The familiar debate of health vs. personal liberties was echoed at a Monday night hearing on enhancing College Station's smoking ordinance.
Residents were allowed to weigh in on whether College Station should beef up its current smoking law. Those against the idea say no one is being forced to go where smoking is allowed. "I feel a person has the right to make their own decisions about where they go to eat and where they go to drink," said College Station resident Dave Hill."
Those in favor of tighter restrictions believe they would benefit everyone. "Be honest about what's right for all," said College Station resident Jeannie Massett. "A non-smoker can't get away from smoke."
Changes being considered include removing smoking exemptions for workplaces including bars and restaurants during late hours. Also proposed is prohibiting smoking within 20 feet of entry ways, but allowing it in outdoor areas and patios.
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