For the fifth year in a row, a smoking ban bill has been introduced into the Texas State Senate, as State Senator Rodney Ellis, a Democrat from Houston, has filed S.B. 87 in advance of the opening of the next legislative session.

The proposal seeks to ban smoking in the majority of workplaces and public spaces with a few exceptions, including cigar bars and retail tobacco shops.

While there doesn’t appear to be enough support for a statewide ban, it has been a busy year for smoking bans at the city level, as Irving is currently debating the idea of a ban and has pushed a vote on it into January, while Bedford, Alice, Harlingen, ParisGrand Prairie, Waxahachie, Wichita Falls and Weatherford have all passed smoking bans of some sort this year. FriscoLubbock, Keller, Alamo Heights and Terrell have also had legislation come up this year.

Texas is the second most populous state in the county with nearly 26.5 million residents.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.