One of the Strictest Smoking Bans May Happen in Galveston

One of the strictest smoking bans in the state is set to take effect in Galveston on January first. But there's already an effort to loosen up the law a bit. As David Pitman reports, Galveston might create a loophole that would make it okay for people to light up in 'one' particular business.

Back in July, Galveston adopted a policy that forbids smoking in bars, restaurants, outdoor seating areas, and private clubs.

This week, the city council asked the city attorney to amend the anti-smoking ordinance to allow smoking in stores that sell tobacco.

The change comes with some conditions — tobacco sellers would have to install ventilation systems, exclude customers under the age of 18, and they couldn't sell alcohol, or allow any alcohol consumption on the premisis.

There's only one business in Galveston that would be affected by the change — a tobacco shop and lounge on 21st street.

If the city attorney makes the change to allow smoking in that store, the city council could take a final vote next Thursday.

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