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McAllen businesses adjust to smoking ban

It’s been one month since the city of McAllen banned smoking in parks or inside bars and restaurants.

It’s been one month since the city of McAllen banned smoking in parks or inside bars and restaurants.

Karla Gomez, the manager of McAllen-based bar Evera, says the ban has had a rather positive impact on business.

"I have customers [that] come in now, [but] before no - because before [they] didn’t want the smoke,” Gomez said.

Some smokers think the ban will have a negative on local businesses.

"I know that people do like to socialize and drink and usually go for an occasional smoke,” said local smoker Kenny Lopes. “If people are not allowed to do that, I think some businesses will suffer and it's going to cause people to go outside of city limits and possibly find new venues."

As soon as Evera opened in the new year, Gomez made sure she posted “No Smoking” signs around the venue that used to allow smoking pre-ban.

To make sure businesses are abiding by the law, city of McAllen Health and Code Enforcement officers have been visiting different establishments that offered smoking.

"We have been very fortunate; they haven't issued any citations and they have not received any complaints from the public, either,” said McAllen Public Information Officer Xochitl Mora.

If any citizen feels an establishment is not in compliance with the ordinance, they can call McAllen’s 311 customer service line.

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