This is a blog for Texas State students taking FCS 4347 (Family Policy) to be able to post their weekly reading assignment (3 newspaper articles about issues or policies that effect individuals and families) and to write their reactions, opinions and implications of the articles.
The city attorney’s office has released a draft of a proposed ordinance that would ban cigarette smoking in nearly all public places, including bars and restaurants, as well as city-owned parks and other facilities.
The San Marcos City Council will hold a 7 p.m. public hearing on the proposed legislation at its regular meeting tonight at San Marcos City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St.
Drafted by City Attorney Michael Cosentino at the direction of the city council members, the ordinance defines “public places” to include ”banks, bars, bingo facilities, comedy clubs, indoor music venues, convention facilities, educational facilities, health care facilities, laundromats, public transportation facilities, reception areas, restaurants, retail food production and marketing establishments, retail service establishments, retail stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, theaters, and waiting rooms” whether or not they are privately owned.
The smoking prohibition also includes outdoor areas within 15 feet from the entrance or openable window of a place where smoking is banned.
It does not apply to outdoor seating and other open areas of public places as long as signs are posted “warning patrons of the negative health effects associated with secondhand smoke.” Retail tobacco shops and designated smoking rooms in hotels and nursing homes are also exempt from the ban.
1. City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Smoking Ban in San Marcos. Posted by The Mercury Staff
2. Category of Problem: Smoking in Public
3. Level of Problem: Local
4. The Article Concerns: a potential policy that is being considered to ban smoking in the city of San Marcos in public areas including bars and restaurants which effects families and the community.
5. Why this is important to individuals/families OR How does this affect individuals/families?
- This issue has been a main topic on the minds of many locals. This is important to individual families because it will better the health of many and allow for those who don't smoke to be smoke free in a public environment.
6. My Input
- I think this is a policy that could potentially increase the health of many people around the community. With this smoking prohibition it could increase the health of not only those who smoke, due to the fact that they won't be able to smoke whenever they want, but also those who don't smoke no longer getting second hand smoking. I agree with this policy because it does not outlaw smoking all together. In no way is this policy telling who to smoke and who not to smoke. I believe it is trying to better the health and community and be more respectful to those who don't smoke or who have health issues. With all of this said, I think it will be very hard to regulate something like this in such a large area. For example, Texas State University is a smoke free campus however walking throughout campus I see students and faculty smoking all the time. The city is going to have to take several measures to make sure this policy is carried out. The council met on September 3, 2013 to talk about the potential outcome and come to a resolution.