Texans Support Statewide Smoking Ban, Says Group Pushing for Statewide Smoking Ban

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If you want to ban smoking in all indoor work and public places in Texas, then you agree with 70 percent of residents here, according to a new poll by the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition.

Such a ban is supported by 67 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Independents and 74 percent of Democrats, the group says.

Supporters of the ban are trying for a third time to get a bill through the Legislature that would have Texas join the 29 other states that bar smoking indoors at work places and public areas.

They think they have a good shot this time.

"The bottom line is that this bill will save lives and taxpayer dollars," said state Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston. "The poll results clearly indicate that the vast majority of Texans understand the impact smoking has on our health and our economy. Senate Bill 355 will improve the health of Texans and save our state billions of dollars in health care costs over time."

From the Republican side, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst agreed.

"All Texans should be able to enjoy a smoke-free workplace," he said in a release. "Exposure to secondhand smoke unfairly puts the health of non-smokers at risk and creates an unhealthy work environment for everyone. Now is the time to make smoke-free workplaces a reality."

Among the other poll findings toutted by the group:

-- 63 percent are more likely to vote for a state legislator who supports the smoke-free law.

-- 85 percent believe that secondhand smoke is a health hazard, including 61 percent who say it is a serious health hazard.

--76 percent believe the right of employees and customers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the right of smokers to smoke and business owners to allow smoking.

-- 90 percent agree that all workers should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace.


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Mewoolen
Mewoolen

this is not a goverment office it is a bussness that a person built he should have that right to run his bussiness the united states goverment does not own it people read [contutition # 14

Guest
Guest

Exactly what was the poll question?

If won't tell us the wording of the question, that tells me they worded the question to get the results they wanted.

I'd also like to know how they selected the people they called. I never get called on any of these polls. I wonder what the results would be if the question was whether banning smoking should be up to the owner of the property.

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

I love the holier than thou crowd that mocks the TV show "Mad Men" and their drinking all the time, smoking inside, eating steak and potatoes for every meal type of ways. The part they don't get is that generation has the longest life-span in history. Only now is it starting to drop and for the first time, children won't live as long as their parents. Newsflash folks: it ain't the smoking and it sure as hell isn't the second-hand smoke.

Ajjeana
Ajjeana

Government at any level has no place in personal freedoms. A business should have the right to allow smoking in their establishment. The business can post a sign on their door saying "Smoking Allowed". The only government regulation should be that the establishment must post sign at the entrance rather smoking is allowed or prohibited. Customers can choose for themselves if they wish to patronize the business or not.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Bullshit. This is Texas, not California.

Marksthespot33
Marksthespot33

People already have a right to enjoy a smoke-free environment without having to pass more laws. It's the basic right of choice. You don't want to be bothered by someone else second hand smoke, all you simply have to do is not frequent that business. Eventually, if enough people complain to the owners and stop patronizing the business, demand will require the owners change their policy. That's a basic principle of capitalism. As for employees, they also have the choice of whether they want to work in a smoke free environment or not. If not, find a job someplace that doesn't allow smoking. Oh and just for the record, I'm not a smoker. I just hate seeing peoples right taken away, simply because somebody else is annoyed by what they're doing. I guess it's easier to whine to your politicians than to excercise your rights. Sounds like the basic root of a lot of our curent problems.

Snozz
Snozz

People really like making laws that don't affect them.

"Save the state billions of dollars in healthcare costs?" So, their reasoning is that if they ban smoking indoors, the smokers will be powerless to smoke?

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