League City passes smoking ban
But lighting up in bars OK if conditions are met
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
It’s official: lighting up in restaurants and other public places in League City will land you a stiff fine, after City Council unanimously passed the final reading of a smoking ban Tuesday.
The ordinance bans smoking in most public places, including restaurants, shopping malls, retail establishments, sports arenas and theaters.
Smoking is allowed in bars, however, as long as the business derives at least 51 percent of its income from alcoholic beverages. But bar areas of restaurants are off-limits to smokers because of the business income guidelines in the ordinance.
It also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of seating areas of all outdoor sports stadiums, as well as within 25 feet of bleachers and grandstands for use by spectators at sporting and other public events.
However, smoking will be allowed at billiard halls where the business uses more than 50 percent of premises for operating pool tables, and at bingo halls where food sales make up less than 10 percent of gross sales.