Grand Prairie Extends Smoking Ban

Ban now includes, restaurants and sports arenas

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014  |  Updated 12:38 PM CDT
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Grand Prairie Considers Smoking Ordinance

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Grand Prairie Considers Smoking Ordinance

The Grand Prairie City Council will vote Tuesday night on new rules when it comes to smoking within the city limits.
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The Grand Prairie City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night that extends a ban on smoking in some public places.

The City Council voted 9-0 to prohibit smoking in restaurants, sports arenas and other city-operated facilities.

Smoking will still be allowed in bars, clubs, bingo parlors, tobacco stores, hookah lounges and sexually oriented businesses, provided they do not allow anyone under 18 to enter.

Additionally, smoking will be allowed to continue at Lone Star Park (outdoors), in bowling centers under certain conditions and in private residences provided they aren't used as a child care, adult day care, group home or any other health care facility.

Smoking is still prohibited at schools, hospitals, public buildings, public restrooms, service lines, theaters, museums, etc., which was outlined in the city's existing smoking ordinance that had been in place since 1986.

The Dallas Morning News reports it'll be at least a month before the ordinance goes into effect.

Those found to be in violation of the ordinance face a fine of up to $2,000.

To see the ordinance presented to the City Council Tuesday, visit this link and go to page 73.

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