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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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"
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.".
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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. ...
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
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,
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 ...
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
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
- 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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
'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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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;
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
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 ..
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 ...
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 ...
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
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).
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 ...
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
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. ...
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...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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!
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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:
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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,"
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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%
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
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
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
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
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
report shows Texas is lagging in tobacco prevention, Amarillo surging
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ..
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ..
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
ORDINANCE TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS' RIGHT TO ...
The Valley Town Crier - July 1, 2014
HARLINGEN A new ordinance which will grant all Harlingen citizens, workers
and visitors greater protections from the proven dangers of secondhand
smoke exposure took effect today. In May, Mayor Chris Boswell and the
Harlingen City Council passed a strong, comprehensive smoke-free ordinance
to make all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free.
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.
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.
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, ...
Smoking ban not 'black and white issue' as advocates pressure Lubbock
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.
approves $2.48 gas increase ($$)
Weatherford Democrat - June 26, 2014
Veterans of Foreign War Post 4746 members expressed their displeasure
with the recent council decision to not allow smoking in their facility.
The council had agreed to consider revoking the ordinance but e-mails
from other VFW members wanting to keep the facility non-smoking swayed
the council to keep the non-smoking ordinance intact. Spokesperson Roger
Blair said he is unsure of where the e-mails came from or if they were
from members at all. "Smoking is the least of our medical concerns,"
Blair said. "We went over and fought so you could sit where you
are right now." Member John Beauchamp said what the city did reflects
on the county and its 162,000 residents. A.J. Glock said the council
was becoming dictators over this.
Park City Council to consider new e-cigarette regulations
Community Impact Newspaper - June 25, 2014
On June 26, Cedar Park City Council will consider ordinances that would
restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in city buildings and forbid
the sale of ...
why some e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional smoking
Your Houston News - June 25, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get a handle on new smoking
products, including electronic cigarettes, with newly proposed regulations
that include banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to
register all of their products and ingredients with the FDA.
limits smoking of e-cigarettes ($$)
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
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Station districts now among those banning e-cigarettes from schools
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) ...
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
gets 'secondhand' program ($$)
The Henderson Daily News - June 12, 2014
Hendersons Kiwanis Club program was far from smoke and mirrors, Tuesday,
as members learned not only about the dangers of smoking but also about
secondhand smoke. Michael Cary, with East Texas Council on Alcoholism
and Drug Abuse, said the Longview based organization has received a
five year grant from the Texas Department of Health Services for tobacco
prevention and cessation programs
reverses decision on smoking amendment
Weatherford Democrat - June 12, 2014
By a unanimous 5-0 vote, Weatherford City Council members voted to keep
their current nonsmoking ordinance intact Tuesday night, reversing a
decision made last month affecting the Veterans of Foreign Wars. At
the councils last meeting May 27, the council had voted 3-2 to draft
an amendment to the ordinance allowing for private clubs to allow smoking
in their establishments after members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4746 had asked the council to do so. At that time and with a large
contingency of VFW, Mens Auxiliary and Ladies Auxiliary members in the
chambers, VFW spokesman Roger Blair said there are a few nights a month
where fundraisers are held and open to the general public but, for the
most part, the club is open to members only
it's gone: Cigar bar that went non-smoking has apparently closed
CultureMap Houston - June 12, 2014
Former cigar bar Downing Street Pub has apparently closed. A CultureMap
reader says he spoke with an employee who informed him of the closure.
In addition, the bar's website has been taken offline and no posts have
been made to its Facebook page in over a week. An employee at a neighboring
business observed that the bar, which is usually open for lunch, was
locked up all day Wednesday
smoke-free effort ($$)
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
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
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
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...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ..
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.
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
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
fuss on ban ($$)
Paris News - May 24, 2014
Two months have passed since the Paris City Council adopted an ordinance
banning smoking from public restaurants and ball fields inside city
limits, but not a single citation has been written and business is remaining
steady. The smoking ordinance passed by Paris City Council on March
24, prohibiting smoking in public restaurants or businesses, any ball
fields and outside of establishments where smoking is not allowed within
30 feet of any entrance, held a 30-day grace period which ended last
month, and since that time, only two warnings have been recorded.
Marcos businesses already embracing indoor smoking ban ($$)
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.)
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,
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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,
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 ...
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
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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, ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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...
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
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
has lost confidence in Paris City Council, Pickle says in candidate
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.
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).
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 ...
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.
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.
"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.
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
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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,
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
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.
weigh regulating e-cigarettes: Ordinances aimed at keeping minors from
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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."
usage banned inside Smith Co. buildings, will follow same protocol as
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
Council unanimously adopts comprehensive 'No Smoking' ban throughout
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.
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
weighs e-cigarette restrictions ($$)
The Baytown Sun - March 16, 2014
They can be seen just about anywhere these days electronic cigarettes.
Often used by smokers and others who want to avoid the health problems
associated with tobacco products and smoke inhalation, these e-cigarettes
are gaining momentum in popularity. ...
park on Bridgeport City Council agenda ($$)
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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....
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.
lobby local government for ban ($$)
Paris News - March 4, 2014
Along with the rest of Paris, a group of sixth grade students at Crockett
Intermediate School await a final decision on a smoking ban in public
places within the city limits. A decision is expected at a Paris City
Council meeting as early as Monday.
resets meeting ($$)
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.
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....
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.
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.
to review smoking ban
Paris News - February 28, 2014
Committee to review smoking ban....
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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...
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....
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
Texas University Is Tobacco Free
KWTX - February 22, 2014
The University of Texas at El Paso is now a tobacco-free campus.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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
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
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?...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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.
delays smoking ban ($$)
Paris News - February 11, 2014
A divided Paris City Council failed Monday to pass a comprehensive citywide
smoking ban and instead formed a committee to rewrite a proposed ordinance.
During a nearly two-hour public hearing, about 40 people spoke both
for and against the ban. Many said the city is behind the times and
its for the good of the community, while others said it is government
Rootbeer goes smoke-free
Graham Leader - February 11, 2014
One of the last smoke-friendly restaurants in Graham has reversed its
policy. K N Rootbeer, a staple of Graham since 1957, decided in January
to disallow smoking in the restaurant permanently. By going non-smoking
we're trying to be fair to all of our customers, said Tracey Downey,
one of three K N owners. Some people just can't breathe when ...
use not welcomed on Williamson County property [VIDEO]
KXAN.com - February 11, 2014
On Tuesday Williamson County's ban on using electronic cigarettes on
county property went into effect. Commissioners approved an amendment
to the county's ...
ban vote expected ($$)
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.
Off: Lewisville-Flower Mound area readers tell us their take on local
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?
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 hasnt.
As a result, city leaders say they dont...
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
passes ban on smoking ($$)
Bay City Daily Tribune - January 28, 2014
Starting today, smoking is no longer allowed by Bay City restaurants
and bars that serve food.
By a 4-1 vote, the Bay City City Council adopted a smoking ban at their
Jan. 23 meeting. According to city charter, the council only needs a
single vote to adopt such an ordinance, which then goes into effect
when it is published in The Bay City Tribune. The ordinance appears
in the classified legal section on page 6B of todays edition of the
considers smoking ban
KXII-TV - January 28, 2014
PARIS, TX -- Smokers in Paris could soon be banned from lighting up
at local bars and ... "Banning smoking in public places is not
an issue which is just in our ...
City Council prohibits sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Dallas Morning News - January 28, 2014
The Lewisville City Council voted Monday to prohibit the sale of electronic
cigarettes and liquid nicotine to minors. The ordinance amendment also
bans the sale of the products in cigarette self-service dispensers.
ban: 'For' outnumber 'against' ($$)
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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....
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,"
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Off: Rockwall-area readers tell us if cities should regulate sale of
Dallas Morning News - December 15, 2013
The Rockwall City Council is considering regulating the sale of e-cigarettes
in the city, including to minors.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ..
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
arent making a choice. They ...
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.
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 ...
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...
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
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 ...
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. ...
Marcos passes stricter smoking ban: ordinance will go into effect in
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
Hospital Smoke Free Campuses
EverythingLubbock.com - September 27, 2013
UMC Hospitals has been smoke free for 4 months and are seeing benefits.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 universitys 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:
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, ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Associations Texas State Advocacy Committee in support of
Lufkins comprehensive smoke-free ordinance.
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 clubs forum Wednesday
afternoon at the Valley International Country Club
their introductions, candidates were peppered with questions selected
by the Republican Club that centered on the citys recent restrictions
on plastic bags and a ban on smoking in public venues, including bars.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 Statesmans 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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.
R-Denton proposes a smoke-free workplace law with fines for violations
amounting up to $50 for an individual and $500 for employers.
smoking habit costs us billions
Austin American-Statesman - March 11, 2013
Stand at the intersection of public health and public policy and it
wont 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.
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. Crownovers 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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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."
out: Campus smoking ban
UT The Daily Texan - February 25, 2013
Editors 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.
there's a proposed statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News (blog) - February 11, 2013
Wed 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
shes 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
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 ...
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 Thursdays 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.
smoking officially sidelined: Brownsville's extended ban set to ...
Brownsville Herald - February 1, 2013
Forget about lighting up a cigarette on Super Bowl weekend. Brownsvilles
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.
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 its true, Ross told Richardson. Right now
its 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Smoking Ban ($$)
Lufkin (TX) Daily News - Jan 20, 2013
Now is the time for Lufkin to approve smoke-free ordinance
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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
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. Austins
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
return to smoke-free campus
Denton Record Chronicle - January 14, 2013
University of North Texas students wont be able to smoke on campus
this semester. As of Jan. 1, UNT went smoke free.
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
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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,
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
works to spread word about smoking ban
Denton Record Chronicle - January 5, 2013
New Years customers at El Guapos told owner Mike Zampino
that they thought the citys smoking ban began Jan. 1. His restaurant
is one that will likely be affected by the new ban. The bar at El Guapos,
although a separate room, is located inside the building along with
the restaurants kitchen and dining rooms. Zampino realized that,
with the new year, he needed to find out more about the citys
new rules and what changes he needed to make at his business. He just
couldnt tell his customers when. Its April 17.
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
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
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: ...
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.
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.
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 citys smoking ordinance.
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.
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.
readies enforcement of amended smoking ordinance
Brownsville Herald - December 10, 2012
Days after the Brownsville City Commission voted to amend the citys
smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking in all public places, city officials
are making preparations for how it will be enforced.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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, ...
to pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ban
Houston (TX) Chronicle - November 24, 2012
Patchwork system across Texas causes confusion...
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
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
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
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 ...
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
Rivera had said he thought a broader ban would be tourist-friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
toward increasingly restrictive smoking ordinances may evolve into another
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
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.
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?
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 Councils 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.
Tobacco rule about control and discrimination
Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal - October 13, 2012
The Avalanche Journals Our View on UMCs 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 ...
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 ...
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'.
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
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.
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 ...
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 ..
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. ...
to appoint panel to study smoking issue
Denton Record Chronicle - Sep 15, 2012
Smoking inside or outside restaurants, such as Hooligans on the
Square, could go by the wayside if the Denton City Council passes a
smoking ban ordinance.
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 ...
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
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
of H considers smoking ban on campus
KHOU (TX) - September 12, 2012
HOUSTONThe University of Houston has made a proposal to ban smoking
... He said he hopes all tobacco products will be eventually banned
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.
Fort Worth Star Telegram / Arlington Citizen-Journal - September 10,
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
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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
owners say business has increased since going smoke-free ($$)
Mineral Wells Index - July 19, 2012
GRAFORD In one weeks time a new rule at Grafords
The Cafe means more business. Owners Jennifer and Dirk Leach closed
for one day, July 10, to install new carpet and paint the inside. When
they reopened the The Cafe the next day, it became the countys
newest entirely non-smoking establishment.
residents to have say on going smoke-free in downtown
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
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 citys Community Relations &
Tourism Director, said the changes will go into effect on October 1.
The City Council voted 3-2 during a special meeting on Monday to enact
weighs smoking ban
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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. ..
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,
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
plans ban on smoking
Officials now working out details of policy to free campus of bad
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
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 ...
law will limit smoking products
Rockport (TX) Pilot - May 18, 2012
What is in ones pipe and what kind of pipe one wishes to buy
for smoking are a little more limited in Fulton after the Town Council
approved an ordinance designating certain products and pipes as illegal
during their regular Tuesday, May 15 meeting. ...
Ross adopts smoke-free, tobacco-free policy
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 ...
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.
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.
campus to go smoke-free in 2013
Pegasus News - May 8, 2012
UNTs Denton campus could become smoke-free as early as January
1, 2013, according to an email sent to the community by President V.
Lane Rawlins Monday morning.
Bingo Halls Fear a Smoking Ban would hurt Charities
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
2006, smoking has been banned at Arlington restaurants, hospitals, ...
drive to strengthen smoking restrictions, said a citywide ban on indoor
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.
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.
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,
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
ordinance approved by City Council : Exemptions include some bars, assisted
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.
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
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
Smoke shop owners can stay in business without worrying
about how the ... issued the temporary injunction on the portion of
the ordinance that bans pipes.
says no to smoking in public
Houston Chronicle - March 7, 2012
It's now illegal to smoke in public areas in the city of Humble. ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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,
Council favors compromise over smoking ban
El Campo (TX) Leader-News, 2012-02-15
A proposed ban on smoking in public places wont go before El Campo
voters City Council and business owners will work out a compromise
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 Crownovers office.
In 2007, Crownover filed legislation
to protect Texas workers from secondhand smoke in the workplace. Crownover
passed the legislation in the Texas House ...
smoking ban revisited by city council
El Campo (TX) Leader-News, 2012-02-11
Continued debate over a proposed smoking ban in El Campos bars,
restaurants and other public buildings will highlight discussions when
City Council meets for a workshop session Monday. . . .
group calls for tobacco ban
UT The Daily Texan - February 10, 2012
Because of a new provision from one of the Universitys top research
funders, UT will need to enact a tobacco-free policy or risk losing
millions of research dollars. The Cancer Prevention Research Institute
of Texas, a voter-mandated organization that awards millions of research
dollars each year to entities pursuing cancer research, released a statement
on Feb. 2 stating it will now require all current and future grantees
to create tobacco-free workplaces as a condition for accepting the Institutes
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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.
ban takes effect in Austin
KVUE (Austin, TX), 2011-12-24
ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News
A permanent smoking ban is now in effect. ...
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 ...
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 ...
City Council actions: Smoking banned in city parks
Austin American-Statesman - December 8, 2011
Took a preliminary vote to ban smoking in city parks. ...
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.
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
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, ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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, ...
sound off about proposed smoking ban
Jacksonville (TX) Progress, 2011-11-30
Marivel Resendiz Jacksonville Daily Progress The Jacksonville Daily
The results are in and 59 percent of the community is in favor of a
smoking ban in public places according to an online survey, said Will
Cole, member of the smoking ban committee. ...
council may ban smoking near Fiesta parades
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. ...
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.
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
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. ...
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 ...
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
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
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. ...
Ban Now in Effect in San Antonio
Meetings & Conventions (TX) - Sarah J.F. Braley - September 27,
A smoking ban went into effect recently in San Antonio, where lighting
up no longer is allowed in enclosed public
may make it harder for Texas smokers to light up
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,
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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?
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
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'
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. ...
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
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 ..
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. ...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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
The San Antonio Housing Authority plans to impose a new policy in January
that will prohibit residents from smoking indoors or away from designated
outdoor spots at all 70 of its public sites. ...
holds smoking ban forums
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
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, ..
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.,
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. ...
at smoking ban forum seem split on proposed November ballot measure
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2011-07-19
Ciara O'Rourke AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Opinion on whether San Marcos should snuff smoking in public areas
seemed evenly split Monday among those for and against the ban during
an open house designed to gauge public support. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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, ...
Freethought San Marcos: Thinking about regulation of public alcohol,
San Marcos (TX) Mercury, 2011-07-11
LAMAR W. HANKINS
City of San Marcos council member Fred Terry has written a commentary
opposing a ban on public smoking in San Marcos and a ban on the use
of alcohol in city parks. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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
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 ...
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. ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
No Smoking: City of Lufkin should move toward passage of smoke-free
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. ...
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
other faith groups lobby for smoke-free workplaces
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-06-24
During the last week of the state legislature special session, the
Texas Catholic Conference is amping up its campaign for bans on smoking
in most public places and workplaces, legislation that has gotten broad
support from religious groups across the state. ...
supports smoking ban ballot measure
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
House attempts new public smoking ban
But 'niche' businesses resist rejuvenated bill
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-06-05
GARY SCHARRER AUSTIN BUREAU
Banning smoking in public places may save $30 million a year in Medicaid
costs and more than $200 million a year in overall health care expenses,
experts told a Texas legislative committee Saturday. ...
free bill to be heard in House committee Saturday
Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog) - Erin Mulvaney - June 3,
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
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
House approves ban on smoking in indoor public places
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2011-05-20
The Texas House voted 73-66 on Friday to approve a statewide ban on
smoking in indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.
smoking is allowed in some businesses in Laredo
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
Smoke-Free Texas issued the following statement from Melinda Little,
Smoke-Free Texas co-chair:
"Smoke-Free Texas remains committed to passing comprehensive smoke-free
workplace legislation. Comprehensive workplace laws save thousands of
lives and millions of taxpayer dollars. We thank Rep. Crownover for
her tireless and continued leadership on this issue." ...
City Council Considering Tobacco Ordinance Revision
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
ban eyed at Alvin city parks during athletic events
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-05-05
MICHAEL WRIGHT CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT
City Council is developing an ordinance that would prohibit smoking
at sporting events in city parks, City Manager Terry Lucas said. ...
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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
city council passes smoking ban
KRTK TV ABC13 (Houston, TX), 2011-04-06
Another community in Fort Bend County is banning smoking. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
& 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. . . . ...
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
Both committees heard personal testimony on the bills during hearings
last week where the bills were left pending, which is common in the
legislative process. More than 70 organizations and individuals registered
or testified in support of the bills at the committee hearings. ...
asks for stricter RGC smoking ban
Monitor - Gail Burkhardt - March 9, 2011
Villarreal emphasized the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying that anyone
who has a loved one affected by cancer would support the ordinance.
SCAN proposed the ordinance because of those dangers. It's important
because a lot of people don't know that ...
Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth - Sara Story - March 3, 2011
A Denton lawmaker is proposing a statewide smoking ban, saying it will
save lives and money. Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, is sponsoring a
bill that would ban smoking in workplaces and most indoor public places.
Jimmy Meredith, the owner ...
ban bills in Legislature could affect Big Country business owners
ReporterNews.com - Sarah Kleiner Varble - March 3, 2011
The University of Texas Medical Branch maintains a database of smoking
bans in Texas. A rating of 5 is given to ordinances that are the most
stringent and a rating of 1 is given to ordinances that offer no protection.
Grande City passes smoking ban
Monitor - March 3, 2011
City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday night to ban smoking in restaurants,
public places and the work place. Restaurants must limit smoking to
a room with a floor-to-ceiling wall that separates it from the nonsmoking
area, according to the ...
entry titled "Group launches site to shift debate on school funding."
Austin American-Statesman (blog) - Jason Embry - February 24, 2011
The Smoke-Free Texas Coalition today will unveil a study on the economic
impact of a statewide smoking ban, saying such a ban could save the
state and private-sector employers $404 million over two years. (Remember,
that's not a dollar-for-dollar ...
signals Will Texas tobacco lobbyists win again?
Houston Chronicle - Feb 20, 2011
Seventy percent of Texans support a statewide ban on smoking in public
places, according to a recent poll by Baselice & Associates. When
was the last time that many Texans agreed on anything?
Supporters of a smoking ban include a majority of people who say they
usually or always support the tea party. They include Lance Armstrong
and the AARP. Liberals, conservatives and the Texas Restaurant Association.
People who care about health, and people who want to cut health-care
Similar bans are already in effect in 29 Texas cities, including Houston.
But city regulations can't apply to areas outside city limits. Without
a state law, Texans living in rural and unincorporated areas will be
forever stuck breathing second-hand smoke.
We know it's naive to believe that good legislation with overwhelming
popular support should sail through the Texas Legislature. But we have
hope for this session's pair of smoking-ban bills: HB 670 by State Rep.
Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and SB 355 by Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.
Yes, we know that similar measures have gone nowhere in previous sessions,
and that tobacco companies have once again hired hordes of lobbyists.
Board of Regents approves updating public smoking policy
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog) - Diane Smith - Feb 18, 2011
Texas Woman's University tightened its smoking rules Friday when the
Board of Regents approved a new smoking policy for the Denton and Dallas
campuses. Under the new rules, which take effect June 1, people can
no longer smoke within 25 feet of building entrances. ...
