Missouri - "The Show Me State" - is earning a reputation for
being a vibrant proponent of smokefree air and nonsmokers rights.
Several cities like Ballwin, Columbia, and Kansas City put hard-won smokefree laws into place a few years ago. Recent reports indicate those laws are working well and are helping to improve health. In Kirkwood, Liberty, and St. Louis County, voters approved smokefree measures (of varying strength) last November. And now, the momentum for smokefree air is building across the state.
In cities like Rolla, Carthage, Joplin, Jefferson City, Springfield, and Branson, community momentum for smokefree air has been picking up and more city councils are taking notice.
The momentum is good news for nonsmokers in Missouri, but there is much work ahead.
Missouri law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Missouri.
2014 State Legislative Session: 1/8/2014 - 5/30/2014 (Est.)
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groups push for e-cigarettes veto
District approves bus purchase
rule altered on smoking ban
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started as educational mission has become Webb City ...
greet start of smoking ban
we or shouldn't we ban smoking?
grateful for smoking ban, others still fuming
many unknowns swirl around popularity of e-cigs
Smoking Ordinance in Review Stage
will rule on smoking ban injunction this week
Gives Initial Approval To Vapor Trails E-Cigarette Shop
public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants
by Legislature could exempt St. Charles casino from smoking ban
messing with smoking ban
OTHERS SAY: E-cigs aren't cigarettes and need their own regulations
Baseball Fan Primer - vs. #24 Arkansas
balks at change for tobacco sales
lawmakers pass e-cigarette regulations
Clair Smoking Law To Be Drafted
seek 23% budget hike
You're Poor, 'No Smoking in Public' Now Means You Can't Light Up At
ban angers Public Housing residents
and praise after Kansas City decides to ban smoking in public housing
by July 1
View: Easy decision
E-Cigarettes Shouldn't Be Used Long Term
owner sues to block St. Joseph smoking ban
making businesses aware of smoking ban
regulation on e-cigarettes might not affect Columbia shops
body prepares to vote on key issues
begins study of ban on smoking in public
leaders push for public smoking ban
OTHERS SAY: Good job, legislature, keeping e-cigs away ...
of Branson considers smoking ban
lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation
banned from buying e-cigarettes under bills passed by ...
eyes smoking ban
House OKs limiting e-cigarettes to adults
confused on smoking-ban issue
Tops State Average For Smoking
ban passes in close vote
support split for smoking ban
progress toward tobacco-free campus
get ready to go to polls
considers banning e-cigs on city buses
link' for cancer, secondhand smoke
your call, April 1, 2014
restaurants thrive in smoke-free air ($$)
advocates for the poorFirst Ward city council candidate Bill ...
voters to weigh in on smoking ban
Council discusses relocating the city police department
urged to restrict e-cigarettes
sums up proposed smoking ban nicely
ban advocates drum up support
youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy
your call March 20, 2014
new new Westport: A party district grows up
signals protect lives like smoking ban would
trend among Joplin businesses [VIDEO]
who banded together are not 'tea party'
proponents want to take away choices
issue about protecting health
Baseball Fan Primer - Southern Miss
business extends smoke-free hours for Lent
votes against smoking ban amendment
youth push for State Capitol to go smoke-free
St. Charles mayor files to challenge elections director in GOP primary
Getting tobacco settlement money for Missouri is an easy fix
want smoke-free ordinance
to stop tinkering with smoking ban
could also be banned in private offices
My view: The way towards a smoking ban
ensues over No Smoking signs as applied to vaporizers [VIDEO]
Organizes to Oppose Smoking Ban
ban opponents focus on 'fairness'
REQUEST Smoking ban sought
Louis, KC rank at bottom of smoking cities list
switch puts spotlight on voters
offers safe alternative to smoking
Joseph Chamber Changes Stance on Smoke-Free Ordinance
indoor air pollution levels drop by 84 percent after ...
Central Square Preps for New Smoking Ban
Ban in Park Central Square Passes at City Council Meeting
ban opponents express outrage
Joseph sets April vote on smoking ban
ban approved for April ballot
Joseph residents will vote on smoking ban
remains ninth worst smoking state, despite health risks
Free St. Joe Enters Campaign Mode
...However, casino management has spoken out against the ban, saying there is trigger language in the ordinance that could make the casino floor smoke free at ...
Council to to Address Smoking Ban, Panhandling Bills
City Council to to Address Smoking Ban, Panhandling Bills ... The bills include a panhandling bill and a bill prohibiting smoking on Park Central Square.
Extends Exemptions To Smoke-Free Air Act
ban destined for municipal ballot
Joseph, Mo., city council rejects indoor smoking ban
A citizen initiative that would ban indoor smoking at most St. Joseph
... can be rescinded when any municipality in the other counties bans
smoking on a casino ...
fails to pass smoking ordinance
Stories of 2013 - No. 3: Smoking ban decisions cloud 2013
Tackles Smoking Ban and Other Downtown Proposals
signs to go up in St. Charles
signs agreement with casino to study move
Voice: Smoking ban needs options
Complaints on City Smoke Free Act
Osage Beach should encourage smoke-free ...
ban group turns in signatures
park areas go smoke-free
seriously flawed smoking plan
being used to smoke marijuana
Cigarettes Grow in Popularity
Our View: Blowing smoke
ordinance stays in place for now, Council says
Marshall be the next Mo. city to go smoke free?
council members make a smoke-free case for Marshall
council upholds new smoking ban
ban makes Sedalia a city divided
to Discuse Smoking Ban at Special Work Session on Saturday ($$)
Charles County Council puts smoking ban bill on hold
Charles Businesses Now Required to Post Smoking/Nonsmoking ...
tweaks St. Charles County smoking-ban bill, delays vote
month into smoking ban, Sedalia workers say they feel the impact
hospital chain: Smoking workers not wanted
Cigarettes Banned From R-II District Facilities
Charles City Council to Consider Smoking Bill Tonight
smoking regulations, not a ban, in St. Charles County
Lanes to Reopen in 3-4 Weeks as Non-Smoking
Missouri loses arbitration in tobacco case
Callaway students look toward tobacco-free future
Charles Businesses May Have to Post Smoking or Nonsmoking Signs
Council considering another smoking ban attempt
Charles considers smoking ban, again
smoking bill ban being considered in St. Charles County
accomplishes tobacco-free signage for Carthage schools
Put It Out Day part two: Still seriously tobacco-free
discusses racism, smoking ban
Valley College to become smoke-free campus
says smoking bans don't hurt bars, restaurants (AUDIO)
ban would not hurt state's bars and restaurants, report says
effort under way for St. Joseph smoking ban
Free Group Petitioning for Citywide Smokefree Ordinance
Smoke-Free Business for July
in Review: Council Drops Smoking Ban; Bridge Jumping Now ...
Smoking ban possible in Poplar Bluff
7 Stories: Smoking Ban Dropped in St. Charles
Charles City Council Drops Smoking Ban, May Require Signage
Charles City Backs Off Smoking Ban Proposal, Considers ...
Inn Celebrates Smoke-Free Move by Offering Discount to ...
finishes first smoke-free week
Smoking Ban AT Mizzou's Main Campus
Western goes smoke-free Monday
South Senior in SmilesLEAGUE All Star Game
years in, health advocates claim Springfield smoking ban is ...
public smoking ban presented to aldermen
proposes Dexter smoking ban
council votes to snuff out smoking in bars, restaurants ($$)
to become smoke-free on July 1
A colorful sign plastered on a yellow sandwich board in the middle of Speakers Circle congratulates MUs move to a 100 percent smoke-free campus, effective July 1. ... More than 1,000 universities in the U.S. have already adopted (with some yet to take effect) 100 percent smoke-free campus policies, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. ...
vote set for Monday's council meeting
Consider what a smoking ban will do to business
to vote on Smoke Free ordinance June 17 ($$)
The Sedalia City Council met June 3 for a brief council meeting where they discussed the Smoke Free Sedalia Ordinance, as well as the approval of several ...
group vows to push for petition
campus smoking ban on track for July 1st
Charles council listens to casino, not residents on smoking ban
approves smoking ban on 5-0 vote
to review proposed smoking ban
strong to retain casino's smoking privileges
Joseph City Council Backs Off Proposed Smoking Ban
smoking ban hot topic at council meeting ($$)
view: Smoking ban needed in OB
Smoke affects all exposed to it ($$)
Considers E-Cig Ban On Buses & Trains
But that same ban doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, or E-cigs, which are touted ... He does allow that evidence to this point seems to indicate that E-cigs are ...
Charles Smoking Ban: Officials Consider New Policy As Critics ...
Is a government ban on smoking an infringement on property rights? That's a central question that has emerged in the city of St. Charles, which had its final of three public hearings on the so-called "Smoke-Free Air Act" last night. As we reported earlier this month, the city is in the early stage of considering some sort of smoking-ban ordinance -- and in the process is exploring what kinds of businesses might be exempt.
Charles Weighs Smoking Ban Options
ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)- St. Charles City is one step closer to crafting
a smoking ban of some sorts. The question is whether there will be any
She predicts a smoking ban could reduce the casino`s
revenues by as much as ... He says the company in general opposes bans
and feels a business should ...
to discuss definitions of bars, restaurants for possible smoke
During a work session held last week on the possible smoking ban ordinance, questions about what classifies a bar or restaurant were brought up by several ...
Who is really blowing smoke? ($$)
Im probably going to wind up like King Lear roaring into the wind, but Ive just got to speak my piece about secondhand smoke. After three decades of being constantly bombarded with propaganda detailing how horrible secondhand smoke is, it may be hard to look at another side. But look I did and I was surprised at what I found. In the debate, the anti-smoking syndicate rolls out their now-familiar mantra that secondhand smoke is a health risk and the government should protect us from those toxic fumes in public places. I researched a few websites to see exactly how dangerous it really is and why the government should get involved. Some of the sources are from groups such as the EPA, the World Health Organization and the CDC. No doubt many of these points were buried deep within their respective studies, hoping that no one would find them.
teen goes to Washington to promote 'Living Smoke-free'
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Members of Show-Me People Advocating Living Smoke-free (PALS,) Missouri's youth-led tobacco prevention organization, have been named Youth Advocates of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for their leadership in the fight against tobacco. They will be honored with the national Group Award at a gala in the nation's capital on Thursday, May 2 along with a national winner, four regional winners, and a military winner.
The time for indoor smoking ban has come ($$)
Despite the clanging of the critics, it is way past time for Sedalia to have an across-the-board indoor smoking ban. And when you look at those critics' arguments, ...
74% of Missourians Ban Smoking in Their Homes
(KMOX) Do you allow people to smoke in your home? What about in your vehicle? A new national study finds nearly 82 percent of us ban smoking in our own ...
Electronic Cigarettes: St. Charles Ameristar Casino ...
for Smoke-Free Law to Speak to Chamber
Charles County GOP opposes smoking ban
Charles County Republican Central Committee votes to oppose ...
sparked bar brawl, police say
ban hearing in St. Charles brings out both sides
Ban on Casino Could Have Larger Impact on County - Kqtv
Smoking ban needs to come up for a vote ($$)
Session Planned to Clear Up Future of Smoking Ordinance
Smoking Bans? City of St. Charles Now Considering "Smoke ...
Ameristar Could Be Exempt From Smoking Ban if State Bill ...
invited to Monday's discussion on possible smoking ban ($$)
Ban Public Hearings Begin May 6
Charles hearings on smoking ban to begin May 6
The first of three public hearings on a possible city smoking ban will be at 7 p.m. May 6 at the City Council chambers at City Hall. The other sessions will be at 7 p.m. May 13 at the auditorium at St. Charles West High School, 3601 Droste Road, and at 7 p.m. May 20 at Memorial Hall in Blanchette Park, 1900 West Randolph Street. Details of a city bill have yet to be worked out but Mayor Sally Faith has said a prime goal is to exempt the gambling areas at the Ameristar Casino, which provides millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city every year. Council members also have indicated they will consider other possible exemptions, such as for bars, veterans' halls and bowling alleys....
Business owner, clean air activist react to smoking ban bill
lawmaker: Penalize bans on public smoking
Ban Debate Still Brewing in St. Joseph - Kqtv
Will Likely Decide Fate of St. Joseph Smoking Ban - Kqtv
St. Joseph's proposed smoking ban will once again get public comment. The St. Joe Frontier Casino's gaming floor was one of the bigger topics of the issue ... then after so many months they'll have to go non-smoking where they're at.
debates going smoke free
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - It's an issue that has split many areas of the country. Should smoking be allowed in public places? The city of Dexter Board of Alderman discussed the issue in a recent meeting.
