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"The immediate implications for our business are clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line. Even more important, accommodation / preemption laws shape the real-world environment in which our customers and their non-smoking friends and associates live every day. If smokers are banished to doorways and loading docks in front of buildings, it makes smokers feel like outcasts and gives encouragement to the antis. On the other hand, if we live in a society that accommodates smokers and non-smokers alike, it sends the message that smoking is a viable life-style choice and an adult's decision to use a legal product should be respected."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris (PM)

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Communities throughout Texas are deciding it's not acceptable to smoke in ways that harm other people. Cities with strong smokefree protections 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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