The Dallas suburb of Irving will once again try to expand its smoking ban to include all restaurants, parks and game halls.

It’s the latest in a fight that has been going on for well over year. Last summer, Mayor Beth Van Duyne led a charge to outlaw smoking in all restaurants, this was met with resistance from citizens who signed petitions. That forced Van Duyne and her supporters to postpone the vote, something that will finally come to head tonight.

The current version that the Irving City Council will vote on includes exemptions for private clubs and patios. The new law would directly affect cigar friendly venues like Cool River, a restaurant and bar that has a designated cigar area and humidor.

Irving is located in Dallas County between Dallas and Fort Worth. It has population of 225,000.

Update (Dec. 12, 2014) — The Irving City Council voted 5-4 to delay the vote until January.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.