EDITORIAL: Smoking ban: Texas should follow El Paso
Publication Date: 2009-04-16
- Author:El Paso Times Staff
- Publication:El Paso Times
Texas would be wise to look at El Paso's no-smoking ordinance and then pass a similar statewide ban. In 2002, City Council passed what were then the most stringent no-smoking laws in Texas. Opponents worried it would hurt business owners. Our ordinance covers restaurants, bars and public venues.
Business was not hurt, and data continue to show the no-smoking ordinance has had no negative effect on El Paso businesses.
A bill now in the Texas House would adopt a smoking ban similar to El Paso's, and extend it to a smoking ban at outdoor public venues, and also within 10 feet of places where smoking is not allowed.
Whereas El Paso's ordinance was a trend-setter in Texas, there are already 25 states that prohibit smoking in most public places. There are 28 cities in Texas that have adopted smoke-free ordinances, including Austin, Dallas and Houston.