Next month, Arlington, Texas will vote on an ordinance that would limit the exemptions for its smoking bans.
Currently, bars, night clubs, strip clubs, pool halls, bingo parlors and bowling alleys are exempt from the smoking ban, so long as they don’t allow anyone under the age of 18 in their establishment. On April 11, Arlington’s city council will vote on whether to remove those exemptions.
Similar efforts have been tried in the past and failed, and this one is already facing some opposition. According to The Dallas Morning News, at least two council members are concerned that pool and bingo halls might leave the city if the bill is passed.
Arlington is a Dallas suburb with a population of just under 400,000. It is home to AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers.