In posting my view on this ordinance let me first state that I am not a smoker. I grew up in a house where both of my parents were chain smokers and I hated the smell of burning cigarettes. That being said I am not for approving additional restrictions on smoking in Arlington. Here is the reason why.
If Governor Perry wanted to make the state of Texas non smoking he would. If any business owner in Arlington wanted to make their establishment non smoking they could do that tomorrow. The Rangers did just that at the stadium. There were people smoking near people eating food and they put up "No Smoking" signs in that area and then designated specific smoking area and posted the appropriate signs stating such. They did this without additional restrictions imposed by the city.
Business owners have rights also and I will illustrate by using a cat. If I own a business and I like to bring my cat to work in my building that is my right because I own the building. Now if a citizen walkes into my building and has a cat allergy does he/she have the right to make me get rid of my cat? NO. The citizen has the right to not go into that business and can select another business to patronize. That is their right.
I am not in favor of removing the rights of business owners or building owners or home owners, by imposing my standards on them. In other words if I have a choice, I will not exercise my rights to remove the rights of others. The current smoking ordinance was revised in 2007 and it leaves the choice of smoking or not to many business owners. I don't believe that it is the place of the city to remove the rights of citizens. We are regulated enough.
Now you will say, "what about the employees that work in bars." They can exercise their rights also. But a job is a temporary position. Removal of that property owner's rights is permanent. That is why I cannot support this ordinance.