FORTH WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth City Council discussed banning smoking in bars during yesterday’s meeting.
Reaction from people in the service industry CBS11 spoke to was mostly negative.
“I don’t think it’s fair for the government or city council or anybody else to tell a business what they can and can’t do,” said Dee Hall, Bartender at The Office.
Fort Worth is the last major Texas city without a comprehensive smoking ban, leaving it up to bar owners to allow smoking for patrons.
A spokesperson at city hall said that pressure from the community and anti-smoking groups such as ‘Smoke-Free Fort Worth’ spurred the interest in revisiting the ban.
The initial smoke-free ordinance went into effect in 2008 but excluded bars, which sell 70 percent alcohol in gross sales each year. But nearly a decade later, the arguments on both sides remain the same.
Public health concerns versus the rights of business owners, many of whom want the city to ‘but’ out so-to-speak.
“We can’t do anything anymore without getting permission from the government,” said Tiffany Colon, Bartenders at Dino’s Bar and Grill.
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