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ORDINANCE NO. 23047-12-2017 <br /> AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 29.5, "SMOKING", OF THE <br /> CODE OF THE CITY OF FORT WORTH, (2015) AS AMENDED, <br /> SECTION 29.5-1 BY DELETING THE DEFINITIONS OF BAR, BINGO <br /> PARLOR AND RESTAURANT; AMENDING THE DEFINITIONS OF <br /> PRIVATE CLUB, PUBLIC PLACE, RETAIL TOBACCO STORE AND <br /> SMOKING AND TO NOW INCLUDE A DEFINITION FOR CIGAR <br /> LOUNGE, ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE, AND RETAIL SMOKE <br /> SHOP; AMENDING SECTION 29.5-3 "EXCEPTIONS" TO ELIMINATE <br /> BARS AND BINGO PARLORS AS AN EXCEPTION TO THE SMOKING <br /> PROHIBITION; AND AMENDING SECTION 29.5-14 "DISTRIBUTION <br /> AND SALE OF CIGARETTES OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS" TO <br /> PROHIBIT RETAIL SMOKE SHOPS WITHIN 300 FEET OF CERTAIN <br /> FACILITIES; PROVIDING THAT THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE <br /> CUMULATIVE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING <br /> A PENALTY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION; AND <br /> PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE 90 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF <br /> ADOPTION. <br /> WHEREAS, on or about August 21, 2007, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. <br /> 17719 to prohibit smoking in public places and to provide some exceptions to the prohibition, <br /> (the Smoking Ordinance); <br /> WHEREAS, exceptions to the prohibition in the current Smoking Ordinance include <br /> bars, bingo parlors and retail tobacco stores, as defined; <br /> WHEREAS, since the adoption of the Smoking Ordinance, most major cities in Texas <br /> have included bars as public places in which smoking is prohibited; <br /> WHEREAS, the City Council has received requests from organizations such as Blue <br /> Zones Project Fort Worth, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association to <br /> join in the effort to make the City of Fort Worth "Smoke Free" by prohibiting smoking in bars <br /> and bingo parlors and to revise the definition of smoking to include electronic cigarettes; <br /> WHEREAS, the City Council has expressed a desire to exempt retail tobacco bars, such <br /> as cigar lounges, from the prohibition on smoking; <br /> Ordinance No. 23047-12-2017 <br /> Page 1 of 6 <br />