/ GINGISS: Time for statewide ban on smoking in public places
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-02-17
LAURA HERMER and PHYLLIS GINGISS
Nearly half of all city-dwelling Texans now enjoy smoke-free indoor
But many others, including most of Texas's rural population, will never
have that chance unless the Texas Legislature enacts one of the bills
filed this session by Houston Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis or Republican
Rep. Myra Crownover of Denton. The smoke-free legislation follows on
years of increasingly successful grassroots efforts in cities and towns
throughout the state to ensure that Texans have clean indoor air to
A long-established body of evidence exists about the negative health
effects of secondhand-smoke exposure, beginning with the U.S. Surgeon
General's report in 1972. That report called for a ban on smoking in
public places. Over the last 35 years, the evidence linking secondhand
smoke exposure to the development or exacerbation of coronary heart
disease, lung cancer, acute respiratory infections, asthma and premature
infant deaths, among other conditions, has grown.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that smoking
is responsible for over 24,000 annual deaths and $10.6 billion in excess
medical costs and lost productivity. ...
patrons fume over smoking ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - Feb 12, 2011
I spent a lot of time this week in bars talking to people about the
It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out its short-
and long-term effect on business, as well as how it will be enforced.
Knowing San Angeloans, who are in my mind a respectful, easygoing people,
enforcement won't be a violent or chaotic affair, and I don't think
it has been. Even on Thursday, the first day the ban was in effect,
most smokers were dutifully standing outside in the freezing weather
and bartenders said they hadn't had any problems with the people who
lit up indoors and had been told to stop, as the ordinance requires.
adapt to first day of citywide ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - February 10, 2011
SAN ANGELO, Texas The ashtrays were missing, but many smokers
On Thursday, the first day the citywide smoking ban was in effect,
smokers huddled under mushroom heaters on back patios or shivered outside
the entrances of many of San Angelo's bars.
Toni Dempsey stood on the sidewalk near the side entrance of Giz &
Hum's Billiards & Brew on West Beauregard Avenue. A home-printed
sign on the door warned that the establishment was now nonsmoking "due
to city ordinance." ...
chat: A smokin' question
San Angelo Standard Times - Rick Smith - February 8, 2011
The clock's ticking on where smokers can smoke in San Angelo. The much-debated
smoking ban goes into effect Thursday.
Will this new law change where you spend your entertainment dollars?
Will you smokers stay home? Will the non-smokers start going out to
a previously smoky (and avoided) bar or bowling alley? ...
urged to pass smoking ban
Austin Business Journal, February 4, 2011
A statewide smoke-free workplace law in Texas would significantly benefit
customers, employees and business owners. It would also save taxpayers
millions of dollars in health care costs and other costs relating to
secondhand smoke exposure at a time of serious budget constraints for
our state ...
Digest: 70% of Texans want smoking ban, poll shows
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2011-02-02
A poll released by the Smoke-Free Texas coalition finds bipartisan
support for a legislative proposal to ban smoking in indoor public and
work places. ...
say 70% of Texans favor a smoking ban
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2011-02-01
Bolstered by new poll findings, a broad coalition of public-health
organizations and lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday to ban smoking
in indoor workplaces and public facilities, including restaurants and
Republican, Houston Democrat team up for 3rd shot at statewide smoking
Dallas Morning News, 2011-02-01
Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, are
betting the third time is the charm for passing a statewide ban on smoking
in indoor workplaces and public places. ...
Texans want smoke-free environment
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, 2011-02-01
Posted on 02/01/2011 by Gary Scharrer
An overwhelming number of Texans support a smoking ban in all indoor
work and public places - including bars and restaurants - according
to a poll commissioned by the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition. ...
Percent of Texas Voters Support Law Making Bars, Restaurants ...
PR Newswire, February 1, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new poll released today
finds 70 percent of Texas voters support prohibiting smoking in indoor
work and public places, including restaurants and bars. ...
get behind proposed smoking ban
abc13.com - January 26, 2011
ROSENBERG, TX (KTRK) -- A group of local high school students is getting
a lesson on city government as they fight to make a change in their
community. They're leading an effort to make smokers in Rosenberg move
outside of businesses before lighting up. ...
lawmaker pushes for state-wide smoking ban
KHOU - January 18, 2011
HOUSTONA lawmaker from Houston is proposing strict legislation
that would limit smoking to homes and hotel rooms across the state.
"This bill will save money this bill will save lives. This bill
makes sense," said Sen. Rodney Ellis (D). "There is overwhelming
public support for a smoking ban in public places."
Various versions of the bill have been put forward in the last several
In 2009, it got very close to passing, and now the legislators behind
the bill are more determined than ever.
In 2009, a similar bill got past the House and moved out of committee
in the Senate. Ellis said he thinks the effort gets more support every
time its proposed.
"It is sort of like trying to push a ball up a hill. You have
to get momentum. I think that we have got over the last couple of sessions
some momentum," Ellis said ...
Grande City to consider no smoking ordinance
KGBT-TV - Sergio Chapa - January 17, 2011
Rio Grande City is now the latest Rio Grande Valley city to consider
an ordinance taking aim at smoking in public places.
The city commission is taking a look at proposed ordinance at their
noon meeting on Wednesday. ...
talks about smoking ordinance
My West Texas - Audrie Palmer - January 12, 2011
The Midland Coalition met Wednesday during its monthly meeting to discuss
the idea of possibly having a new city ordinance against smoking similar
to one that San Angelo recently passed. Copies of the San Angelo city
ordinance were made available to those in attendance.
"It's just an idea and we'd like to look into it," said coalition
coordinator Dale Seago ...
Angelo City Council gives smoke ban final passage
San Angelo Standard Times - Denise Morris - January 11, 2011
After months of controversy around the proposed and voter-approved
citywide smoking ban, the San Angelo City Council easily passed
the new law this morning.
"Speak now or forever hold your peace," mayor pro-tem Charlotte
Farmer told those gathered in the council chambers.
No comment was returned, and the ordinance takes effect in a month.
One month from today was determined to be Feb. 10, the day that ambient
smoke will vanish from almost all public buildings, plus a 15-foot buffer
around their entrances.
"Every business needs to know that date," Farmer said.
The ordinance includes some exceptions earlier discussed by council.
Bingo halls and smoke shops are among the establishments that will still
be allowed to indulge smokers ...
Angelo City Council ready to discuss substantive changes to smoking
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - December 6, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The San Angelo City Council will consider
a variety of amendments to the smoking ban ordinance at its meeting
today including the possible exemption of small bars from the
At the most recent City Council meeting, members voted unanimously
to bring the ordinance back to the council to discuss and make some
changes to the ordinance. The most controversial change proposed was
the exclusion from the ordinance of bars with lower maximum occupancies
an amendment Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer said she wants because
she is not interested in putting anyone out of business.
teen to deliver message to state lawmakers backing statewide smoking
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Yamil Berard - November 22, 2010
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- The Australians, Canadians and Spaniards did
The Chinese are trying to do it.
So why shouldn't the Lone Star State also ban smoking in public places,
says Kristen Landers, 14, a freshman at Richland High School. Secondhand
smoke endangers lives, so, at a minimum, the state should ban it at
restaurants, Landers said.
Landers, of North Richland Hills, plans to bring her message to state
lawmakers at the legislative session that begins in January. She is
part of a student group known as the Texas Youth Summit, which will
go to the Capitol on Jan. 16-19 to try to sway state leaders.
"Smoking in all the public areas -- it's very unhealthy for kids
and adults," Landers said. "I'm excited to meet with my legislators
to talk about secondhand smoke issues that interest me, like the health
of others." ...
OPINION: No major changes should be made to smoking ban
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-11-20
The City Council is walking a fine line in taking up amendments to
San Angelos new public smoking ban. It should take care not to
tip from making necessary minor changes to undoing what voters said
they wanted, and by a decisive margin. . . .
Before the election, most council members thought the proposal was
too restrictive and asked Smoke-Free to accept a less stringent one
that didnt include bars. Smoke-Free was willing to compromise
on some issues, but said prohibiting smoking in bars was nonnegotiable
because their employees should be protected from secondhand smoke just
as everyone else would be. ...
moves a little smoky
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - Nov 20, 2010
The meetings real zinger came at the very end when councilwoman
Charlotte Farmer said she wanted the council to look into exempting
smaller bars from the recently passed smoking ban. She said it was because
she wasnt interested in putting anyone out of business,
meaning the small, neighborhood bars where people go primarily to drink
Councilman Paul Alexander was one of many who said they were surprised
at Farmers suggestion and said that, if approved, it would constitute
a very substantive change to the ordinance. Not only that, but it also
would create a proverbial unlevel playing field in the business
community a split between the small bars and the
big bars. ...
board votes no to making Gainesville campus tobacco-free
Gainesville (TX) Register, 2010-11-17
PAMELA ROBINSON, Register Staff Writer
Whether the North Central Texas College Gainesville campus should become
a smoke free/tobacco free campus was addressed during the board of regents
meeting Monday evening. The motion to make the campus smoke free/tobacco-free
failed as board members voted 3-2-2.
Angelo City Council: No palatable options for health care insurance
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - November 16, 2010
At the end of its all-day meeting Tuesday, the San Angelo City Council
voted to bring back the smoking ban ordinance at one of its next meetings
so it can discuss and possibly take action on amending it.
Farmer said she wanted city staff to look into an amendment that would
exclude bars based on maximum capacity to prevent smaller bars with
a smoking culture from going out of business.
I would like for us to look at the smaller bars out there,
Farmer said. Because Im not interested in putting anyone
out of business.
Councilman Paul Alexander said after the meeting that exempting any
bars would constitute a very significant change to the ordinance, which
San Angelo voters approved by more than 60 percent in the Nov. 2 general
Im surprised, he said. I think its a
pretty big can of worms there. ...
City Public Housing to Snuff Out Smoking
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth - Susy Solis - November 16 2010
As more public places go smoke-free, one North Texas public agency
is following suit.
The Haltom City Housing Authority will ban smoking inside all of its
public housing units starting Jan. 1.
The new year will mean residents will have to smoke outside and not
in the comfort of their own homes. Some longtime residents are fuming
over the move.
"I don't think it's fair. Us old people can't sit outside and
smoke. We are too old. We'll get pneumonia," said Sue Hendren,
an elderly woman who has lived in Haltom City's public housing for several
If residents continue to smoke inside their apartments, it will be
considered a lease violation by the housing authority. Three lease violations
will be grounds for eviction ...
ban still hazy for some
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - November 14, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas San Angelos controversial smoking-ban
ordinance will go into effect in exactly 30 days, but many of its more
ambiguous provisions may be lost in translation.
Since voters approved the ordinance in the Nov. 2 election, the city
has been working to iron out its exact requirements so that law enforcement,
business owners and others will be able to understand and abide by it.
ban, tax ordinance to go into effect in about a month
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - November 8, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The two local propositions that passed by
healthy margins in the election turned out to be not quite as contentious
as some thought. As a result, a citywide smoking ban and a revised half-cent
sales tax ordinance will take effect in about a month or 30 days
after the votes are canvassed.
Although there are still questions about some of the provisions of
the smoking ban ordinance, the changes that will occur under it are
a lot more obvious than they will be for the half-cent sales tax. ...
vote for their future
San Angelo Standard Times - November 3, 2010
San Angeloans voted for their physical health and for the long-term
health of their city in Tuesdays election.
Proposition 1 to prohibit smoking in public places passed handily,
with 60 percent of the vote. Proposition 2, to remove the sunset on
the half-cent sales tax, also passed with 57 percent.
Both results were at least a bit surprising. The smoke ban stirred
a libertarian streak in many and lost some support when its proponents,
Smoke-Free San Angelo, declined to compromise on prohibiting smoking
in bars. ...
ELECTION: San Angelo bans smoking, drops sunset on sales tax
Standard-Times, November 3, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas Smoke-Free San Angelo is no longer just the
name of a local petition group.
Voters approved Proposition 1, meaning San Angelos public places
that are not already smoke free will have to be when the ordinance takes
effect in about a month. As written, the ordinance bans smoking in bars,
restaurants, outdoor sports arenas and workplaces with one or more employee.
The committee is very thankful to the voters of San Angelo for
making it a smoke-free city and putting our health and welfare first,
said Lisa Burger, Smoke-Free San Angelo spokeswoman.
The proposition passed by margins wider than even Smoke-Free San Angelo
Burger said the committee remained optimistic throughout the process,
which began in January when the group submitted a petition to the city
clerk with more than 4,000 signatures supporting the ordinance, but
didnt let their hopes get too overblown. ...
THE VOTE: Smoke ban, tax face vote
Council may alter tobacco bill if approved
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-10-31
Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times
San Angelo voters will encounter a longer-than-usual ballot on Election
Day because of the two local propositions included.
The first is an initiative proposition put forth by local group Smoke-Free
San Angelo. If passed, the ordinance would ban smoking in all public
places in the city, including bars, restaurants, outdoor sports arenas
and workplaces with one or more employees.
Although a revised version of the ordinance could have potentially
made it to the ballot, the version voters will yea or nay is the original
version the group petitioned for at the beginning of the year. It includes
several items the group had said it was willing to compromise on . .
smoking ordinance leaves some people confused
KRTK TV ABC13 (Houston, TX), 2010-10-23
Galveston's new smoking ban has created a patchwork of smoking and
non-smoking businesses on the island.
Galveston passed an ordinance banning indoor smoking in January. The
city later amended the rule to allow smoking inside private clubs and
businesses willing to meet the requirements to become adult venues.
Galveston officials say the new rules are a compromise
San Angelo Standard Times - October 22, 2010
... On the contrary, it is nonsmokers who deserve the right to breathe
clean air. It is a basic duty of government to protect the public health.
BLANC: Secondhand smoke is a killer
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-10-18
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- I just returned from visiting my mentor and hero,
my dad. He has contributed more to my success as a physician than any
of my medical school professors.
Wayne Blanc was the town barber in Louisville, Ohio, for more than
50 years. . . .
We were stunned in April when he developed a cough and pneumonia, and
found that he had advanced lung cancer. He quit smoking 45 years ago.
. . .
But he was exposed to secondhand smoke for 50 years, and I strongly
believe that is the major contributor to my dads lung cancer.
. . .
San Angelo is considering a smoking ban for public places. In the last
year San Angelo Community Medical Center has been smoke-free for both
patients and employees. This is already benefiting our staff and patients.
There has been a reduction in employee absences. ...
votes to keep ban changes
By Ian White
The Daily News (Galveston County, TX), October 15, 2010
GALVESTON Despite an outburst of public opinion against Galveston
City Councils September vote to overturn its smoking ban, council
members defeated Mayor Joe Jaworskis effort to find a compromise
to the argument Thursday.
Only Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton voted with him, while Mayor Pro
Tem Linda Colbert abstained. Dianna Puccetti, Chris Gonzales, Steve
Greenberg and Rusty Legg all voted against his motion to ban indoor
smoking in the citys bars, clubs and restaurants but to allow
it on outside patios and at least five feet from the establishments
After the vote, which visibly upset indoor ban supporters who had waited
until 8:30 p.m. to hear it, each of the council members except Jaworski
and Beeton explained their stance on the issue.
clear to vote on smoke
Daily News - Galveston County - Ian White - October 14, 2010
GALVESTON Council members Dianna Puccetti and Steve Greenberg
both have been cleared of a conflict of interest in voting on the citys
no-smoking laws, which is on the agenda again for todays meeting.
Susie Green, the city attorney, said Wednesday that Greenberg had asked
her opinion before, and Puccetti had asked after the Sep. 23 vote and
she assured both they had no conflicts.
The Daily News asked the District 5 and 6 representatives for their
reaction after hearing private comments that they should not have voted
to reinstate smoking in bars and other adult venues last
month without first admitting being paid by organizations that wanted
The organization in Greenbergs case is his employer, Landrys
Restaurants, but the popular chain has a no-smoking policy throughout
its properties and is not affected by the city ordinance.
In any case, I asked Susie Green whether I had a conflict before
voting in September and she said I did not, Greenberg said Wednesday.
She said the issue had too broad a range for a conflict and said
I could vote.
Green said: "Both Steve and Dianna contacted me for an opinion
on the smoking issue. Its my opinion that neither has a conflict
of interest about it." ...
San Angelo to hold fundraising rally
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - October 13, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas A controversial smoking ban proposition will
go to San Angelo voters in just a few days when early voting begins.
The group responsible for getting the proposition on the ballot is
kicking off its public education efforts at a fundraising rally Thursday
The event is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Coney Island, a private, smoke-free
venue at 212 S. Chadbourne St. It will include food, drinks and live
music. The suggested donation is $20 ...
smoking rules go into effect today in Galveston
abc13.com - October 13, 2010
Galveston's new smoking rules go into effect today.
The city council voted last month to relax the previous ordinance that
took effect in January. The new rules allow smokers to light up in bars
considered adult venues, private clubs and outdoor seating areas. The
distance smokers need to keep from non-smoking establishments has been
lowered to five feet. ...
ORDINANCE PRO: Employees' health, safety are stake
San Angelo Standard Times - October 7, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas Consider this: Businesses operating in the
city of San Angelo must first meet zoning codes and inspections from
various city and state agencies. Then once operating, they must report
their business activities at least annually and must again meet various
This is all done on behalf of the citizens to protect their welfare,
safety and health. These are all standards our Founding Fathers felt
were the core to good governance.
The science is clear, smoking causes harm to the body. It is directly
related to a third of all cancers, heart disease, chronic respiratory
illness, low birthrates and lung damage in newborns.
These are only a few of the many side effects of smoking.
However, these side effects do not just stop with the person
smoking. They affect anyone around them breathing their exhaled smoke
Adds Texas Store to Roster of LEED-Certified Locations
Advertiser Talk - October 6, 2010
The Harker Heights store is also a smoke-free environment that features
carbon-dioxide monitoring and low-VOC-emitting (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Island's weakened smoking ban returns it to "the 1970s" as
a fight lights up
Culture Map Houston, 2010-09-28
Despite a public forum strongly in favor of keeping the ban, the city
council recently voted voted 4-3 to amend and substantially weaken the
ban, getting rid of many of the controversial provisions. In effect
on Oct. 4, bars that qualify as "adult venues" -- meaning
only that they do not admit anyone under the age of 18 -- will be free
to allow smoking indoors. Private clubs and outdoor seating areas are
also no longer affected by the ban, and the area required to stay clear
of windows and doors was reduced from 15 to five feet.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton, who voted to keep the existing ban in
place, described the changes as going "back to the 1970s."
Of course the actual changes will only bring Galveston back to December
31, 2009. ...
City Smoking Ban takes effect Oct. 1
Bay Area Citizen (Webster, TX), 2010-09-28
Missouri City residents are headed for a smoke-free future, at least
in public places, as a new smoking ban goes into effect on Friday.
The ordinance banning smoking was passed by city council at the July
6 regular council meeting.
Smokers will now be prohibited from lighting up in a most public places
in the city.
Per ordinance those places include restaurants, libraries, elevators,
polling places, pool and billiard halls, bingo facilities and educational
ban fight still not finished
Daily News - Galveston County - Ian White - September 28, 2010
GALVESTON A Galveston woman has begun a campaign to put the
citys hotly debated smoking policy on the ballot for next Mays
And, judging by comments on the campaigns Facebook page, Mayor
Joe Jaworski is right behind her.
Alice Melott, a real-estate agent, began her campaign almost immediately
after Thursdays split-vote decision by the city council to overturn
the ban its predecessor had put into effect Jan 1.
She formed Galveston Clean Air Project, complete with its own website
and Facebook page, and announced: Its sole purpose is to save
Galveston from asphyxiation.
By Saturday morning, she was ready to start e-mailing her contacts
and asking them to sign up for the campaign, which needs a public petition
in order to put the question on the ballot.
Galvestons clean air ordinance was effectively overturned
by city council in a surprise 4-3 vote, she wrote.
The Galveston Clean Air Project seeks to put the issue to the
voters, more than 76 percent of whom do not smoke, with the May 2011
Later that day, Jaworski posted a comment on the campaigns Keep
Galveston restaurants smoke-free Facebook page.
He advised people how to view the city councils televised coverage
of the vote, writing: Its a 49 minute discussion and three
votes. Difficult to watch at times." ...
that prohibits smoking to be revised
Laredo Sun - Francisco Díaz - September 28, 2010
LAREDO, Tx.- The SCAN organization, dedicated of serving the needs
of children and adolescents in the community, will request a review
of the ordinance that is banning smoking in public places.
"We have detected cases where there is smoking in theaters and
we want to clarify this point by reviewing the ordinance that the municipal
government has, Mario Flores informed.
The president of the Community Coalition of Webb County Against Substance
Abuse also said they are seeking a rapprochement with Hector Gonzalez,
director of the Laredo Health Department, responsible for enforcing
According to Flores, the controversy arose after an actor in a play
called Side Man, came out smoking during the play that was being performed
at the Arts Center ...
amends smoking rules
Daily News - Galveston County - Ian White - September 24, 2010
GALVESTON Galvestons citywide clean air ordinance went up
in smoke Thursday as the council voted 4-3 to allow people to light
up in bars and several other places banned by the ordinance.
The ordinance vote came after a lengthy discussion that followed a
public comment period in which the majority of speakers pleaded for
the ban to be retained.
Galveston City Council Revises Smoking Ban
Galveston.com & Company (press release) - September 23, 2010
After considerable public comment and discussion the Galveston City
Council amended the Islands existing smoking ordinance tonight.
