Youths rally behind Pearland smoking ban
— by the Houston Chronicle2
Voters will decide Nov. 6 if members of a sixth-grade science class had a good idea when they proposed a ban on smoking in most public places.
The issue has been quiet since last spring, when members of the Sablatura Middle School class presented their proposed smoking ban ordinance to City Council. They also handed in petitions with enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot.
The students are seventh-graders now and in junior high, but they haven’t forgotten.
“We’re thinking about having a car wash or something to raise money to make signs,” said Mitchell Hoffman. Last spring he was upset because the council didn’t adopt the ordinance without putting it before voters first. “That means I’ll have to breathe smoke for seven more months,” he said.
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