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Smoking Ban Passes in Wichita Falls

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Wichita Falls City Council approved a proposed smoking ban Tuesday morning. 

The ban has been a highly charged issue for smokers and non-smokers. The ban was put forth by the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District and the Wichita County Health Coalition. 

All businesses, including bars and restaurants, would have to ban smoking inside establishments. The ordinance gives existing businesses two years to comply, but any new businesses would have to comply immediately.

Critics of the ban say it is taking away people's rights, but supporters say it is protecting non-smokers from being forced to breathe in second-hand smoke, putting their health at risk. 

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District Director, Lou Kreidler, has previously told Newschannel 6 that studies have shown communities that have bans have seen a 15 percent decrease in heart attack hospitalizations and a 24 percent decrease in hospitalizations from respiratory disease. 

Kreidler told Newschannel 6 in a live studio interview that the ban will go into affect 30 days after it is approved.

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