Smoking ban proponents determined to try again - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Smoking ban proponents determined to try again

Matthew Harris, President, West Texas Smoke Free Coalition Matthew Harris, President, West Texas Smoke Free Coalition
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock City Council members say members of the West Texas Smoke Free Coalition requested the delay that postponed the vote on a smoking ban ordinance on Thursday.

The vote to delay passed four to three on Thursday night.

Matthew Harris, chairman of the coalition, says this will help buy the time they need.

"That way we can engage a little bit more public education to make sure everyone understands what's in the ordinance," Harris said, "and more importantly what's not in the ordinance."

Councilman Floyd Price voted to postpone the decision, saying he would like more time to look at the fine print of the ordinance to see what problems it has so they can fix those issues.

Latrelle Joy also voted in favor of postponing, saying a "good government" allows people the time they need to gather more information.

The ordinance is adding more stipulations to the current smoking ordinance, but Joy said there are a few areas that need to be fine-tuned.

Harris said the coalition is already working on to clear up some misunderstandings with the public. He said one of the biggest misconceptions is that the ordinance will ban all tobacco products such as chewing tobacco.

"I don't know anyone that has ever died from secondhand dip," he said, "so that's not one of our goals. I think...someone reading the ordinance misread it. They kind of failed to recognize the difference between the definition section and then the applicable law."

However, the ordinance would still ban electronic cigarettes, a concern to Hub City Vapors owner Tom Jordan.

"It does seem like another government overreach where there hasn't been a problem. Why does there need to be a solution?" he said. "There's no tobacco in them, there's nicotine. Nicotine has been proven as an addictive substance but it is not a carcinogen, it's not something that causes cancer."

Members of the smoke free coalition hope council members will revisit the ordinance soon.

Harris said anyone with questions or comments can post them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/westtexassmokefree

Copyright 2014 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:04 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:04:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.
  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:03 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:03:35 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".
  • 'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:11:39 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 06:52:49 GMT
    (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...(Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

Powered by Frankly