Smoke-Free Act in Effect
As the city begins implementing its new smoking ordinance, some other communities are looking to follow Washington's lead. The Washington Smoke-Free Air ...
ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities
The smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Washington, Mo., officially came ... Most other communities with smoking bans are suburbs of Kansas City and St.
Bowl will go smoke free in June
Blue Springs, MO Lunar Bowl in Blue Springs will go smoke free in June. The bowling alley at 2001 N.W. Missouri 7 is voluntarily adopting a no smoking policy in all areas of the building, including the Blue Moon Lounge, on June 3, Lunar Bowl general manager Garry Cobb announced in a press release on Wednesday. Over the past few years, as cities adjoining Blue Springs have issued non-smoking ordinances, more people have an expectation that drinking, dining and entertainment establishments be smoke free. As a family-friendly business, Lunar Bowl has an added responsibility not only to its customers but its employees, 30 percent of whom are in high school, Cobb said in the statement. The Lunar Bowl staff believes this will be a positive change for the health of our customers, our employees and our community.
Stevenson wrong on smoking ban
discuss smoking ban
in Review: St. Charles Council Consider Smoking Ban ...
Too busy last week to stay up to date on all the news happening in St. Charles? Not to worry. Patch has your back. In case you missed them, here were some of ...
Charles council lights up discussion about smoking in public
In St. Charles County, Lake Saint Louis and O'Fallon have smoking bans, but efforts ... to place a countywide smoking ban on the ballot have been unsuccessful. ... Cronin sponsored bills in 2011 and 2012 that would have banned smoking in ...
Springs, MO Bans Smoking, Smokers Can Opt for ...
keepers would not apply in O'Fallon parks
approve public smoking ban in Excelsior Springs
to consider smoking ban in bars, restaurants, public buildings ($$)
gather for breathe easy
Free SLU puts on a 'grave' event
on Smoking Ordinance Show Favor for City-Wide Ban
Mo., smoking ban exempts corncob pipes
Council Sets Meeting to Discuss Future of Smoking Ban
lovers light up for National Smoke a Cigar Day
In Review: The Vine Gets Live Music, Grappa Grill Goes ...
just go ahead and ban smoking already
Sparks Massive Apartment Complex Fire
Tweaks Smoking Law
Bach, L.E.; Shelton, S.C.; Moreland-Russell, S.; Israel, K., "Smoke-free
workplace ballot campaigns: case studies from Missouri and lessons for
policy and media advocacy," American Journal of Health Promotion
[Epub ahead of print], March 4, 2013.
Purpose. To assess the key components of smoke-free campaigns that
may have influenced voting outcomes in three communities. Design. Community
case studies with content analysis of tobacco-related newspaper articles.
Setting. Three semiurban Missouri communities. Subjects. One hundred
eighty-one articles referencing tobacco published during the campaigns
and five key informant interviews. Measures. Articles were coded for
type, community referenced, tobacco control position, source of quotations,
use of evidence, and frame. Semistructured interviews with key informants
collected additional information. Analysis. Descriptive statistics were
utilized to examine media coverage in each community. Key themes and
events for each campaign were identified from qualitative interviews.
Results. The only community that failed to pass its initiative had the
highest proportion of letters to the editor (81.1%), anti-tobacco control
articles (34.2%), use of a rights frame (28.8%), no evidence used (36.9%),
no neighboring communities with policies, strong Tea Party presence,
and no support from the chamber of commerce. Across all communities,
more articles incorporating health frames were pro-tobacco control (70.7%)
and more articles with a rights frame were anti-tobacco control (62.0%),
compared to other positions. Conclusion. Several factors can influence
the policy process. Tobacco control policy advocates facing strong opposition
should consider the many factors (demographics, proximity to other adopting
localities, politics) driving the debate and use media as an avenue
to influence the discussion, connect with the public and policymakers,
and mobilize proponents.
Grill Goes Smoke Free
8: Lawmakers Still Smoke in Their Capitol Offices
EASY: Where there's smoke, there may be a smoke-free ...
Smoking Ban in Missouri?
Aired to City Smoking Law
Garden goes smoke-free
Business of a Smoking Ban, Part I
Law Would Mean Hollywood Casino Can't Go Smoke-Free Unless Ameristar
Does the Same
General Manager Fights Smoking Ban on Gambling Grounds
bill would protect smoking at St. Charles, Lemay and Maryland Heights
The bill would prohibit local smoking bans at casinos if smoking is
still allowed at a competing casino within 75 miles. It is sponsored
by Rep. Bill Otto, D-St. Charles, whose district includes the Hollywood
and Ameristar casinos.
Beat: This Valentine's Day, love your heart
says they have going proof smoke free makes communities healthier
House Republicans consider smoking provisions
owners weigh in on move to eliminate smoking ban exemptions in St. Louis
CLAYTON - Bar owners talked about freedom, fairness and personal responsibility
as they spoke out Wednesday about a proposal before the St. Louis County
Council to eliminate almost all exemptions to the countywide smoking
St. Louis County bar owners and representatives of at least
one county casino urged a county councilman not to remove exemptions
to a voter-approved smoking ban.
Ban: St. Louis County Small Businesses Fight For ...
students take action to promote tobacco-free campus
ifs, ands or cigarette butts: MIZZOU smoke-free policy prompts ...
for "All or Nothing" on St. Joseph's Proposed Smoking Ordinance
Riverside Cafe to Ban Smoking
Speaks Out on Proposed Smoking Ban Ordinance in St. Joseph
Joseph opens hearings on proposed smoking ban
is latest bar to close since Springfield smoking ban
fires up campaign to maintain tobacco-free campus
rights advocate pushes back against plan
Dept. announces initiative to reduce secondhand smoke
Should Rockin' Gators, Affton Businesses Be Exempt from ...
if you got'em
to ban smoking in Missouri Capitol offices fails
Total smoking ban in St. Louis County is a bad idea
Louis councilman wants to strike smoking ban exemptions
Ban in St. Louis County Casinos?
House Democrats ban smoking in their offices
Joseph Proposes Smoking Ban Ordinance with Public Forums
Saint Louis limits sale of tobacco paraphernalia
Smoke Hazard at Bingo
Saint Louis board considers new bill on tobacco paraphernalia
Missouri 46th in smoking cessation funding
cigarettes are safer than tobacco products, don't deserve ...
County group promotes smoke-free air
e-cigarettes in indoor public places
Moreland-Russell, S.; Cyr, J.; Benson, P.; Colditz, G.; Pulley, D.; Barnoya, J., "Study of secondhand smoke exposure in St. Louis City and County suggests need for comprehensive smoke-free Missouri law adoption," Missouri Medicine 109(6): 482-488, November-December, 2012.
This cross-sectional study provides information about secondhand smoke
exposure across the St. Louis metro area and perceptions and attitudes
about tobacco and health within the local hospitality industry. Results
from this study support the need for passage and implementation of comprehensive
smoke-free laws throughout Missouri, particularly in St. Louis City
and County where efforts to pass comprehensive smoke-free laws have
Aims to Create Smoke-Free Environment
University of Central Missouri to go tobacco free
of Missouri Moves Up Smoking Ban
School District Goes Smoke-Free
Weighs in on Possibility of a St. Joseph Smoking Ban
to draft smoking ban
or Foul: Rally for St. Louis; smoking in the park
'em while you got 'em
Smoker Can't Fight New Ban in Clayton, Mo.
to raise cigarette tax fails (again)
North Dakota Passes Smoking Ban, Missouri Rejects ...
B Fails: Missourians Vote Down Tobacco Tax Increase
keeps tobacco tax as the lowest in the nation
Missouri Ballot Measure Would Raise Cigarette Tax
Ahrens, Olson letter: Healthcare leaders support ...
health leaders rally for Mo. tobacco tax
gave month's pay to help fund smoking ban lawsuit
ST. CHARLES COUNTY - County Councilman Joe Cronin backed up his push
for a public vote on a smoking ban with more than just rhetoric. Cronin
confirmed Tuesday that he donated a month's net council salary ($666
and change) to help pay for the lawsuit that tried unsuccessfully to
return the council's smoking ban package to next week's ballot. Cronin
gave the donation to the Missouri Group Against Smoking Pollution, also
known as MoGASP, which funded the lawsuit filed by Don Young of St.
compels smokers to cough up for education
to become tobacco-free
endorses tobacco tax increase
Clearing The Smoke On Proposition B
change puts pressure on community
Save money and lives by voting yes on Prop B
Kids Ask School Board for Smoke-Free Campus Issue Tabled
issues pervade Missouri ballot measures
declines changes in smoking ban
Only four council members Monday night were willing to consider an
adjustment in the Rolla Smokefree Workplace Act, so the across-the-board
ban on smoking (with one exception) remains intact.
smoking tax opponents wary of Prop B
responds to smoking ban
cigarette tax increase put to voters
bans don't lead to less smoking
When a community bans smoking in public places, as St. Louis County did in 2011, ... Perhaps a ban simply makes smokers feel like a persecuted minority and ...
Association Battles Cigarette Tax Proposal
The Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store (MPCA) Association is on the offense last week, the group launched a billboard campaign to motivate residents to vote no on Proposition B, which would raise the states tobacco tax by 760%, ...
Increase tobacco tax
Court Voids $1.5M Verdict In Tobacco Death Suit ($$)
suggests allowing some smoking at night in local taverns
Six bars that were in business before the Rolla City Council's workplace smoking ban took effect Jan. 2 are hurting financially, according to one city councilman, ...
tax increases on Nov. 6 ballot
Forum on issues held by LS Chamber of Commerce
two cents on the smoking ban
I believe the smoking bans are a form of discrimination against us as contributing smoking Americans. One example for you is that if you stay in your car and ...
Efforts Will Keep East Central College Tobacco Free
...Flat screens in common areas feature a daily countdown until ECC goes smoke-free. Plus, faculty and staff have been encouraged to use the theme of the ...
ban would cost city, St. Charles officials say
tobacco tax backers plan school bus tour
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A grassroots effort to pass laws banning smoking
in public places in St. Joseph is taking their message to the city government.
Clean Air St. Joe has encouraged its supporters and volunteers to write
postcards - dozens of them - to the city's elected officials.
petition group may wait to see what St. Charles does on smoking ban
ban challenge ends
... 2011 smoking ban, officially ending the legal challenge filed by a local bar owner. ... to exempt bars and some other businesses from smoking bans statewide.
is a student right
Last week the faculty Senate approved a smoking policy to ban all tobacco products ... Banning all tobacco products seems a bit extreme, since those who chew ...
Senate endorses new campus smoking policy
... to discuss a new policy to make campus tobacco-free. The author of the policy, Dr. Christopher Bond, addressed the senators hoping to gain support. ...
Charles County judge rejects effort to place smoking ban on ballot
St. Charles County judge rejects effort to place smoking ban on ballot ...
ban won't appear on St. Charles County ballot
An effort to keep a smoking ban off the November ballot in St. Charles County has succeeded. St. Charles County Elections Director Rich Chrismer removed the ...
Charles County Won't Vote on Smoking Ban Proposal
St. Charles County voters won't have the chance to vote on a smoking ban in November after Circuit Judge Ted House decided Tuesday to pull the measure off ...
ban won't be on St. Charles County ballot
ST. CHARLES COUNTY - A countywide smokingg ban won't be on the November ballot, but a proposal for a county police department will go to voters, judges ...
smoking ban that wasn't
This is the case of the smoking ban that wasn't. ... best effort to provide that level, especially as opposed to banning smoking altogether. ... Mark Parkinson of Harvester has proposed that no community that bans smoking can benefit from the ...
ban, county police ballot issues before judges today
activist sues to put smoking ban back on St. Charles Co. ballot
Smoking ban hurts business owners
blasts St. Louis health director for letting MAC smoke
...No other city in the country has enacted a smoking ban and then willingly broken the ban to make an exception for one business, said Dr. Michael ...
COMMENTARY: Yes on tobacco tax for your children ...
