Senator Proposes Smoke-free Workplace Law for Texas

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Smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places in Texas would be banned under legislation offered by a lawmaker from Houston.

Senator Rodney Ellis says he'll file the proposed "Texas Smoke-Free Workplace Law."

His bill would ban smoking in all public places and work sites.

Ellis timed his announcement Thursday to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.

His office says 47 Texas cities have passed ordinances that contain smoke-free provisions.

Fourteen of those have comprehensive ordinances protecting employees and the public.