UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
The Senate Human Services Committee voted Tuesday, to ban smoking in all public places in Texas, including bars and restaurants. After talking to several people, some say smoking is already restricted enough, and this law would take away their rights as citizens.
While restaurants no longer allow smoking indoors, if this was true for bars, one owner says his business would suffer. Sammy Citrano, owner of George's in Waco says, "The main thing is were giving people a choice. Right now there is no reason for a non-smoking person to go into a smoking area. Every place has non-smoking, and we just feel like at this time it would be a detriment to our business."
On the other hand, supporters of the bill say passing it would be beneficial for everybody's health. Doctors say you don't have to be a smoker for smoking to harm you. Just being around the second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer, heart disease, and many other chronic illnesses.
Several non-smokers told Fox 44 their against the bill. They said its a person's right to choose, and by law, restaurants already offer smoke-free sections.
The bill will now move on to the full Senate for consideration.