The fact that these were national, not state organizations gives an idea of the depth and fervor of ordinary citizen sentiment behind Texas’ entrenched local opposition to nonsmoking laws.
The SFT coalition, after five years of the good fight, decided to change tactics in 2010. Still determined to turn Texas into a state where workers’ health would not be compromised by second-hand smoke, SFT hired Noble Strategic Partners Inc., an Austin public affairs firm.
The results: A smoke-free bill was passed by the Texas House, but failed in the Senate in 2011. However, the anti-smoking bill made it further through the Texas legislature than ever before, and gained more support than in any previous effort. The 2013 Smoke-Free Texas campaign is underway for the 83rd Legislative Session.