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"Local action by communities has proven to be effective in enforcing youth access legislation and reducing tobacco use among young persons. However, the tobacco industry has been equally successful in weakening local control and community involvement through state laws containing preemption provisions."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 3, 1995

Texas

Communities throughout Texas are deciding it's not acceptable to smoke in ways that harm other people. Cities with strong smokefree protections for all workplaces, restaurants and bars include Austin, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, Abilene, Copperas Cove, Woodway, and Round Rock. See ANR's list for more details about the more than 40 Texas communities that have enacted 100% smokefree laws.

For more information about smokefree air efforts in Texas, visit Smokefree Texas.


The Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Licensed Beverage Association have long-standing financial and lobbying ties to Philip Morris, so it's no surprise those groups oppose smokefree workplace protections.


Texas law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Texas.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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