Newbie takes a deep breath.
I can breathe easier now. The restaurant smoking ban for Corpus Christi passed with 70% of the vote (free registration required). I thought it would be much closer.
Yes, this is yet another hot button issue with me. Having seen people chain smoke right next to meager non-smoking sections and worse, I know it often doesn’t work to rely on common sense and courtesy when it comes to smoking. Most smokers are pretty decent about it nowadays, but it only takes one to turn a meal into an ordeal. Not to mention those restaurants who always seem to have enough smoking seating, but not enough non-smoking.
(Of course, things used to be a lot worse before, say, 1980 or so. You don’t want to get me started on that.)