The San Marcos City Council is looking again at whether to strengthen the city’s 1995 Clean Air ordinance regulating smoking in public places.
The issue will come up at next Tuesday’s council meeting, where city staff will present an overview of past discussions, including public input sessions two years ago that resulted in a council decision to not place a smoking initiative on the November 2011 ballot. At open houses, 51 percent of participants supported stricter rules and 48 percent opposed.
A citizen survey this spring showed that 47 percent support stricter regulations, 26.2 percent opposed them, 21.2 percent were neutral and 4.9 percent did not know.
The council first adopted a Clean Air ordinance in 1995, establishing “clean air areas” in municipal and commercial properties, while allowing designated smoking areas in some circumstances. Smoking areas require appropriate signage, size, ventilation and separation from clean air areas.
Next week’s discussion will review the current San Marcos ordinance, compare the Austin and San Antonio smoking ordinances, health effects of second-hand smoke, economic impacts of smoke free ordinances, and provide direction to staff.Email | Print