Fort Worth's 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.
This ordinance protects the public’s health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (such as COPD and emphysema), and diabetes. More than 20 million people in the United States have died from smoking-related diseases since 1964, including 2.5 million nonsmokers as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Hotels and motels (up to 25% of the total number of rooms may be designated as smoking rooms)
Common areas of multi-unit housing, including apartment complexes and condos
Buildings and vehicles owned, leased, occupied or operated by the city or state
Prisons and other correctional facilities
Most other public places (enclosed by two or more walls/barriers) Examples: Hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, museums, galleries, public buses, retail stores, retail service businesses, sports arenas, theaters
Any person, firm or corporation who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with or who resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
About Smoke-free Fort Worth
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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