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Wichita Falls Smoking Ban Ordinance Passes

At the Tuesday city council meeting, councilors voted to approve the smoking ban ordinance with an amendment.
At the Tuesday city council meeting, councilors voted to approve the smoking ban ordinance with an amendment. The vote was 3 against, 4 in favor.

This ordinance will eliminate smoking in all public places including bars and restaurants. The amendment states that bars that open before October 1st are still in the two year grandfather clause.

Bars have a 2 year grace period before the ban takes effect, and restaurants and food establishments with separate ventilation systems for their smoking section also get a 2 year period.

While smokers will have to stay 20 feet away from entrances to public buildings and playgrounds, smokers at bars that only serve people 18 and up, have to stay only 5 feet away from the door.

During the two year grace period, you can smoke anywhere you want inside a bar but if you go outside the bar to smoke, you must be 5 feet away from the door.

The ordinance will take effect July 17th.


Vote record:

For smoking ordinance:

AT LARGE COUNCILOR Michael Smith
DIST. 1 Ben Hoover
DIST 3 Brian Hooker
Mayor Glenn Barham

Against:

DIST 2 Annetta Pope-Dotson
DIST 4 Tim Ingle
DIST 5 Tom Quintero

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