newsletter state - tx
Fort Worth Goes Smoke-Free
Members of the Smoke-free Fort Worth Coalition were on the edge of their seats. It was the night of December 12, and the Smoke-Free Fort Worth hearing had finally arrived. For an hour and a half, coalition members had heard one testimonial after another, all in favor of a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance (one that covers all indoor workplaces), but other smoke-free campaigns in Fort Worth had faced significant setbacks, and victory was far from guaranteed. In 2007, the city voted to prohibit smoking in restaurants and bowling alleys, but exempted bars, hotels, and outdoor dining areas, leaving thousands of workers and patrons exposed to secondhand smoke.