City of Arlington council members approved a new smoking ban, prompting the city to consider itself officially “smoke-free,” according to CBS News.
W. Steve Love, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, said the organization appreciates the Arlington mayor and city council passing the smoke-free ban by a 6-3 vote.
Under the new law, public businesses cannot allow patrons to smoke–with one exception. Bingo parlors may continue to allow smoking on their grounds, since the facilities “are considered gambling under Texas law,” CBS reports.
The city of Arlington recommends giving business owners 60 days to inform customers about the smoking ban.
Love told D CEO Healthcare: “We continue our [smoke-free] efforts in North Texas, as last year Denton, Red Oak, Duncanville, DeSoto, and Seagoville enacted smoke-free ordinances. We now need to work with Fort Worth, Richardson, Garland, and Addison to do the same.”
Procedures to implement the Arlington ban should be finalized on April 25.