Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year's Resolution for Texas: Smoke-Free Air for Texas

By Amit Bushan

As we start off another year, many of us find ourselves making resolutions that we hope to sustain throughout the new year: exercise more, eat more healthfully, read more, and the list goes on. Just as we make promises to ourselves, the Texas government needs to make promises to us as well. What was once a highly contentious issue, banning smoking in public places has now become an issue of obvious importance. The Texas government needs to promise cleaner indoor air to the people of Texas this year by passing a statewide ban on smoking in public places.

As a native of Lubbock, I was happy to see my hometown pass an ordinance banning smoking in most public places in May of 2002. At that time, several cities had already passed similar forms of legislation and over the next ten years many others around the nation would follow suit. According to, as of January 2, 2012, the five largest cities in Texas have gone completely smoke-free: Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio. It is high time for Texas to join many of its great cities in the fight for cleaner air.

As Texas prepares for the 2013 legislative session, let 2012 be the year that Texas proves its commitment to its people. Let 2012 be the year that we are able to start enjoying cleaner air in public places. Let 2012 be the year that Texas bans smoking in public places.

Amit Bushan was a driving force behind Lubbock's public indoor smoking ban in 2002. Mr. Bushan is a senior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

This guy is a game changer. The next Ralph Nader.

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