City Council votes to update smoking ordinance

The City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars and bingo parlors as well as prohibiting retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities and hospitals.

“Fort Worth joins all other major Texas cities in going smoke-free,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Fort Worth has made great strides in health and wellness, with many of our initiatives receiving national attention. The adoption of this ordinance, which will go into effect in 90 days, is another step forward in creating a healthier environment for all of Fort Worth — from workers to patrons, musicians to expecting mothers.”

This was the first update to the city’s smoking ordinance since 2008. The new law also governs the use of e-cigarettes in prohibited locations.

The new ordinance continues to allow smoking in outdoor dining areas and patios of public places as long as the area is at least 20 feet from entrances and exits. Smoking in private clubs will still be allowed.

The new ordinance prohibits retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities and hospitals. A retail smoke shop is defined as a business that earns 90 percent of its gross annual sales from tobacco, smoking and e-cigarette products.

Smoking in cigar lounges, defined as a business that earns 30 percent of its gross annual sales from cigars and cigar accessories, will be allowed.

The updated ordinance goes into effect March 12, 2018.

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Smoking Ordinance Amended

haltom city haltom road park pavilionEffective June 13, 2016, the Haltom City Council approved the amended Smoking Ordinance No. O-2016-013-10, which regulates smoking and tobacco use in Haltom City parks. The Ordinance now states that smoking and tobacco use is prohibited in ALL City parks to include the use of electronic vaping devices. Smoking is ONLY permitted in the parking lots.

Please be sure to properly dispose of your cigarette butts. We appreciate your cooperation in making our parks safe, clean, and enjoyable for everyone.

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Changes Approved to the Southlake City Code Regarding Public Smoking

The City Council recently adopted amendments to the City Code (Ordinance No. 907-A) in regard to public smoking. The City of Southlake now regulates the use of electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes) in the same manner as smoking tobacco products.

The ordinance prohibits the use of both electronic and tobacco smoking products within all buildings in the City other than a private residence.  In addition, the use of electronic and tobacco smoking products within 20 feet of an entrance/exit of any building and in City Parks (except in designated areas) is also prohibited.

Violation of this City Ordinance is a class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $500. Ordinance No. 907-A went into effect March 1, 2016.

Visit the City’s Development Activity News Blog to view Ordinance No. 907-A, or to learn more about current development projects in Southlake.

For questions regarding the adopted public smoking regulations, please contact the Department of Planning and Development Services at(817) 748-8621.

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Smoking cessation class begins Feb. 22

According to the Center for Disease Control, many adult cigarette smokers want to quit. In a CDC study, nearly 7 in 10 adult cigarette smokers wanted to stop smoking. More than 4 in 10 adult smokers made a quit attempt in the past year. Are you one of them?

Tarrant County Public Health will conduct a stop smoking program designed by the American Lung Association. It uses proven methods to deal with the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural components of smoking. This free, four-week program addresses managing stress, nicotine withdrawal, weight control, and long-term strategies to stop smoking and stay smoke-free.

The class is scheduled each Monday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., starting Feb. 22 through March 14. It will be held at the Colleyville Senior Center at 2512 Glade Road. For more information, call 817.503.1180.

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Smoking Ordinance Revised

On February 10th and 24th, 2014, the Haltom City City Council held workshops on drafting amendments to the smoking ordinance and adding regulations on the use of electronic vaping devices. Subsequently, on April 28th, 2014, the city council adopted a new smoking ordinance which includes the use of electronic vaping devices in the definition of smoking; prohibits smoking in food establishments (ie. restaurants); and adds provisions to allow smoking on a restaurant patio if the patio is located at least 25 feet from a building’s entrance, exit, ventilation system, and operable window.

The ordinance also provides a definition for electronic vaping devices; prohibits the sale or distribution of electronic vaping devices to minors (individuals under the age of 18); and prohibits minors from possessing ignited electronic vaping devices.

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