91% of Fort Worth residents agree
everyone deserves the right to breathe smoke-free air in public places and at work.
Improved Public Health
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Making all workplaces smoke-free can improve public health for everyone who lives, works and plays in Fort Worth.
Health Care Savings
A smokefree workplace law in Texas would result in approximately $404 million in health care and productivity savings to the state's economy biennially.
According to the CDC, cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke cost approximately $8.22 billion in productivity losses in Texas every year. Smoke-free ordinances can lead to an overall healthier workforce.
Smoke-free ordinances add value to establishments. Restaurants in smoke-free cities have a higher market value at resale than comparable restaurants located in smoke-filled cities.
Why go smoke-free?
All Fort Worth employees should be able to work in a smoke-free environment—this includes bar employees and entertainers. The same is true for anyone spending time in Fort Worth's public spaces — the air should be clear for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone in Fort Worth deserves protection from secondhand smoke. Here are few questions we get a lot, but if you have a question that's not answered here, send us an email.
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.
Service industry employees, along with musicians and entertainers, breathe more secondhand smoke while at work than any other type of employee, and can suffer from many of the same illnesses as smokers.
The 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, verifies that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that ventilation cannot eliminate exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke.
Smoke-free Fort Worth is a broad-based coalition of local organizations committed to ensuring everyone in Fort Worth can breathe smoke-free air at work. We believe that everyone in Fort Worth has the right to breathe smoke-free air.
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