking in city owned buildings or on city owned property, I am fine with ... Smoking inside public buildings should be banned.

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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 com