About the Coalition
Smoke-Free Texas is a broad coalition of organizations and individuals who believe all Texas employees and customers have the right to breathe clean indoor air. Because science tells us secondhand smoke kills, we support a statewide smoke-free indoor workplace law to protect Texans from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in workplaces including bars and restaurants. All employees should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace.
We believe the Texas economy benefits from a healthy workforce. Passing a comprehensive statewide smoke-free indoor workplace law is an effective way to prevent the many diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke and will save Texas taxpayers and businesses money.
Currently, 24 states have comprehensive, smoke-free workplace laws which eliminate smoking in all indoor workplaces including restaurants, restaurant bars and stand-alone bars. In Texas, 32 cities are covered by similar comprehensive smoke-free indoor workplace ordinances.
Smoke-Free Texas is working diligently to see that our goal of making indoor workplaces in Texas smoke free is achieved in 2013. Our coalition is working to engage the Texas Legislature throughout the 83rd Legislative Session in an effort to pass a comprehensive statewide smoke-free indoor workplace law that will eliminate smoking in indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
Numerous compelling studies have established the link between health and secondhand smoke. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure and employees are often forced to work in smoke-filled restaurants and bars. Statewide smoke-free workplace legislation in Texas would provide clean indoor air to the nation’s second largest state and 5.6 percent of the U.S. population.
Smoke-Free Texas members include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, LIVESTRONG and the Texas Medical Center.