American’s For Non-Smoker’s Rights (ANR) recently recognized Texas as being the third leading state in the country for the number of strong, local smoke free laws enacted in 2008. The American Heart Association Advocacy team received the award on behalf of Smoke Free Texas and other stakeholders and volunteers that helped on the numerous local ordinances throughout the state and the statewide effort this past 81st Regular Session.
ANR presented the national award during their Smoke Free Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser and Clean Indoor Air Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona in an effort to raise awareness about smoke free efforts in the casino and gaming industry and highlight the smoke free efforts throughout the United States. Texas had numerous municipalities go smoke free last year such as Nacogdoches, Tyler, Dallas and Flower Mound that led to this distinguished recognition, and thanks to all those members of the You’re the Cure network that helped Texas earn this recognition.
Additionally, as Smoke Free Texas worked diligently to enact a comprehensive smoke free workplace law in Texas, the coalition stayed united to defeat any efforts to weaken any existing laws or ordinances as well as did not accept a weak smoke free law as a consolation prize this past session. The American Heart Association will continue working with the Smoke Free Texas Coalition to enact comprehensive smoke free ordinances throughout Texas and lay the groundwork to ensure a victory at the Texas Legislature during the next Regular Session in 2011.