Charles County Council Keeps Original Ballot Wording for Smoking Ban
The St. Charles County Council, at a special meeting Saturday morning,
decided to stand by its original bill calling for a charter amendment
in the form of a ballot proposition concerning a countywide ban on smoking
in enclosed public places.
meeting: County Council now stands by original smoking ban bill
Charles County elections chief, casino join smoking ballot fight ($$)
Chas. Co. Council move could limit smoking ban lawsuit
Legislation will be introduced Monday night to correct inconsistent language in the county ordinance passed last month that put a smoking ban package on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Charles County smoking ban blocked from ballot
The St. Charles County elections director on Tuesday removed a smoking ban propositions package from the November ballot, citing technical errors. Wording ...
question to ban smoking in St. Charles County will face legal ...
challenges vote on St. Charles County smoking ban
Citing technical errors, opponents of a smoking ban package filed suit Thursday to remove the two issues from the Nov. 6 countywide ballot. The suit, with bowling alley owner Terry Alexander as the plaintiff, alleges that the County Council committed the errors when it approved an ordinance putting the issues on the ballot.
higher ed board backs tobacco tax increase
Charles Co. smoking ban could be tough or lax, depending on ...
planned to keep smoking proposal off ballot ($$)
Smoking Ban? The Voters Will Decide in November
Voters will have the chance to vote on a county-wide smoking ban at
all indoor establishments Nov. 6. The ballot will ask voters to consider
banning smoking in ...
Charles County voters will decide on smoking ban, new county ...
O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis are the only cities in the county with smoking bans now. A single-question smoking ban exempting not just the casino but also ..
Charles County to put two controversial measures on November ...
The measures will let voters decide whether there should be a countywide ban on smoking, and whether the Sheriff's Department should be revamped into a ...
Charles Co. voters to weigh ballot measures
ST. CHARLES, Mo. St. Charles County votters will have a lot
on their plate Nov. 6 as they decide whether to approve a countywide
smoking ban and whether ...
Signatures Mean Casino-Backed Smoking Ban Vote Wont Be on November
Charles County looks at whether e-cigarettes violate no-smoking ...
While debate raged about a bill to let St. Charles County voters decide
on banning smoking in most indoor businesses, Jim Pepper lit his electronic
cigarette in the County Council chambers. Pepper, who opposes any rule
that would prohibit businesses from allowing smoking, exhaled after
taking a draw off the e-cigarette and a cloud of water vapor quickly
dissipated. He repeatedly smoked the e-cigarette during the council's
Aug. 13 meeting even after a smoking-ban advocate complained to a sheriff's
deputy. By Friday, county officials were looking into whether e-cigarettes
violate an existing ordinance prohibiting smoking in all county buildings.
groups renew push to ban smoking at casinos
Local health advocates said some of the biggest victims of smoking in casinos are employees who are exposed to secondhand smoke every day. Some casino ...
exempts seven from ban
Exempts 7 Businesses From Indoor Smoking Law
State University to Ban Tobacco Campus - August 15, 2012
The university will go smoke-free Wednesday, August 15. It's the culmination
of a process that started two years ago.
Charles County voters may see competing smoking bans on ...
Co. vote on smoking ban with widespread exemptions ... prohibit Missouri cities and counties from banning smoking in establishments where at least 60 ... St. CHARLES COUNTY o Separate efforts to restrict smoking countywide could mean ...
Smoking Bans In St.Charles
Dueling Smoking Bans In St.Charles. By Jason Rima ... That measure would exempt the casino and many bars and restaurants from the smoking ban.
Charles County Proposed Smoking Bans
St. Charles County Proposed Smoking Bans. Posted on: ... The other
ban proposal is the work of St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin.
His proposed ban ...
State University campuses are nearly smoke-free after 2 ...
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- As students return to Missouri State University for the fall semester, they're finding the campus is tobacco-free. The university began a ...
County Smoking Bans Could Be On November Ballot
St. Charles County voters may have two possible smoking bans to consider on the Nov. 6 ballot. ... This is his third time trying to place a smoking ban on a ballot. ...
Members Split on a Countywide Smoking Ban Vote
St. Charles County Council members weighed in on Councilman Joe Cronin's
third attempt at getting a countywide smoking ban placed on the Nov.
proposals filed for St. Charles County smoking ban
Two separate efforts to place some form of a countywide smoking ban on the Nov. 6 ballot in St. Charles County are catching fire. ...
Smoking Coming Under Scrutiny
"I don't think people realize casinos still allow smoking. ... Casino smoking will be the focus of a workshop on Monday as part of the annual National Conference ...
Petition Seeks Vote on Compromise Smoking Ban
The ban would allow smoking in businesses with a 21-and-over clientele
and businesses with a separate smoking area. Stricter smoking bans already
push is on to push smoking out of casinos
New push is on to push smoking out of casinos ... We want to be able
to have a conversation with you instead of fighting it out in legislative
hearings," Morrison ...New push is on to pus smoking out of casinos
include the American Cancer Society, the American Lung ... and bars
and other workplaces," said Bronson Frick of Americans for Nonsmokers'
groups in St. Charles County disagree with proposed smoking ban
filed to put smoking ban with exemptions on ballot in St ...
Area Community College Campus goes smoke-free
Charles residents should be protected from all secondhand smoke
Since the St. Charles County Council has failed to act and protect our citizens from secondhand smoke, Ameristar Casino and bar owners have banded together to create a bogus ordinance called the St. Charles County Nonsmoker Protection Act. They are using their employees to gather enough signatures to place the ordinance on the ballot this November. To get the effort started the casino has written a check for $50,000 and that is probably just the beginning.
City Council OKs tobacco-free zones near youth sports ...
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A policy establishing tobacco-free zones at the city's youth sports venues was approved by the city council following a recommendation from ...
State to abolish smokers' havens next month
A city-wide smoking ban took effect Sunday in Hannibal.
of Missouri Columbia Smoke Free in 2014
The University of Missouri at Columbia is going smoke-free in 2014.
... Bans on use, advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are
being enacted or ... A ban on use and advertising at the City University
of New York system goes into effect ...
Kayani, N.; Cowan, S.R.; Homan, S.G.; Wilson, J.; Warren, V.F.; Yun, S., "Economic effect of smoke-free ordinances on 11 Missouri cities," Preventing Chronic Disease 9, 2012.
This research study found that eight of 11 cities which adopted clean
indoor air ordinances in Missouri experienced increased taxable sales
in eating and drinking venues. The three other cities experienced no
change. The authors concluded that their findings were consistent with
findings from other studies.
ban- Smokers too often don't consider others
It was refreshing to read Mr. (Ryan) O'Reilly's thoughts about the
recent vote to sustain the Springfield tobacco ban. (Restrictions
are needed sometimes,June ...
Louis leans toward allowing smoking at Missouri Athletic Club
... downtown Missouri Athletic Club may wriggle free from the city's
smoking ban. ... It exempts a few kinds of locations: private residences,
casino gaming floors, ...
I support a one-hundred percent smoking ban, said City
Health Director Pam Walker, If it were up to me, nobody would
smoke, period. Not publicly, not ...
Louis City prepares agreement to let Missouri Athletic Club skip smoking
It appears that the 109-year-old downtown Missouri Athletic Club may
indeed wiggle out of the citys smoking ban. City leaders have
prepared an agreement which exempts the private, invitation-only establishment
long frequented by influential city judges, attorneys and politicians
from the year-old municipal no-smoking ordinance.
establishment is one of many in St. Louis County impacted by the smoking
ban, which went into affect [sic] in both St. Louis city and county
that day. According to ...
Springfield's year-old smoking ban is legal and does not violate the
rights of bar ... to exempt bars and some other businesses from smoking
SPRINGFIELD (AP) An appeals court said Springfield's smoking
ban is legal.
upholds Springfield smoking ban
Bar's attorney says he will ask state supreme court to hear case
upholds Springfield smoking ban
An appeals court says Springfield's smoking ban is legal.
SUE, INC., d/b/a Ruthies Bar v. CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Based on the foregoing we cannot say that the Ordinance prohibit[s] what the statute permits. The trial court did not err in granting the Citys motion for summary judgment. Point denied. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
EASY: Let's show some support for smoke-free air
Living and working in any community, it can quickly become easy to lose focus on some of the most important issues that can directly affect the daily life of the .
ban gets first action in court
It took five years for cases to come to court and sentences to be handed down, but Kirksville flexed its no-smoking ordinance for the first time with fines for both the owner and the bartender at a local bar as well as a suspended sentence for the smoki
Hadsall: Vote upholding smoking ban might show Joplin's future
Last week Springfield voters rebuffed an effort to pass a smoking ban that voters approved about a year ago. I've discussed the merits of bans and the illogical ...
for a smoke-free Hannibal
Hannibal residents must step outside of businesses to smoke beginning
July 1, and the American Cancer Society wants to make sure area businesses
are ready ...
Arguments Begin in Springfield Smoking Ordinance Appeal
On Tuesday, oral arguments were heard before the Missouri Court of
Appeals in a lawsuit brought against the City by a Springfield bar owner.
Court To Hear Springfield Smoking Ban
It looks like the courts have the final say on Springfield's voter approved citywide smoking ban. An appeals court will hear arguments today from Ruthie's bar on ...
court to hear Springfield's smoking ban case
SPRINGFIELD -- One year ago, Ruthie's Bar was bustling with customers;
it's a different scene at the virtually empty Commercial Street bar
have spoken and smoking ban is settled, City Council members say
Outside Springfield City Limits Benefit from Smoking Ban
Plenty of businesses have claimed a smoke-free Springfield is cutting into their bottom line, but some are using it to their advantage. Virgil's Bar off Missouri 13 ...
ban vote angers some
The decisive vote to continue a controversial Springfield smoking ban was met with anger and resignation on some fronts Tuesday evening.
reaffirm city smoking ban
Given a second chance to weigh in, Springfield voters turned out Tuesday to reaffirm their support for a strict ban on smoking in workplaces and public areas.
second time, Springfield approves smoking ban
Unofficial results show an attempt to repeal the April 2011 ban failed Tuesday by a vote of about 36 percent to 64 percent. ...
ban wins for second time in Springfield, Mo.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the second time, Springfield voters have approved a smoking ban in workplaces and public areas.
Smoking Ban Approved
The Springfield News-Leader reports support for the ban was stronger in Tuesday's vote than in the first election, when it passed with only 53 percent of the vote.
smoking election, ban supporters outspent, outraised opponents
Opponents and supporters of Springfield's smoking ban spent more than $50000 combined to persuade voters in Tuesday's election.
Day: Springfield Voters to Decide Fate of City Smoking Ban
A "yes" vote would repeal the current smoking ban, which
is the Springfield Smokefree Air Act of 2011 -- passed by voters last
June -- as well as its amended ...
SPRINGFIELD, -- This week voters in Springfield will decide if the
queen city should stay smoke-free. One year ago, voters approved the
no smoking ordinance.
In Greene County, voters within the Springfield city limits will decide whether to repeal the city's smoke-free law, passed by voters in April 2011. A petition effort ...
Will Decide Springfield Smoking Ordinance Fate Tuesday
Votes Will Decide Springfield Smoking Ordinance Fate Tuesday ... getting better under Springfield's smoking ban and businesses were seeing more customers. ...
'No' on repeal of ban
... Lynda Crowder: A retired Springfield vocal music teacher; a non-smoker
and two- time survivor of lung cancer caused by exposue to ...
on both sides of Springfield smoking ban have cash on hand
of Columbus Hires New Manager, Going Smoke-Free
The Washington Knights of Columbus Hall will have a new general manager
and a new smoke-free policy for its members' lounge beginning June 1.
night remains smoke-free despite exemption; smoking ban vote nears
The Bingo Emporium has brought back smoking on most nights for the
last few weeks, but one night remains smoke free. Springfield voters
will decide one week from today whether to lift the smoking ban, and
it could be the last vote on the issue. Some places became exempt with
city council's decision three weeks ago. Those exempt include cigar
bars, tobacco shops, private clubs and bingo halls.
A "yes" vote would repeal the current smoking ban, which
is the Springfield Smokefree Air Act of 2011 -- passed by voters last
June -- as well as its amended ...
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield voters are one week away from deciding
the future of smoking inside businesses and buildings inside the city
limits. Voters will ...
Business Journal Report: New details emerge regarding ...
During O'Neal's public service, he battled with an ailing police and
fire pension fund, balancing city budgets, and a smoking ban. But what
really sparked ...
