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Playback: Patio Smoking Ban in Flames
The Central Health Equity Policy Council's efforts to ban smoking on smoking patios meets with community resistance
"...of wisdom lends itself to the incendiary issue of smoking restrictions. The topic, a local flash point more than..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: The Return of the Austin Smoking Ban
A decade after the initial smoking ban, local health group hopes to stomp out smoking patios
"...A public health organization is working to amend Austin's smoking ordinance to restrict vaping anywhere smoking is forbidden and..."

July 22, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

No Smoking, Austin: 10 Years Later
Chronicle revisits smoking ban at bars, music venues
"...citizens cast their ballots regarding an ordinance to ban smoking in nearly all public places, including bars, music venues,..."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Post by R.U. Steinberg

Parks Smoking Ban, More Up Thursday
No ifs, ands, or (37,000) butts: One smokin' council agenda
"...with a wooly, 139-item agenda this Thursday. A parks smoking ban, a Comp Plan, bond election love-in, and Austin..."

Dec. 5, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Thank You for Smoking
This snarkily playful little comedy gets so wrapped up in its own barbed witticisms that it fails to land even the lightest sucker-punches on the institutions it aims to skewer.
"...the industry for whom he speaks, Thank You for Smoking eschews biting social commentary in favor of farce, and..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Some Bars Cross the Smoking Line
A few local proprietors have publicly broken rank and thrown their support in favor of the proposed full smoking ban
"...entering the dialogue surrounding whether to enact a citywide smoking ban. Although Keep Austin Free, the group of business..."

May 6, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Smoking Ordinance Headed for the Ballot
Onward Austin gets its anti-smoking signatures
"...Some Austinites call smoking a personal freedom; others believe it violates their personal..."

March 4, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Smoking Ordinance Revisited
"...Here are some key points of Austin's smoking ordinance as it applies to bars and restaurants:..."

Oct. 8, 1999 News Feature

Federal Judge Limits Smoking Ban
Sparks says businesses are not responsible for smoking patrons' conduct
"...Austin's smoking ban, which took effect in September of 2005 following..."

Oct. 13, 2006 News Feature

Against Smoking Ban
"...Dear Editor, I am writing in opposition to the smoking ban initiative on the May 7 ballot. Austin already..."

April 26, 2005 Postmarks

Based on My Experience Support Smoking Ban
"...moved to Austin, I find your stance on the smoking ban to be incredible. In my own experience, smoking..."

April 18, 2005 Postmarks

Smoking Ban Kicks Off as Katrina Kicks In
Cigarettes are out at Austin’s clubs, but New Orleans musicians could be in
"...a local attempt at easing Austin venues into the smoking ban by offering free publicity and cleaning services, has..."

Sept. 9, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Smoking Ban Won't Hurt the Live Music Scene
"...I'm puzzled by his recent column concerning Austin's upcoming smoking ban ordinance vote ("Page Two,” April 1). Black says..."

April 4, 2005 Postmarks

Defending Anti-Smoking Metaphor
"...turns out, most of the bars I frequent allow smoking. I hate it and a lot of my smoking..."

May 9, 2005 Postmarks

Smoking Is Not What Makes Austin Weird
"...Dear Editor, Louis Black writes, "If you support the smoking ban, don't pretend you want to keep Austin weird"..."

April 14, 2005 Postmarks

Don't Ban Smoking
"...to help the City Council craft a compromise on smoking in public. The result was that 99.5% of Austin..."

Feb. 21, 2005 Postmarks

Stop Bitching About Smoking Ban
"...Dear Editor, Bring up the smoking ban at every possible opportunity ["Page Two," Nov. 9]!..."

Nov. 10, 2007 Postmarks

Smoking Ban Protects Public Safety
"...Dear Editor, Finally, the smoking ban election is over! I have read several of..."

May 10, 2005 Postmarks

In Favor of Smoking Ban
"...pointed out that the possible economic damage of the smoking ban would only occur if smokers have more interest..."

April 11, 2005 Postmarks

Anti-Smoking Ordinance Wins Federal Round
Judge tells bar owners they filed in the wrong court
"...local bar owners who oppose the new, more restrictive smoking ordinance scheduled to appear on the May 7 ballot...."

March 25, 2005 News Feature by Michael King

Austin Got Hoodwinked by Smoking Ban
"...like to clear up some misperceptions regarding the 2005 smoking ban and its direct effect on business at Room..."

Jan. 12, 2010 Postmarks

Smoking Ban
Supporters breathe easy, opponents smolder
"...night, but the most common predictions for the divisive smoking ban vote – that it would be close and..."

May 13, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Small Tipping Yuppies Push Smoking Ban
"...to wonder: Does she play venues where there is smoking? Doesn't she play at places like the Cactus? This..."

April 15, 2005 Postmarks

No Smoking Just Because It Hits All Bars the Same
"...Two” [April 8] analysis of his position on the smoking in public places vote is based largely on what..."

April 12, 2005 Postmarks

No Smoking, No Defecating
"...Nov. 7]. What we don't agree on is the smoking ban ordinance. Black sees it mainly as a personal..."

Nov. 7, 2003 Postmarks

'No Smoking' Law Unconstitutional?
"...of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court to uphold Austin's smoking ordinance. The constant scrutinization and rendering of this ordinance..."

April 2, 2008 Postmarks

More on Smoking Ban
"...a misleading impression of the consensus about the current smoking ban ["Council Campaign Season Opens," News, Feb. 10]. While..."

Feb. 14, 2006 Postmarks

Down With Smoking Ban
"...Dear Editor, While the Chronicle lists the smoking ban as the No. 2 local story of 2005..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Postmarks

Smoking Ban Good
"...clearer. Then I realized why – no one was smoking! This was a bar where it seemed requisite to..."

Jan. 18, 2006 Postmarks

Smoking Ban Seriously Hurting Small Businesses
"...Dear Editor, While the Chronicle lists the smoking ban as the No. 2 local story of 2005..."

Jan. 10, 2006 Postmarks

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