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Smoking Bans

While smokers face a higher risk of developing lung cancer, nonsmokers are at risk as well, especially if exposed to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke claims the lives of nearly 50,000 nonsmoking adults each year, most notably from lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Due to the severe health consequences related to secondhand smoke, smoking bans have become increasingly important. According to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 25 states are “smoke-free states,” meaning they do not allow smoking in either bars, restaurants, or non-hospitality workplaces. Texas does not currently have a statewide smoking ban, but many cities throughout the state have smoking bans in place.

Statistics

  • An estimated 7,300 people in the U.S. will die from lung cancer caused by exposure to secondhand smoke each year.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer by 20-30 percent.
  • In Texas, 49 percent of the municipal population is covered by a smoke-free ordinance that covers municipal and private worksites, restaurants, bars, and bars in restaurants.
  • There are currently 86 Texas cities with a “comprehensive” smoking ban, meaning that the city is entirely smoke-free in workplaces, restaurants, and bars.

States with Comprehensive Smoking Bans 

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Comprehensive Smoking Bans in Texas 

  • Abilene
  • Alamo
  • Alton
  • Anthony
  • Arlington
  • Austin
  • Baytown
  • Beaumont
  • Benbrook
  • Brookshire
  • Brownsville
  • Burkburnett
  • College Station
  • Copperas Cove
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • Del Rio
  • Denison
  • Denton
  • Desoto
  • Donna
  • Duncanville
  • Eagle Pass
  • Edinburg
  • El Paso
  • Elsa
  • Ennis
  • Flower Mound
  • Frisco
  • Granbury
  • Harlingen
  • Henderson
  • Hidalgo
  • Highland Village
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Houston
  • Huntsville
  • Joshua
  • LaJoya
  • La Villa
  • Lancaster
  • Laredo
  • Little Elm
  • Lufkin
  • Lyford
  • Marshall
  • McAllen
  • McKinney
  • Mercedes
  • Mesquite
  • Mission
  • Missouri City
  • Nacogdoches
  • New Braunfels
  • Palmhurst
  • Palmview
  • Patton Village
  • Pearland
  • Penitas
  • Pharr
  • Plano
  • Portland
  • Prairie View
  • Raymondville
  • Red Oak
  • Rio Hondo
  • Robinson
  • Rowlett
  • San Angelo
  • San Antonio
  • San Benito
  • San Juan
  • San Marcos
  • Seagoville
  • Socorro
  • Southlake
  • Spring Valley
  • Tyler
  • Universal City
  • Vernon
  • Victoria
  • Waco
  • Waxahachie
  • Weslaco
  • Wichita Falls 
  • Woodway

 

Sources: American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services