Fort-Worth May Soon Be Smoke Free

Residents in Fort-Worth are pushing for cleaner air in Cowtown.

While smoking was banned in most public places in Fort Worth on Jan. 1, 2008, Smoke-Free Fort Worth wants everyone to breath smoke-free air while at work.

Restaurants, restaurant bars, bowling alleys, businesses and within 20 feet of an entrance, currently are smoke-free places, but bars, bingo parlors, hotel rooms, outdoor dining areas, private clubs, private meeting rooms, private residences, and private or semi-private rooms in nursing homes are still smoking places.

Smoke-Free Fort Worth says on their website, “Fort Worth is the only major city in Texas that does not have a ordinance protecting citizens from the exposure to secondhand smoke in all workplaces. A smoke-free ordinance will protect the health of every resident in Fort Worth by eliminating the exposure of secondhand smoke in bars and bingo parlors. Everyone will breathe easier, and this will create safer, healthier environments for everyone who lives, works, and visits our city.”

Wednesday night at Billy Bob’s Texas the group released a poll stating, “91 percent of Fort Worth residents agree everyone deserves the right to breathe smoke-free air.”

“As a leader of one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, along with being a proud Fort Worth resident, it is imperative for our city to be one of the healthiest places to live and work,” said Barclay Berdan, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “I am humbled to be a member of the Smoke-Free Fort Worth coalition, but it’s an honor not taken lightly. I hope other North Texans realize the magnitude of this initiative, for the health of our co-workers, friends, family and generations to come.”

“As a physician I have seen the damage tobacco and secondhand smoke does to the human body,” said Mark Koch, M.D., family medicine physician at JPS Health Network. “I am honored to be involved with Smoke-Free Fort Worth and the effort to protect the right of everyone to breathe smoke-free air. Clearly, the majority of Fort Worth residents agree.”

For information on Smoke-Free Fort Worth, visit





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