No Smoke Without Fire
Smokers may wish to avoid travelling to Houston for a meal. It is reported that a new, expanded version of the city's proposed smoking ban could affect Houston businesses other than restaurants.
The proposed ban, if passed, would mean smokers could no longer smoke inside the dining area of a restaurant. Currently they are allowed to smoke in designated smoking areas.
The ban could also target bowling alleys, enclosed bus stops and other businesses. Taxi drivers would have the option of making their cabs smoke-free or not.
It seems that this ban could lose Houston a lot of convention centre business.
Reportedly officials with Alcoholics Anonymous, the National Retailer Federation, the National Convenience Store Operators and the National Tobacco Retailers Association have threatened to pull their conventions out of Houston.