The measure passed with Council members Puccetti, Gonzales, Greenberg,
and Legg voting in favor and Council member Beeton, Mayor Pro-Tem Colbert,
and Mayor Jaworski casting dissenting votes.
Business owners now have the option to meet the Citys adult
venue definition and allow smoking within their establishments.
The revised ordinance will take effect 10 days from the date of posting.
Amendments to Chapter 11.5 of Galvestons code, Clean Air:
Smoking in Public Places:
* Smoking is now allowed in bars that meet adult venue requirements.
Signage must be posted prohibiting persons under the age of 18 from
entering the establishment.
* Smoking is now allowed in private clubs, fraternal organizations,
and outdoor seating areas.
* On-premise alcohol consumption is now allowed in retail tobacco shops.
* Smoking is now prohibited within five (5) feet of a doorway or window
(in proximity to an establishment where smoking is prohibited) ...
ban in public housing is right move
Corpus Christi Caller Times - September 22, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI The Corpus Christi Housing Authority has made
a principled decision to uphold the rights of nonsmokers, including
small children, not to breathe secondhand smoke. The Housing Authority
decided to ban smoking from public housing units starting Oct. 1. If
only it were sooner.
Last year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued
a memo to housing authorities encouraging smoke bans and pointing out
health-related concerns as justification. Among those are that secondhand
smoke can migrate between densely packed housing units. The memo points
out some now-well-known-by-everybody consequences of secondhand smoke
respiratory illnesses, heart disease and cancer. And the memo
points out that most people in public housing are older than 61 and
younger than 18, populations considered especially vulnerable to the
hazards of secondhand smoke.
HUD shouldnt have to work that hard to make its case. ...
smoking throughout Bexar? State legislator wants to counties decide
KENS 5 TV - September 10, 2010
San Antonio's smoking ban is on the books and set to take effect next
But now, a countywide ban could be looming.
And supporters of a statewide smoking ban are gearing up to resurrect
the measure this legislative session.
State Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville is asking for legislation
allowing entire counties to ban smoking.
Currently, counties do not* have that power. ...
smoking ban being prepped for next legislative session
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sep. 08, 2010
AUSTIN -- Undaunted by failure in last year's legislative session, supporters
of a statewide smoking ban are gearing up to resurrect the measure to
combat what they say is a public-health menace caused by secondhand
station platforms smoke-free Wed.
Austin News - September 1, 2010
AUSTIN (KXAN) - If you're riding the MetroRail , be sure to put out
Changes have taken effect at all Capital Metro rail station platforms
along the Red Line after the CapMetro Board adopted a new tobacco-free
policy July 26.
This means all tobacco products will be prohibited near the passenger
boarding areas and on the boarding platforms at each station.
Signs will be installed, and ashtrays will be removed at all stations.
However, tobacco use will still be permitted outside of the designated
tobacco-free zone ...
years later, city's smoking ban is working
By Joel Dunnington, M.D.
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston Chronicle, Aug. 31, 2010, 9:06PM
Burning leaves outdoors is illegal in Houston. But until three years
ago you could still burn leaves indoors as long as they were
wrapped in a little white piece of paper. That never made sense to me
or the schoolchildren I spoke to.
Cigarettes are the most dangerous consumer product in the world. It
is estimated that cigarettes kill 25,000 Texans, 438,000 Americans and
5.4 million people around the world every year. The epidemiologist Sir
Richard Peto estimates that worldwide 100 million people died from tobacco
in the 20th century and that if the current smoking rates continue,
1 billion people will die in the 21st century. We estimate that a third
of the patients who die at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center die simply because
they smoked cigarettes. Tobacco-smoke pollution from other people's
cigarettes and cigars causes around 50,000 deaths in the United States
In a tobacco industry document from 1953, a senior researcher for the
tobacco industry performed a literature search for his bosses and reported
that cigarettes probably cause cancer. They did not inform their customers
of this finding. The first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking was published
in 1964 followed by 28 more reports. This includes two that are
entirely about the severe health effects of tobacco-smoke pollution.
As cardiology researcher Dr. Stan Glantz puts it, "cigarettes
are mini toxic waste dumps" producing at least 4,500 chemicals.
About 80 of those chemicals cause cancer and others are just very toxic.
Antonio Joins the Fight Against Secondhand Smoke Clean Air Ordinance
Sacramento Bee - August 23, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 23 -- Statement by Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, President
and CEO, Legacy
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Workers in the second-largest
city in Texas can now breathe easier. On August 19, the San Antonio
City Council announced that the city's workplaces will now be free of
secondhand smoke ("SHS") and risks that come along with it.
The U.S. Surgeon General concluded in 2006 that there are "no
safe levels" of secondhand smoke exposure. Among adults, exposure
to SHS causes approximately 50,000 deaths in the United States each
year. The Surgeon General also concluded that smoke-free workplace policies
are the only effective means to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure
in the workplace. The new San Antonio ordinance includes bars and restaurants,
thereby protecting the service workforce and the patrons of such establishments.
Additionally, despite loud claims to the contrary from opponents of
clean indoor air laws, there is no evidence that these laws negatively
impact businesses. ...
Antonio snuffs out smoking in bars, restaurants
San Antonio Business Journal on August 20, 2010
San Antonio City Council passed an enhanced smoke-free ordinance Thursday
by a vote of seven to four.
Passage of the ordinance means that smoking will now be banned in all
indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The ordinance is
set to take effect Aug. 19, 2011, exactly one year after it was approved.
Suzanne Lozano, chairwoman of the Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition,
applauded the move.
This is a significant milestone for San Antonio workers, citizens
and visitors, Lozano says. Supporters worked hard for San
Antonio citizens right to breathe clean indoor air. The passage
of this ordinance shows the rest of Texas that San Antonio values the
health of its workers and residents. ...
Antonio to be Latest Texas City With Smoke-Free Workplaces
City Council action increases momentum for statewide law to protect
workers and residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke in workplaces
PR Newswire, 2010-08-19
SOURCE Smoke-Free Texas
San Antonio will soon become the latest Texas city to implement a comprehensive
smoke-free ordinance providing workers, residents and visitors protection
from the dangers of secondhand smoke in all indoor workplaces. The City
Council approved the ordinance at its Thursday meeting by a vote of
seven to four.
"This is a significant milestone for San Antonio workers, citizens
and visitors," said Suzanne Lozano, Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition
chair. "Supporters worked hard for San Antonio citizens' right
to breathe clean indoor air. The passage of this ordinance shows the
rest of Texas that San Antonio values the health of its workers and
... American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association,
American Lung Association, Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights, March
of Dimes, ...
adopts tough smoking
San Antonio Express, August 19, 2010
The City Council on Thursday approved a fortified smoke-free ordinance
aimed at protecting public health, despite pleas from frustrated bar
and restaurant owners who said that the ban would hurt their business.
The new ordinance, which will qualify San Antonio as a smoke-free city
under criteria set by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, closes exemptions
that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs
and restaurants with enclosed smoking areas.
Council members listened to 90 minutes of public input and then deliberated
for more than two hours before voting 7-4 to approve the ordinance.
adopts tough smoking rules
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - August 19, 2010
The City Council voted 7-4 today to strengthen San Antonio's smoking
ban, despite pleas from frustrated bar and restaurant owners who asked
for the ordinance to be spiked altogether or at least postponed for
a few years.
About 50 people and groups addressed the council, with a slight majority
in favor of the ban, which will be implemented in 12 months on
Aug. 19, 2011. Supporters of the ban asked the council to implement
the ordinance sooner rather than later. Dissenters asked for as much
as three years before implementing the ban.
The new ordinance, which will qualify San Antonio as a smoke-free city
under criteria set by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, closes exemptions
that have allowed smoking in bars, pool and bingo halls, comedy clubs
and restaurants that have enclosed smoking areas. ...
smoking ban vote today
By Josh Baugh - Express-News
Web Posted: 08/19/2010 12:00 CDT
The City Council is poised today to adopt rules that will make San Antonio
smoke-free after more than four months of rancorous debate and
a much quieter last-minute round of deal-making.
San Antonio is expected to become the latest on a list of communities
across Texas and the nation to adopt smoke-free policies. In this state,
cities from Abilene to El Paso, Laredo to Marshall by way of Houston,
Dallas and Austin have banned indoor smoking and are designated
by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights as smoke-free cities.
ban is vital for S.A.
Express-News Editorial Board August 19, 2010
City Council will vote today on whether to expand San Antonio's smoking
ordinance. It shouldn't be close.
Mayor Julián Castro and District 7 Councilman Justin Rodriguez,
who proposed the measure, have lobbied their colleagues intently and
made concessions to secure a majority. Opponents have largely been swayed
by the argument that a comprehensive indoor smoking ban will be bad
Bars, restaurants and bingo parlors have managed to survive in every
other city in Texas that has instituted such a ban. More than survive,
they've thrived. Studies in Houston and El Paso found that business
went up after comprehensive smoking bans went into effect.
smoking ban likely to pass S.A. City Council Thursday
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-08-16
San Antonio may soon be home to a tough, new smoking ban. The City
Council will take up the stronger smoking ordinance this Thursday and
indications are it will pass unanimously. ...
Abilene's Smoking Ban Must Be Enforced
BigCountryHomepage.com KTAB TV 24, KRBC TV 29 (Abilene, TX), 2010-08-10
Reported by: Victor Sotelo and Austin Kellerman
It's been three years since Abilene signed off on a smoking ban. One
man feels law enforcement isn't doing enough to enforce it, and he fears
his health may be at risk.
A man who only wants to be identified as "Jesse" regularly
attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Abilene. When he leaves during
breaks, Jesse says other attendees are often smoking just feet away
from the front door. That's a violation of the city's smoking ban.
Jesse is a former smoker who now has the taken oxygen everywhere he
goes. He says being near smokers can be detrimental to his health.
Jesse has now taken his complaint to the police. Officers say they
are going to look in to it but warns it's not as easy as going to a
place with a complaint and writing a ticket. ...
at new courthouse stirs up row among officials
Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram, 2010-08-10
Bob Campbell Midland Reporter-Telegram *
Commissioner Jimmy Smith was almost outnumbered with his Monday motion
to make jurors go across the street from the new courthouse to a parking
lot to smoke, but Smith's five man court prevailed against the objections
of District Attorney Teresa Clingman, County Clerk Cheryl Becker, Sheriff
Gary Painter and Tax Assessor Collector Kathy Reeves.
Asserting the 11-story building to be opened at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 "must
be smoke free and tobacco free," Smith moved to allow smoking only
"in an adjacent parking lot" designated before the courthouse
"We can revise it, but we're going to be over there in a month
and need to get this settled now," said Smith, who has supervised
the $31.6 million project for the court.
Seconded by Commissioner Robin Donnelly, the motion passed unanimously
with the support of Judge Mike Bradford and Commissioners Luis Sanchez
and Randy Prude. ...
Antonio one step closer to becoming smoke free
KENS 5 TV - Karen Grace - August 9, 2010
Monday afternoon the city's Quality of Life Committe voted in favor
of a proposed all out smoking ban in all public places.
"There's no such thing as safe second hand smoke," said Courtney
Denton, a supporter of Smoke Free San Antonio.
But Councilwoman Jennifer Ramos opposes an all out ban. She says it
goes to far, too fast. ...
city council has smoking ban on agenda despite support drop
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-08-05
KENS 5 Staff
SAN ANTONIO - If city council has its way, smokers won't be lighting
A new poll out today shows how it may affect area businesses if passed.
Ohio passed a similar ban in 2006.
The poll shows that support for the ban has declined drastically, mainly
because businesses are struggling financially.
Here in Texas, Conroe passed a smoking ban in 2009 but reversed it
after similar economic effects.
will be commitment to preserving good health
San Antonio Express - August 5, 2010
The San Antonio City Council will soon decide a critical issue
should we provide our community with full protection from secondhand
smoke. Nonsmokers comprise 80 percent of the San Antonio community,
yet under current legislation they are subjected to secondhand smoke.
By passing a strengthened smoking ordinance San Antonio will join Houston,
Dallas and other Texas cities in a commitment to preserve the health
of her visitors, workers and residents.
Smoking tobacco is well known to be a direct cause of catastrophic
disease and death. If we believe in prevention and quality of life,
then it is essential for the City Council to prevent exposure to secondhand
smoke for our employees, our families and our visitors. The prevention
of smoke inhalation has been proven to dramatically lower health care
costs and loss of livelihood and life. Prevention is a simple and sound
method to improve our lives and the futures of all our residents.
In this debate, the science is clear. The U.S. surgeon general has
issued 29 reports to date, which represent the most thorough and scientifically
documented investigation in medical history. The reports clearly detail
and confirm the undisputable facts about deadly and dangerous hazards
of cigarette smoke and secondhand smoke. ...
San Antonio Current - Tiffany Maples - August 4, 2010
...which means the smoking-ban debate is back on the front burner, beginning
with Monday's Quality of Life Committee meeting, where some of our least
votes decide smoke ban issue
San Angelo Standard Times - July 28, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The smoking-ban issue has been messy nearly
from the start, so messy that it didnt even get on the May election
ballot when it was supposed to. Thats no reason to make it even
Mayor Alvin New has floated the idea of the City Council passing an
ordinance different from the one championed by Smoke-Free San Angelo
that will appear on the November ballot. He wants there to be a middle
ground for voters to choose between.
We understand the mayors point. Smoke-Free wouldnt accept
the citys amended ordinance that exempted bars from the list of
places covered by the ban, and presumably some San Angeloans
its anybodys guess how many want smoking curtailed
but think it should be OK in bars. ...
Metro to limit tobacco use
News 8 Austin - July 26, 2010
The Capital Metro Board of Directors approved a measure Monday to crack
down on smoking in transit areas.
Starting Sept. 1, Cap Metro will no longer allow smoking or the use
of tobacco products on MetroRail platforms.
The board also decided to limit smoking at its "Park & Ride"
How Is Total Smoking Ban Working In Corpus Christi?
San Antonio City Council To Vote In August Whether To Expand Smoking
KSAT-12 (San Antonio, TX), 2010-07-23
Isis Romero, KSAT 12 News Reporter
The San Antonio City Council will soon vote on whether to expand the
city's current smoking ordinance.
Currently, smoking is not allowed in enclosed public places, but the
proposed ordinance would expand those restrictions to include bars,
pool halls and other establishments.
The ban would be similar to ones passed in other Texas cities, like
"In the first 6 months of the smoking ban, this bar lost a total
of $65,000 in income and revenue, " said Mando Martinez, owner
of It'll Do Saloon in Corpus Christi and President of the Bar Operators
Association. "We've even had two or three establishments close
down because they couldn't compete."
Although the City of Corpus Christi has not surveyed or studied the
economic effects of the ban, the repercussions are being felt. ...
City Council meeting summary July 20
North Texas e-News - July 23, 2010
... Along with that, item 10-348 approved an ordinance to ban the sale
and possession of a substance called K2. An approved amendment to the
current smoking ordinance makes the sale, delivery, offer, gift or possession
of the restricted substance a misdemeanor punishable by fine. ...
wants discussion on San Angelo's own smoking ordinance allow voters
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - July 19, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas Mayor Alvin New says he wants the San Angelo
City Council to help facilitate a middle ground on a proposal to ban
tobacco smoking in nearly all public places in the city.
In his view, that would mean council passing a different, less restrictive
version of the smoke-ban ordinance before November, so voters could
decide between the two instead of being faced with an all-or-nothing
New will discuss his idea with council at its meeting Tuesday.
Thats what I want to discuss with council, to see if theres
an appetite for that, to put an ordinance into play thats closer
to the middle ground and let people see that in action so when they
vote, theyll understand that theyre voting for something
thats middle ground versus something thats far-reaching,
The version of the ordinance that will be on the November ballot is
the version local group Smoke-Free San Angelo petitioned for earlier
this year. If passed, it would ban smoking in bars and restaurants.
New said he believes this version of the ordinance promotes prohibition
rather than regulation of smoking and includes certain questionable
requirements like making employees rather than law enforcement officials
deal with violators of the law. ...
continues over smoking ban
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - July 14, 2010
Of the 30 largest American cities, only San Antonio, Memphis, Tenn.,
and Nashville, Tenn., ... according to data from Americans for Nonsmokers'
ban could benefit health of San Antonios tourism industry
San Antonio Business Journal, June 28, 2010
By Dan R. Goddard
With more than 70 percent of the country covered by no smoking ordinances,
San Antonio is one of the nations last tourist destinations that
doesnt yet have smoke-free bars and restaurants, which may turn
out to be a turn off for tourists, reports the American Nonsmokers
Visitor surveys show that most people like and expect smoke-free
air, says Bronson Frick, the foundations associate director.
A growing number of conventions also avoid smoky cities. The idea
that tourism may be adversely affected by a no-smoking ordinance can
always be traced back to tobacco companies. All you get is anecdotal
evidence that only causes fear among bar and restaurant owners.
COLLIER: Ordinance to ban smoking still up in the air
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-06-27
Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times
The smoke-ban saga continues and could carry on after the November
election. Heres a quick summary of whats happened, the latest
update and a rundown of what might come next.
Per City Charter guidelines, the City Council has taken public comment
on the version of the ordinance for which Smoke-Free San Angelo collected
That ordinance calls for an across-the-board ban of smoking in the
city, including bars, restaurants and outdoor sports arenas. . . .
The Smoke-Free San Angelo committee rejected the citys version
of the ordinance at a meeting Thursday evening, and it will request
its original version be put on the November ballot. The group had said
it was open to negotiations but would not accept an ordinance that exempted
bars because it believes in protecting all people from the harmful effects
of secondhand smoke, and that its unfair to place the ban only
on some businesses. ...
Tobacco very, very quiet on smoking ban
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, 2010-06-26
"I will close the doors. I'll have no choice," he said, leaning
a little into the microphone.
He was one of the dozens -- many of them tavern and pool hall workers
-- who tore into the proposed ordinance at a June 10 public hearing.
Johnson also is one of three principals behind the San Antonio Mixed
Beverage Association, a nearly memberless organization that exists solely
to fight the strengthening of San Antonio's ban. Indeed, political organizer
JoAnn Ramon's handiwork, paid for by SAMBA, accounted for some of the
turnout of opponents that night.
Wildly controversial PR consultant T.J. Connolly wasn't in council
chambers, but he's also working for the association, handling its communications.
Lobbyist Ken Brown, who stood off to the side of the standing-room-only
crowd, helped incorporate SAMBA as a nonprofit a year ago. The organization
is one of his firm's clients. Reynolds American, an arm of tobacco giant
R.J. Reynolds, is another. . . .
It's a strategy Big Tobacco commonly uses in its never-ending fight
against "smoke-free" ordinances: Find common cause with tavern
owners. . . .
rejects smoking ban proposal
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-06-25
Kiah Collier * San Angelo Standard Times
Challenges may arise, but a citywide smoke-ban ordinance bars
included will be on the ballot in November.
At a meeting Thursday evening, committee members of Smoke-Free San
Angelo the group that submitted the ordinance petition to the
city this year voted to reject an amended version of the ordinance
approved by the City Council at its last meeting. Along with several
minor changes, that version of the ordinance exempted adult-only bars
from the ban. City staff recommended a version that included bars in
the ban, but the council voted to amend the ordinance to exempt them.
Smoke-Free representatives, who met with city staff at least once before
the council vote, said the group was open to negotiations but would
not accept an ordinance that exempted bars because it supports protecting
all people from the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke.
Several committee members, including an oncologist and respiratory
therapist, said they could not accept the bar exemption because of the
health risks it presents to employees and the general public. ...
Ordinance Causes Some Debate At MoCity Meeting
FortBendNow - June 22, 2010
Missouri Citys proposed smoking ordinance wasnt a slam
dunk at last nights city council meeting, as some pushed for more
strenuous regulation and some felt the ordinance was already too harsh.
The proposed ordinance, that passed the first of two readings, prohibits
smoking in most enclosed public and work places in the city, in the
outdoor seating areas of local restaurants, at youth sporting events
held at city parks and within 15 feet of the entrance to a public place
where smoking is prohibited.
Bars that have been in continuous operation before the ordinance would
be grandfathered in, and smoking would be allowed in a limited percentage
of hotel/motel rooms, in certain private and semi-private rooms in nursing
homes, in designated areas of meeting facilities, in retail tobacco
stores and tobacco bars, and during certain stage performances. ...
ban debate fills City Hall; future still foggy
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-06-16
KENS 5 Staff
Debate on San Antonio's proposed smoking ban filled City Hall Wednesday
The City Council Governance Committee had a hearing on the issue. .
The San Antonio City Council has July off, so we will likely see another
public hearing in early August. ...
COUNCIL LIVE: Council votes to amend smoking-ban
San Angelo Standard Times - Michael Kelly - June 15, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas One major change among a set of minor tweaks
recommended for the Smoke-Free San Angelo petition may have doomed the
chance for a compromise on the smoking ban proposal.
The San Angelo City Council on Tuesday voted 4-2 to amend its version
of the petition to exempt adult-only bars from the citywide ban on smoking
in enclosed businesses and public places. Spokespeople for the Smoke-Free
San Angelo coalition made it clear to council members during the public
comment portion of the meeting that exempting bars would almost certainly
be a deal-killer.
