Nolanville: Council approves new smoking restrictions

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NOLANVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Nolanville City Council members approved changes to the city’s smoking ordinance in a 3-2 vote Thursday night.

The controversial ordinance makes it illegal to smoke in a car with a minor present along with three other proposed changes proposed by Councilwoman Joan Hinshaw.

She requested adding the definition of secondhand smoke to the ordinance and including beverage shops as places where smoking is prohibited to ensure that juice and smoothie cafes are included in the same clause that covers restaurants.

The ordinance also requires hotels and motels to be 100 percent smoke free despite protests that the provision would keep major hotel chains from setting up shop in the city.

There are currently no hotels or motels in Nolanville.

Mayor Christina Rosenthal was absent from the vote.

City officials have held three public sessions since they introduced the potential changes but say very few protests were made at those meetings.

There will be an instructional and warning period to inform residents of the changes and allow businesses to put up signs before officers start issuing citations.

The updated smoking ordinance will take effect during the week of Thanksgiving in November.