Groups call on Austin leaders to extend smoking ban


by KVUE News

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 8:01 PM

AUSTIN -- There is a push to extend the City of Austin's smoking ban to include balconies and patios.

Voters approved a ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants in Austin in 2005.

In 2011, the ban was extended to include city parks. Now some want to banish smoking from outdoor areas like patios.

There was mixed reaction Sunday on 6th street.

Live Tobacco Free Austin advocacy group is asking for the extended ban. It also has the support of the Early Childhood Council and the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department.

Bob Woody, president of the East 6th Street Community Association, owns 22 bars and restaurants. He says he does not support increased restrictions on customers.

"Non-smoking inside of restuarants makes great sense. Inside a bar, it makes a little bit of sense. Not doing it on a patio, makes no sense," said Woody.

Others disagree.

"Second hand smoke- being a non smoker, that actually bothers me, personally when I have to walk around and smell that," said Austinite Will Rodriguez.

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