If the coalition refuses the amended version, it can still work to
place the original petition up for vote in November. If it passes, the
petition would ban smoking in nearly every business in the city, including
bars and restaurants, and provide a $100 fine for violators. Smokers
would not be able to light up within 15 feet of the entrance of any
place included in the prohibition. ...
petition on council agenda
San Angelo Standard-Times - Michael Kelly - June 14, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The San Angelo City Council may take the final
step at its meeting today to place a citywide smoking ban petition on
San Antonio Express - Josh Baugh - June 11, 2010
City Council members remained silent Thursday on a proposal to stiffen
San Antonio's smoking ban while members of the public ...
City asking for suggestions on smoking ban
abc13.com - June 10, 2010
Some of the proposals include banning smoking in all enclosed public
places, as well as at sports arenas and stadiums. ...
smoking plan tied to e-mail
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - May 27, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The city has recovered the e-mail it says
contains the altered version of the smoke-ban ordinance, which appeared
in the April 18 edition of the Standard-Times and is different from
the version more than 4,500 people signed a petition in support of.
The original version has since been reprinted in both the Standard-Times
and Conexion Hispana, and the San Angelo City Council will take public
comment on it at its meeting Tuesday. At its June 15 meeting, it is
expected to vote on the version of the ordinance that may end up on
the November ballot if the petition group approves of any changes made
to it by city staff.
City Clerk Alicia Ramirez said the e-mail containing the altered version
of the ordinance was sent to City Attorney Lyssia Bowling and City Council
member Johnny Silvas on Jan. 6 from Grant Wallace, regional director
for government relations for the American Cancer Society, who has been
advising Smoke-Free San Angelo, the group that submitted the petition.
Silvas then forwarded the e-mail to Ramirez.
Wallace said that version was a working draft he had sent to city staff
to get feedback, but it was not the version the group petitioned for
and turned in to the city. He said he never received a response and
that the group used a different version for the petition drive and has
used that version ever since.
This was not the ordinance that we turned in when we first started
the petition drive, nor what we turned in as the official notarized
one with all our signatures at the end of the petition drive,
Wallace said. Once we started the petition drive, from that point
to this point, the ordinances remained the exact same. The city mistakenly
published an old version. I cant help that. ...
Smoke Policies in Bexar County, 2010 (PDF)
Institute for Health Promotion Research (University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio), 2010-05-25
San Antonio officials are proposing to expand the citys existing
ordinance to prevent smoking in public places, including restaurants
and bars. This study examined the potential economic impact of such
an ordinance by identifying potential smoke-permitting alternatives
located outside San Antonios city limits, and evaluate whether
those alternatives exist in sufficient number and location to significantly
divert customers from the San Antonio businesses that would be regulated
by the proposed smoking ordinance. A geographic information system (GIS)
analysis identified 165 establishments in 30 incorporated municipalities
within Bexar County (but outside San Antonios city limits), of
which 117 already are non-smoking (71%). Only 48 of the establishments
allow smoking (29%). Because the maps identify few and geographically
separated smoke-permitting alternatives to the establishments within
the City of San Antonio that would be prohibited from allowing indoor
smoking under the proposed ordinance, it confirms that it would be highly
unlikely for such alternatives to significantly divert customers from
any newly protected establishments inside the City of San Antonio.
San Antonio smoking ordinance wouldnt snuff out restaurant/bar
Institute for Health Promotion Research (University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio), 2010-05-25
If San Antonio ends up prohibiting smoking in indoor workplaces, its
restaurants and bars are not likely to lose patrons to the few and geographically
separated establishments outside the city limits that do allow smoking,
according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Promotion Research
at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The analysis identified and mapped the 165 licensed-to-serve alcohol
establishments in 30 incorporated towns outside San Antonio, but within
The vast majority (117) of those establishments already are smoke-free.
The remaining 48 that do allow smoking are fairly geographically separated
from each other and, even if weighed as a whole, dont have the
capacity to sustain an influx of smoking customers if San Antonio prohibits
smoking in its bars and restaurants, an action that polls show would
be supported by two-thirds of registered voters.
measure would not put San Antonio bars out of business, report shows
San Antonio (TX) Business Journal, 2010-05-25
If San Antonio's City Council adopts an ordinance that prohibits smoking
in indoor workplaces, the bar and restaurant industry is not likely
to lose patrons to nearby businesses outside city limits that do allow
smoking, according to a new report by the Institute for Health Promotion
Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Earlier this month, Mayor Julian Castro announced at a news conference
that he would push for a strong anti-smoking ordinance that prohibits
smoking in indoor workplaces. Bars and restaurants currently can permit
smoking if their establishments allow for a smoker's section that doesn't
impact the rest of the patrons.
The institute identified and mapped the locations of the 165 licensed-to-serve
alcohol establishments in 30 incorporated towns outside San Antonio
but within Bexar County. The reports showed that the vast majority --
or 117 of those bars -- are already smoke-free. The remaining 48 businesses
outside San Antonio that do allow smoking, would not have the capacity
to sustain an influx of smokers if San Antonio prohibits smoking in
bars and restaurants altogether.
"Our analysis and data show that a comprehensive smoking ordinance
would not have a detrimental effect on the city of San Antonio's bar
and restaurant industry," says lead author Courtney A. Denton.
forces alone won't make city smoke-free
San Antonio Express - Veronica Flores-Paniagua - May 25, 2010
Opponents of a stronger smoking ordinance like to wave the Economic
Impact Flag when they argue that businesses are being regulated to death
and that the city's tourism industry is likely to suffer from stiffer
rules against lighting up.
If opponents are going to hang their hats on potential lost revenue
as the heart of this debate, it's important to see the full picture.
The dangers of tobacco addiction and second-hand smoke, as well as
the cost to communities in medical care, are attention-getters. Texas
currently spends almost $1.5 billion a year in Medicaid funding on direct
tobacco-related health care costs.
Curious to know whether smoking was a deal-breaker for conventioneers,
I called Alcoholics Anonymous' General Service Office in New York about
the group's upcoming international conference here. To be held over
the July 4 weekend, the gathering is expected to draw 40,000 people.
Smoking isn't on the organization's radar when it decides, more than
10 years out, where to hold its conventions, said a public information
staffer for the group. Most major cities don't allow smoking in
the venue (and) many of us come from cities where smoking is banned,
the staffer said. It's a nonissue, actually. ...
of mystery smoking ordinance still a mystery
San Angelo Standard-Times - Kiah Collier - May 25, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The city clerks office said Monday the
city is still trying to find the e-mail that contained an altered version
of the proposed smoke-ban ordinance.
Two local bloggers who regularly attend San Angelo City Council meetings
told the Standard-Times late last week that the version of the proposed
ordinance signed by more than 4,500 people was different than the version
that was printed in the April 18 edition of the Standard-Times.
City Clerk Alicia Ramirez and the group who submitted the petition
to her for validation in February said Thursday they werent sure
where the altered version came from. Ramirez said Thursday that she
thought she had likely received the altered version via e-mail and that
the citys information technology department was searching archived
e-mails and would determine who had sent the e-mail by Friday. ...
process for smoking ban starting over
San Angelo Standard-Times - Kiah Collier - May 21, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The petition ordinance signed by more than
4,500 San Angelo people to ban smoking in public places was different
from the version printed as a legal ad in the Standard-Times and discussed
at the San Angelo City Council Tuesday, two local residents opposed
to the proposed smoke-ban ordinance discovered.
That means the city will start the public hearing process over, including
republication of the petition this Sunday and holding a new first hearing
at the June 1 City Council meeting, but the petition remains on track
to appear on the November ballot, the city said in a news release late
City Clerk Alicia Ramirez said the city plans to republish the original
version of the petition and hold an additional public hearing based
on the version that was originally signed by petitioners.
Were fixing it, she said. Were still
on schedule." ...
Brief: May 20, 2010
Texas Tribune (blog) - Julian Aguilar - May 20, 2010
San Antonio's proposed expansion of its municipal smoking ban hit a
snag on Wednesday after the city council's Governance Committee decided
the issue needed ...
tinkers with smoking ban
San Angelo Standard-Times - Kiah Collier - May 18, 2010
he proposed law to control tobacco smoking in San Angelo is still a
work in progress.
The San Angelo City Council on Tuesday directed city staff to develop
an amended version of the proposed smoke-ban ordinance to address concerns
about the ordinances potential effect on businesses.
The council, according to the City Charter, has 30 days from Tuesday
the ordinances first public hearing to vote on an
There will be adjustments made to the language to pursue respecting
private property and issues along those lines and then to see if we
can do that in a way where everyone can agree, said Mayor Alvin
eyes smoking ban
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-05-18
The San Angelo City Council including its two newest members
will take public comment at its meeting today on the controversial
smoke-ban ordinance proposed via petition earlier this year.
Smoke-Free San Angelo submitted a petition in February proposing an
ordinance that, if approved by voters, would ban smoking in all public
indoor places in the city, including bars and restaurants, as well as
certain outdoor spaces and within 15 feet of entrances to smoke-free
The group had originally hoped to have the ordinance on the ballot
in last weeks city election, but the council determined at a special
meeting in February there was not enough time to complete all the necessary
petition procedural requirements to make that happen. The ordinance
will likely be put to a vote in November. ...
ban gets in our eyes
San Antonio (TX) Current, 2010-05-17
Posted by Elaine Wolff on 5/17/2010 3:52:05 PM
Only a week ago, Councilman Justin Rodriguez's proposed expansion of
the City's smoking ordinance -- to include pretty much all interior
spaces where bonhomie is practiced -- seemed a foreordained success
. . .
Lobbyist Ken Brown of Brown & Ortiz, which represents R.J. Reynolds
and the San Antonio Mixed Beverage Association claims: If they
pass the ordinance, they wont have to worry, because there wont
be as many employees. . . .
Curious whether our vets were really on fire about the topic, the QueQue
stopped for a beer last week at historic Post 76 . . .
approved on first reading for smokeless bars
Alpine Avalanche - May 13, 2010
Alpines bars may soon be smoke-free.
The Alpine City Council on Tuesday night approved the first reading
of an ordinance to make local bars smoke-free and its a
move that bar owners have requested.
The owners approached City Councilman Jim Fitz Fitzgerald
about writing an ordinance to that effect. Bars with patios and outdoor
spaces could still allow smoking in those areas, but the interiors would
be smoke-free. No objections to the ordinance were raised Tuesday. ...
Bar Owners Support Smoke Free Ordinance
NewsWest9.com - Cierra Putman - May 12, 2010
ALPINE - Smoking bans are usually hot button issues pitting non-smokers
against bar owners, but in Alpine bar owners are spearheading an effort
to get the city council to help clear the air.
After 15 years owning the Railroad Blues Bar, R.C. Toler and his business
partner Richard Fallon say it's time for a change.
"We're all for the non smoking ban," Toler said. "I
don't smoke, my partner doesn't smoke and we have a lot of customers
who don't smoke. We'd have a lot more who'd come in we didn't allow
It turns out other bar owners in town felt the same way and went to
city councilman James "Fitz" Fitzgerald for help.
"I was sitting at Harry Tinaja's down the street and Harry was
sitting next to me and he said I wish (the city council) would pass
a non-smoking ordinance," Councilman Fitz said. "So, I said
I'll poll the other bar owners and if they're interested I'd be more
than happy to represent your position." ...
passes ordinance making it OK to light up
abc13.com - May 7, 2010
Smokers who light up in bars in Conroe in longer have to worry about
facing any fines.
The City of Conroe passed a new ordinance last night, making it OK
to smoke in bars, but only in places that primarily serve alcohol.
Smokers are still banned from lighting up inside restaurants, even
if they happen to have bars inside.
Antonio considers smoking ban, again
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2010-05-06
Christopher Heath - KENS 5
On Friday morning members of the Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition will
hold a news conference to announce plans to close the loopholes allowing
smoking in bars and restaurants.
The coalition, which is made up of council members and health professionals,
says the harmful effects of secondhand smoke have been well documented
and that the current ordinance needs to be amended to eliminate secondhand
smoke in public places.
Plans to close the loopholes have not been well received by the San
Antonio Restaurant Association. ...
ordinance 'economic disaster,' bar owners say
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - May 5, 2010
While an anti-smoking advocate believes there hasnt been enough
data to determine the economic effect from Conroes new smoking
ban, several business owners say it is an economic disaster.
The City Council will vote during its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m.
today on amending the ordinance prohibiting smoking in public and private
workplaces to allow smoking in bars. The ordinance, which went into
effect March 1, prohibits smoking in all public and private workplaces,
with the exception of patios and bars.
It also prohibits smoking within 20 feet of any door or open window
of a public place and in any restaurant outdoor seating area.
If approved, the ordinance will allow smoking in bars defined in the
ordinance as establishments devoted to the serving of alcoholic
beverages for consumption by guests on the premises and in which the
serving of food is only incidental to the consumption of those beverages.
The amendment would add pubs, ice houses, beer joints and saloons to
those businesses defined as bars in the ordinance.
Since the ordinance went into effect, there has been a serious
economic impact with businesses that serve alcoholic beverages,
said Jim Hallers, owner of Tailgators Pub and Grille on Texas
242. It is very real. If you look at my liquor sales reported
to the government, theyre down about 25 percent." ...
may lift smoking ban in bars
Houston Business Journal, May 5, 2010
An amendment to a smoking ban ordinance may soon give smokers the right
to light up in Conroe bars once again. ...
may allow smoking in bars
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - May 4, 2010
Smokers may once again be able to light up in Conroe bars if the City
Council approves an amendment to a new ordinance prohibiting smoking
in public places.
As it stands now, the ordinance, which went into effect March 1, prohibits
smoking in all public and private workplaces, with the exception of
patios at bars and within 20 feet of any door or open window of a public
place and in any restaurant outdoor seating area.
The council will discuss the amendment, requested by Mayor Pro Tem
Jerry Streater, at its workshop meeting beginning at 2 p.m. today, with
possible action coming during the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Kemah Smokers: You're 20 Feet Closer To The Front Door
Houston Press (blog) - Richard Connelly - April 27, 2010
The Kemah city council couldn't agree on a smoking ban in bars and
restaurant bars at their meeting ...
smoke ban up for talks
Galveston Daily News, 2010-04-26
Hayley Kappes The Daily News
KEMAH -- The city council will hold a public hearing regarding a possible
smoking ban of indoor public places.
The proposed ordinance would extend the city's smoking ban to include
bars and restaurant bars. People still would be allowed to smoke at
outdoor bars and patios.
Councilwoman Robin Collins proposed the ban during last week's city
council meeting and called smoking indoors a "public health issue."
Councilwoman Kelly Williams is against broadening the city's smoking
pushing new smoking ban
WOAI - April 22, 2010
SAN ANTONIO You can pop into many bars Downtown and see they
are popular spots with many customers who like to smoke cigarettes.
Now Councilman Justin Rodriguez believes it is time to put the breaks
on smoking in many of those pubs, restaurants and public places across
Rodriguez is the driving force behind a new proposal for a tougher
smoking ban in the city. He says it is aimed at reducing the risk of
Rodriguez told News 4 WOAI the citys current smoking ban, which
was passed in 2003, carved out certain exemptions for restaurants and
bars. He says a lot has happened since then, and he wants city staff
to investigate larger cities in Texas who have passed full smoking bans
in public places. ...
Rodriguez drafting smoking ban
San Antonio Current (blog) - April 21, 2010
District 7 Councilman Justin Rodriguez wants to close most of the remaining
loopholes in the City's 2003 smoking ban, making it illegal to smoke
in bars and restaurants that are currently exempted by the code. He
told the QueQue Tuesday that the Mayor had committed to the project
and he could have a five-signature memo filed as early as tomorrow.
We'll have details for you asap.
"It's a public-health issue," Rodriguez said, citing both
the "additional adverse effects" of smoking while drinking,
and the long-term consequences for employees who work in smoking establishments.
As for the argument that those workers can choose to earn their wages
somewhere else: "Well, sometimes that's just not the reality; sometimes
those are the only jobs people can get, especially right now."
Group Encouraging MoCity Residents To Vote For Public Smoking
FortBendNow - Jamie Mock - April 19, 2010
Missouri City residents will be asked to vote on Proposition 1, the
adoption of a municipal ordinance that would prohibit smoking in certain
public places during the May 8 election and community and student groups
across Missouri City are joining forces to encourage the passage of
Council members wanted to make it clear at a March council meeting
that the smoking ban has not been drafted and will not be until, and
if, voters approve the proposition.
Mayor Allen Owen said he suspects the ordinance will pass.
Our intention with this is we want to make this ordinance as
close to what other cities have done, said Owen. We do not
want to restrict our businesses any more than anyone else or allow them
privileges that somebody else doesnt. ...
smoking ban 1 year later
Tavern Guild director says most bars happy with the ban, but Illusions
owner says it is forcing him to sell
Dallas Voice - John Wright - April 8, 2010
Gay bars in Dallas get high marks for compliance with the citys
one-year-old indoor smoking ban.
Since the ban took effect April 10, 2009, inspectors have issued a
total of 163 citations citywide, records show. Of those, only six were
issued at gay bars, including four at a single location.
Michael Doughman, executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild, credited
both management and customers for the disproportionately low number
of citations. The Tavern Guild is made up of 22 gay and lesbian bars
in the city.
Doughman also said he doesnt believe the ban has hurt business,
contrary to what opponents predicted. ...
ordinance gaining momentum
Waxahachie Daily Light - Mike Sackett - Apr 6, 2010
At the last commission meeting, Thomas and the commission turned possible
ordinance changes over to the city's attorney Toby Mash. Mash said the
to receive smoke-ban petition
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-04-06
At its meeting today, the San Angelo City Council will receive the
controversial certified smoking-ban petition from the city clerk
the first in a series of requirements to get the proposed ordinance
on the November ballot.
The council determined at a special meeting in February there was not
enough time to complete all the required steps to put the ordinance
to a vote in the May election.
Smoke-Free San Angelo, the local group that organized the petition,
expressed optimism about the process moving forward. ...
issue first smoking tickets
Corpus Christi Caller Times - Katherine Rosenberg - March 24, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI More than nine months after the city banned smoking
in bars, police issued the first three tickets.
What helped make it happen? A new program that gives the public direct
cell phone access to lieutenants responsible for patrolling their neighborhoods.
This is an example of that working, of a citizen taking advantage
of the tools weve provided, Police Chief Troy Riggs said.
We might not have planned to do a bar check there that evening,
but with that information they went out and wrote the first citations
for smoking. ...
votes to ban smoking near playgrounds
Herald Zeitung - Chris Cobb - March 23, 2010
The New Braunfels City Council is close to imposing a smoking ban near
the citys playgrounds, athletic fields and at its skate park.
The council passed the first reading of an ordinance Monday that would
prohibit smoking within 50 feet of those city-owned facilities.
The move was approved earlier this month by the citys parks advisory
board after residents had asked that smoking be prohibited at those
This, for me, is about safety, said Councilor Mark Goodner.
Ive seen people out at a playground catching kids at the
bottom of a slide with a cigarette in their fingertips. ...
ends smoking on courthouse roof patios
Brazosport Facts - John Lowman - March 11, 2010
Pct. 1 Commissioner Donald Dude Payne moved to ban smoking
there and Rhodenbaugh seconded. It's the old county jail recreation
yard, said Arthur ...
City Residents To Vote In May On Public Smoking Ban
FortBendNow - Jamie Mock - March 3, 2010
Council members wanted to make it clear at Monday night's meeting that
the smoking ban has not been drafted and will not be until, and if,
voters approve ...
smoking ban takes effect
Montgomery County Courier - Brad Meyer - March 1, 2010
The number of places tobacco enthusiasts can light up declined significantly
Monday as Conroes smoking ban took effect, eliminating smoking
in restaurants, lounges and most enclosed public places.
The smoking ordinance, passed in August 2009, prohibits smoking inside
and within 20 feet of the entrance to most enclosed public buildings,
outdoor parks, arenas and playgrounds. Enforcement of the ordinance
is the responsibility of the Conroe Fire Department with support from
the Conroe Police Department. ...
owners sue over island smoking ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2010-02-23
Laura Elder The Daily News
A group of bar, nightclub and restaurant owners has filed a lawsuit
asserting the city and individual council members ignored state law
by refusing to formally assess how a smoking ban would hurt the market
value of their properties.
The group, which includes well-known restaurants to holes-in-the-wall,
filed the lawsuit in the 405th State District Court in Galveston on
Friday, reigniting a fight about property rights and secondhand smoke
that has been smoldering for months.
The plaintiffs say they filed the lawsuit against individual council
members to get around sovereign immunity that protects governing bodies
from some legal liability.
They are seeking to stop the city from enforcing the ban, which went
into effect Jan. 1, until it undertakes a "takings impact assessment"
of each owner's land and "those similarly situated." ...
now an option for ban violators
Corpus Christi Caller Times - February 19, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI The Corpus Christi police are cracking down on
smoking ban violators. While police had been issuing warnings when they
caught people lighting up in bars, they now are going to at least consider
Police Chief Troy Riggs said he didnt want to take away an officers
discretion on whether to cite or warn. But since the City Council
thought it was important enough to pass it, he said, we
need to enforce it.
