Major changes to smoking ordinance in Robinson

ROBINSON, TX - The City of Robinson has passed some major changes to the current smoking ordinance. 

No smoking on or in any city property and at least 20 feet away from any outdoor public event, such as festivals, parades or outdoor movies. 

Other areas include boundaries of parks, playgrounds, stadiums, recreational facilities and bus stops. 

In addition, public service such as a line outside of a restaurant is included as well. 

Robinson Mayor Bert Echterling says, " I understand how hard it is to quit and I understand that those who don't want to be bothered, but I think the general public nationally is wanting a right to a cleaner air. "

The city says this is to help reduce second hand smoking. 

Pamela Gallager says she quit smoking and is happy about these new changes. 

"I am just glad that Robinson is watching out for people and everything and making sure they are smoking in the right places. People are allergic to smoking and they don't like it you know it is just a good thing."

Another woman who also quit smoking says this new ordinance is good for everybody. 

Rita Beckham says, "Please give up the smoking before it is too late. I had an open heart surgery, five bypasses, a pacemaker all because of smoking and I haven't smoked in four years and thank you Jesus."

The new ordinance passed Aug. 5.

 


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