Smoker Responds to Letter Writer
I am very aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke and the effects
of cigarettes in general. But none-the-less I can't quit. I've tried
many times. I asked my ...
gearing up for vote on whether to repeal Springfield's ...
against repeal of Springfield's smoking ban
It is terribly important that Springfieldians who favor the ban on
smoking in ... The two major arguments against bans are that they limit
freedom of choice and ...
indoor smoking ban passes final vote by divided City Council
After the months of debate and strong emotions that have surrounded the possibility of an indoor smoking ban in America's Hometown, the law enacting the ban ...
votes to restore language to 'no smoking' ordinance
Hannibal's "no smoking" ordinance was given second and final
reading during Tuesday night's City Council meeting, but not before
some language was restored that had been stricken two weeks earlier.
Disputes Smoking Bans
She wants to prohibit the state from dictating to businesses about
smoking bans in their establishments, whether it's a bar, restaurant
players 'luck out' with new smoking ban exemptions in ...
For the first time in nearly a year, smokers can light up inside. The change comes after Springfield City Council approved exemptions to the smoking ban for ...Smoke Shop Praises Ban Exemptions; One Air Alliance Narrows Focus
OzarksFirst.com - May 8, 2012
( Springfield , MO ) -- Smokers are lighting up under the newest version of Springfield 's smoking ban. Monday night, City Council passed changes to the ban, ...State: Springfield mayor abruptly resigns
Lakenewsonline.com - May 8, 2012
... made the announcement Monday after a long and contentious City Council meeting, where amendments to the city's smoking ban were approvedSpringfield City Council approve changes to smoking ban
Missourinet.com - May 8, 2012
The Springfield City Council has unanimously approved some changes to the city's ban on smoking. Exemptions have been granted to existing tobacco shops, ...Time to light up, for some. Springfield city council changes ...
KSPR - May 9, 2012
After contentious debate, what seemed like endless meetings, and multiple elections, city council made more changes to Springfield's smoking ban.
Bowling Alley Wants Exemption to Smoking Ban
"I certainly like some aspects of non smoking," says owner Steve Weimer. ... Weimer says ultimately the problem isn't really the non-smoking-- it's that now ...
tobacco shop applauds new smoking ban exemption
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Tobacco-oriented businesses that fall under new smoking ban exemptions wasted no time getting back to business as usual. Customers of "Just For Him" were lighting up cigars on Tuesday morning.
council OKs exemptions to smoking ban
(WTW) The Springfield City Council has agreed to exempt tobacco
shops, cigar bars and private clubs from the city's new smoking ban.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (WTW) The Springfield City Council has agreed to exempt
tobacco shops, cigar bars and private clubs from the city's new smoking
ban. The council voted Monday to also exempt bingo halls under some
circumstances and allow electronic cigarettes and theatrical performances.
Jessica Hutson, co-owner of the Just For Him cigar and pipe shop, speaks
against the smoking ban at a city council meeting on Monday, March 12,
The Missouri House is considering a measure that exempts bars, tobacco
shops and bingo parlors from smoking bans.
Her measure would
also prohibit cities from regulating electronic cigarettes. Leach said
her proposal restores the exemptions to public smoking regulations ...
The City Council unanimously approved a series of amendments to the
citys smoking ban on Monday, granting exemptions to existing Springfield
tobacco shops, cigar bars and private clubs. Bingo halls also gained
an exemption under certain circumstances, and electronic cigarettes
and theatrical performances no longer are covered by the ban.
Springfield City Council Monday agreed to some exemptions to the city's
year-old ban on smoking in most public indoor spaces. Those exemptions
are for bingo halls, cigar bars, tobacco shops and private clubs. Electronic
cigarettes used in theatrical productions also will be allowed. ...
The Hazelwood School District (HSD) officially no longer accepts any
form of smoking or tobacco on its premises from adults or students.
( Springfield , MO ) -- Moments before now-former Mayor Jim O'Neal
resigned, City Council unanimously passed changes to Springfield 's
Possible amendments include exemptions for electronic cigarettes, smoking
during theatrical performances, bingo halls and tobacco shops that existed
Council Faces 10 Amendments to Smoking Ban
Proposes Limiting Smoking Bans
A Missouri legislator wants to restrict municipalities from limiting
smoking in establishments that receive at last 60% of retail sales from
alcohol, entertainment or tobacco, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Melissa Leach's bill would allow places like casinos, bowling
alleys, billiard parlors, bingo halls, movie theaters and bars to have
exemptions from smoking ...
bill would restrict smoking bans
A Springfield, Mo., legislator is proposing to prohibit Missouri cities
and counties from banning smoking in establishments where at least 60
percent of retail sales come from alcohol, tobacco or entertainment.
While some in attendance might have been hoping some sort of
option would be given to establishments with a large percentage of smokers,
the amended version only removed two paragraphs that essentially explained
that the dangers of secondhand smoke were based on scientific studies.
HANNIBAL, Mo. An ordinance that would eliminate smoking in all
indoor public places had its first reading before the Hannibal City
Council Tuesday night, with a final vote expected May 15.
1 on the Hannibal ballot Tuesday asks voters if they want to ban smoking
in all indoor public places and in city-owned vehicles.
The City of Hannibal is a step closer to a city-wide smoking ban. Tuesday
night, the Hannibal City Council heard a first reading on the ordinance,
which bans smoking in all public indoor places and any ...
Kayani, N.; Cowan, S.R.; Homan, S.G.; Wilson, J.; Warren, V.F.; Yun, S., "Economic effect of smoke-free ordinances on 11 Missouri cities, " Preventing Chronic Disease 9: E106, May 2012.
Results: Eight of the 11 cities had increased taxable sales for eating and drinking establishments postordinance. The remaining 3 experienced no change.
Conclusion: The findings of our study are consistent with findings from most published economic studies that a smoke-free ordinance does not harm a local economy.
City Council Mulls Amendments To Smoking Ban
A number of proposed exemptions to last year's city-wide smoking ban
have been lumped together into a pair of amendments. City Manager Greg
Burris says both ...
The Springfield City Council met in a special session on Monday to
talk more about amending the city's voter-approved ban on smoking in
most indoor public ...
( Springfield , MO ) -- Springfield 's smoking ban and possible amendments
continue to be the focus of City Council conversations.
to Consider Smoking Ban Amendment Bills Monday
group hopes to reduce smoking on playgrounds
Western still looking at becoming smoke-free campus
Missouri Western State Universitys governing board on Wednesday
signed off on a resolution that supports further research into becoming
a tobacco-free campus.
According to the Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation,
as of April 1 there are 704 campuses that have gone 100 percent smoke-free.
Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma have ...
vote yet on amendments to Springfield smoking ban
Springfields City Council inched closer Monday to amending the
year-old city smoking ban, but the amount of progress was less than
planned. ... to vote on the amendments, which include exemptions for
electronic cigarettes, theatrical productions and a handful of tobacco-related
The Springfield City Council is considering loosening the smoking ban.
Now possible amendments to the ban in front of Springfield City
Council include exemptions for tobacco shops, e-cigarettes private clubs,
bingo parlors and ...
Springfield's smoking ban is one step closer to going before voters
again in June.
and zoning issues and a series of amendments to ...
Council members will hold public hearings on the proposed changes
to the smoking ban, which goes to voters in June for possible repeal.
Amendments up for discussion tonight would remove electronic cigarettes
from ... Exemptions for tobacco shops, private clubs and bingo halls
also have been ...
They include exempting e-cigarettes, as well as deciding whether to
include theater productions, cigar bars and private clubs in the ban.
comments on Hannibal smoking ban
People on both sides of Hannibal's smoking ban spoke to the City Council on Tuesday night. Andy Shipley with the VFW Post # 2446 asked the council to exempt ...
Hannibal city council issue a smoking ban waiver?
...He didn't support the ballot issue that posed question as to whether there should be a smoking ban enacted in America's hometown.
could amend smoking ban
City Council is moving closer to amending the Springfield smoking ordinance, but the results may leave advocates on both sides of the ban unsatisfied.
bans continue to be implemented across the state: MUs own smoking
ban is currently scheduled to be implemented next fall
law could make O'Fallon pipe-free city
ban- Citizens voted, so get over it
Good morning, after reading ... headlines regarding the smoking ban
I was appalled. We put it to a vote once [and] the people of Springfield
said they wanted a smoking ban. We got it. I approve of it; just as
I approve of the E-Verify as well. The petitions were put out in both
cases. We won in both cases. ...
to smoking ban still under discussion
Despite some confusion Monday night, several council-backed amendments
to Springfield's smoking ban are still in the works, in one form or
City Council postpones smoking discussion
Five potential exemptions to the Springfield smoking ban were scheduled
for public hearing Monday night, but the council voted to postpone the
It'll be another two weeks before city leaders discuss possible exemptions
to the city's smoking ban. Springfield City Council held public hearings
for five separate bills (see below) Monday night; they would allow the
use of electronic cigarettes, ...
Springfield City Council got underway Monday night with five amendments
up for discussion, each regarding last year's city-wide smoking ban.
It wound up tabling all but one of them until further notice. The exemption
for e-cigarettes moved forward without issue. It'll get a vote in two
weeks. However, exemptions for tobacco stores, theatrical productions,
SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield City Council on Monday night tabled
four of the five proposed amendments to the smoking ordinance.
amendments to Springfield's smoking ban top the agenda ...
Springfield, MO - Although Springfield voters will consider whether
to repeal the city smoking ban in June, the City Council tonight will
hold public hearings tonight on a handful of exemptions to the law,
even before the vote.
The exemptions, each it's own separate
bill, would allow the use of electronic cigarettes, allow smoking in
tobacco shops, cigar bars, private clubs and ...
Will there be amendments to Springfield's smoking ban?
the proposed changes, removing the ban on electronic cigarettes, allowing
smoking in dedicated tobacco shops and permitting smoking in private
ban- Memo missed on whiny election
Can someone please explain to me the point of having a vote on the
smoking ban last April? Last year, the voters of Springfield
were given a choice to ...
smoking ban sparks debate
By Lauren Richardson A new smoking ban was passed in Hannibal after
much debate between both city officials and community members.
Voters in Hannibal on Tuesday approved an indoor smoking ban that had
been ... The law bans smoking in all indoor public places and in city-owned
City ordinances protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke are nothing
new. ... passed by the people in April 2011, prohibits smoking with
By DANNY HENLEY On Tuesday, the voters spoke in regard to wanting public
spaces in Hannibal to be smoke free. On Wednesday, many of the same
people were ...
proposal passes in Hannibal
When the smoke cleared following Tuesday's municipal election, voters in Hannibal let it be known they don't want to encounter smoky conditions in public spaces. Voters approved Proposition 1 by an overall margin of 1,653-1,309.
to go smoke-free; indoor ban gets 55.8 percent approval
... -free later this year after Proposition 1's indoor smoking ban passed in Tuesday's municipal election.
night in Missouri
One of the most controversial issues in Hannibal is the question of whether the city should ban smoking in public places. Organizers behind putting the ...
Koster's support gives momentum to raising tobacco tax
For several months, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said, an essay he wrote has been tucked away in his desk. It's a newspaper opinion column that argues that it's time for Missouri lawmakers to raise the lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax.
approach is needed
Tobacco taxes and smoking bans haven't budged the US smoking rate in
years. Now the government is trying to shock smokers into quitting with
a graphic ...
proposal passes in Hannibal
When the smoke cleared following Tuesdays municipal election, voters in Hannibal let it be known they dont want to encounter smoky conditions in public spaces. Voters approved Proposition 1 by an overall margin of 1,653-1,309.
to go smoke-free; indoor ban gets 55.8 percent approval
HANNIBAL, Mo. Hannibal will go smoke-free later this year after Proposition 1's indoor smoking ban passed in Tuesday's municipal election.
The ballot measure, which proposed banning smoking in all indoor public
places and in city-owned vehicles, received 1,653 yes votes (55.8 percent)
to 1,309 no votes in Marion and Ralls County combined ...
view: Support the indoor smoking ban at the lake
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -- I wish to call on all citizens to support HB 1352, the Indoor Clean Air act, that is currently in the Missouri House of Representatives. They were prepared to implement a smoking ban last summer before realizing how ... has increased in establishments since smoking bans have gone into effect.
ban- Tobacco corporations confess to offenses
The recent articles about the attempts to get the smoking ban repealed
have brought out my desire to voice my opinion. I dont think the
smoking ban goes far enough, but then my opinion could only be carried
out by federal lawmakers. Allow me to explain. ...
By DANNY HENLEY While the smoke-free proposal on Tuesday's ballot is
... Dornberger believes the smoke-free issue will help bolster Tuesday's
St. Louis County banned smoking in workplaces and restaurants but exempts certain bars, casinos and clubs. Teri Thompson and her family own and operate the ...
leaders look into changing initiative petition process
The initiative petition scheduled for the June election-- to repeal the smoking ban--was driven by Live Free Springfield. The face of the organization is ...
