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Bar Owners Unite Against Smoking Ordinance

Many bar owners have united in hopes of changing Tyler's new smoking ordinance which goes into effect June 1st.

Thursday night they gathered to discuss their course of action and compile petition signatures. They want an amendment that excludes any bar type establishment having at least 55% revenue from alcohol sales, and having less than 10% from food sales and no one under 18 years of age allowed to enter.

Many have already hired attorney's to discuss their possible legal course of action, and others are considering it. But they say it is on their customers behalf that they are doing all this.

"Our customers want it to remain this way and I think that we would lose business if our customers were not allowed to smoke when they were in here," said Robin Griffith, Owner XLM on 5th, one of the group organizers.

The group hopes to compile all the signatures and get on the agenda for the Tyler City Council in early April, until then they say the petitions will continue circulating.

Danielle Capper, Reporting


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