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May 15, 2014

VFW members voice concern over smoking ban

WEATHERFORD —

By BRIAN SMITH

One local veteran’s group doesn’t like being told it can’t smoke in its own building and made the Weatherford City Council aware of it.

Roger Blair of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4746 asked the council, on behalf of about 20 post and Ladies Auxiliary members, to reconsider the ban on smoking at food establishments. The ordinance went into effect late last month, and includes private clubs such as the VFW. Blair, a Millsap resident, said the VFW is not an eating establishment but does host a steak night three nights a month with proceeds from the event going to nonprofit groups. 

Blair said the facility is not open to the public and only veterans of foreign wars are allowed inside.

Resident Bobbie Narramore supported the request, saying if it’s a group that deserves to do what it wants to do, it is veterans.  Council members were not allowed to talk about their reasoning for the ordinance but did agree to hold a work session later to discuss the issue.

Council members voted 3-2 in February to ban the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes within food establishments, except on open air patio areas. Guidelines and fines have also been introduced for violations of the ordinance.

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