Burkburnett Butts Out

Burkburnett Butts Out

Officials in Burkburnett passed a ban on smoking in public places. The ban won't go into place until the end of the week.

Unlike Wichita Falls, Burkburnett city leaders increased the initial proposed regulations by adding smoking bans on public sidewalks.

"When you look at the statistics for Wichita county we have a higher rate of cardiovascular disease, we have a higher rate of stroke we have a higher infant mortality rate all of those things can be tied to second hand smoke or to smoking itself," said Lou Kreidler, Wichita County Public Health District.

Kreidler said that she had been approached by Burk city leaders to help with the language written into the recently passed regulations. They are nearly an exact copy of previously passed regulations in Wichita Falls. Burk is now the second city in the county with a smoking ban.

"I would not ever want my child to have second hand smoke or even be around it because I am not a smoker either," said Amanda Nugent, Burkburnett mother.

Nugent said that she and her husband don't allow smoking inside or near their house.

"I hate to take away other peoples freedoms, but at the same time smoking also take away our freedoms as well when we are exposed to that and we don't have a choice," said Kara Duke, Burkburnett mother.

Duke said that she has family members whose health has been impacted by smoking.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6