Texas Legislature Looking into Banning Smoking in Public Areas

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

AUSTIN - Some state lawmakers want to snuff out cigarettes.

They're looking to ban smoking in public areas.

If it passes, you won't be able to light up in any restaurant, bar, or place of employment.

It's meant to protect people from second hand smoke, but one local restaurant owner says that could significantly affect their sales.

"We are a restaurant, but after a certain point, we are a bar. If I cut out smoking, I'd lose 80% to 90% of my business," Glen Aaron, Owner of the Hog Pit, said.

Several businesses are opposing the ban for the same reason.

According to a survey from the Smoke Free Texas Coalition, 68% of Texans support banning smoking in public places.