On Wednesday August 24th, Smoke-Free Fort Worth officially launched its campaign for a smoke-free ordinance in the North Texas city. Fort Worth is the largest city in Texas to not yet have a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance on the books.
The launch event was held at Billy Bob's, once the largest opponent to a smoke-free ordinance which has now voluntarily gone smoke-free. With over 150 people in attendance, the Smoke-Free Fort Worth coalition released its poll results that show 91% of Fort Worth residents agree everyone deserves the right to breathe smoke-free air in public places and at work.
“As a leader of one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, along with being a proud Fort Worth resident, it is imperative for our city to be one of the healthiest places to live and work,” said Barclay Berdan, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “I am humbled to be a member of the Smoke-Free Fort Worth coalition, but it’s an honor not taken lightly. I hope other North Texans realize the magnitude of this initiative, for the health of all workers, friends, family and generations to come.”
Smoke-Free Fort Worth is a coalition of local organizations, businesses, and residents (including the AHA) committed to ensuring everyone in Fort Worth has the right to breathe smoke-free air at work. For additional information and to see how you can get involved, email Aschelle Morgan Aschelle.Morgan@Heart.org