Longview Considering Tough New Anti-Smoking Ordinance

Longview could become a smoke free city , if a controversial city ordinance is passed next month. City council is scheduled to discuss an ordinance that would ban all smoking in public places such as office buildings and hotels, all restaurants, bars and even bowling alleys.

The measure is being pushed hard by the local American heart association as a health concern... Pointing to the dangers of second hand smoke to non-smokers, and how it is linked to numerous illnesses. But smokers feel the restrictions in place already exclude them from enough places.

There are a lot of non-smokers who are applauding this move, a lot of smokers who are saying its just more restrictions of their rights, and a surprising number of non-smokers who agree that this ordinance would be excessive.