Coalition Continues Push Thursday for Smoking Ban in Lubbock

Published 07/10 2014 03:46PM

Updated 07/10 2014 10:56PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- The West Texas Smoke Free Coalition continued its public campaign Thursday to enact a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance in the city of Lubbock.  Lubbock already has a partial smoking ban but some bars and restaurants are excluded. 

"There is currently a smoke free ordinance in Lubbock." Said Matthew Harris, Chairman of the West Texas Coalition Against Smoking. "The current ordinance unfortunately has some loopholes because it allows smoking in several establishments in Lubbock...and the employees there are are suffering."

On Thursday the Coalition scheduled a demonstration in front of City Hall for 4:30 pm, and said, “The volunteers will urge Mayor Robertson and the city council to act now and draft a comprehensive ordinance that will prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars, restaurants and bingo halls.”

"Our basic belief is that you shouldn't have to sacrifice your life just to earn a paycheck." Harris said. 

Members of the Coalition went on to speak about their experiences with second-hand smoking Thursday evening at the City Council meeting. 

"We have an 8 month old boy." Said one member. "I cannot go home at night and give he or my wife a kiss on the forehead goodnight because I reek of second hand smoke."

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson spoke after the meeting. He said that he can't support a full smoking ban.

"I'm going to fall on the side that the business owners," he said, "the property owners need to make the decision if they want smoking in their property or not."

An unscientific poll by in mid-June showed more than 61 percent of respondents favored “a stricter ban on smoking in public.”

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