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Weatherford Goes Smoke-Free

The City of Weatherford (26K pop) adopted a smoke-free ordinance by a vote of 3-2 that will take effect mid-April.  The ordinance prohibits smoking in all restaurants, and bars within restaurants.  This is the 35th Texas city to go smoke-free!

Thanks to all of the YTC advocates for their support on this issue!  

We want to hear from you:  Would you like your city to go smoke-free?  Tell us your story in the comments below.

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North Texas Cities Consider Going Smoke-Free

Two cities in North Texas have recently expressed interest in passing smoking ordinances to cover more public places.  Irving and Grand Prairie have both held public hearings on this issue and are welcoming input from residents on this issue.

If you are in the area and would like to get involved please contact Brian.Bowser@heart.org.  We need to demonstrate the widespread support for strong smoke-free laws and City Council members need to hear from you!

The American Heart Association supports comprehensive smoke-free laws that protect all workers, residents, and visitors from secondhand smoke.  We believe everyone deserves the right to breath smoke-free air and that nobody should be forced to choose between their health and a paycheck. 

Things could move fast in the New Year so keep an eye out for action alerts and let us know if you would like to get more information.

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Smoke-Free Update: San Marcos Becomes #33

On October 3rd San Marcos became the 33rd smoke-free city in Texas when their City Council overwhelmingly approved a new ordinance that will now cover all workplaces including bars and restaurants.

Volunteers for the American Heart Association and the Smoke-Free Texas coalition were critical to this effort by attending City Council hearings, providing public testimony, making phone calls, and sending emails.  We applaud the Mayor and City Council for passing this ordinance that will reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke for workers, residents, and visitors in San Marcos.

Stay tuned for more from around the state as several other cities are also considering going smoke-free!

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