News Releases and Articles

Statement on the Failure of Texas Legislature to Pass a Statewide Smoke-Free Workplace Law During Regular Legislative Session

NEWS RELEASE: June 5, 2013

“We are disappointed that as this year's Texas Legislative Session ended the legislature yet again failed to act on this important health issue supported by 74 percent of Texans across all demographics and political preferences. Inaction by lawmakers during the 83rd legislative session means that millions of Texans will remain unprotected from the inherent dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace.

Texas' smoking habit costs us billions

NEWS ARTICLE: Austin American-Statesman, March 11, 2013

Stand at the intersection of public health and public policy and it won't be long before you see a wreck. Collisions are inevitable when perceived "rights" fail to yield to the public good.

The battle is on again over a statewide smoking ban

NEWS ARTICLE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 8, 2013

Undaunted by defeats in three previous legislative sessions, a broad-based coalition of health advocates is re-launching a push for a statewide smoking ban in most public places and indoor worksites

Statement on House Bill 400 by Rep. Myra Crownover

NEWS RELEASE: March 8, 2013

Below is a statement by Claudia Rodas, co-chair of the Smoke-Free Texas coalition, on Rep. Crownover's proposed smoke-free workplace bill:

 

“The Smoke-Free Texas coalition commends Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) for her continued dedication and leadership on this important public health issue.

You're invited to our 2013 advocacy event!

NEWS RELEASE: January 23, 2013

 

We're excited to announce that we are teaming up with Texans Standing Tall to bring you a jam-packed, one-day advocacy event on February 12, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel in Austin.

Proponents of statewide smoking ban optimistic this session

NEWS ARTICLE: Austin Business Journal, January 11, 2013

The possibility of banning smoking in public workplaces across Texas has been relit this legislative session by anti-smoking groups that believe they have built enough momentum over the past three sessions to finally get a bill passed.

Rathbun, Estrada, Trawick, Bui: Time to pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ban

NEWS RELEASE: November 26, 2012

Every day, thousands of Texas employees are forced to work in conditions where they are exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Additionally, the patchwork of city smoking ordinances that exists across our state creates an inconsistent playing field for businesses and causes uncertainty and confusion for customers.

Rathbun: Estrada, Trawick, Bui: Smoking ban protects employee health

NEWS RELEASE: November 26, 2012

Every day, thousands of Texas employees are forced to work in conditions where they are exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Additionally, the patchwork of city smoking ordinances that exists across our state creates an inconsistent playing field for businesses and causes uncertainty and confusion for customers.

Smoke-Free Texas Coalition Exceeds 50,000 Facebook Fans

NEWS RELEASE: October 18, 2012

AUSTIN – The Smoke-Free Texas coalition exceeded 50,000 Facebook fans Monday, adding to the momentum for the state’s largest Facebook policy group. The group had more than 29,000 Facebook fans at the end of the last legislative session in June 2011.

Kenneth Cooper: Pass a statewide smoke-free workplace law

NEWS RELEASE: May 28, 2012

Imagine working at a place where each employee is required to spend a full shift working in a room where the air contains 70 known cancer-causing chemicals, including formaldehyde, benzene and arsenic. As a condition of employment, the employee must consent to this environment or choose to work elsewhere.

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