The San Marcos City Council passed a tougher no smoking ordinance on October 2, 2013 that took effect January 1, 2014 for City properties and will take effect on June 1, 2014 for restaurants, bars and places of employment. Properties that have obtained and posted permits to build outdoor smoking areas by June 1 will have until January 1, 2015 to go smoke-free.
"The City Council enacted this smoking ordinance because people have the right to breathe clean air where they work, dine, shop and play," said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. "We implemented the stricter ordinance provisions at City facilities and parks in January and now will extend it to public places throughout San Marcos."
"We have been reaching out to a wide variety of groups since last fall," said City Manager Jared Miller. "Many departments, including Environmental Health, Main Street, City Marshals, Parks and Recreation, Human Resources, Park Rangers and Communications, have been distributing information, speaking to community and civic groups, and visiting with park and facility visitors to spread the word and respond to questions."
Organizations that wish to learn more about the ordinance may contact Environmental Health, at 512-393-8440.
Other Texas cities with similar ordinances include Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Denton, Plano, Richardson, San Angelo and Tyler.