Public Health Tip for today: A healthier America begins with living
Every Day, nearly 4,000 young people try their first cigarette and
approximately 1,000 will become daily smokers. More than 80 percent
of adult cigarette smokers start before their 18th birthday. Children
of parents who smoke are twice as likely to become smokers themselves.
You can also advocate for smoke-free and tobacco-free policies
that improve indoor air quality, reduce negative health outcomes among
cites potential health benefits
Hannibal, MO On Tuesday, April 3, voters of Hannibal will determine
the fate of a smoke-free ordinance in the city.
beliefs swirl around proposed smoking ban in Hannibal
Big (Tobacco-Related) Threat to Missouri's Budget You've Probably Never
and Cons of Proposition 1
Smoking in bars would become illegal if voters approve a proposal
that the ... The dangers of second hand smoke have been well established
over the last 50 ...
of Mexico property tobacco-free
Mexico, Mo. The City of Mexico is committed to providing a healthy,
safe, comfortable and productive environment for its employees and visitors.
For years, all city buildings have been smoke-free. But now, due to
new policy, tobacco chewers will have to find another place to enjoy
their snuff as well.
continue to implement public smoking ban
The City Council has not discussed a smoking ordinance. ... Missouri is almost completely surrounded by states with public smoking bans, with Oklahoma, ...
to the ballot: Businesses in Springfield speak about smoking ...
Voters approved a ban on smoking in most indoor public places last
April, and businesses have differing opinions. by Linda Russell, ...
smoking ban headed to voters: ordinance on the ballot in June
The fate of Springfield's smoking ban is again in the hands of voters.
The City Council on Monday voted 4-5 against repealing the ban, automatically
(AP) -- Springfield residents will be asked to vote on a smoking ban
again. The City Council on Monday voted against repealing the new ban,
which sends the ...
The City Council on Monday voted against repealing the new ban, which
sends the law to another vote in June. Opponents have been trying to
repeal the ban ...
This comes after the group Live Free Springfield collected thousands
of signatures on an initiative petition to overturn the "Springfield
Smokefree Air Act ...
You'll get the chance to decide whether you want to repeal the city-wide
smoking ban that was voted in last April, but that's where the simplicity
A proposal brought up in last Mondays Senate meeting discussed
the prospect of making the university a smoke-free campus. The tobacco-free
policy received mixed feelings from the Senate. ... A tobacco-free proposal
was put forth by the chair of the Governmental Relations ...
The measure calls to replace--and essentially repeal- the smoking ban
that went into effect less than a year ago. The bill backers said they
will be ...
city council could vote to repeal smoking ban tonight
The OFallon City Council voted to table an ordinance that would have created new regulations for the sale of tobacco paraphernalia in the city, at Thursday nights meeting. ...
ban amendments could pass muster with City Council members
Council members asked that several of the smoking ban amendments discussed
Thursday be drawn up as formal bills that could be considered as early
as April 9. To pass, each would need unanimous support.
for the use of electronic cigarettes that emit water vapor but not smoke.
One Air Alliance and other supporters of the April ban have said they
Two groups work toward placing a some form of a smoking ban before
St. Charles County voters in ... O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis already
have smoking bans.
5:56 pm The Alibi Lounge, 2109 N. Glenstone Ave., 865-3700: DJ Wildman
Gene, 8 pm-1 am- 5:06 pm The smoking ban's impact on sales tax revenue
air in Rolla businesses
The air has cleared and is significantly safer to breathe at six public
places where it had been harmful before the citys smokefree workplace
ordinance took effect Jan. 2.
Writing in his report, Cowan concludes;
Before the ordinance, employees in public places that allowed
smoking were exposed to 374 percent the established ...
The group behind the petition to repeal Springfield's indoor smoking
ban is rejecting a compromise offered by One Air Alliance. That's the
group that pushed ...
Butts Day' campaigns to ban tobacco from all high schools
There will be cards for passers-by to fill out which will be sent to various school districts urging them to go 100 percent smoke-free.
Free Springfield' Not Satisfied With Proposed Smoking Ban Compromise
(Springfield, MO) -- The group Live Free Springfield held a news conference
Tuesday, responding to One Air Alliance's latest proposition regarding
Springfield's smoking ban. ...
smoking bans could be on St. Charles County ballot
Proponents of our current smoking ban can and will cite health statistics
ad nauseam to show you that smoking is bad for you. In other news, water
is wet ...
Im hearing those rumors again. Some of the staff at The Griffon
News have told me that the smoking ban is being promoted again. How
many times do students have to say no by voting down a smoking ban.
proposal would take tobacco out of prisons
Legislation that would ban smoking in the state's corrections system
has led to some interesting discussion in the House Corrections Committee.
City Council discusses repeal of smoking ordinance
The possibility of amending the smoking ban adds a third option to a discussion so far defined by extremes. Approved by voters after a petition drive by One Air Alliance, the April ordinance bans smoking -- tobacco as well as herbal or electronic cigarettes -- virtually anywhere indoors where people work.
idea that City Council might approve a repeal of the April ...
The possibility of amending the smoking ban adds a third option to a discussion so far ... the April ordinance bans smoking - tobacco as well as herbal or ...
ban- Tobacco industry only beneficiary
The certificate says tobacco use contributed to his death. He started
smoking when he was 13 years old. His older brothers smoked.
Push Being Made To Make St. Louis County Smoking Ban Stricter
St. Louis Countys health department is launching a media campaign
costing more than a quarter million dollars aimed at the exemptions
currently provided by the countys smoking ban. They say they arent
allowed to lobby for legislation, but concede this sounds a lot like
a political campaign.
The decision to plan for and institute a campus-wide smoking ban has
been a long process, and at this point, whether or not students support
a campus-wide smoking ban or not is now irrelevant. The smoking ban
will be instituted.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton wants to make campus completely smoke free
by 2013, instead of 2014 as originally planned. By Elise Moser Director
of Student ...
... is reminding Springfield city council that a simple majority vote
isn't enough to consider a petition to repeal the smoking ban passed
Air Alliance issues legal opinion: Unanimous vote needed to repeal smoking
If the City Council wants to approve a citizen petition to repeal the
April smoking ban, it will have to do it unanimously, according to a
legal opinion ...
suggests community support for indoor smoking ban
A community survey conducted by Clean Air St. Joe found that 70.1 percent
of residents polled would support an indoor smoking ban in bars and
Ban Headed To Springfield Ballot
It looks like voters in Springfield will get a chance to repeal that
controversial no smoking ban approved last year. The group called Live
Free Springfield ...
... which broadly prohibits the use of tobacco products or electronic
cigarettes in any indoor area where people work or the public has access.
The Springfield city clerk says a petition seeking to repeal a new
smoking ban in Springfield contained enough valid signatures to force
a new vote on the ...
The Springfield city clerk says a petition seeking to repeal a new
smoking ban in Springfield contained enough valid signatures to force
a new vote on the ...
A petition to overturn Springfield's ban on smoking in most public
places has enough signatures to force the City Council to take action.
to repeal Springfield's smoking ban certified by city clerk
10, 2011, when bartenders told him the smoking ban had taken effect. / News-Leader file photo, 2011 Springfield's indoor smoking ban will be back on the
the Editor: Putting out a problem
Boone County, St. Louis County and City and a growing number of other
municipalities around the state have enacted smoking bans. They're generally
smoke or not to smoke: Council members say public vote is best way to
settle controversial topic
flaw in the petition submitted to replace the smoking ban
SPRINGFIELD -- Less than a week after Live Free Springfield submitted
a petition in the hopes of replacing the current smoking ban, we learn
of a flaw in ...
in Osage Beach to decide on smoking ban
director says Tobacco Free is in line with tax law
St. Louis County's health director, Dr. Dolores Gunn, said Thursday
that an anti-smoking organization had broken no tax law in its use of
federal grant money. The organization, Tobacco Free St. Louis, is using
$545148 from a federal stimulus grant for anti-smoking efforts. Bill
Hannegan, an opponent of smoking bans here, had complained that Tobacco
Free was lobbying the County Council on the smoking issue. ...
Foes of the comprehensive Springfield smoking ban passed in April will
know within the next several weeks whether they have enough signatures
to force a vote on a repeal. ...
to repeal smoking ban submitted
Opponents of the indoor smoking ban voters approved in April turned
in an initiative petition this morning seeking a repeal. Dave Myers,
of the group Live ...
Collected More than 4000 Signatures in an Effort to Reverse Springfield's
Springfield, Mo A new list of signatures could mean an end to
Springfield's smoking ban. On Thursday, members of the group against
the ban will submit a ...
smoking ban targeted by group hoping for repeal
Opponents of the expanded smoking ban that took effect in June say they've gathered more than enough signatures to put a repeal of the ordinance before ...
Cox, C.C., "Economic impact of a smoke-free ordinance on bars and restaurants in a small, rural, Missouri community," Missouri Medicine, January/February, 2012.
This study found that a clean indoor air ordinance in Kirksville, Missouri,
a rural community of 17,000 with a community college, did not negatively
impact bar, restaurant, and other venues businesses. The taxable sales
revenues of eating and drinking places in Kirksville increased by 7.3
percent with an average quarterly increase of $413,842, post smokefree
exemptions concentrated in high-risk communities
During Tobacco-Free Awareness Week, community leaders came together
to draw attention ... Now, thanks to a new analysis conducted by Tobacco-Free
St. Louis, ...
University bans smoking on campus
The university, located in Town & Country, has not allowed smoking
in buildings on the main campus for some time. Now, it is not allowed
on the grounds of ...
Free St. Louis Pushes for Complete Smoking Ban
By Maggie Rotermund Tobacco-Free St. Louis will push the St. Louis
County Council to expand the current smoking ban in the county to eliminate
exemptions to ...
O'Mara, D-Florissant, made his comments in response to a call Thursday
morning by community leaders working with the Tobacco-Free St. Louis
Coalition to ...
... exempted from St. Louis County's public-smoking ban are in areas
with the highest ... to the majority of county establishments that have
Tobacco Free St. Louis is calling on the county council to get rid
of 145 exemptions to the ban. Some bars, restaurants and casinos are
wants St. Louis County to end smoking ban exemptions
The establishment is one of many in St. Louis County impacted
by the smoking ban, which went into affect in both St. Louis city and
bingo gets pass
to Clayton outdoor smoking ban rejected
sends smoking restriction proposal to voters
Terry Thompson, a co-owner of the Broadway Bar, speaks in opposition to a proposed smoking ban during Tuesday night's meeting of the Hannibal City Council. ...
Saint Louis alderman may challenge Brazil in primary
Brazil is a staunch opponent of government-imposed smoking bans and voted ... his stand against a smoking ban has widespread support among his constituents. ...
Central to Go Smoke Free in 2013
The request for the smoke-free policy was made on behalf of the college's
AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Process) Action Project Committee.
Charles County Council rejects smoking-ban ballot issue
The latest push to let voters decide on a countywide smoking ban was
extinguished Monday night at the St. Charles County Council. ...
ban in St. Charles County appears to be going up in smoke
Ameristar has said such a ban would have dire impact on its business.
"Smoking bans have always had a detrimental impact to our business,
typically causing ...
Asked to Consider Smoking Law
He stressed that he is not asking for the council to consider a smoking
ban, but rather a "smoking ordinance." Such an ordinance could
be written in many ...
ban issues could be on ballot in Missouri city
is Back: Countywide Smoking Ban Proposal to be Reintroduced
St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin (R-1st District) will introduce two bills on a countywide smoking ban. One would place a countywide smoking ban on the ballot. If passed by voters, it would ban smoking in all public places with a few exemptions. ...
Charles County voters would decide separately on smoking ban, casino
exemption under new proposal
Voters would get to decide whether to snuff out smoking, and whether gamblers should be excluded from a ban in bills that county leaders will consider on Monday. ...
Charles County tries going smoke-free, again
St. Charles County has had a tough time getting a smoking ban approved, but smoke-free advocates said they will try again. ...
Springfield City Council member Cindy Rushefsky explains to members of the media why she won't vote for any changes to the smoking ban. ...
unaware of restriction
Advocates of the smoking ban did not prominently tout that electronic cigarettes would be banned under the proposal, likely because they realized that it ...
council refuses to consider changes, opponents say they will ...