Thats not to say that the police are going to start raiding bars
and nightclubs in search of smokers. But be warned: They will be stopping
by local bars, nightclubs and pool and bingo halls to do compliance
checks. And they will be issuing citations at least part of the time.
ban won't be on ballot
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - February 17, 2010
SAN ANGELO, Texas The San Angelo City Council determined Tuesday
there is not enough time to perform the procedural requirements
dictated by the city charter, state law and election code to meet the
deadline to get a smoking ban ordinance on the May ballot.
The council decided during its regular meeting to cancel a special
meeting that had been scheduled for the same afternoon at which the
council had been expected to accept the petition from the City Clerk
Ramirez had validated the petition Saturday.
According to the charter, the council has to accept such petitions
at a regularly scheduled meeting, call for its publication in the Standard-Times,
then hold a public hearing at another regularly scheduled meeting before
it can approve the petition. ...
Park bans smoking in public areas
Dallas Morning News - Lori Stahl - February 16, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK University Park officials approved a ban on
smoking in public places Tuesday, becoming the latest if not
the last city in North Texas to do so.
The City Council's unanimous vote was an anti-climax to the weeks of
negotiating that preceded it. Bar and restaurant owners, as well as
some smokers, had complained about the proposal when it reached City
Hall late last year.
But the final version adopted Tuesday contained a few compromises that
appear to have eased concerns. ...
ban on city agenda
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-02-16
At a specially called meeting today, the San Angelo City Council will
review and is expected to approve a petition intended to get a smoking-ban
ordinance on the May 8 ballot.
Smoke-Free San Angelo, a local group working in partnership with the
American Cancer Society and the San Angelo Restaurant Association, collected
nearly 1,800 signatures more than the 2,653 required to put the ordinance
to a vote. City Clerk Alicia Ramirez validated more than 25 percent
of the petition signatures late last week and on Saturday called the
special meeting. Ramirez said that some signatures were not valid because
the signers were not registered to vote in Tom Green County but that
there were still enough valid signatures to send the petition to council.
Ramirez will present the petition to the council at 2:30 this afternoon.
The council will not take public comment during the special meeting.
A public hearing will be scheduled for a later date, likely at the March
2 council meeting, said city spokesman Ty Meighan. ...
smoking ban will likely be on May 8 ballot
San Angelo Standard Times - Kiah Collier - February 9, 2010
San Angelo voters will likely be able to yay or nay a city-wide smoking
ban in the May 8 general election.
Smoke-Free San Angelo, a local group working in partnership with the
American Cancer Society, began collecting petition signatures in mid-January
and has collected nearly 4,500 petition signatures. ...
smoking not entirely snuffed
But police have not given out any tickets
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times, 2010-02-02
Smoking in Corpus Christi bars is illegal now but it continues to occur.
Some bars are leaving the decision to smoke up to their patrons. Police,
meanwhile, are waiting on complaints before enforcing the rule.
Corpus Christi police havent issued any tickets for violating
the smoking ban since it took effect more than six months ago and dont
plan on dropping in on bars to test compliance, spokesman Capt. Todd
Its one of those ordinances we only enforce if someone
complains, Green said. Were not saying that were
not enforcing it, but were not going to do sweeps.
At the Havana Club, 500 N. Water St., visitors are warned smoking inside
is illegal and told that if theyre ticketed, theyre responsible
for paying the fine, which can be as much as $2,000, manager Marco Lopez
said. Some patrons smoke anyway. Bartenders at Havana have given smoking
patrons small glasses to use instead of ashtrays. ...
plead for status quo in smoking ban Posted On: Tuesday, Feb. 2 2010
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - February 2, 2010
Opponents of changes to Killeen's smoking ban filled City Hall on Monday
in hopes of swaying the opinion of the city's smoking ban committee.
Residents, business owners and their patrons spoke out against the
committee's consideration of changing the definition of a bar and revoking
exemptions for the city's bowling alleys and bingo halls, items that
were agreed upon when the smoking ban went into effect June 1, 2009.
hospital goes totally smoke-free
Brazosport Facts - Katlynn Lanham - February 1, 2010
LAKE JACKSON People entering Brazosport Regional Health System
might be nervous about their procedure, but starting today, they still
will be breathing easier.
The facility will implement a ban on smoking on hospital grounds starting
this week with the beginning of National Cancer Prevention Month. It
has banned smoking inside the hospital for several years, and the move
expands it to all the hospitals property, including common areas,
entrances and parking lots.
This means people no longer will be seen standing outside with a cigarette
in hand and a cloud of smoke hovering that other people would be forced
to walk through. ...
mounted to ban smoking
5K signatures sought by Feb. 12
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2010-01-28
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- After unrealized hopes of a statewide smoking
ban, a local committee is trying to get a citywide smoking ban on the
May ballot in San Angelo.
Smoke Free San Angelo is made up of about a dozen local residents and
representatives from the American Heart Association and American Cancer
Society. The group has collected about 1,500 petition signatures in
the past week and a half.
They say they need 5,000 signatures by Feb. 12 to get the ordinance
on the ballot.
If passed, the ordinance would prohibit smoking in San Angelo in all
indoor public places and within 15 feet of their entrances, as well
as in the seating areas of all outdoor arenas and stadiums. Similar
bans are in effect in Abilene, Austin, Lubbock and other Texas cities.
ban recommendation stalled by more residents with input
KXXV News Channel 25 - Natasha Chen - January 26, 2010
KILLEEN - Killeen's smoking committee was scheduled Tuesday to decide
whether to remove certain businesses' exemptions from the smoking ban,
but postponed that discussion for another two weeks after citizens showed
up to the meeting wanting to give further input.
A public hearing was already held Tuesday, Jan. 19, and this meeting
on the 26th was meant for committee discussion and decision only. Now,
a new hearing will be held the week of Feb. 1. ...
to discuss smoking ban with council
Killeen (TX) Daily Herald, 2010-01-26
Reports from Killeen's community services, sister cities and smoking
committees are scheduled to monopolize much of this afternoon's City
Council members are scheduled to hear arguments from smoking committee
members about possible amendments to the smoking ban the city enacted
Last week's meeting of the smoking committee was its first of the new
year and marked the end of a five-month hiatus.
The committee, chaired by Councilman Kenny Wells, is considering a
repeal of the exemptions it granted to bowling alleys, bingo halls and
outdoor venues. A redefining of what is considered a bar is also on
the list of considerations. ...
not illegal in Abilene
Abilene (TX) Reporter-News, 2010-01-23
* Tanner Anderson
Assistant City Attorney Theresa James said the city's smoking ordinance
was not drafted to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes. But she
said even though e-cigarettes are not in violation, that does not prevent
a business owner from prohibiting them.
"The smoking ordinance indicates that an object has to be lit,
and if there is no flame then it is not in violation of the smoking
ordinance," James said.
Smoking Everywhere, an importer of electronic cigarettes, sued the
FDA last year after the agency blocked two shipments at Los Angeles
International Airport amid claims that the cigarettes contain dangerous
task force to tackle ordinance
Ennis Daily News - January 21, 2010
The city is putting together a task force of four public figures to
draft a new public smoking control ordinance.
Task force members are set to include former Ennis health officer Bill
Kinzie, Ennis Regional Medical Center CEO Dave Anderson, Quality Inns
Brian Ozymy and National Envelopes Marty Nelson. Mayor Russell
Thomas announced the task forces creation at Tuesdays meeting
of the Ennis City Commission. ...
reviews smoking ordinance
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - January 21, 2010
Several arguments presented to smoking ordinance committee members
Tuesday mirrored comments at last year's public hearings on Killeen's
then-proposed smoking ban.
Committee members are reviewing the ordinance and considering several
changes, including a revision of the definition of a bar and the revocation
of the exemption from the ban held by bowling alleys.
Another proposal calls for restrictions on smoking at outdoor venues
that would require the manager of the establishment to designate a minimum
of 25 percent of the area as nonsmoking.
Committee member Rudeford Norman said that despite some council members'
fears that the ban would hurt the local economy, the policy, which was
enacted last June, has had little or no effect on it.
"In the last five to six months, we've all been to restaurants,"
he said. "I have not noticed a diminishment of patronage. I do
not see that as an issue at this time." ...
initiative loses steam
Lewisville Leader - Heather M. Smith - January 19, 2010
An anti-smoking effort by residents of Lewisville was snuffed out of
the May ballot, but the group leading the push still has hope for the
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville is a grassroots effort to put
a no-smoking mandate on the May 8 ballot. The group began its campaign
in December; its goal was to collect 2,247 signatures in 45 days. However,
the group was only able to gather about 800 by its Monday deadline.
The Committee for a Smoke Free Lewisville will reboot the issue
in the spring for the fall ballot, said T.J. Gilmore, one of the
organizers of the committee. The committee believes that we had
three things going against us.
According to Gilmore, the low turnout at the citys Holiday at
the Hall event, which was down about 50 percent compared to 2008, was
part of the reason the goal was not met. Gilmore also said the cold
weather was to blame. The outdoor Holiday at the Hall event fell on
an unusually cold Texas day, and the continued arctic temperatures on
the weekends made signature collection very difficult going door to
door. Gilmore also said the lack of a central booth or public signature
space hurt the groups effort. ...
to report on discussion of smoking ordinance
Killeen (TX) Daily Herald, 2010-01-19
Five months after its last meeting, Killeen's smoking ordinance committee
will reconvene today to discuss recommendations its members could make
to the City Council at tonight's workshop.
The committee, composed of resident Rudeford Norman and Councilmen Kenny
Wells and Juan Rivera, proposed to the council a repeal of the smoking
ordinance's exemptions during an August council workshop.
Tonight, the council will hear reports from the committee regarding
their discussion of the "current smoking ordinance, previously
recommended amendments to the ordinance and any other potential amendments,"
according to the meeting agenda. ...
effort temporarily stubbed out in Lewisville
Dallas Morning News, 2010-01-13
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville launched a campaign last month
to put a no-smoking referendum on the May 8 ballot. They had 45 days
to collect 2,247 signatures.
With five days to go, the group has collected only about a third --
750 to 800 -- of the required signatures, said TJ Gilmore, one of the
organizers of the grassroots effort.
"I have to admit we're getting frozen out," he said of the
petition drive ends Monday. "It was bad timing on everybody's part."
He blamed the failure of the initiative on the cold weather and low
turnout at the Holiday at the Hall festival where the grouped kicked
off the initiative on Dec. 5. ...
eyes smoking referendum
Ennis Daily News - January 7, 2010
City commissioners are back at the concept of a public smoking ban
in Ennis, and are tossing around the idea of putting it to a public
Part of the workshop discussion at the first meeting of this year,
a public ban has been a topic of conversation in the commission since
the fall. Commissioner Red Sanders brought the issue to the table, and
residents have had opportunities to speak at public meetings on the
Has New Smoking Ban
Violators Could Get $100 Fine
KPRC-TV (Houston, TX), 2010-01-01
Galveston's smoking ordinance went into effect on Friday.
The ban is one of the strictest in the state.
The law bans smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs, on patios
and in outdoor seating areas.
reaches half-way point in signature drive
McKinney Courier Gazette - Heather M. Smith - December 22, 2009
Halfway through its campaign, the group Citizens for a Smoke
Free Lewisville is behind where it hopes to be in its initiative
-- but still hopeful.
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville is attempting to gather 2,200
signatures in support of a no smoking initiative on this springs
ballot. Currently, the group has about 35 percent of the signatures
needed. The group has modeled its ordinance after Flower Mound. It proposes
banning smoking in any enclosed indoor area under the control of a public
or private employer that employees normally frequent during the course
of employment. Those areas include, but are not limited to, work areas,
employee lounges and restrooms, conference rooms and classrooms, employee
cafeterias and hallways. The group has defined a public building or
place as any enclosed indoor area that the public is invited to or permitted
in or that serves as a workplace other than a building or structure.
to meet for final time in '09
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - December 15, 2009
Other items council
Members hope to look into include what Wilkerson called "activity-based
management" to ensure efficiency of city government, mid-term budgetary
concerns and potential alterations to the city's smoking ban. ...
smoking ban will exclude tobacco shops
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-12-11
Rhiannon Meyers The Daily News
Smokers will be able to light up in tobacco shops, but they'll have
to snuff their cigarettes before going inside restaurants, bars and
private clubs when the city's smoking ordinance goes into effect Jan.
City council members agreed Thursday to amend the ordinance to allow
smoking in stores specializing in tobacco products, but smoking would
still be banned in restaurants, bars, taverns, private clubs such as
the Veterans of Foreign Wars club, and in outdoor seating areas, including
the sidewalk outside venues along The Strand.
While the amendment loosens one of the strictest smoking ordinances
in the state, it didn't please bar and restaurant owners. ...
group hopes to ban smoking in city
Dallas Morning News, 2009-12-05
WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News
A group of Lewisville residents is launching a grass-roots campaign
to let voters decide whether to ban smoking in the city.
Citizens for a Smoke Free Lewisville must collect 2,247 signatures
in 45 days to put the anti-smoking referendum on the May 8 ballot. The
group will kick off its petition drive today at the Holiday at the Hall
festival in Old Town Lewisville.
"We have a lot of Lewisville residents who have been pushing for
this since 2004," T.J. Gilmore, one of the organizers of the group,
said of the no-smoking proposal.
The group wants Lewisville to join Dallas, Flower Mound, Mesquite,
Rowlett and other area cities that have clamped down on lighting up.
votes to change smoking ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-12-04
Rhiannon Meyers The Daily News
Smoking still might be allowed in tobacco shops even after Galveston's
smoking ban goes into effect Jan. 1.
Council members Thursday agreed to ask the city attorney to amend the
ordinance to allow smoking in stores that sell tobacco and cigars. The
only tobacco store open in Galveston is Havana Alley Cigar Shop and
Lounge, 415 21st St.
Under the amended ordinance, those shops couldn't sell alcohol or allow
patrons to drink on premises. The ordinance also requires tobacco shops
to install ventilation systems and ban anyone younger than 18 years
The amendment would loosen the island's smoking ban, one of the strictest
in the state.
Under the ban, smoking is prohibited in restaurants, bars, outdoor
seating areas and private clubs. ...
Park May Be Next to Snuff Out Smoking
KXAS-TV NBC-5 (Fort Worth, TX), 2009-11-30
University Park is considering a smoking ban similar to those in two
Dallas and Highland Park have smoking bans in place, but University
Park still allows smoking in bars and restaurants.
"These restaurants around here, it's a lot of kids everywhere
you go," said University Park father Rich Nugent. "I don't
think smoking should be allowed at all." ...
will ban smoking in city parks
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2009-11-27
Starting Thursday, you won't be able to puff on a cigarette, cigar
or pipe in Benbrook parks.
The City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking in parks, except
in the parking lots. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $500.
Council members were concerned about the health risks of smoking and
allowing smoking in areas where children spend time, City Manager Andy
"The council felt that this is a good, fair compromise,"
Wayman said. "We're not saying you can't smoke at all, but do so
away from where children are playing."
Councilman Ron Sauma said the change is a "good balance"
that considers smokers' rights and children's health. In previous discussions,
Sauma had voiced concerns about smokers' rights. ...
Padre leaders back off tackling smoking ban
Brownsville (TX) Herald, 2009-11-22
CARL PHILLIPS, Island Breeze
The South Padre Island Board of Aldermen convened in a room crowded
with interested spectators Wednesday evening.
Most of them were there to see what the board would do with one item
on its agenda: "Discussion and possible action regarding a 'No
Smoking' ordinance in offices, retail shops, hotels/motels and enclosed
Alderman Sam Listi, who had placed the item on the agenda, led off
the discussion. He said smoking is an addiction, and he managed to quit
many years ago. "Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, a drug that is
addictive and can make it very hard, but not impossible, to quit,"
He contended that more than 400,000 deaths in the United States each
year are due to smoking-related illnesses, and recommended adoption
of an ordinance to prohibit smoking in offices, retail shops, hotel/motels,
restaurants (except for outdoor areas) and bars that derive more than
half their gross income from the sale of food.
Listi said he had many letters and e-mails supporting his position,
and none against it. He also had a long list of Texas cities that have
passed similar ordinances, including Houston. ...
City Council Tightens Public Smoking Ban
KWTX - November 18, 2009
The Waco City Council voted Tuesday to tighten its current smoking
ordinance, requiring any new nightclubs and bars to be smoke-free. ...
to take up smoking ban again
Daily News - Galveston County - Leigh Jones - November 12, 2009
GALVESTON Smoking advocates will find out today whether their
lobbying against the smoking ban adopted by the city council earlier
this year worked.
The council will consider drafting revisions to the smoking ordinance
this week. The changes would be approved at a later meeting.
In July, the council adopted one of the strictest ordinances in the
state, forbidding people from lighting up in bars, restaurants, outdoor
seating areas, tobacco shops and private clubs.
The Galveston Restaurant Association supported the ban as proposed,
which did not include tobacco shops and would have allowed smoking in
outdoor seating areas. ...
Antonio could revisit a proposed smoking ban in public places
KENS Ch. 5 Eyewitness News, 2009-11-10
Karen Grace / KENS 5
Kens 5 has learned that as soon as January, the city of San Antonio
could revisit a proposed smoking ban in public places.
Tonight, those businesses are clearing the air about if the city should
"I hope it doesn't happen," said Steve Trencher, a smoker.
"We should be given an option."
San Antonio is one of the few major cities in the country and in Texas
that has not made it illegal to light up.
Smokers and bar owners say the city will have a fight on it's hands
if a ban is in the works.
"I would be very disgruntled," said Trencher. ...
Smoke-Free Debate Is Not Over, Waco Coalition Says
Disappointed by the Waco City Councils decision not to ban
smoking entirely from bars, restaurants and workplaces, the Smoke-Free
Waco coalition vowed Wednesday to continue to fight . . .
KWTX-TV News 10 KWTX-DT Channel 53 (Waco, Texas), 2009-11-04
The Smoke-Free Waco coalition vowed Wednesday to continue to fight
for a comprehensive smoking ordinance after the Waco City Council Tuesday
rejected an outright ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces
in favor of tightening restrictions in the citys existing ordinance.
"In voting for this weak compromise, the Waco City Council is
saying that some of our citizens are more valuable and deserve more
protection than others. That's not right, said Dr. Bradford W.
Holland, the coalitions spokesman and the president-elect of the
McLennan County Medical Society.
"The smoke-free debate is not over in Waco. These laws are sweeping
the nation, we are lagging behind, and one day soon we will need to
revisit this issue, he said.
The new ordinance eliminates exemptions that allowed smoking in restaurants
with fewer than eight employees and between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. in restaurants
with fewer than 15 workers. ...
City Council to address smoking ordinance, eliminating alley trash bins
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - November 3, 2009
The Waco City Council tonight will attempt to extinguish
smoldering controversies over tobacco and trash.
The council will vote on whether to remove metal trash bins from alleys
and require all residents to take their trash to the curb. It also will
vote on tougher restrictions against indoor smoking, possibly banning
smoking in restaurants and bars.
The council has debated both topics for months in work sessions and
agreed to bring them to a vote after failing to reach consensus. ...
City Council OKs Smoking Ban
Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph, 2009-10-27
BETTY WATERS Staff Writer
Smoking in public places, places of employment and some
outdoor areas will be prohibited here under an ordinance adopted Monday
by Palestine City Council. Bars, nightclubs and some other places are
exempted from the smoking ban.
The ordinance further makes it unlawful to smoke within 20 feet of
outside entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed
areas where smoking is prohibited.
In an unrelated action, the council extended hours for the sale of
mixed beverages to 2 a.m.
The nonsmoking order, passed by a majority of councilmembers with two
nay votes, makes employers responsible for providing a smoke-free workplace
It charges the owner, manager or other persons in control of a public
place or a place of employment to post "No Smoking" signs
conspicuously at the entrance.
Odessa American - Geoff Folsom - October 26, 2009
Ector county commissioners voted 3-2 to snuff out smoking
at the countys three senior citizen centers Monday.
The vote, which commissioners Freddie Gardner and Armando Rodriguez
opposed, affects only the patio at the Northside Senior Center because
neither the west side nor south side centers have smoking areas, senior
centers director Mary Jo Toomire said.
I cannot name how many people have said, Thank you, thank
you, thank you, Toomire told commissioners. An informal
ban had already been in place at the Northside Center before commissioners
voted to put an official rule in effect.
Rodriguez said he was concerned because the north side patio was built
with private donations 20 years ago for the specific purpose of serving
as a place where residents could smoke.
But County Judge Susan Redford said it was important to have a consistent
policy throughout county buildings, and smoking isnt allowed elsewhere
in county-owned facilities. ...
council expected to vote on smoking ban
Palestine (TX) Herald-Press, 2009-10-25
PAUL STONE The Palestine Herald
The Palestine City Council is expected to consider a smoking ordinance
which would prohibit smoking in most public places during a regular
The meeting is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at
504 N. Queen St.
City Council to vote on new smoking ordinance Nov. 3
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - October 21, 2009
The Waco City Council on Tuesday scheduled a Nov. 3 vote
to toughen the city smoking ordinance either by removing certain
loopholes from the current one or by going completely smoke-free.
