To smoke or not to smoke...that's not the question. The bigger issue at hand appears to be personal rights...whose are more important...your own or everyone else's around you?
The smoking ban ordinance is twelve pages long, but not everyone reads it the same. Ken Cargle is the chairman for Breathe Easy Amarillo. He's in favor of the smoking ban and says it's a health issue. Scott Camarada, however, is chairman for Speak Out Amarillo and thinks the bigger issue is about personal rights. If you'll recall, amarillo residents voted against a smoking ban just three years ago. So, the obvious question is...what makes proponents of the ordinance think it will pass now, as opposed to three years ago.
Cargle says the restrictions have been loosened a little bit. Three years ago, it said you couldn't smoke within 25 feet of a public establishment's door - now, it's 10 feet. The old ordinance outlawed smoking on patio areas, whereas this one leaves the patio areas to the discretion of the individual establishment.