Arlington Passes Smoking Ban

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Arlington now considers itself officially “smoke free.”

After hours of debate, council members on Tuesday night decided to approve a new smoking ban but with one exception.

Council members voted to create a “carve out” for Bingo parlors, which can continue to have smoking on the grounds.

The Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and other groups pleaded with council members to make them expect from the ban.

Members told council most of their patrons are smokers and banning smoking could mean a loss of business. The organizations cited a drop in their donations if less people showed up for Bingo. 

Council members said because Bingo parlors are considered gambling under Texas law, they are not considered a public business and therefore do not impact the “smoke free” status.

“I think it’s wonderful. I think we have a lot of people who get to keep their jobs and we also get to also going to keep donating money for charity like we have,” said Ken Johnson of the Knights of Columbus in Arlington.

The city has recommended giving businesses 60 days to inform their patrons of the new ban.

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  1. It was one thing when the city passed ordinances to have separate smoking areas, ventilation systems or to have to be so many feet away from certain types of business. At least they were accommodating the smokers as well as the non smokers. Now they have sided strictly with the non smokers. Period. If you are a smoker simply stay home. Don’t go to the park, out door events, to have a drink or listen to a band. You’re not welcome if you need a cigarette. Personally I see loss of business or patronage being cut short or I guess they can simply order in. Forget being social. The city is trying to encourage tourism. Why come here if you’re a smoker. Can’t go out to eat, to a movie, have a drink, to an event or stay in a hotel and have a cigarette. Initially, I see this extreme measure as hindrance and possible loss to local business, potential visitors and potential business as well. You have to accommodate and take all into consideration to be profitable. Not one sided.

  2. Oscar Tapia says:

    texas won`t legalize casinos` ,yet they consider bingo parlors gambling !!

    1. Have to agree with you on this. The council even admits : ” Bingo parlors are considered gambling under Texas law.” On the other hand they say, no gambling in Texas. News flash! Football pots, gaming machines, bingo, horse tracks, lottery, it’s all gambling no matter how you look at it. They simply prefer to have our tax dollars go to the other 30 states that legalize it. The die hard smokers will do the same. Go somewhere that smoking isn’t a crime.

  3. Cigarette smoking bans are unfair & discriminatory & very bad for businesses!

  4. Barri Thj says:

    BAN all smoking, EVERYWHERE – INDOORS AND OUT! NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXEMPTIONS!

    Tobacco smoke KILLS innocent people. Smokers are only 105 of population and must not be allowed to poison everyone else’s air.

    Smoke-free air ALWAYS good for people and for businesses! Bingo halls should NOT have been exempted. You don’t need to poison the air to play bingo!

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