Grayson County smoking ban? You tell us...

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN -- Some Texas lawmakers are working to keep people from smoking within 15-feet of public buildings. The proposal is causing some to consider a similar move at county facilities.

If the 15-foot law applied to county buildings, a person would have to walk across the street before lighting up. Even if it isn't statewide, commissioners want to know you if you'd like it in Grayson County.

On Monday morning the commissioners discussed a bill already passed in the Texas House, banning smoking within 15-feet of public buildings.

Supporters say it would protect non-smokers from the effects of second-hand smoke, while opponents say it unfairly targets smokers.

But Grayson commissioners say if the bill isn't passed statewide, they want to know if residents would want a ban at county buildings instead.

Would you support a ban that would prohibit smoking within 15 feet of a county building?

64 % of you said yes
36 % of you said no

Thanks for voting in our online poll, and we'll keep you posted on the status of the proposed state law.


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  • by Lori Location: Pottsboro on Dec 6, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    I'm waiting for the day when smoking will be banned from the immediate vicinity of ALL public places. Doesn't even make sense to allow it in restaurants... That's no different than having a Pee Section in a swimming pool! Disgusting!! Let the nonsmokers have the rights for a change.
  • by Kathy Location: Winfield Ks on Dec 1, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    The city passed a smokung ban. No vote was taken on this ban. Help the smoker of Winfield If you can.
  • by Emily on Nov 19, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    Smoking bans are wrong in everyway. I'm not a smoker, but it's my right. I'm not saying smokers should be able to smoke whereever they want, hell i don't think they should. But why isn't this the business owners decision? It's their business, their money, their risk. You don't have to go to that restaraunt. Stop trying to tell a business that You DON'T own how to run itself for your own benefit. You're the ones being selfish. And stop putting people into groups. "Smokers only care about themselves and don't think about others". Sure, some asshats are like that, but that's just who they are smoker or nonsmoker. Plenty of people are conciderate about smoking and chose to not smoke in even a smoking restaraunt. But the BUSINESS chooses. If you don't like smoke? DON'T GO TO THAT RESTARAUNT. Go to a nonsmoking restarunt, jesus. Protect your rights, that's what i'm all about. Just wait until you end up giving up so many rights that you won't be able to come out of your house without mask on:]
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    Good Grief. What a mess. I am a smoker, but I never smoke in a resurant, nor do I light up as I walk out the door. I wait until I am in my car. I wouldn't dream of imposing on your rights as a non-smoker. But you would impose on my right to smoke? I am very allergic to most perfumes and when in a resurant where I smell one that causes an allerigic reaction I simply ask to be moved. And when in a public place, I just walk away to another area. I don't harp on the person wearing the perfume or aftershave. Ban smoking, it doesn't matter to me, because you won't be hurting me in any way. But take the time to think about the perfume and aftershave you wear next time you go out in public.
  • by Jean Location: Howe on May 19, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    I agree with Tanya.. "I support the ban in order to protect non-smokers who are allergic or potentially harmed by the smoke. I do care about smokers' rights but when those "rights" affect the health of others, then something has to be done. I know a lot of smokers who are very conscientious and wouldn't knowingly subject others to their smoke--this ban is not targeted towards them. It would protect non-smokers from people who don't make an effort to make sure their smoke isn't being inhaled by people who don't wish to breathe polluted air." I HATE leaving a restuarant reeking of stale smoke!
  • by Barbara Location: Sherman,Tx on May 19, 2007 at 09:34 AM
    I definitely support a ban prohibiting smoking in restuarants. It's not a matter of imposing my beliefs on anyone. I am allergic to smoke and I have to suffer the consequences of being in a room with smokers. People have the right to smoke but second hand smoke shouldn't be imposed on others.
  • by TB Location: GRAYSON on May 17, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    HEY THERE IS OTHER DOORS AT THE COURT HOUSE YOU CAN GO INTO AND FURTHER MORE YOU NON SMOKERS SEEM TO THINK SMOKERS ARE DIRTY NASTY PEOPLE. TALKING ABOUT BUTTS ON THE GROUND WELL I BET YOU DON'T RECYCLE EITHER, LETS TAKE CARE OF REAL BUISNESS AND GET ON USING OUR TAX PAYING MONEY TO OTHER THINGS GET THE DRUGS OFF THE STREET LETS PAY OR COPS AND FIRE MAN MORE MONEY TO PROTECT US. HELL NEXT THING YOU KNOW WE WILL BE GETTING TICKETS FOR SMOKING
  • by Beth Location: Sherman on May 17, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    I am a ex-smoker. You know every one is not going to agree on every thing in life. Every one has a different opinion on life and how to live it. And thats great, But I don't think ANY ONE has the right to TELL ME on how to live my life and what I can and can not do with it. This is suppose to be the land of the free is it not. Are we not able to choose on how we want to live it. We all have different religions, sexual preference, politices does that make any one who does not believe the same way is wrong. I think not! This is not all about smoking it's about the goverment and more of the fanatice that want to control every thing we do and say. WAKE up people are you going to let them do it.Right now it's about smoking there is a lot of people to support that, now what's going to happen if they decide it's some thing else that they don't like. I bet when it affects some thing that all the smokers like they will be the first ones that wants other people to support them. If they take this away what's next. One by one all of our free rights are going to be slowly taking from us if we don't stop it now. May be not us but are children and our children childen will be affective on what we do today. So stand up for your self now because you never know when it may be some thing you like to do that's on a hit list from some one else. Because it all boils down to this we are all different and there is always going to be some body that does not like what some body else is doing and wants to stop it.
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    I THINK SMOKING SHOULD BE BANNED EVERYWHERE EXCEPT YOU HOME ESPECIALLY AT THE HOSPITAL
  • by George Location: Orwell on May 16, 2007 at 07:50 PM
    Waaaaa, I want a Pony. Shut up and confront the real issues in our society. A little research https://mysmokersrights.rjrt.com/servlet/StateInfo?stateCode=il and quick math here shows that in 2005 thje slobberin state of Texas collected $507,341,00.00 in excise tax for cigarette tax in 2005. THAT was before the increase of $1.00 per pack starting 01/01/2007. (Thanks to Governor Perry), sold from .41 cents in 2006. My rough math is three times that for 2007. Yet, I do not see any support to curb my appetite for tobacco products. It's all a money deal. Our government knows smokers will smoke; it's an addiction, akin to heroin abuse. There is a greater success rate of getting off of heroin than do smokers stopping smoking. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/tobac-tabac/body-corps/nicotine/addiction-dependance/index_e.html. C’mon folks, this is simply an annoyance. Think about the air that we ALL breathe fortified by automobile exhaust, energy producers, farming pesticides, etc. The water that we drink. The smoke Nazis will always have their way. Smokers are outnumbered and are too valuable an asset to carelessly ignore. No mention, yet, out of the previous 79 posts of the health hazards attributed to “smokeless tobacco” users spitting on the sidewalk 15 feet from any government building……………Just thought I would throw that in to stir the pot.! So to speak.
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