After the Springfield City Council refused to consider any changes to the city's new smoking ban, opponents said they would start a campaign to repeal the ...
scrapped after Rushefsky says she'll oppose any smoking ...
12:04 pm Springfield zone 2 City Council member Cindy Rushefsky explains to members of the media why she won't vote for any changes to the smoking ban after ...
will have to change Springfield no-smoking ordinance city ...
The City Council will not change the voter-approved smoking ban. ...
The ordinance bans smoking in nearly all businesses and other places
in the city that ...
ban back before council
At least a half dozen potential changes are up for discussion today
when the City Council meets to consider possible amendments to the smoking
ban approved by Springfield voters in April. ...
bars request smoking ban exemptions
Meanwhile, smoking ban supporters such as One Air Alliance and
the national group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights have sent letters
opposing any change, which would require an unanimous vote of the council.
ban changes spark debate
Smokers at the Crawford County Courthouse will have a designated area,
but no amenities to that space. Although Crawford County Commissioners
had decided at their final meeting of September to set up a designated
smoking area on the southwest corner of the courthouse, to furnish it
with a picnic table and to cover it with a small carport, Presiding
Commissioner Leo Sanders reported at the October 4 meeting that hed
had a number of people express their opposition to that plan. ...
rules against Ruthie's bar in lawsuit over Springfield anti-smoking
A Greene County judge ruled Wednesday that the city's voter-approved
anti-smoking ordinance does not conflict with a state law. The ordinance
went into effect in June after voters approved it in April. It prohibits
smoking in businesses and other indoor places where the public is welcome.
A Greene County court has upheld the city of Springfield's smoking
ban, but the court challenges are likely not over. ...
Group's luncheon on Nov. 8 will include debate on changes
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-10-13
Written by Amos Bridges News-Leader
With the six-month moratorium on changes now expired, City Council
is scheduled to begin discussing a number of requested amendments to
the public smoking ban passed by voters in April. ...
Asking City Council to Make Changes to Springfield Smoking Ban
smoking ban proves elusive in St. Louis County
Ten Month Review Holds Some Surprises
SMOKING We wrote two columns, a before and an after on the St. Louis County smoking ban. They both focused on Smitty's, a bar restaurant tucked away in a
groups ponder a healthier Missouri
Charles Executive Ehlmann stands by smoking ban veto
Shelters Get Council Approval
Beach On Verge Of Passing No Smoking Ordinance
Ozarks City Considering Indoor Smoking Ban
bar sees business pick up 16%
Despite the added chore of sweeping cigarette butts from the sidewalk
out front, Springfield's smoking ban has been a boon for downtown bar
Finnegan's Wake. ...
News-Leader staff talked to workers and patrons at more than 20 local
bars, restaurants and businesses about the impact of the indoor smoking
ban that took effect in June. Here's what some of them said: ...
In June, Jean Doublin predicted she couldn't keep the doors open to
Ruthie's Bar beyond July if the smoking ban went into effect. ...
A few business owners say they are suffering
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-08-14
Amos Bridges News-Leader
Despite continued grumbling, most Springfield businesses appear to
be complying with the indoor smoking ban that took effect June 11. ...
St. Charles County Smoking Ban Bill Likely Will Wait Another Month
bill introduced in St. Charles to ban smoking from all indoor ...
Smoking Ban Changes Won't Come Immediately
Bans Smoking in Public Places Starting 2012
ban 'worst case scenario' may not be happening in Springfield
It's now been nearly two months since the city's voter-approved smoking
ban went into effect. ...
Council Hears Pitch to Expand Smoking Ban
veto of smoking ban election stands
Osage Beach smoking ban favored ($$)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. About 68 percent of those responding to a survey
on a proposed smoking ban said it would not harm restaurant and bar
owners revenues. ...
Defers Action On Smoking Shelter Ordinance
Mulls Smoking Shelters
Bolivar enact a smoking ban at all city-owned facilities?
filed over new ban
area casinos fail air quality test, health groups say
wants casino exempted from any smoking ban
Charles County Councilman Questions Smoking Ban Exemptions
Missouri goes smoke-free
trickle in as smoking ban takes effect
More than four days after Springfield's new smoking ban took effect, city staff have logged just three complaints. ...
blocks St. Charles County smoking ban
Pat Edwards, owner of the bar, fears the recently passed smoking ban in O'Fallon will hurt small bars like hers. David Carson firstname.lastname@example.org ST. CHARLES COUNTY -A countywide smokiing ban is in doubt after County Executive Steve Ehlmann on ...
Charles Missouri Vetoes Smoking Ban
"I would urge all smokers to be more considerate of non-smokers,
and all business owners to ban smoking from the workplace." The
reason for the ban in casinos, cigar bars and hotel rooms is to protect
the health of employees and all non-smokers,
City council approves pit bull ban
Violations Among Complaints Over Smoking Ban
Vote on Countywide Smoking Ban Concerns Some Business Owners
Those for and against the county's proposed smoking ban apparently
will have to wait until Wednesday for County Executive Steve Ehlmann
to sign or veto the St. Charles County Smoke-free Air Act. The County
Council voted 4-2 on May 31 in favor of ...
ban, pit bulls on Webb City agenda
Two proposed ordinances that have drawn controversy in Webb City will again be before the City Council today. ...
Smoking ban smells like a step forward
Take a deep breath. ...
smokers enjoy cigarettes up to last minute
Springfield's smokers enjoyed their cigarettes and cigars until literally the last minute Friday. ...
smoking ban takes effect
Sweeping new restrictions on smoking took effect early this morning after a Greene County judge decided to not block implementation of the ban approved by Springfield voters April 5. ...
will initially focus on educating businesses about Springfield smoking
City officials tasked with enforcing Springfield's new smoking ordinance expected some grumbling. ...
hospitals decide not to appeal Big Tobacco ruling
snuff out cigarettes as new smoking ordinance takes effect
Springfield smokers snuffed out their cigarettes after midnight Friday at bars and restaurants as the city's new smoking ordinance went into effect. ...
at Ruthie's react to judge's ruling
About a dozen regular patrons of Ruthie's Bar were feeling disappointed
and a bit angry at judge's decision this afternoon to uphold Springfield's
smoking ordinance that will take effect at 12:00 Saturday. ...
City staff aren't planning an early morning crackdown on smokers, but
will follow up with business owners if complaints are filed about violations
of the new smoking ban that takes place at 12:01 a.m. ...
A Greene County judge has decided not to delay implementation of Springfield's
new smoking ordinance. ..
officials prepare for city smoking ordinance
promises ruling on smoking ban by Friday
Will Springfield's smoking ban take effect early Saturday, or be delayed by a bar owner's lawsuit? ...
Seminars Available Today
to defend smoking ban at hearing today
will limit smoking outdoors in Escanaba
A new ordinance underway in Escanaba will prohibit smoking outdoors
within 100 feet of all city parks, ball fields, basketball courts, tennis
courts and ice rinks as well as other recreational areas and outside
city buildings. ...
The St. Charles County Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to allow voters to
decide whether they would ban smoking in all public buildings, including
bars and restaurants. ...
ban could ignite controversy
smoking ban looms, details discussed
Charles Co. 'Smoking Ban' Likely Ballot Bound
It was knock-down, drag-out, as smoking ban opponents tried to shout-down
moments of the meeting. Waves of applause volleyed from side-to-side
of the ...
Leaders Talk Smoking Bans
hold smoking ban summit today
leaders meeting today on coordinating smoking bans
Bans Still Smoldering in St. Louis, Surrounding Counties
things we'd like to see happen this week
Smoking Ban Being Pondered For Osage Beach
City council places smoking ban on agenda
The City Council will again consider an ordinance for a citywide smoking
ban in public places. ...
Vote Likely in St. Charles County
Charles County considers smoking ban
To smoke or not to smoke?
Ban Bill Picks Up Council Support in Work Session
A smoking ban bill picked up three things needed to put the issue before
St. Charles County voters. Three council members opted to co-sponsor
Councilman Joe Cronin's smoking ban measure bill during Mondayâ€s
County Council work session. ...
ingredient under fire in St. Charles County
blocks second vote on O'Fallon, Mo., smoking ban
Mo., smoking ban foes seek another election
Just 15 days after voters passed a comprehensive smoking ban, opponents
on Wednesday disclosed plans to gather signatures to spur another election
on the issue. A group called Repeal The Ban notified the city of its
intention to petition for a referendum on the ban at a special election
in November. ...
view: Webb City council fails constituents
City Council rejects smoking ban
AROUND: Lingering toxins: The coming debate over third-hand smoke
neighboring Springfield could see more business from smoking ban
OUR OPINION: Big decisions, small turnout
In O'Fallon, the county's largest city, the fact that an apparently
well-organized citizen group's initiative to ban smoking in public places
passed easily was less surprising than the number of people who voted.
Last fall, the Smoke-Free O'Fallon coalition collected more than 1,900
signatures on petitions to force the City Council to adopt the ban or
place it on the ballot. On Tuesday, however, only 19.7 percent of O'Fallon's
50,681 registered voters cast a vote on Proposition S, which passed
by a count of 7,217 (72.6 percent) to 2,726. Its backers made a huge
councilman complains to IRS that anti-smoking group violated tax-exempt
A city councilman here has complained to the Internal Revenue Service
that Tobacco-Free St. Louis, a prominent anti-smoking group, has violated
its status as a tax-exempt organization. He said the group did that
by participating in the campaign that successfully persuaded voters
last Tuesday to approve a strict smoking ban. Councilman Jim Pepper,
2nd Ward, who opposes the ban, on Friday noted the group's $250 donation
to the pro-ban campaign. The group has absolutely no business
making a contribution in a political campaign, he said. Pepper
also noted Tobacco-Free St. Louis has a contract with St. Louis County
that should affect the group's tax-exempt status. ...
react to newly approved O'Fallon ban
Voters on Tuesday approved a law banning smoking in enclosed businesses,
including bars and restaurants. The law takes effect 60 days after election
results are certified. ...
St. Louis Faces IRS Complaint Over Lobbying, Campaign Contribution
Jim Pepper is complaining to the IRS that an anti-smoking agency has crossed the line. ...
from Nixa: People, businesses in Springfield will be able to adapt to
Springfield's city-wide ban on smoking inside a business or private
club goes into effect in just over two months. The city is not the first
in the area to ban smoking, however. Soon all the bars and grills all
over the city, and every other business, will be doing what places like
Coyote's Nixa Grill did a few years ago -- adapt. ...
Missouri council member considering changes to strict smoking ban
Ban Now City Council's Decision
Webb City voters say they want to ban smoking in public. Action 12's Morgan Schutters spoke with Webb City officials about the next step. ...
Now focus on transition to smoke-free Springfield
Come June 6, we will all be able to breathe a little easier. ...
New Smoking Ban Will Likely Close One Business
The fight isn't over; that's the sentiment those against Springfield's
smoking ban are touting. ...
results lead to slew of new questions
possible in St. Charles County
ban: Businesses hope hobbies will trump the habit
Smoking Ban Sees Cheers and Challengers
bans pass in 3 Mo. towns, fail in 1
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that three towns gave approval
to smoking bans in Tuesday's election. But a ban in Cape Girardeau was
defeated by a ...
Tie-Breaking Vote Rejects Smoking Ban Exemption Bill
groups push to ban indoor smoking
Councilman Taking on Anti-Smoking Groups
Cape Go Smoke Free?
spar over effect of proposed smoking ban in city parks
With Election Day looming, the back-and-forth over a proposed Springfield
smoking ordinance flared Friday. ...
push for supporters, opponents of proposed Springfield smoking ban
Supporters and opponents of the proposed indoor smoking ban are spending
the final days before the April 5th vote getting a last word in. ...
Issues to know in St. Charles County
booster group, BJC finance O'Fallon, Mo., anti-smoking campaign
City voters to decide straw poll on smoking ban
ban a limit on freedom but a big step forward for Springfield
group defends donation
didn't fight for irresponsible
group collects $83,000 to Stand Up Cape's $3,050
Citizens for a Smoke-Free Cape on Monday reported total contributions
of nearly $83,000, almost all of which came from the American Cancer
Society, to persuade voters to pass a citywide smoking ban next week.
tonight over proposed smoking ban
smoking ban draws funding beyond Springfield
proposal awaits O'Fallon voters' choice
York oppose state "right-to-work" law, support citywide vote
on smoking ban
Proposed ban would close local businesses
fear loss of tax, business revenue if smoking ban is approved
In the battle over the proposed Springfield smoking ban, much of the
sparring has centered on the potential costs to businesses, charities
and residents. ...