The council appeared evenly divided over which path to take. Supporters
of the smoke-free ordinance proposed by the city-county
health district said public health concerns justify the option of banning
smoking everywhere but homes, retail tobacco stores, outdoor areas or
a limited number of hotel rooms. ...
ban supporters speak
Ennis Daily News - October 20, 2009
Ennis supporters of a public smoking ban turned out in full force
The Ennis City Commission, as part of its regularly scheduled meeting,
held a public hearing on the concept of a public smoking ban in Ennis.
Around two-dozen supporters of the concept filled the seats at the
commission meeting, with some expressing their vocal support for limitations
on public smoking and the ordinances passed in other communities that
ban the practice. ...
council set to vote on convention center improvements
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - October 19, 2009
On the agenda: Work session discussions on education summit, Freedom
Fountain and possible changes to smoking ordinance. Business session
action on naming ...
Village bans smoking in city parks and recreation areas
Pegasus News - October 16, 2009
The Highland Village City Council approved a policy Tuesday
to restrict the use of tobacco outdoors on municipal property where
children are present.
Councilmembers voted 4-3 to make it a violation to smoke in any city
park, trail, trail amenity area, recreational field, practice field,
seating area or concession area.
"For me, this is not about big government. It is first and foremost
a public health issue. Should we as a council do what we can to limit
exposure of minors and non-smokers to second hand smoke? The answer
in my mind is yes we should", said Dr. Scott McDearmont, Deputy
Mayor Pro Tem. ...
Sound Off On Tobacco Ban At Andrews Hospital
NewsWest9.com - Wyatt Goolsby - October 15, 2009
ANDREWS - Another West Texas hospital is putting the brakes on tobacco.
They're banning all smoking and dipping anywhere on the property. The
Permian Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Andrews is the next to go
Tobacco Free. They said it's part of a state and nationwide trend. However,
some smokers said the trend is forcing them to kick the habit.
"It's everywhere. It's not just the hospitals. It's everywhere,"
Katherine Morgan, an Andrews Hospital employee and smoker, said. "There's
a lot of people that don't even want to come around you if they see
you with a cigarette." ...
council to vote on proposed smoking ordinance
Palestine (TX) Herald-Press, 2009-10-14
PAUL STONE The Palestine Herald
The Palestine City Council is expected to vote on a proposed stricter
smoking ordinance later this month after discussing the matter during
a meeting Monday.
During a work session Monday, council members discussed the ordinance
which would essentially prohibit smoking in most public places. Some
entities, such as a private club, would be exempt from the ordinance.
Council members made minor modifications to the proposed smoking ordinance
during Monday's work session, according to Palestine Mayor Bob Herrington.
City attorney Ronald Stutes is now working on preparing the final draft
of the ordinance.
The council is expected to vote on the ordinance during a meeting set
to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
ban fight faces long odds
Galveston Daily News, 2009-10-10
Laura Elder The Daily News
Citing a state law designed to shield businesses from
government regulation, a group of bar and restaurant owners is challenging
a sweeping city ban on tobacco smoking set to become law Jan. 1.
In a letter to the city's attorney, the Galveston Bar and Tavern Owners
Association asked the city to conduct an assessment of how the ordinance
would affect its member businesses.
Such an accounting, called a "Takings Impact Assessment,"
is required under the state's Private Real Property Rights Protection
Act, the association argues.
The association wants to negotiate with the city to amend
the ordinance, which will prohibit lighting up in bars, restaurants,
private clubs and even tobacco shops.
Failing that, the association plans to take its complaint
to the Texas attorney general, according to the letter.
But the group has a tough fight ahead trying to prove
the ban denies its members economic use of their property, constitutional
law experts and observers of legal battles sparked by smoking bans said.
hookah bar, no smoking
The Bryan-College Station Eagle, October 9, 2009
The College Station City Council decided Thursday not
to make an exception to the city's smoking ordinance for a hookah bar.
Hookah Station in the Northgate district had requested an exclusion
from the city ordinance that was revised early this year ...
Against Any Smoking Ban in Odessa City Parks
NewsWest9.com - October 8, 2009
ODESSA - Smokers in Odessa are making it known, they're against the
proposed tobacco ban at city parks. Thursday night was the first open
meeting for people ...
Considering Tobacco Ban in All City Parks
KOSA - Beau Berman - October 6, 2009
Odessa, Texas - The City of Odessa is considering big
changes for public parks: a possible ban on tobacco products.
The city parks department's received more and more calls as the cigarette
butts continue to mount in city parks. It's led to the possibility of
tobacco being stomped out of Odessa park grounds. ...
receives petition to overturn smoking ban
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - October 5, 2009
A group of business owners trying to overturn a smoking
ban recently approved by the Conroe City Council submitted more than
enough signatures Monday to send the matter back to the council, a local
restaurant owner said.
Connie Malone, owner of Malones, a Conroe bar, and notary public Dave
Luttrell turned in 680 signatures, said Jim Hallers, owner of Tailgators
Pub and Grille at Texas 242 and Interstate 45.
Hallers has been one of the driving forces behind the petition, which
seeks to overturn the ordinance that prohibits smoking in all public
and private workplaces, with the exception of patios at bars. The City
Council approved the ordinance Sept. 10.
More than 30 businesses organized as Be Fair Conroe to collect signatures.
In order to send the smoking ban ordinance back to City Council for
action, the petition needed signatures equal to 20 percent of voters
in the citys last municipal election. ...
citations issued since ban took effect
Business remains good for some, not so good for others
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 2009-09-26
When the citys smoking ban took effect three months
ago, some bar owners vowed to fight it, saying it would hurt alcohol
sales and they would be forced to lay off employees.
That hasnt happened, many bar owners say, the lawsuit
some were considering hasnt materialized and no citations have
been issued for violations.
People get up and leave the bar a lot but they come
back, said House of Rock owner Casey Lain, who placed a large,
outdoor ashtray on the sidewalk after the ban took effect June 15. I
cant say that we have seen a big change in business though.
That backs up analyses done by cities that have passed
smoking bans for bars, including a Houston study conducted in 2007 that
found the bans dont impact alcohol sales. ...
residents attempt to snuff out smoking ban
Montgomery County Courier - Nancy Flake - Sep 26, 2009
A petition that could bring a recent smoking ban ordinance back to
the Conroe City Council has about half the 461 signatures needed for
action, a local restaurant owner said.
Organized by several restaurant owners after the City Council passed
an ordinance Sept. 10 to prohibit smoking in all public and private
workplaces with the exception of patios at bars the petition
had gathered about 240 signatures at 30 businesses as of Friday afternoon,
said Jim Hallers, owner of Tailgators Pub and Grille at Texas 242 and
Were halfway there, but we need more, Hallers said.
The group, Be Fair Conroe, seeks to overturn the ordinance by getting
the signatures equal to 20 percent of voters in the citys last
regular municipal election. The May 2008 election drew 2,305 voters,
and 20 percent would equal 461 signatures.
snuffs out smoking ban
Stephenville (TX) Empire-Tribune, 2009-09-17
WHITNEY WHITE-ASHLEY Staff Writer
The Public Health and Safety Committee of the Stephenville City Council
met Tuesday night to mull over the possibility of a smoking ban after
last week's second public hearing on the matter and ultimately decided
to table the idea. ...
council approves budget
Palestine Herald Press - Paul Stone - September 15, 2009
Also on Monday, four persons addressed the council during open forum
in favor of an ordinance restricting smoking in public places, such
as restaurants, ...
commissioners douse smokers on courthouse lawn
LubbockOnline.com - Elliott Blackburn - September 15, 2009
The court voted to ban smoking anywhere within the city block where
the courthouse stands. Smokers should move to the southeast corner of
the block north of ...
takes Smoking Ban Outside
KIII TV3 - September 1, 2009
Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi has rolled
out a new policy when it comes to students and faculty smoking cigarettes.
The university already prohibits anyone from smoking inside buildings
on campus. Now that policy has expanded outdoors. A letter was sent
out to students to let them know about the new smoking rule. A new rule
prohibits smoking within 25 feet of doorways and covered walkways including
the campus spine. Administrators say they are working to get the word
out to students as well as put up no-smoking signs outside of buildings.
approves smoking ban
KHOU - August 27, 2009
CONROE, Texas Conroe became the latest city in our area to approve
a smoking ban. The action prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places,
Waco Coalition asks for comprehensive smoking ban
Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald, 2009-08-26
Mike CopelandTribune-Herald business editor
If the Smoke-Free Waco coalition had its way, the city would ban smoking
in all indoor public and work places, including all restaurants and
Members of the coalition met in front of City Hall on Tuesday and said
Waco should join 29 Texas cities that have adopted comprehensive no-smoking
policies for public places.
They argued that such ordinances do not hurt business, as some opponents
"We need to give people the right to breathe fresh air,"
said Dr. Bradford Holland, chairman of the American Cancer Society Waco
Medical Advisory Committee. "What about the bartender putting herself
through school? She is being exposed to cancer-causing agents through
"No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their health,"
Waco's current ordinance allows restaurants to offer smoking areas
if they have ventilation systems separate from nonsmoking areas. Holland
said that does not effectively protect patrons from secondhand smoke.
to vote on smoking ordinance
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-08-26
Conroe residents and business owners will have their last chance to
speak up about a proposed no-smoking ordinance at 9:30 a.m. Thursday
when the City Council plans to vote on the issue.
Council members will discuss the proposed ordinance at their workshop
session at 4 p.m. today. Both meetings will be in council chambers at
City Hall, located at 300 W. Davis St. in downtown Conroe. Public comment
will be heard during the regular meeting Thursday.
The council had a public hearing Aug. 11, when Mayor Webb Melder said
95 percent of residents he had heard from about the ordinance favor
some form of a ban. However, he also told two people speaking
during the hearing that ... youll find that cigar shops
and other businesses will be on the exempt list.
Council members have discussed a proposed draft ordinance that would
allow smoking in restaurants, as long as they have an enclosed, separately
ventilated area for smokers, and allowing smoking in bars, private clubs
and tobacco shops.
But members of BreatheFree Conroe and some other residents want a comprehensive
ban that prohibits smoking everywhere except in outdoor spaces and private
ban law facing rewrite
Killeen Daily Herald - Hailey Persinger - August 20, 2009
Some Killeen business owners escaped the city's smoking
ordinance that was enacted June 1, but come September, a proposal to
City Council doesn't support separate smoking sections for bars, still
mulling whether to change ordinance
Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald, 2009-08-19
J.B. Smith Tribune-Herald staff writer
A compromise to allow smoking in bars that also provide nonsmoking
sections was a nonstarter at Tuesday's Waco City Council work session.
The council did appear to favor strengthening the city's smoking ordinance
on restaurants and other businesses. But they left open the question
of whether to continue to exempt bars from smoking rules or to ban smoking
only in new bars.
The Waco-McLennan County Health District this spring proposed an outright
smoking ban that would include bars, restaurants and other public venues.
District officials Tuesday offered compromises that would allow restaurants
to continue offering physically separate smoking and nonsmoking sections,
and requiring that same standard for bars.
"I'm still advocating for a smoke-free city," health district
director Roger Barker said. "By the same token, I'm interested
in the spirit of moving forward." ...
City Council to consider smoking ban compromise
Waco Tribune Herald - J.B. Smith - August 18, 2009
The Waco-McLennan County Health Districts attempt
to compromise on the issue of smoking in bars has left some bar patrons
scratching their heads.
The district this spring recommended strengthening the citys
2002 smoking ordinance by banning smoking in bars, which are now spared
from those restrictions. The district also wanted to eliminate all remaining
exemptions for restaurants.
The recommendations divided the Waco City Council, and today health
district director Roger Barker will return to the council to make a
revised recommendation. ...
hears both sides on smoking ban
Sugar Land Sun, 2009-08-12
About 95 percent of residents responding to a proposed no-smoking ordinance
in Conroe favor some form of a ban, Mayor Webb Melder said
during a public hearing Wednesday afternoon.
The people speaking out on the ordinance during the hearing, however,
were more evenly divided, with three opposing a comprehensive ban and
five in favor of one.
The City Council will discuss the proposed ordinance in two weeks at
the Aug. 26 workshop meeting, with action to be taken during the Aug.
27 council meeting. The council discussed an ordinance in 2006, but
it died from lack of a motion for a vote.
City Council members previously discussed the option of letting restaurants
decide whether to allow smoking ? if they have an enclosed, separately
ventilated area for smokeers ? and allowing smoking in bars, private
clubs and tobacco shopps.
But a number of residents, including members of BreatheFree Conroe,
want a comprehensive ban that prohibits smoking everywhere except in
outdoor spaces (at a prescribed distance from building entrances) and
private residences. ...
ban draws fire from businesses
Galveston Daily News, 2009-08-14
GALVESTON -- Support among restaurant and bar owners for the smoking
ban proposed several months ago was mixed, but opposition to the ordinance
adopted three weeks ago was universal Thursday.
All of the business owners who packed city council chambers said the
ordinance should be modified, but not everyone could agree on what should
to be changed.
Restaurant owners want smoking allowed in outdoor seating areas. Owners
of small bars want the entire ordinance repealed.
The proposed ban would have eliminated smoking in bars and restaurants.
But when it was adopted, the council added the prohibition to private
clubs, tobacco stores and outdoor seating areas.
Members of the Galveston Restaurant Association supported the proposed
ordinance. But they all believe the adopted ordinance is too strict,
President Dennis Byrd, who also owns The Spot, said. ...
Dont hold your breath: Speak up on smoking ordinance
Sugar Land Sun, 2009-08-10
The Conroe City Councils 30-day notice for input on a smoking
ban is about to expire, and residents may find out soon what, if anything,
has changed over the past three years regarding a proposed smoking ban.
At their July meeting, council members discussed possible ordinances,
revisiting three proposals from 2006 that ultimately died in January
2007 when the council took no action.
In July, Mayor Webb Melder recommended the city wait 30 days before
taking any action to allow time for public input.
The public can give input during a public hearing on the issue during
Wednesdays 4 p.m. workshop at City Hall, located at 300 W. Davis
We urge all residents concerned about the issue to attend the meeting
and speak up. . . .
More than 20 Texas cities now have some form of a ban, including comprehensive
bans in Houston and Galveston. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has
been pushing for a statewide smoking ban but has failed the past two
So what, if anything, has changed in Conroe? We will find out this
What hasnt changed? The public should have the most say in the
adopts smoking ban
Dallas Morning News - July 24, 2009
The Galveston City Council has adopted a smoking ban that
forbids lighting up in bars, restaurants, private clubs and tobacco
The ordinance was adopted Thursday and will take effect Jan. 1.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that the ban is more
restrictive than the regulations the council previously discussed, a
compromise that guaranteed its passage.
Several restaurateurs and business groups who opposed a similar smoking
ban proposed in 2006 said they would support it this time as long as
it put all businesses on a level playing field. They lobbied against
giving an exception to private clubs, saying it would provide a loophole
for unfair competition from anyone who opted to run what was really
a for-profit business as a members-only establishment. ...
El Dorado News-Times - July 24, 2009
Most of the audience that filled the El Dorado City Council
Chamber Thursday did not get to see what they came to see.
The council was expected to read for the third and final time a proposed
ordinance that would eliminate an exemption from the El Dorado Smokefree
and Healthy Air Act of 2006. Instead, the council tabled the amendment.
reignites smoking committee Posted On: Tuesday, Jul. 21 ...
Killeen Daily Herald - Justin Cox - July 21, 2009
More than five months after it last met, Killeen's smoking
committee is back in business.
The committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today in the large conference
room at the Utility Collections building. The Killeen City Council will
meet at 5 p.m.
The council voted 5-2 on Feb. 10 to approve a new ordinance banning
smoking from public venues. The ordinance includes a ban in all public
buildings, providing exceptions for stand-alone bars, pool halls, clubs,
bingo halls and even bowling alleys, the last of which was added to
the ordinance by the City Council on the day it approved the ordinance.
The committee plans to discuss some alterations to the current ordinance.
Some of those alterations include an expected discussion of adding
the racetrack to the list of sites that carry an exemption.
Patrick Wilson of Texas Thunder Speedway said at a public hearing in
January that he believes a business like his deserves an exemption because
it is outside, the only such privately owned outdoor arena in the area.
citations issued in first month of smoking bans
Mesquite (TX) News/Rowlett Lakeshore Times , 2009-07-16
Ann Marie Shambaugh, Staff Writer
Rowlett and Mesquite residents may have been divided in their support
of recent smoking bans, but they've been united in enforcement of the
policy. Neither city has issued a citation in the first month of enforcement.
The city of Rowlett went smoke free on June 20 after voters approved
the ordinance in a referendum in May. The month-long grace period gave
business owners a chance to prepare their facilities and customers for
Code Enforcement Officer Mark Woodruff sent letters to more than 1,200
businesses that included no smoking stickers. The city ordered another
box of stickers because of their popularity.
"In addition to mailing those letters, Mark personally visited
290 businesses. He stopped in and had conversations with the business
owners to explain the ordinance," City Manager Lynda Humble said
at a Rowlett City Council work session last week. "[He also] fielded
several hundred phone calls." ...
smoking ban begins on Friday
Kilgore (TX) News Herald, 2009-07-15
Public places and workplaces will all become entirely smoke free, with
the exception of businesses that can prove they make 50 percent or more
of their net income from the sale of alcohol. Private organizations,
such as country clubs, are also exempt.
Jeff Howell, city manager, said he wants to remind everyone that smoking
will not be allowed in any of the city's parks. He said signs have been
posted on many but not all of the city's buildings and employees are
still working to get signs up.
The city council approved Ordinance No. 1430 last month after the legislators
failed to pass a statewide smoking ban in public places.
The ordinance also bans smoking within 30 feet of the entrance to any
business or workplace.
Business owners and employers are required to post "No Smoking"
expected to hear recond reading of proposed revision to ...
El Dorado News-Times - Tia Lyons - July 9, 2009
After a five-week break, the El Dorado City Council will
hold regular and agenda meetings starting at 5:30 p.m. today in the
Council Chamber of City Hall. The agenda meeting will follow the regular
meeting. The council last met on June 4.
Aldermen are expected to hear the second reading of a proposed revision
to the citys Smokefree and Healthy Air Act of 2006 which bans
smoking in most enclosed, public places. The revision would repeal an
exemption to the act that permits smoking in bars and restaurants that
deny access to and do not employ people under the age of 18...
debating smoking ordinance
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, 2009-07-08
How smoke-free does Grapevine want to be?
A discussion between the City Council and staffers Tuesday evening
that centered on a potential tobacco ordinance for youth sports facilities
wound up including a brief conversation about whether the city should
also look into tobacco restrictions for botanical gardens, all neighborhood
parks, city buildings, indoor facilities -- or even a citywide ban.
The impetus for the discussion was more basic: Should the city add
an ordinance banning cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco at facilities
where youths play baseball, soccer, softball and other sports?
Various youth sports associations have asked for an ordinance, officials
"We're behind the times," Mayor William D. Tate said. "People
don't need to be smoking around the kids."
Other city officials would support tobacco restrictions to reduce litter.
postpones smoking ban vote
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-07-08
Leigh Jones The Daily News
GALVESTON -- The city council will not vote Thursday on an islandwide
Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas asked the city's legal department to prepare
an ordinance for council members to consider this week but decided they
needed more time to discuss the details.
Thomas also wanted to give members of the public more time to comment,
City Manager Steve LeBlanc said.
Facing a chorus of protests, the council voted against adopting the
ban in 2006, but opposition from island restaurant and bar owners has
dwindled since then.
Only one person spoke against the proposed ban during the council's
last meeting. In 2006, council chambers were full of people arguing
against the measure. ...
Council to discuss smoking ban
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-07-07
While they wont be voting on it, Conroe City Council members
will today revisit an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public
places that originated in 2006 but went nowhere.
According to agenda information for todays workshop meeting,
Mayor Webb Melder requested the issue be brought back before council.
No action, however, will be taken during Thursdays regular council
City Attorney Marcus Winberry has included three ordinance draft proposals
from 2006 with council members meeting information in order
to pick up the discussion, according to the information.
Neither Melder nor Winberry returned calls for comment, and members
of Breathe Free Conroe, who requested the ordinance in 2006, say they
have no idea where the ...
Council recongizes Gen. Walker, Belton Parade
Belton Journal - Debra Stewart - July 5, 2009
The council went on to approve an amendement in the Code
of Ordinances regarding activities prohibited in the city parks. ...
Smoking under the pavillions near the splash pads and
playground areas adjacent to the splash pads is now prohibited.
Though the ordinance will be enforced, any one smoking under the pavilion
will be encouraged to smoke elsewhere, if resistance is used a fine
of $50 may be issued to the smoker. ...
to consider smoking ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-06-27
Leigh Jones The Daily News
But in a few months, Betancourt's smoking customers might have to eat
their lunch outside -- if the city council passes an ordinance banning
smoking in all public places.
