Several years ago, the Abilene City Council was deliberating a City-wide ban on smoking in public places. The common cry from business owners is that such a ban would hurt their businesses. A certain well-known restaurant owner said that he felt that such a ban would actually cause an upsurge in business because non-smokers would be free to go out again without having to deal with second-hand smoke. The observation of that restaurant owner became the reality experienced by many businesses. I feel that this aspect of the smoke-free Texas movement needs to be better publicised.
Share Your Story
- Do you have a story to share about your experience with secondhand smoke?
- Do you or a loved one work in a place where you are exposed to secondhand smoke and your health has suffered as a result?
- Does a loved one suffer from emphysema, heart disease or cancer because of exposure to secondhand smoke?
- Were you or a loved-one exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy, and have a child born with low birth weight?
- Do you live or work in a city or outside city limits where smoking is still allowed in bars and restaurants and feel it affects your health?
Whatever your experience is with secondhand smoke or the illness related to smoking, we want to hear it and share it with others on our website and in our advocacy efforts to make smoke-free workplaces a reality in Texas.