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Sign Petition to Help Make Richardson TX Smoke Free

It is time to make Richardson TX smoke free.  It's funny that everyone is campaigning for this now, when we just voted in for Richardson to sell beer and wine.  You would think that smoking goes hand in hand with beer and wine since smoking at bars is the most common place people smoke.

However, I guess many are thinking to themselves that they can't have their cake and eat it too.  If they want to buy their beer and wine in Richardson, they must take it home to smoke! 

Plano TX, the suburb immediately north of Richardson, went smoke free throughout the city a few months ago.  Personally, I love it!  We went to a bar for Karaoke, and there were no clouds of smoke... until you walked out the front door.  Hopefully, this will be something that Richardson fixes, but I hate it when the place is smoke-free, but then people are allowed to smoke right at the front door so you gasp as you walk in or out... almost like when restaurants put the restrooms at the back of the restaurant or off the bar, where you have to walk through the smoking section to get there... so annoying.

Anyway, there is an electronic Petition going around, so please CLICK HERE to fill out the form.  It will send you an email and you must click the link in the email in order for your signature to count, so make sure you use a valid email address.

Thank you for your help to make Richardson TX a smoke free city, and please pass along this to all your friends, family, and coworkers in Richardson!!

Comment balloon 14 commentsDonna Harris • January 23 2008 01:00PM


So smokers in Plano are following the rules and are foing outside to smoke as opposed to inside and that bothers you as well?  I can understand not wanting to sit in the smoke, so they take it outside.  Whatcha looking for now, a complete ban on cigarette sales? 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) about 12 years ago

Chad, most areas with the smoking bad have rules that you must be at least so many feet from an entrance, and that's the part that people aren't following.  It's great that they go outside to smoke, but they shouldn't be at the door.  They should be 50-100 feet away like most cities require.  Most office buildings in cities where smoking is permitted only have to be 30 feet away, and they still stand at the door.


Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 12 years ago
Hi Donna, I use to live in Richardson and I can't imagine they still aren't smoke free. I use to have to drive to Plano to by my vino and I do think they should become wet. That was a real pain. I remember having to buy a local license (card) to be able to order a glass of wine with dinner. Where are you located? I will give you my support. Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
Hi Deb, I'm off George Bush and Renner, the "new" Richardson, though I grew up in the "old" Richardson.  They started allowing beer and wine sales in Richardson in 2007, but did make several rules about distance to schools and churches and such.  All support would be great!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 12 years ago

I have a problem with this type of legislation and this is is just my opinion

It is hypocritical to ban smoking if you are going to continue to allow the other vices that are just as dangerous to other people. For example, Bars sell their patrons too many drinks 90% of the time (don't tell me they don't because I used to work in a bar in my early 20s, I have been to hundreds of bars and I have friends that are bartenders right this minute). If the buyer wants it then they sell it unless they become violent or start causing a scene. Those patrons get in their cars and drive home. They are a ticking time bomb just waiting to kill themselves or someone else.

The percentage of people killed by drunk drivers is much higher than people who are non-smokers contracting lung cancer from other smokers.

So why does no one try to put a stop to this? Because people like their alcohol!! Because the lawmakers and voters want to be able to continue to drink. They say "well it doesn't effect people who choose not to drink". Really? Tell that to my father and his best friend who were ran over by a drunk driver. My father was a baptist preacher and I assure you he didn't drink. I've lost more family to alcohol related deaths than to lung cancer.

Until they want to do something about the BIGGER problem, I don't see the point.

Business owners should have the right to decide wether or not they will allow smoking in their establishment and to post on the door if they are a smoking or nonsmoking establishment and the people can choose which establishments to frequent. The same with alcohol. I know people who won't go to restaurants that sell alcohol because they don't believe in drinking. Non-smokers have the same choice.

I don't believe in the government telling business owners how to run their establishments. I believe in the people having the power to choose.

You see, I can CHOOSE not to go into an establishment that allows smoking. I can not CHOOSE to avoid a drunk driver because you rarely see them coming.