On Thursday, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas told fellow council members she
wanted them to consider adopting the smoking ban at their July 9 meeting.
No one objected.
Although Betancourt was one of the island business owners who fought
attempts to get the ban adopted in 2006, he won't be fighting it this
on smoking ban lights up again
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-06-23
Leigh Jones The Daily News
The Galveston City Council will decide Thursday whether to reconsider
a controversial ban on smoking in bars and restaurants that failed three
Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, who asked the council to reconsider the ban
two weeks ago, voted against the proposal in 2006, saying she was not
comfortable telling business owners what to do on their private property.
But many businessowners who opposed the ban before have changed their
Randall Pettit, who owns downtown martini bar 21, spearheaded opposition
to the ban, but when he finally reopens his club next month, it will
be a smoke-free establishment.
"We could fight it, but it's inevitable that it will happen,"
he said. . . .
Several of Pettit's neighbors on Postoffice Street also have reopened
without a smoking section. . . .
The ordinance proposed in 2006 excluded private clubs from the smoking
ban, which wasn't fair to other businesses, Greenberg said.
Two weeks ago, Thomas asked council members to review a copy of the
failed ordinance, which included the private club exclusion. ...
Smoke-Free Texas coalition would like to express appreciation to the
Corpus Christi City Council for allowing the smoke-free city ordinance
to be implemented as scheduled.
Thank you for supporting one of the most important health
measures of our time. Because of your careful study of the health impact
of secondhand smoke and your courage to take action, Corpus Christi
will soon be a better place to breathe.
Thank You, Corpus Christi City Council.
Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
split on total workplace smoking ban
Waco Tribune Herald - June 16, 2009
Some said the current regulations are unfair, unenforceable and unwieldy,
seeming to ban smoking in restaurants and other public spaces but allowing
in restaurants is a thing of the past in Killeen
KXXV News Channel 25 - June 1, 2009
KILLEEN - Diners can no longer smoke while enjoying a
meal in Killeen restaurants.
A City wide smoking ban went into effect Monday morning. The ban applies
to most indoor areas with some exceptions.
Smoking is allowed in some bars, pool halls, clubs and bowling alleys.
smoking ban is dead, bill authors say
House member vows to bring it back again in 2011
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-20
Corrie MacLaggan AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
The authors of a proposed statewide indoor smoking ban declared the
measure extinguished Tuesday, and one blamed the tobacco lobby.
"Big Tobacco is a powerful interest group to go up against,"
said the Senate author, Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. "But we made tremendous
Ellis said that despite help from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, he couldn't
win enough support in the Senate. At a news conference, Ellis and Rep.
Myra Crownover, R-Denton, the House author, vowed to bring the proposal
back in 2011.
Twenty-seven states have passed comprehensive bans, according to Smoke-Free
Texas, a coalition supporting the proposal. ...
running out for smoking ban bill
KVUE - May 19, 2009
The clock is ticking for Texas lawmakers trying to pass
a statewide smoking ban.
The bill has to make it out of the Senate this week or
it's dead for the session.
The House has already approved the measure, which would ban smoking
in most public places. ...
Make it law in Texas: No ifs, ands or butts
Statewide smoking ban languishing in Legislature
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-16
When you get right down to it, though, the fight in the Texas Legislature
really isn't about right, but about might.
Tobacco interests have hired 40 lobbyists, including seven former legislators,
to snuff out the Ellis bill. The personal liberty card works, so they
use it -- and are obviously effective at it.
When the House version of the smoking ban came out of committee, there
were so many exemptions attached that the bill had little practical
effect. Ellis' bill aimed at protecting and promoting public health
lingers in committee. It has the votes to pass, but state Sen. Jane
Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the committee chairwoman, has it bottled up.
Nelson declared she isn't against the bill -- she was present at the
photo op with bicycling legend Lance Armstrong when it was introduced
-- and things should "shake loose" soon.
Meanwhile, Ellis nervously consults the calendar wondering if his bill
will "shake loose" in time for the bill to clear legislative
hurdles in the two weeks remaining in the session. Even then, there
is no guarantee that the governor will sign it.
So the smoking ban has a long way to go in a very short time. And despite
all that talk of support, members haven't had a chance to demonstrate
It's said that nothing happens by accident at the Texas Legislature,
and the smoking bill -- while perhaps not Exhibit A -- is certainly
at the beginning of that alphabet. ...
Tobacco lobbys holding the lighter. Will Texas Lege take a drag?
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2009-05-16
But tobacco companies light into any measure that hampers their nicotine-mongering.
The Dallas Morning News reports that during this session of the Lege,
tobacco interests paid 40 lobbyists somewhere between $1.2 and $2.4
million to ply their dark art.
What does that kind of money buy? Consider this: The House State Affairs
Committee approved the smoking ban -- but only in a gutted form, with
so many exceptions that its early supporters hardly recognize the poor
Any hope for a real smoking ban now lies in the Senate, where the ban's
original version survives largely intact. Rodney Ellis, the bill's sponsor,
is scrambling to round up votes.
We'll be watching that bill. How our state senators vote on it will
signal clearly who they listen to more: tobacco lobbyists or Texans.
1 defeated, DonCarlos re-elected
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-05-11
In another election, voters soundly defeated a proposition to exempt
certain; stand alone bar establishments from the citys
smoking ordinance, which currently prohibits smoking in or near any
In its third time to appear on a Baytown ballot, Proposition 1 received
835 for votes (34 percent) and 1,615 against
Support groups on both sides of the issue have contested the right to
smoke in public venues for several months leading up to Saturdays
election. . . .
Baytown residents are to be congratulated for standing up at
the polls for the health of their community, said Doctor Rebecca
Gladu, spokesperson for the Smoke-Free Baytown Coalition. Thanks
to the voters, workers at and patrons of local bars can continue to
enjoy protections from dangerous secondhand smoke.
panel passes indoor smoking ban
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-12
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today approved a
statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it on to the full Senate. The
vote was 5-3.
The ban, which has been touted by Lance Armstrong, would ban smoking
at indoor workplaces in Texas, including bars and restaurants.
The version that the committee approved was stricter than the one that
passed out of a House panel, which would exempt certain bars and would
not apply to counties with fewer than 115,000 residents.
It's "a much stronger bill" than what the House panel passed,
said the bill's Senate author, Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.
"There's a lot of money on the other side," Ellis said. "Big
Tobacco is trying to kill this bill." ...
voters approve smoking restrictions
Dallas Morning News, 2009-05-10
RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning News
Rowlett voters overwhelmingly approved new restrictions on smoking
Saturday, defeating petitioners who had forced the special election.
In February, the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of an ordinance that
prohibits smoking in or within 15 feet of indoor or enclosed public
Bars are exempt if they derive at least 75 percent of annual revenue
from on-site alcohol consumption.
"I'm pleased with the results," said Rowlett Mayor John Harper.
"We thought this was what the people wanted.
"By having a special election and it so overwhelmingly in support
of the ordinance, it does confirm that the work we did before voting
on this was good work."
panel passes watered-down smoking ban
Austin (TX) American-Statesman, 2009-05-08
The House Committee on State Affairs today approved a scaled-back version
of a statewide indoor smoking ban.
Under the measure approved 8-4, certain bars would be exempt, and the
ban would not apply to counties with fewer than 115,000 residents. Austin's
smoking ban would not be affected.
Under the original proposal, smoking would have been banned in indoor
workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, author of the measure, said the changes
"are not acceptable, but it's a vehicle to get this through."
ban bill being blocked from Senate vote
JIM VERTUNO Associated Press Writer
The woman standing in the way of a Senate vote is Sen. Jane Nelson,
a Flower Mound Republican who joined Armstrong on the Capitol steps
in February in a pledge to support it.
Nelson, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, has
not allowed a vote on the bill, frustrating supporters who considered
her advocacy a major boost in getting the bill passed into law.
"I have asked over and over again," said Sen. Rodney Ellis,
the Houston Democrat sponsoring the measure. Ellis said Wednesday that
Republican Gov. Rick Perry said he'd allow the bill to become law if
it gets to his desk.
Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle said she was unaware of any conversation
the governor had with Ellis, but said Perry would review the smoking
ban bill if and when it reaches his desk.
Nelson said she still supports the bill and that there's time to address
it before the session ends June 1.
"Everybody wants to panic," Nelson said. "Things may
shake loose very soon."
Asked why she hasn't allowed a vote, Nelson said she and Ellis had
"an agreement" but wouldn't elaborate.
Residents To Vote On Smoking Ban Saturday
CBS 11 - May 6, 2009
This Saturday, Rowlett residents will vote on an ordinance to ban smoking
indoors in public places, including restaurants and bars. ...
city council considers cigar bars
McKinney (TX) Courier-Gazette, 2009-05-05
Cigar bars will be considered as an exception to the no smoking ordinances
by city council at their 5:30 meeting Tuesday night at the Frisco municipal
building. Staff reports and recommendations acknowledge that even if
council considered accommodating cigar bars, state legislation is pending
that would prohibit smoking in any indoor area. ...
Smoking Ban Proposition Could Be Snuffed Out Soon
KBMT ABC 12 - April 29, 2009
The House passed a weakened version of the smoking ban last session
but it never came up for a vote in the Senate and supporters are getting
worried their ...
City Council backs down on smoking ban
Kilgore News Herald - April 29, 2009
Kilgore's proposed citywide smoking ban has been snuffed
out for now.
Councilmen decided Monday night they will wait to see if legislators
in Austin pass a statewide ban.
About two dozen people attended the second town hall meeting at city
hall but only three spoke.
Jim Shirley of Longview, who manages the Sports Shack here, said he
doesn't smoke but he believes a ban will hurt his business. ...
Campaign: All Texans Should Have the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air
Ad Calls for Smoke-Free Restaurants, Bars and Workplaces Statewide
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2009-04-27
As a Texas House committee prepares to consider comprehensive smoke-free
workplace legislation this week, a coalition of public health organizations
is launching a radio advertising campaign urging the Legislature to
approve a smoke-free law that protects all Texans from harmful secondhand
The radio ad, airing in Houston this week, states, "Twenty-eight
Texas cities, including Houston, are already smoke-free. But lots of
Texans are still forced to breathe secondhand smoke in workplaces, restaurants,
and in other public places." The advertisement further states,
"Nearly 70 percent of Texans agree: Everyone should have the right
to breathe smoke-free air." ...
puts brakes on citywide smoking ordinance
News-Journal.com - 11 hours ago
By Jamaal E. O'Neal KILGORE The City Council decided Monday at
a public hearing on a proposed smoking ordinance to postpone those plans.
mulls smoke ban
Galveston (TX) Daily News, 2009-04-26
T.J. Aulds The Daily News
Texas City Commissioner J.W. "Scooter" Wilson Jr. wondered
whether the city was ready for a ban on smoking.
The city requires restaurants that allow customers to light up to set
aside smoking areas. The commissioner wondered whether it was time to
change the ordinance and ban smoking in restaurants.
"I look over to this one corner (of the restaurant), and there's
this family," Wilson said. "It's grandfather, grandmother,
kids and their parents. Here are these children trying to eat, and grandpa
fires up a cigarette, and they are eating in a cloud of smoke.
"Now adults can make a decision, but these children can't make
that decision for themselves."
That encounter came not long after a couple of residents had asked
Wilson, a former smoker, to consider changing the city's ordinance to
ban smoking in restaurants. ...
2nd hearing Monday on limiting smoking
News-Journal.com - April 22, 2009
KILGORE The city will hold its second town hall
meeting Monday to field residents' questions and hear comments about
a planned smoking ordinance. ...
Press Association State Capital Highlights
Blanco County News - April 22, 2009
Committee eyes smoking ban
Two dozen other states have outlawed smoking in public venues. Texas
would join them if SB 544, considered April 14 by the Senate Health
and Human Services Committee, passes. ...
Waffling City Council puts off smoking ban for two months
Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times, 2009-04-17
On the eve of the day when the city's smoking ban was to be extended
to include bars, bowling alleys, pool halls and some bingo halls, the
City Council on Tuesday decided to set off the effective date of the
ban to June 15. This step only affirms again a bad habit of this council:
the inability to reach a decision and, when one is reached, to stick
to it. . . .
This council's bad habit was even used by the bar owners' lawyer, Hal
George, to excuse them for not being ready for Wednesday's deadline.
George, when asked by Mayor Henry Garrett why the owners were not prepared
for the ban to get into effect, recalled other delays by the council
in the handling of the proposed Crosstown Commons Mall and in determining
a use for Memorial Coliseum. In other words, with so much dithering
by the council on other issues, why would the bar owners believe the
smoking ban would be any different? They almost have a point.
But although the bar owners packed the council chambers on Tuesday
to urge the ban delay, in fact, they had plenty of lead time to prepare
for the ban. . . .
If another extension is sought, we would hope that the next council
-- with at least five new members -- can stop the dithering and uphold
the will of the voters.
Lawmakers to hear testimony on statewide smoking ban
KVUE - April 14, 2009
The last safe havens for smokers may not be safe for long.
Experts say secondhand smoke kills 53,000 non-smokers a year and is
a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease and other health problems.
That's a big reason why advocates of Senate Bill 544 say it has to
pass. Tuesday afternoon, members of the Texas Senate Health and Human
Services Committee will hear testimony on the measure, which would make
all public and indoor workplaces in Texas, including restaurants and
The bill would also keep cities with smoke-free ordinaces, like Austin,
from allowing any smoking exceptions. Right now, Austin has grandfathered
in some bars and restaurants, like Trudy's. That means you can smoke
there as long as certain ventilation systems are in place. The state
bill would end that. ...
to hear arguments from bar owners on smoking ban delay
Corpus Christi Caller Times - April 13, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI Bar owners may get two more months to build patios
for smokers if the City Council decides today to delay the smoking ban
a day before it would take effect.
The possible delay has caused some outcries from supporters of the
ban, who said the council already was lenient by giving owners four
months to comply with the law.
Theyve had plenty of time, said Rick Hayley, co-chairman
of the Smoke Free Corpus Christi group.
Mayor Henry Garrett, who placed the item on the meeting agenda at Councilman
John Marezs request, said he wants to hear why the bar owners
need the delay. ...
smoke clears, Dallas bars adjust
Dallas Morning News, 2009-04-11
JESSICA MEYERS, MARK NORRIS and MICHAEL E. YOUNG / The Dallas Morning
The Deep Ellum bar and others across Dallas no longer permit smoking
inside since a new smoke-free workplace law took effect early Friday.
The Elbow Room's darkened interior has built its smoky patina over almost
a century, embedding it deep into wood walls. But nostalgia waxes thin
on bartender Jessica Rose, who looks forward to inhaling deeply again.
"It's nice to know I will no longer go home smelling like an ashtray,"
she said Friday while slicing lemons. "The effect of secondhand
smoke after 12-hour shifts takes its toll."
She expects the staff will try to reduce the residual smoke with an
intensive clean-up later in the month.
The two women she waited on said they'd waive personal choice to avoid
smoky clothes and hair. Both are waitresses at Uptown bars.
But bar operators still worry that forcing smokers outside will cost
Not to worry, said Kathleen Petroskey, a 21-year-old waitress at the
Black Friar Pub on McKinney Avenue and a Southern Methodist University
"I'm from New York, and when this [kind of law] passed more than
five years ago, nothing changed," she said. ...
City Ordinance 27440 New Standards to Smoking Ordinance (PDF)
Dallas City Hall , 2009-04-11
Effective April 10, 2009
Smoking is Prohibited
- In all indoor and enclosed areas in the city including workplaces
- Within 15 feet of any entrance to an indoor or enclosed area
- In any area designated as nonsmoking by the owner, operator, or person
in control of the area and marked with a no smoking sign
Smoking is Allowed
- In a private residence (except when used as a facility for child,
adult or health care) ...
institutes smoking ban for bars
United Press International - April 10, 2009
DALLAS, April 10 (UPI) -- The smoking ban instituted Friday in Dallas
bars and pool halls is a positive step for the Texas city, some residents
smoking ban set to extend to bars
Texas Cable News - April 9, 2009
When Dallas clocks tick past midnight Friday, and the
last cigarettes are extinguished in bar and pool hall ashtrays like
millions before them, it'll officially become illegal to light up in
most every indoor workplace across the city.
That's because a last-ditch attempt Wednesday to delay implementation
of Dallas' recently expanded smoking ordinance failed to gain traction.
And City Council member Tennell Atkins, a smoking ban opponent, simply
deferred his objection to a later council meeting.
The deferral effectively ensures that Dallas' expanded smoking ordinance,
which the council approved Dec. 10 by a 10-5 vote, will become law as
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, an early advocate of the smoking ban, hailed
Wednesday's actions. ...
City Council member Tennell Atkins seeks to delay smoking ordinance's
He cites patio permit trouble; others expect to vote as scheduled
Dallas Morning News, 2009-04-02
DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News
Dallas City Council member Tennell Atkins says he'll fight Wednesday
to delay Dallas' looming smoking ordinance expansion, which is set to
take effect April 10.
Several bars and clubs affected by the ban, which prohibits smoking
in practically every Dallas workplace, including bars and billiard halls,
have had trouble securing city permits to build outdoor porches and
decks where smoking would be permitted.
"We're in a recession, hard times. We shouldn't be hurting business,"
Atkins told his colleagues Wednesday. "I'm not saying, 'Let's take
away this issue.' We're just saying, 'Let's give these businesses some
Such a delay is highly unlikely, Mayor Pro Tem Elba Garcia said. "It's
done. It's a great victory for the city of Dallas, and we're moving
forward and not looking back." ...
Houstons smoke-free. The rest of Texas should be, too
Houston Chronicle, March 30, 2009
Texans cant breathe easy yet at least, not
as easily as we do in Houston. Among the bills stuck in the state Legislatures
committee limbo are a pair that would make the rest of the state as
smoke-free as our city.
House Bill 5 (sponsored by Myra Crownover, R-Denton) and Senate Bill
544 (by Rodney Ellis, D-Houston) would change the states patchwork
of smoking laws into a single clear ban: No smoking in indoor work and
public places, including restaurants and bars.
Houston, which launched a similar city-wide ban in 2007, shows how well
a state-wide ban could work. Has our ban hurt bar or restaurant sales?
Not according to city sales-tax receipts. Did it drive away tourists?
Not according to the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston.
Has it saved the hearts and lungs of Houston workers? Almost certainly.
Studies have found that heart health improved significantly after smoking
bans passed in Colorado, Indiana, Montana, New York, Ohio, Ireland,
Italy and Scotland. The health benefits are probably greatest for bartenders,
waiters and baristas: One study shows that, in the absence of a smoking
ban, food-service workers are 50 percent more likely than other people
to die from lung cancer. ...
smoking ban petition fails to net enough signatures
Corpus Christi Caller Times - March 26, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI Smoking in bars, pool halls and
bingo parlors will be banned as of April 15, but the new rule could
be reversed in two years if a failed petition effort gathers enough
additional signatures in the next 10 days.
More than half of the signatures turned in March 16 by opponents of
the ban didnt belong to registered voters living in city limits,
City Secretary Armando Chapa said.
The group turned in more than 10,000 signatures, but only 4,581 of
the signatures were verified as city voters. The petition needed at
least 7,517 signatures to force a citywide vote, so the group now has
10 days to collect the remaining 2,936 signatures. ...
town hall meeting set for smoking ordinance
News-Journal.com - March 26, 2009
KILGORE Residents and business owners will have
an opportunity April 6 to ask questions and voice opinions about a planned
The City Council announced this past week it is considering a ban on
smoking in some public areas.
Mayor Joe T. Parker said the public could help shape a smoking ordinance
or prompt reconsideration.
The town hall meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. ...
Dallas Smoking Ban May Be Delayed
KERA - March 25, 2009
The new Dallas smoking ban is to go into effect in about
two weeks or maybe NOT.
At the City Council meeting today, a public speaker urged a delay in
the April 10th indoor smoking ban. Spencer Kopf told council members
that businesses need more time to get building permits to construct
"patios" - where smoking could be allowed.
Council member Tennell Atkins agrees.
Atkins: And what I'm hearing is that some club owners cannot get a
permit, not because of their fault, but because of the city's fault.
They don't have time to get a permit in order to build a patio.
The council will vote on a possible smoking ban delay on April 8th.
That's two days before it's supposed to kick-in.
backs smokeless parks, tourism board
Lufkin Daily News - March 25, 2009
Lufkin City Council members on Tuesday night said they
were inclined to pass an ordinance that would ban smoking in all city
parks, including the Azalea Trail.
Last month the council heard a presentation asking the city for a smoke-free
ordinance. After discussion, council members decided they want to limit
smoking, but not chewing tobacco, in city parks. The city will vote
on an ordinance in their next meeting. Should it pass, the city would
put up signs in the parks.
"As far as enforcement goes, ultimately if it came to it the police
would come down and give a citation," said City Manager Paul Parker.
"But we're hoping someone would go up and say something if they
see someone smoking. In most cases people voluntarily comply."
