POSTED: Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:46am
KILGORE-Over the past few months several East Texas cities have enacted city-wide smoking ordinances. Now it looks like Kilgore may be next.
According to the Longview News-Journal, city officials and one local organization are considering a city-wide ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.
But before council members decide on the ordinance, the city will sponsor town hall meetings to get public input. And just by talking to people around town Sunday, it's a case of a small town with split opinions.
"I think in restaurants and stuff I don't think you need to smoke," David Proctor of Overton said.
"There are people that have been here for 30 plus years going to restaurants and smoking with their meals and now your taking that from them?" Clayton Herring of Kilgore said.
Some of the cities in East Texas who have already enacted a citywide smoking ordinance are Tyler back in February 2008 and Longview in 2003.