The ban will level the playing field for restaurants and bars, which
is important to fostering competition. And the evidence suggests that
businesses in other cities with such bans do just fine, if not better,
after the law is enacted. ...
Is it an issue of public health or civil liberties? ...
What do Springfield-area residents say about the proposed smoking ban?
Interviews show views among average voters as divergent as advocates
working for and against the measure. ...
ban issue heats up in Cape Girardeau
Ten days away now until Election Day and both sides of the smoking
ban proposal are squaring off. ...
ban would be among state's strictest
Like the ordinances going before voters in Cape Girardeau, O'Fallon
and Webb City, the Springfield proposal is based on model language distributed
by Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights, a California-based lobbying organization
Area nurses endorse smoking ban
The Heartland Advanced Practice Nurses Network on Saturday announced
its endorsement of the smoking ban that will be decided by voters on
April 5. ...
FourStates Homepage (KSNF, KODE) (Joplin, MO), 2011-03-26
WEBB CITY, Mo. -- Local voters will soon weigh in on a smoking ban,
just two weeks away in Webb City. Both sides are passionate about their
opinion. Action 12's Morgan Schutters has the details. ...
Jefferson City News Tribune, 2011-03-26
Two Jefferson City businesses have become the first to have complaints
lodged against them for violating the citys smoking ordinance.
On Friday, the business owners pledged they will now comply with the
to amend St. Louis County's smoking ban in nursing homes introduced
A bill to change the way St. Louis County's smoking ban applies to
nursing homes and similar institutions was introduced Tuesday in the
County Council. ...
Cape Girardeau voters will decide in the April election if all public
establishments in the city should be required to provide a smoke-free
environment. This is an important decision voters will make, one in
which individuals on both sides of the issue bring valid arguments.
. . . ...
Springfield voters will decide April 5th whether they want new rules
to target smoking in businesses, near playgrounds, and even at smoke
issue resurfaces at St. Charles County Council
A County Council member wants to require bars, restaurants, stores
and other businesses countywide to post signs explaining whether smoking
is allowed or prohibited by the proprietor. ...
groups rally against proposed smoking bans
in Missouri cities campaign on smoking bans
forum panelists named
ban opponents file as campaign committee
Louis County health officials will use federal stimulus money on smoking
St. Louis County health officials will spend federal stimulus money
to help persuade the county council to strengthen the county's smoking
ban. The officials want the council to remove exemptions about workplaces,
bars and casinos from the ban. ...
battle: Four Missouri cities considering smoking bans next month
According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, nearly 48 percent
of the entire US population already live under bans in all workplaces,
Town Cape Board votes to oppose proposed smoking ban
Election day is one month away and the smoking issue in Cape Girardeau
is beginning to heat up. At their regular meeting on Thursday, the Old
Town Cape Board of Directors voted to oppose the proposed smoking ban
ordinance over concern for rights of individual business owners. ...
lover files suit against Clayton's ban on smoking in parks
On Thursday, while puffing on cigars on the sidewalk abutting Shaw
Park near downtown Clayton, Gallagher and his legal team announced they
had filed a suit challenging Clayton's ordinance. The suit, filed Wednesday
in U.S. District Court, argues that the ban denies Gallagher his constitutional
rights. In specific, it cites the 14th Amendment's due process and equal
protection clauses. ...
Southeast Missourian - March 4, 2011
Two days after the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce announced its support of two April ballot issues to fund a new wastewater treatment plant and its opposition to a proposed smoking ban, Old Town Cape has followed suit. ...
Girardeau chamber votes to oppose citywide smoking ban
Those fighting a proposed smoking ban gained an influential ally Tuesday when the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose the ban, which it called "overly restrictive" and an "issue of individual rights and government intervention."
The chamber's board voted 16-2 to oppose the ban, which would prohibit smoking in all public workplaces, including bars, restaurants, private clubs and casinos. The election is April 5.
The chamber, which has around 1,200 members, released a statement Tuesday that asked voters to consider whether they believe government should dictate legal activities like smoking on private property.
"There is concern about growing government intervention into private business," said John Mehner, chamber president and CEO. The chamber said in the statement that customers have a choice as to what businesses they support and that, in the work environment, people are only subjected to secondhand smoke by choice.
The proposed ban also does nothing to protect those who don't have a choice -- children who live in homes with smokers, the chamber said. Instead, the chamber said it is more important to work with employers to offer smoking cessation programs.
The chamber also rejected claims that a smoking ban would affect business, saying there is no definitive evidence either way.
The group that is pushing for the smoking ban, Citizens for a Smoke-Free
Cape, issued a statement expressing disappointment after learning of
the chamber's position. Chambers of commerce in other cities have supported
smoke-free workplace laws, including Louisville, Ky., Bloomington, Ind.,
Kansas City, Mo., Indianapolis and Chattanooga, Tenn., the group said
in its statement. ...
County expands smoking ban
The Cole County Commission has adopted an ordinance to ban smoking
on county property. ...
strengthens smoking ban
Clayton officials have made the city's smoke-free ordinance stronger to make it more difficult for people to light up in hotels and private clubs following ...
pays fine, says it won't violate Clayton smoking ban again
CLAYTON The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis on Wednesday agreed to pay a fine of $300 and court costs of $26.50 for violating Clayton's smoking ban by proceeding with the hotel's annual Cigar Club ball.
The Ritz also agreed to comply with the city's ordinance in the future, said Clayton Police Chief Tom Byrne.
That apparently means the end of the Cigar Club's annual black-tie ball in the hotel's ballroom ...
ban foes seek funds for campaign
A political action committee formed to oppose an expanded Springfield smoking ban is holding a fundraiser tonight.
Dave Myers, chairman of Live Free Springfield, said the event, which features local musician Art Bentley, will mix entertainment with information about the April 5 ballot issue.
"We're gonna have some speakers and resources and get people some information so they can make their own decision," Myers said. "The language in the legislation itself we feel is very important -- we need to let the people know exactly what they'll be voting for or against." ...
lawmakers propose to ban tobacco use anywhere on prison grounds
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Some Missouri lawmakers want to snuff out cigarettes at state prisons.
Bills filed recently in both the Missouri House and Senate would prohibit smoking or the use of tobacco products anywhere on the grounds of state correctional facilities.
One of the sponsors is Republican Sen. Jim Lembke of St. Louis, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says the proposed tobacco ban is a financial issue.
Lembke says the cost of medical care for prisoners has risen significantly. And he says two chief causes are cardiac problems and cancer, which are associated with tobacco use.
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 13 states
currently prohibit the use of all tobacco products both indoors and
outdoors on the grounds of correctional facilities ...
smoking ban proves a burden for nursing homes
CLAYTON St. Louis County's new smoking ban is proving to be a great inconvenience for nursing homes, operators say.
The ban included an exemption that allows smoking in residents' rooms if all occupants agree. But state law requires that all smoking be supervised in nursing homes.
That was not a problem when smoking was permitted in common areas. But nursing home operators say they do not have enough personnel to supervise smoking in individual rooms.
Last week, Cheryl Wilson, director of the Long Term Care Ombudsman
Program in Brentwood, wrote to members of the County Council to ask
them to revise the ordinance to allow smoking in designated areas of
the facilities. The ombudsman program is federally funded and oversees
long-term care facilities ...
ban, wastewater plant topics at informational meeting tonight
group forms to combat Springfield smoking ban initiative
SPRINGFIELD, Mo Smoking in public places--including restaurants, bars, and businesses--could become a thing of the past in Springfield if voters approve a measure banning it in April.
Before you turn in your ballot, Live Free Springfield will be pushing their message to get you to vote no on the initiative.
"Live Free Springfield believes that it's about government intrusion,
we think it's about liberty and freedom. We believe it's about property
rights," said Dave Meyers, Chairman, Live Free Springfield.
Meyers and other members of Live Free Springfield believe people have the right to choose whether to patronize smoking establishments, and businesses have the right to prohibit smoking or allow it.
"It's all about liberty. It's all about freedom," said Meyers
In Works Challenging Clayton Smoking Ban in Public Parks
The 25-page complaint against the city of Clayton is already written
and ready to be filed in federal court. All attorney Bevis Schock needs
now is a couple more plaintiffs. ...
Ban Might Expand to Prisons
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) One Missouri legislator wants to ban all tobacco products at state correctional facilities. Representative Chris Molendorp says its a cost issue.
We are seeing a spike in inmate health care. There is a direct
correlation to inmates health and what taxpayers have to pat to care
for them. said Representative Molendorp ...
smoke exposure amendment added to workers' comp legislation
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate approved final amendments to a bill revamping the state's workers' compensation programs on Wednesday that could allow for claims to be made for illnesses arising from exposure to secondhand smoke.
The bill prohibits workers' comp claims for other prolonged exposure to chemicals or inhalants, but Sen. Robert Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, won approval of an amendment to exempt exposure to secondhand smoke from the ban. ...
denies American Legion smoking ban exemption
The Brentwood Board of Aldermen denied American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101 an exemption that would allow cigarettes and the vets who smoke them back inside the hall.
If the exemption isn't granted, the post's first vice-president Leo
Lang said, the hall's doors could close by April. Aldermen could reconsider
the exemption ...
Cancer Society makes $10000 in-kind contribution to smoking ban group
Smoking ban would slash risk of death by reducing building fires
Anything that can reduce or bring about the end of smoking, I support.
Now here's why: During my 25-year career with the Springfield Fire Department, in every position from firefighter to chief, I lost count of the number of bodies I helped carry out of burned structures where it had been determined the fire was caused by smoking ...
ban takes effect Monday
Jefferson City businesses will be smoke-free starting Monday.
Like a similar ordinance in Fulton, Jefferson Citys ordinance is 100 percent complaint-driven, said Nathan Nickolaus, city attorney ...
clears the air
gets first ticket for violating Clayton's smoking ordinance
CLAYTON - The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis has received the first citation for violating Clayton's 7-month-old smoking ban for allowing guests at the annual Cigar Club formal party Saturday night to light up.
A Clayton police officer handed the ticket to Ritz general manager Patrick Franssen that night, and Police Chief Thomas Byrne also dropped by the hotel.
Byrne said Franssen said the hotel's attorneys believed it had not
violated the ordinance, specifically noting a section of the law allowing
a hotel to exempt 20 percent of its rooms. The lawyer, Byrne said, considered
the ballroom to be one of those rooms ...
woman files ADA complaint about smoking in Capitol
A Fenton woman has filed an Americans with Disability Act complaint about smoking in the Missouri Capitol after the House voted to allow members to keep lighting up in their offices.
In her complaint, Rossie Judd alleges she is "being denied meaningful
access to the House of Representatives as a result of its policy that
allows members to smoke in their offices." ...
smoking, alcohol bans head to voters
Springfield, MO - the meeting featured votes on several controversial
issues, chief among them petition initiatives seeking bans on indoor
smoking and alcohol sales in some movie theaters.
approving the issues or sending them to voters April 5, the council
voted 6-0-1 to put both to a public vote. ...
calls for toughening up county smoking ban
ban opponents launch web site
The group of Cape Girardeau residents and business owners have launched a web site encouraging people to vote no to the proposed smoking ban on April 5. Have a look here.
The group, which calls itself "Stand Up Cape, What's Next?", claims on the site that the proposed smoking ban is "destructive to rights and freedom; will hurt business and tax revenue; is unfair to city business owners; is written by paid lobbyists, not locals; is too restrictive and goes to far; is based on lies and propoganda."
The site allows people to read the ban in its entirety. ...
to repeal smoking ordinance lacks support
A petition to repeal Fultons new indoor smoking ban failed to gather the nearly 800 signatures needed to place the issue back before local voters in April.
We have submitted that information, but I dont look for it coming out on a positive result I know we didnt have enough signatures, said B&N Accounting owner Deby Fitzpatrick, who headed the effort.
Fulton City Clerk Carolyn Laswell confirmed Friday that the petition had only 453 signatures from registered Fulton voters, and will not appear on the April 5 ballot.
Jody Paschal, owner of Gidleys Shoes in downtown Fulton, said one reason the petition failed is because those supporting it did not campaign sufficiently.
We only put out five or six booklets, and we didnt go door-to-door; we werent out in the public pushing it, Paschal said. We may not give up on it just yet, though. I think the second time around we would have to form a committee and really go door-to-door.
We approached it incorrectly, but you live and learn." ...