Smoking is the buzz issue right now but I think it's a smoke screen (lol) to hide the real problems in this country.

I want less government interference in my life and in the lives of my children. I don't want to live in a police state or a communist govmt. where we are treated like we can't think or choose for ourselves.

Granted I don't want my children to die prematurely either, but I still want the right to choose what I feel is best for them and for myself and not have the govmt decide that for me.

I see all of this coming to a point where we lose more and more personal freedoms all in the name of making some group happy. We will not be able to talk on our cell phones in our cars because some people can't chew gum and walk at the same time. We won't be able to eat in our cars for the same reason. We will not be able to drink in our cars. At what point will we have to teach our children other religions that go against what we personally believe in because someone will say that by teaching them one religion we are teaching intolerance. I mean there are so many things out there that someone wants a law created for that it's rediculous and when you give a govmt an inch they will take it a billion miles.

We have enough laws. We just need to learn to obey and enforce them.

I disagree with your issue but I still love you. :)

Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) about 12 years ago
I am an ex smoker but disagree with your position.  Why not ban alcohol again?  Prohibition did not work then, and will not work now.  Let's see...smoking, trans fats, fried foods, caffeine, ban non religious does not end once you start.  The USA should not become a police state!
Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

I think the market takes care of this.  If you don't want to be around smoke don't go where they allow it.  If it hurts a business enough they will ban smoking on their own.  IF on the other hand most of the clients are smokers .....

I can't see more legislation against smokers.  Sorry and no, I am not a smoker.  Never have been and never will be.


Posted by Kevin Cook, Broker, Realtor - Waterwood (Palmer Real Estate) about 12 years ago

I'm not going to preach, and each of you can have your own opinion.  What I will say is that I eat out at a restaurant about once a month as I cook a lot at home and eat healthy.  I am prone to migraines, and a big contributor to migraines is cigarette smoke.  When I go out to eat, I want to be able to go to whatever restaurant I'm in the mood for that day, be it Italian, Mexican, or anything else.  When I go out, I don't appreciate having to walk through the smoking section to use the restroom and go home full from a good meal, but in pain from a migraine. 

I liked it much better when I lived in Arlington where the smoking sections were outside on the patio and they even have heaters for the colder days.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 12 years ago

Donna, I agree, I don't like having to walk through the smoking section to get to my seat or the bathroom but I wouldn't condone banning smoking in all establishments.  Sorry for your migraines!  =8^)


Posted by Kevin Cook, Broker, Realtor - Waterwood (Palmer Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Hi Donna, all I can say is Amen!  i will trun 60 on Feb. 9th, and I have been an avid scuba diver since 1978.  It was the love of my live, and the only time I never thought about ANYTHING BUT BEING IN THE MOMENT.  Peacefull, beautifull, calm, did I mention I loved scuba diving :).  I quite smoking 10 years ago, but found out the past year I have COPD, and the damage was more diving or I would risk a calapoused lung.  I have acturally consider still diving (thst's how much it means to me), but my husban will not let me (good thing I have him:).  So PLEASE don't smok or if you do stop, it truly can not only kill you, but can take away somthing that  you used to love to do away also.  Lesson learned the hard way.  Liz
Posted by Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) about 12 years ago
Liz, It's good to hear you're doing ok.  I'm sure you have many wonderful memories of your favorite times.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 12 years ago

What a great post ! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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Posted by Insurance CEO ( almost 12 years ago
Whatever happened with this? I was thinking about it and I wondered if you had thought of petitioning the restaurant to see if they would make it so smoking had to be done outside. A lot of them do now. I don't want the govmt being involved but I don't like to breathe smoke when I am eating and I don't want my kids to either. I know that is hard for some people to understand, but that is my personal opinion on the matter.
Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) almost 12 years ago
Cheri, the last thing I heard is that they have asked for other alternatives to completely banning it.  Though most people are wanting it banned, some of the restaurants are throwing tantrums about losing so many customers.  Personally, I think many restaurants will get more customers if they get rid of the smoking.  There are places that I used to love to go, but the smoking sections go so large that I won't go there anymore.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago