Smokers in Ingleside, Texas scored what has become an increasingly rare victory this past weekend, as voters defeated a ballot measure that would have banned smoking in bars, one of the few public places in the city where can people can still enjoy a smoke.

It was a narrow victory, as the referendum failed by just 10 votes, 196-206 according to the city’s most recent update.

Had it passed, retail tobacco stores and cigar bars would have retained their exemption from the smoking ban had the referendum passed. Private clubs and bingo halls would have retained exemptions as well.

Ingleside is located in southern Texas, approximately 20 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. It is home to just under 10,000 residents.

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