Council subcommittee considers a smoking ban in bars, billiard halls

A city council subcommittee is considering expanding the city’s current smoking ban from restaurants and workplaces to bars, billiard halls and within 15 feet of entrances to publicly accessible villages, according to the DMN. A majority of the six councilmen on the subcommittee seem to be leaning in favor of expanding the ban, according to the News story and more comments on its blog.

I have to admit that when the city council first decided to restrict smoking in restaurants and other public places a few years ago, I had my doubts: It seemed like a draconian measure, and it seemed likely to drive business out of Dallas. Today, though, I haven’t seen a single study indicating that significant business was lost to the more smoking-friendly suburbs, and the air in most places I go these days is cleaner and clearer.

And that was never obvious to me than the other night, when a friend and I stopped by a Mesquite sports bar. The bar itself was great, lots of TVs, but the place was filled with smoke. I didn’t even notice it until I arrived home, when my clothes literally stunk after absorbing the smoke, much as I suppose my lungs did, too.

I don’t have anything against smokers, but I’ve come to think that smoking in any public place is a health issue for those who don’t smoke — and there are far more nonsmokers than smokers these days. I’ll need to know more about the smoking ban being considered before making a definitive call, but I can tell you I’m more in favor of limits today than I was before the city initiated the first ban.

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  • I myself am a smoker & I’m really getting tired of EVERYTHING being dumped into the laps of smokers! We pay more taxes than anyone else as far as our “crutches” go,& I really don’t remember the last time I read or saw a news broadcast about a lit ciggarrette causing a fatal vehicle accident as do beer/wine drinkers have!
    I’m all for bans-but let’s start banning alot of drinks in clubs,resturants etc! I’m tired of drunkards in resturants & other establishments,even at state fair & carnivals being loud,aggressive & a general pain in the You know what!
    AND TAXES need to be raised on ALL alcoholic drinks-I’m tired of us smokers getting it all & another thing,smokers who develope lung cancer (yeck) do not have an easy time getting social security BUT the alcoholics do!! ha! Justice? I think not!!!
    Thanks for letting me rant!

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