Smoking ordinance goes into effect in Galveston

January 1, 2010 6:24:15 AM PST
Starting today, it is against the law to smoke in restaurants, bars or outdoor seating areas in Galveston. Galveston police say the new ordinance is the last on its list of laws to enforce. If caught, smokers will be given a $100 ticket, the equivalent of a traffic violation.

The city council did add one amendment to the ordinance. It allows smoking in stores specializing in tobacco products.