We told you about a proposed smoking ban in Texas aimed at barring smoking in public places. The ordinance has since passed, but some business owners in Arlington, Texas have filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of the law.
Hands Off Our Smokes
The lawsuit claims the new ordinance is un-Constitutional and “places a business-killing burden” on some public places, while looking the other way for others. Currently, bars are included in the ban, while bingo parlors and fraternal organizations (VFW, Elk’s Club, etc.) are not.
Falling in Line
City leaders argue the ordinance is necessary for public health and safety, and say it will help earn Arlington the coveted ‘100% Smoke-Free City’ designation.
The ban will not be fully enforced until the end of June, to give businesses time to post ‘No Smoking’ signs, and to give patrons time to adjust to the new rules.