Turns Petition In To City To Keep Smoking Legal In Bar, Pool Halls
KRIS Channel 6 (Corpus Christi, TX), 2009-03-17
The Group Citizens for Common Sense turned in about 10,000
signatures to the city in hopes of overturning the city's smoking ban
in bars, pool halls and bingo halls.
The city will have 20 days to verify the signatures.
If the group failed to get 7,520 signatures, it will have
30 days to get the required amount.
The organization claims to have turned in about 10,000
signatures that are now in the process of being verified.
The petition drive began a few months ago after the city
council voted to extend the city's current smoking ban to bars, pool
halls and parts of bingo halls.
City Council passes smoking ban
McKinney (TX) Courier-Gazette, 2009-03-16
Kenny Green, Staff Writer
The Mesquite City Council passed a stricter smoking ordinance, 4-0,
at its regular meeting Monday. Council members Stan Pickett and Greg
Noschese were not in attendance.
The new ordinance takes affect June 14 and will replace the current
ordinance that was put into place in 1989. The ordinance bans smoking
in all public places with the exception of bingo halls and retail tobacco
stores whose primary activity is the sale or promotion of tobacco and
tobacco products and accessories.
"In the 20 years since the city has revised its smoking ordinance
... there have been many discoveries that have come through the medical
profession regarding secondhand smoke," said council member Dennis
Tarpley, who served as the smoking ordinance task force chairman. "In
the last three or four years I, along with other members of the council,
have received numerous calls regarding when the city of Mesquite was
going to do something about revising our smoking ordinance."
detail you'd ever want to know about Dallas' new smoking ...
Dallas Morning News - March 16, 2009
With Dallas' April 10 smoking ordinance start date fast
approaching, questions still linger as to what precisely will be within
-- and against -- the new and very restrictive law.
For example: How enclosed can a semi-outdoor patio be before smoking
is considered illegal?
Or, can you smoke in your private office if you're self-employed, but
operate out of an office building? ...
of Dallasites burning up over smoking ordinance? Not so much.
Dallas Morning News - March 12, 2009
That's the number of folks (not counting press and city government
officials) that attended a forum today about Dallas' new anti-smoking
The forum itself proved quite informative, as moderator Chauncy Williams,
a district manager for Dallas' Environmental and Health Services Department,
clearly detailed the dos and don'ts of the new ordinance, which goes
into effect April 10.
smoking ordinance fails
Burleson-Crowley Connection - March 10, 2009
Restaurant patrons may still smoke em if youve got
em at several local establishments after the Burleson City
Council failed to pass a revised smoking ordinance on March 2.
Mayor Ken Shetter explained the ordinances reappearance
on the agenda before seeking comment from the assembled crowd. He said
a vote on the ordinance at the previous meeting on Feb. 16 ended in
a tie because of the absence of one of the members.
A councilman asked that the item be reconsidered before
the full council, Shetter said.
After recognizing the emotional nature of the discussion,
Shetter opened the meeting for public comment.
voters to determine whether city bans smoking in public places
Dallas Morning News, 2009-03-10
FRANK TREJO / The Dallas Morning News
Rowlett voters will determine the fate of the city's
smoking ban at the polls May 9.
City Council members voted 5-2 Monday afternoon to put
the issue to a vote after initially rejecting a motion to repeal the
smoking measure outright. The council's action was prompted by the submission
last week of a petition with more than 500 signatures calling for the
council to repeal the smoking ordinance passed in February or to put
it to a public vote.
The ordinance would ban smoking in most indoor public
spaces, including restaurants and most bars. The ban was scheduled to
take effect May 1 but now will await the vote of Rowlett citizens.
"This is what I believe democracy is all about,"
Mayor John Harper said after the council meeting.
Consider an ordinance repealing Ordinance Number ORD-003-09 in its entirety.
TITLE Consider an ordinance calling a special election in Rowlett on
Saturday, May 9, 2009 for the purpose of voting "FOR Ordinance
Number 003-09" or "AGAINST Ordinance Number 003-09".
City of Rowlett (TX), 2009-03-08
As authorized by Section 551.071of the Texas Government Code, this
meeting may be convened into closed Executive Session for the purpose
of seeking confidential legal advice from the City Attorney on any agenda
The City of Rowlett reserves the right to reconvene, recess or realign
the Regular Session or called Executive Session or order of business
at any time prior to adjournment. ...
Council to reconsider smoking ban in special meeting
McKinney (TX) Courier-Gazette, 2009-03-07
The Rowlett city council will meet Monday to determine what to do about
the city's recently passed smoking ban after a local business owner
filed a valid petition asking the city to reconsider the ordinance.
The petition provided the required 521 valid signatures of registered
voters in Rowlett, which leaves the city council with several options.
The council will meet Monday to consider repealing the smoking ordinance
or scheduling an election in May to allow voters to decide the fate
of the ordinance. . . .
The meeting will be taped and rebroadcast on the citys cable
access channel RTN16 in Rowlett and available on the citys on
demand video streaming at www.rowlett.com
Duncan wants your opinion on a smoke-free Texas
KCBD-TV - March 4, 2009
LUBBOCK, TX - (KCBD) Should Texas be smoke-free in all
public places, including restaurants and bars? Senator Robert Duncan
wants to know what you think.
Just like last session, the Texas Legislature is looking at a state-wide
smoking ban. He says the proposed legislation lawmakers are considering
affects all Texans. "One of the things that has my interest is
the enormous cost to all of us for treating diseases related to cigarette
smoking. I'm not talking about Medicaid and Medicare, but I'm talking
about the increase to insurance premiums that we all pay to subsidize
the healthcare for those who have smoking related illnesses," says
aims to prevent Rowlett's impending smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2009-02-27
FRANK TREJO / The Dallas Morning News
A city ordinance - scheduled to take effect May 1 - bans smoking from
most indoor public spaces, including restaurants and their bars. But
several hundred people already have signed a petition that could result
in a citywide referendum to repeal the measure.
Those circulating the petition say they hope to submit it to the city
If at least 521 qualified registered voters sign the petition, the
council would have to repeal the measure or set an election date to
let voters decide its fate. Such a vote could take place as early as
May, making Rowlett one of the few cities in Texas where a comprehensive
smoking ban has gone to a public vote.
And, petitioners say, the smoking ban could be prevented from becoming
law on the scheduled date even without a vote in May. That's because
the City Charter states that an ordinance that is the subject of a successful
referendum petition can't take effect without voter approval.
Houston smoking ban had no effect on business
KHOU CBS 11 (Houston, TX), 2009-02-25
Lee McGuire / 11 News
Two years ago, the City of Houston expanded its smoking
ban to include almost all public spaces.
To see if the ban affected bars and restaurants, the City of Houston
spent $12,000 on a study. They learned that the ordinance did not have
a discernable impact for either improving business or reducing it.
"It's reassuring that we did the right thing. We protected workers
who often don't have a say in where they can work," said Houston
Mayor Bill White.
There are a lot of factors that can effect business sales. They range
from the economy to the time of the year.
"I would say that in the first year we experienced a slight drop
in sales, but we are back to where we were before the smoking ban. We're
probably just surpassing that as far as sales," said Jill Schoeffler,
who works at Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub.
residents want to stamp out smoking ban
Pegasus News - February 26, 2009
By Pegasus News wire Rowlett's smoking ban is supposed to go into effect
May 1, but a group of residents are looking to reverse it. ...
Time for a statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2009-02-20
But what if it turned out that affected business owners
actually agree with this law? The Texas Restaurant Association now says
that a statewide ban is a good idea. When a 5,000-member group representing
a $34 billion industry says it supports a smoking ban, it's time for
lawmakers to take notice.
The lack of statewide uniformity has created a hodgepodge
of ordinances among the 28 Texas cities that ban smoking and those that
don't. It confuses patrons and leaves some business owners worrying
about losing customers to smoking establishments up the road.
With this proposed law, the same ban would apply everywhere.
It ends the guesswork. . . .
It's time for the Legislature to stand up to the tobacco
lobby and stand for Texans who want to breathe freely and live longer.
Restaurant Association backs statewide smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2009-02-17
EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News
It's not the prospect of a statewide smoking ban that worries Charles
Nolet, who owns two cigarette-friendly Denton bars. It's the fear that
it won't be strong enough.
"If it's strict, and everybody has to comply with it hard core,
we'll all get by," Nolet said. "If there are gray areas where
some of our competitors can still smoke, that's what will kill us."
Nolet's unease represents progress for supporters of a statewide smoking
ban, who have long found bar and restaurant owners as vehemently opposed
as tobacco companies.
"With 28 Texas cities and 24 states now smoke-free, it's just
a win-win for that industry," said state Rep. Myra Crownover, the
Denton Republican carrying the House bill to ban smoking in all the
state's public places.
and ELLIS: Secondhand smoke a major killer
San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, 2009-02-15
Myra Crownover is a Republican state representative from Denton /
Rodney Ellis is a Democratic state senator from Houston
It is no wonder that 24 other states already have passed similar legislation.
We are proud to author House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 544 that give all
Texans strong, comprehensive protection from hazardous secondhand smoke
in the workplace.
When this legislation becomes law, Texas workers no longer will have
to choose between their health and their paycheck.
We have spent the past three years working on this issue and so have
Big Tobacco would like everyone to believe two things. First, the overwhelming
body of scientific evidence linking secondhand smoke to heart attack
and cancer deaths is "junk science." Second, the right to
smoke is an individual liberty second to none.
The science is not in doubt. . . .
split vote, Mansfield adopts new smoking ordinance
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - February 11, 2009
MANSFIELD The City Council narrowly approved a
tougher city smoking ordinance early Tuesday, but only after a heated
debate and the closing of a loophole that had gone unnoticed.
The ordinance, approved 4-3 on the third and final vote, broadens city
regulations and requires greater separation of smoking and nonsmoking
sections in restaurants and other establishments.
To allow smoking, businesses must declare themselves for adults only
or fully enclose smoking sections and put the kitchen and restrooms
in the nonsmoking areas.
People under age 18 will be banned from any smoking area. The ordinance
takes effect in 10 days and allows 18 months for businesses to make
Smoking Ban Will Exempt Nightclubs, Pool Halls, Bingo Halls
KXXV News Channel 25, TX - February 10, 2009
Nightclubs, pool halls, public events and bingo halls
can breath easy - they are exempted in the smoking ban draft that will
likely be voted on Tuesday night.
Councilman Juan Rivera said that the changes come from trying to achieve
a delicate balance between freedom of choice and keeping minors away
from second-hand smoke.
There have been concern from outspoken citizens in previous council
meetings that banning smoking in Killeen businesses will only drive
customers away to competing businesses in other cities. Other citizens
have expressed their concern over the public health and risks of second-hand
smoke, but Rivera said that the citizens wanted action on the matter,
and he intended to at least bring the matter to a vote.
smoking ban committee burns out
Killeen Daily Herald, TX - February 4, 2009
It's been all talk and no resolution for three months.
And on Tuesday, the Killeen smoking ban committee called it quits after
months of filtering the heated exchanges from various sides of the issue.
The committee agreed to delay any recommendations to the City Council
in light of the growing support for a statewide smoking ban currently
proposed in the state Legislature.
But before they let it burn out, the City Council will discuss the
issue in a workshop session next week. The majority of the council members
indicated they favored waiting as well, since the legislative session
ends in May.
If the state does not pass the bill, the committee members agreed that
they would consider relighting the debate after 90 days.
Police" Coming to Dallas
The city of Dallas' new no-smoking ordinance goes into
effect a little more than a month from now. But just who will enforce
this new law?
The Dallas City Council voted 11-3 Wednesday morning to
approve spending $165,674 on three new positions in the city's Environmental
and Health Services Department.
The positions are officially "sanitarians,"
but some people view them as the "Smoking Police."
The ordinance enforcers won't hang out in Dallas bars
looking for violators, but will only respond to complaints called into
Lago bans smoking in public places
KHOU, TX - February 2, 2009
El Lago has become the latest to ban smoking in public areas.
The ban includes restaurants, schools, and day cares.
Anyone wanting to smoke in El Lago will have to walk at least 25 feet
away from the buildings entrance to do so.
parks could go smoke-free
Lufkin Daily News, TX - February 2, 2009
A motion made during a Monday meeting between the Lufkin Parks Board
and The Coalition has begun the process of turning Lufkin parks into
The policy will complement smoke-free ordinances already in effect
at both local hospitals, schools and numerous restaurants around Lufkin.
The decision to go smoke-free will not only benefit healthier living,
but could also allow room for growth in the community, according to
Kenneth New, chairman of the Drug Free Business Group.
co-authors statewide smoking ban bill
Killeen (TX) Daily Herald, 2009-02-01
Justin Cox Killeen Daily Herald
House District 55 Rep. Ralph Sheffield hasn't wasted any
time since he got to Austin as he is already in the middle of what could
become the biggest hot button topic of this legislative session.
Sheffield is co-authoring House Bill 5 - a no smoking
ban currently gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature.
In 2007, a similar version passed the House before dying
out in the Senate.
But this one is different, said Sheffield.
On Thursday, Sheffield stood on the steps of the state
Capitol with several other legislators alongside Texas native and cycling
phenom Lance Armstrong, who has joined forces with anti-smoking groups
to urge Texas lawmakers to pass a statewide ban on smoking in bars,
restaurants and other indoor work and public places.
rally for statewide smoking ban
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2009-01-30
JANET ELLIOTT Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
AUSTIN -- Waitresses in San Antonio or Galveston should have the same
right to a smoke-free workplace enjoyed by their counterparts in Houston
or Dallas, advocates of a statewide smoking ban said at a Capitol rally
"We don't want our employees to have to choose between their jobs
and their health," said Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, who has
filed a bill to ban smoking indoors, including in restaurants and bars.
Last week, College Station became the 28th Texas city to pass a comprehensive
smoke-free ordinance. Houston, Dallas, Austin and El Paso also have
But 64 percent of Texans live in cities, towns or unincorporated areas
that have weaker bans or no bans, according to Smoke-Free Texas, a group
that includes the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association,
Texas Medical Association and Texas PTA.
finds most Texans want smoking ban
Austin Business Journal, January 29, 2009
More than two-thirds of Texans polled in a recent survey say they support
banning smoking in all indoor work and public places.
Smoke-Free Texas, a coalition of public health organizations lobbying
the legislature for such a ban, released the poll results on Thursday.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the poll.
The survey found that 68 percent of residents want the ban, and that
72 percent believe the rights of customers and employees to breathe
clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the rights
of smokers and business owners.
State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, has introduced House Bill 5 before
the legislature, which would prohibit smoking in all public places where
at least one person is employed.
"The benefits of a statewide smoke-free law are undeniable,"
Crownover said. "It's good for health, good for business and saves
money now spent on healthcare.
No one should be forced to choose
between their health and a paycheck."
rides into Texas political fight
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong . . .
On Thursday, the seven-time Tour de France champion returns to the
Texas Capitol to put his celebrity and expertise behind an anti-smoking
bill in the Legislature. He is scheduled to appear at a news conference
to release public polling data showing widespread support for a ban
on smoking in public places . . .
Supporters of the smoking ban, which failed two years ago, are counting
on him to put the same kind of pizazz into their cause.
"The comeback is as much about bringing awareness to this fight
against cancer as it is about winning the Tour de France," Armstrong
told The Associated Press on Wednesday, three days after finishing 29th
at the Tour of Australia. "It all ties in and these are all key
Bowl-a-Rama goes smoke-free
Dallas Morning News, TX - January 26, 2009
"We didn't want to wait any longer to do the right
thing," says Bowl-a-Rama general manager Jon Gano.
compromises on proposed smoking ordinance
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - January 26, 2009
By ROBERT CADWALLADER MANSFIELD The City Council could vote today
on a citywide smoking ban with some exceptions, including restaurants
that choose not to admit minors.
Under the new proposal, restaurants, sports bars and other establishments
could allow smoking only if they post notice that no one under 18 is
permitted and that the building provides no smoke-free areas.
Councilman Cory Hoffman, who initiated a push for a citywide smoking
ban, agreed to the age exclusion because adults can make "a conscious
decision with fair warning."
"And like anything, in order to get anything passed, you have
to compromise," he said.
City Council Approves Smoking Ban
KBTX, TX - January 23, 2009
They voted and the results are in. Now changes are coming to where restaurant
and bar patrons can light up, in College Station.
In a packed meeting, city council members heard from about 30 people
on both sides of the issue. Several physicians spoke up in favor of
the smoking ban, while some business owners and bar patrons spoke publicly
Lago is now a smoke-free city
Sugar Land (TX) Sun, 2009-01-20
MARY ANN HELLINGHAUSEN
Smoking in public places in the city of El Lago is no longer legal.
El Lago joins the majority of Bay Area cities which ban smoking in
public places after Council approved a no-smoking ordinance Monday night.
The ordinance, passed unanimously, specifies that smoking is banned
in restaurants, public facilities, bars, and covered public areas.
Certain designated smoking areas will be created in some public spaces,
such as near the citys swimming pool area, said City Secretary
Restaurant outdoor seating areas also are exempt from the ban, she
senator to propose statewide smoking ban
Texas Cable News, TX - January 7, 2009
HOUSTONState Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston is filing legislation
for a statewide workplace smoking ban. The proposal would ban smoking
in all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
Passes Expanding Smoking Ban
KRIS-TV, TX, December 17, 2008
After nearly two hours of a sometimes heated debate Tuesday, the Corpus
Christi City Council has given final approval to an expansion of the
city's ban on smoking.
The new ordinance, which will go into effect April 15, will include
bars, billiard parlors and bowling alleys are locations that had been
excluded from the current ban. In addition, the new smoking ban will
make it illegal for someone to smoke within 10 feet of a public doorway,
unless the person is walking by.
City Council votes to expand smoking ban
Dallas Morning News, 2008-12-11
DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News
Smoking soon will be illegal in Dallas bars, billiard halls and most
other workplaces after the City Council expanded the municipal smoking
The council's 10-5 vote generated jubilation citywide,
from medical professionals concerned with second-hand smoke's carcinogenic
effects to workaday Dallasites who simply hate having a hefty dry-cleaning
bill with their pint of pilsner.
It likewise stoked deep worry among bar and billiard hall
owners, who fear patrons will take their business to nearby municipalities
such as Addison, which feature comparatively liberal smoking regulations.
Dallas will begin enforcing the stronger ordinance April
10. People or businesses found violating it face a $200 fine for each
Mound A No Smoking Town In 2009
Town Council Passes An Ordinance Banning Smoking In Public Places
Flower Mound (TX) Messenger, 2008-11-07
A Flower Mound smoking ordinance sparked debate during
the Town Council meeting Monday, before passing with a 3-1 vote.
The new smoking ordinance prohibits smoking in all restaurants,
bars, retail stores, indoor places of employment and public parks. It
will also have a setback requirement prohibiting smoking 25 feet from
any opening to a public building or place.
However, the regulations will allow hotels and motels
to designate up to ten percent of rooms as smoking rooms.
Areas without restrictions include private residences,
personal automobiles, public sidewalks and parking lots within public
parks meeting the setback requirements.
Environmental Services Director Mathew Woods said smoking
will be prohibited in private residences providing medical care of daycare
services for children and adults.
Texas won ANR's Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge
for passing the most municipal smokefree laws in 2007.
of Appeals tightens smoking ban, defines rules
The Daily Texan (Univ. of Texas at Austin), 2008-03-31
Local bars will have to do more than post "no smoking" signs
and remove ashtrays, according to a federal appeals court decision late
last week upholding Austin's smoking ban.
Austin voters passed the "Smoking in Public Places" ordinance
in May 2005. The ordinance took effect in September 2005, prohibiting
smoking in all public places. In October 2006, a U.S. district judge
upheld most of the ordinance but ruled that a clause in the ordinance
requiring owners to take "necessary steps" to enforce the
ban was unconstitutionally vague. The ruling required owners to only
post smoking signs and remove ashtrays and prevented the city from revoking
or suspending the licenses of violating establishments.
snuffs out challenge to Houston's smoking ban
By Matt Stiles
Houston Chronicle, August 28, 2007
A federal judge on Monday rejected bar owners' complaints about Houston's
comprehensive smoking ban, allowing the new restrictions to take effect
After a daylong hearing in which the bar owners sought a preliminary
injunction against the ordinance, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller found
that the city can regulate alcohol-selling businesses to protect the
public health and welfare.
Miller said the plaintiffs, Crazy Frogs Saloon and the Houston Association
of Alcoholic Beverage Permit Holders, did not meet the legal burden
required for an injunction.
is ahead of curve
The Victoria Advocate, July 24, 2006
How prophetic! On May 13, the citizens of Victoria passed one of the
strongest comprehensive smoke-free ordinances in the state of Texas.
Then, not two months later, the surgeon general of the United States
issued a 700-page report that clearly and unequivocally supports that
ordinance and calls on the rest of the United States to do the same.
I am proud to live in a city that has placed the health and safety of
the community above the supposed financial interests of a few people.
Maxwell, Mayor of Round Rock, TX, receives the 100% Smokefree Award
of Excellence in February 2004 for Round Rock's 100% smokefree workplace
and restaurant law.
Smokefree Supporters in
Round Rock, TX
for a Smokefree Victoria