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The City of San Marcos recently passed a smoking ban which will outlaw smoking in all bars, restaurants, and city-owned facilities. Smoking will now only be tolerated in designated areas.

Smoking a cigarette on the river, at the park, or anywhere else outdoors is now a thing of the past. City Mayor, Daniel Guerrero, led the way towards a smoking ban that went into effect on January 1st.

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Mayor Guerrero said he’s making sure that our parks are safe and healthy places for families and children to reside. The ban also includes e-cigarettes and other vapor devices. Bars and restaurants that wish to purchase a permit to build an outdoor smoking patio will have until January 1st, 2015 to go smoke-free. Trent Chappa, an employee at local bar, the Triple Crown, talks about the smoking ban.

“Some people brought it up, but it kind of seemed like most smokers haven’t even heard about it. Personally I think tobacco abuse kills but, so do cars. I don’t think the fine is harsh, I really think the ban itself is harsh.”
– Trent Chappa

Violation of the smoking ban is a Class C misdemeanor and carries a penalty of $200 for first offenders, and can lead up to $2,000 fines for future offenders.

Layton Little, KTSW News

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  1. harleyrider1978 on February 7, 2014

    We do! Its the same as smoking anywhere just because you decide too……..Nobody has the right to tell you where to smoke or what to do. Unless the owner says so. Government has no right telling free people what to do when it comes to their liberty!

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

    By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

    Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

    What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

    “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

    Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

    The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

    Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

    146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

    A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

    Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

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