City Council Prepares For Debate on 60-65 Development, Smoking Ban
... Also on tomorrow's agenda is final action on the proposed smoking ban in Springfield.
Earlier this month a group called Clean Air Springfield generated enough signatures to put their petition before the council.
Council can potentially pass that smoking ban tomorrow, or what's more
likely is that the issue will go on the April 5th ballot ...
air is far cleaner since Kansas imposed smoking ban, study says
The air in Kansas bars and restaurants is now as fresh well, as clean as all outdoors, thanks to the states six-month-old indoor smoking ban.
And despite complaints from some bar owners, Kansas Citys indoor smoking ban, in effect since June 2008, has had little, if any, impact on the amount of business done by the citys eating and drinking establishments.
These are the findings of two sets of studies released Friday by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City on how smoking laws are affecting health and the economy.
Kansas is among 28 states that ban indoor smoking at restaurants, bars and other businesses. Missouri doesnt have a statewide ban, although some locales, such as Kansas City, have their own laws ...
club members divided over smoking ban
Terry Masters and Mike Gentry lit their first cigarettes as soldiers on the battle fields of South Vietnam.
Four decades later, the combat veterans have found themselves on opposite sides of a much smaller skirmish -- a proposed smoking ban that will go before Cape Girardeau voters April 5.
If approved, the ban would prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants, casinos and -- here's the rub -- private clubs.
The private clubs provision would include places like the Eagles Club, the Elks Lodge and the Cape Girardeau Country Club.
The ban would also be enforced at a club Masters and Gentry frequent, a place reserved for veterans who have served during times of war: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838. ...
St. Louis City Bars and Clubs That Have Applied for a Smoking Ban Exemption
Okay, St. Louis puffers, you asked for it -- and here it is: the unofficial list of city bars that have applied for an exemption from the smoking ban.
A quick word of caution: This is not a list of places that have officially
been declared exempt, but rather a list of bars whose owners believe
they should be. In other words, the managers of these joints will continue
letting patrons light up until they're told not to by the city's health
department. The list also includes tobacco stores and hotels. ...
to decide on smoking ban
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) Cape Girardeau voters will decide April 5 on a measure that would ban smoking in all public places, including bars and casinos.
The Southeast Missourian reports the city council voted unanimously at a special meeting Friday to put the issue on the April ballot. The decision came after a motion to postpone the decision for a week failed on a split vote.
Councilman Mark Lanzotti had suggested waiting a week to see if a compromise
was possible that would allow smoking in establishments that allow only
people older than 21 years old to enter ...
in Cape? City council takes next step tonight
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A special city council meeting has been called for Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:15 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall.
On Monday, January 10, the Cape Girardeau city council considered an ordinance calling an election to adopt an ordinance known as the Cape Girardeau Smoke-Free Air Act.
A group, Breathe Easy Cape Girardeau, submitted the necessary petitions. The ordinance on Monday failed on a 4-3 vote based on the need for a super-majority vote as required by the city charter.
"It took a few days of research to find out a way of doing this," said City Manager Scott Meyer. "So we came up with a process, and got information to all council members. We are calling them back to take another look. It's important that they take action, and that we are in compliance with the charter." ...
sets special meeting Friday to settle smoking ban ballot issue
A special council meeting has been scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at city hall, 401 Independence St. The council will consider two proposed ordinances -- one that adopts the smoking ban outright and a second that sends it to a citywide vote April 5. The proposed ban would prohibit smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants.
City manager Scott Meyer said he and his staff sought legal advice and studied the city's charter before preparing the report.
"We pored over it and dissected it from a lot of different angles,"
Meyer said. "We boiled it down to find a way to make sure we meet
the charter, and that was the focus here." ...
to vote on smoking ban
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield residents will be asked to decide whether smoking should be prohibited in the city, and whether some movie theaters will be barred from selling alcohol.
The Springfield City Council on Monday night tabled ordinances on both issues, meaning both issues will likely be on the April 5 city ballot.
A group called Clean Air Springfield is pushing the ban on smoking in all indoor spaces accessible to the public or workers. ...
reps rule out smoking ban for offices
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The number of places Missouri state representatives can smoke is dwindling, but they will still be allowed to smoke in the confines of their Capitol offices.
The House Rules Committee on Tuesday passed the rules the House will run by for the next two years. Included in the list of changes to previous rules was the banning of smoking in the rear (east) lounge area, immediately behind the House chamber.
The common area is a place for representatives to retreat from the floor for conversations with other lawmakers, a chance to make phone calls and check messages, and even, at times, grab a quick nap. It was also where, since smoking was banned from the House floor in the late 1980s, representatives could light up without penalty.
But in recent years, more and more representatives have objected to
the smoky atmosphere of the rear lounge, while some have even become
physically ill. ...
Mo., smoking ban set for April 5 ballot
O'FALLON, MO. -- It's now certain: O'Fallon, Mo., voters will decide on a proposed smoking ban at the April 5 election.
Under the city charter, an election on the issue - spurred by an anti-smoking group's petition drive - could have been averted had the City Council gone ahead and used its authority to pass an identical measure by today.
But the council failed to do so at its last meeting Dec. 22 and its next regular meeting won't be until Thursday. A special meeting could have been called in the interim but that didn't happen.
The ban would prohibit smoking in most enclosed public places, including all bars and restaurants. ...
Girardeau smoking ban not advanced
The Cape Girardeau City Council did not put a proposed smoking ban on the April ballot, leaving the future of the issue unsettled.
Three members of the council voted against the proposal Monday night, meaning it didn't get the five votes required to put the initiative petition on the ballot.
City Attorney Eric Cunningham told the Southeast Missourian that he's
not sure what happens next. The city charter requires that certified
initiative petitions must be put on the ballot if the council doesn't
adopt them. But that is supposed to happen within 60 days of receiving
a petition, which left only April 5 for a possible election date ...
funds $1.9M smoking study for Missouri
A county-level study of tobacco use and associated diseases among Missouri residents is currently under way across the state. The results will lead to the first-ever comparison of progress within counties to reduce the impact of tobacco use on Missourians' health.
The telephone study will reach more than 52,000 Missourians and is
a partnership of Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), the Missouri
Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS), ICF Macro International
(Macro), and the University of Missouri Health and Behavior Risk Research
Center (MU) ...
Louis Smoking Ban: Still Confusing In Week Two
Girardeau City Council agenda 1/10/11
* An ordinance calling a special election in the city of Cape Girardeau
on the question of whether to adopt an initiative ordinance known as
the "Cape Girardeau Smoke-Free Air Act," to prohibit smoking
in indoor workplaces and public places; designating the time of holding
the election; authorizing and directing the city clerk to give notice
of the election. First, second and third readings. ...
in play at bowling alleys
CLAYTON The St. Louis County Department of Revenue appears to have rolled a gutter ball when it exempted some bowling alleys from a smoking ban that took effect on Jan. 2.
The alleys had claimed that they met one of the county's eligibility standards for an exemption in that they were "drinking establishments" with food sales that accounted for less than 25 percent of their income.
However, the county classifies bowling alleys along with sports pavilions, gymnasiums, health spas, boxing arenas, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, outdoor athletic fields, and outdoor and indoor roller and ice skating rinks as 'sports arenas," where smoking is expressly prohibited by the smoking ban ordinance.
On Thursday, the county's director of revenue, Eugene Leung, conceded that his staff jumped the gun in granting the exemptions.
"In our haste to process everything, I don't think we did it correctly,"
Leung said. "We went to the definition of a drinking establishment
rather than a sports arena." ...
admits mistake in smoke ban exemptions
CLAYTON, MO (AP) - When St. Louis County went smoke-free this year, it granted an exemption to bowling alleys.
Now, the county's director of revenue admits it was a mistake.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that bowling alleys had
claimed they met one of the county's eligibility standards for an exemption
because they were "drinking establishments" with
But the county classifies bowling alleys as "sports arenas." Smoking is prohibited by the new smoking ban ordinance in sports arenas.
The county is sending health inspectors to the bowling alleys. If the
inspector determines that the exemptions should be rescinded, the businesses
can appeal and have the right to a hearing ...
> Casino lounges get smoking ban exemptions
The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday granted two lounges in Harrah's casino in Maryland Heights an exemption from the county's new smoking ban.
Harrah's serves only drinks in its VooDoo Lounge and a piano bar.
The vote on the exemption bill was 4-2 with newly-seated Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, abstaining. Dolan declined to vote on any bill that was up for final passage.
He said after the council meeting that he did not have enough information on them.
The council also reduced the time dog and cat owners can leave their pets tethered outdoors. The measure would cut tethering time to eight continuous hours from 10, and a total of nine hours in 24 hours from 12.
It would prohibit tethering dogs or cats outdoors unattended when temperatures reach 90 degrees or more or fall to 32 degrees or less ...
McGraw - St. Louis Smoking Ban
St. Louis, MO (KPLR)
Library expands smoking ban
COLUMBIA, MO. -- An expanded smoking ban took affect on Monday at the Columbia Regional Library.
No smoking is allowed anywhere on library property from this day forward.
Columbia Public Library officials have always gone along with the City of Columbias smoking ordinance, which means no smoking inside the library building or within 20 feet of an entrance. ...
and most bars in St. Louis go smoke free
(KMOV) -- With the ringing in of the new year comes new smoking laws for restaurants and most bars in St. Louis city and county.
All restaurants and most bars in the St. Louis are now smoke free thanks to a voter approved smoking ban back in 2009. The ban went into effect at the beginning of this year.
Some bar owners are embracing the ban saying it will bring in customers who do not want to smell like smoke when they leave the bar. Other bars are seeking exemptions and if granted, signs would have to be posted at every door to the facility explaining that the bar allows smoking.
A bar must make less than 25% of its revenue from food sales in order to apply for an exemption. Casinos and private clubs are already exempt.
The ban also includes Lamber Airport. The smoking lounges once found near the entrance of the airport are gone and smokers must go outside to smoke. That means going through security again on the way back in.
St. Louis County is also spending $7.6 million in federal grant money
for a public awareness campaign and smoking cessation programs including
a hot-line where smokers could talk to someone about quitting ...
council drops smoking ban proposal
OPLIN, Mo. (AP) The Joplin City Council has snuffed out a proposal to place a workplace smoking ban on an election ballot.
Representatives from Smoke-Free Joplin said they might launch an initiative petition drive in response to the council's action. The group wants to ban of smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and private clubs.
The council agreed to put the issue up for a vote, with exemptions
for outdoor patio smoking and private clubs. ...
Girardeau City Council wants closer look at smoking ban
The Cape Girardeau City Council wants to take a closer look at a ballot measure that will likely ask voters in April to ban smoking in all public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos.
The council briefly discussed the smoking ban proposal at its meeting Monday night but ignored the topic of what effect the ban would have on Isle of Capri's $125 million casino that will be built on North Main Street.
"I'd like to take the opportunity to digest this," council member Mark Lanzotti said. "It's a decision we're going to have to make, but we've got time."
But not much time.
The council was told that the petition signatures calling for a vote of the people was certified Friday. City attorney Eric Cunningham said that means the council has 60 days from Friday to act. ...
says voters should decide smoking ban
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Members of the group behind a push to ban smoking in Cape Girardeau bars, restaurants and other public places stated their case at Monday night's city council meeting.
Stating "health reasons" as their main intention, members spent just a few minutes pleading their case to the city council. Council members made no decision Monday on how to approach the proposal, but must do so in the coming weeks.
The council's options are to pass the smoking ordinance as-is, or have voters decide on the April ballot. Mayor Harry Rediger said he doesn't speak for all council members, but he thinks the voters should be the ones to decide.
"I really don't think it's a council decision issue I think it would be best decided on a vote of the people, and I really anticipate that's where that's going to go," Rediger said. ...
ban could deter visitors to future casino
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The $125 million dollar Cape casino is coming to Cape at the same time something else may be leaving: ash trays.
The casino will be home to three restaurants, an observation deck and
over a thousand gaming machines ...
Field to Eliminate Smoking Lounges
...St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced today that the lounges will be phased out as part of the smoking bans going into effect January 1 in St. Louis and St. Louis County. ...
chief again outlines enforcement of indoor smoking ban
Fulton Director of Administration Bill Johnson has said a number of times over the past few weeks that the city is not going to be overzealous in enforcement of the new indoor smoking ban in Fulton. During a special question and answer session Thursday at City Hall, Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers reinforced that stance.
When asked by one of the business owners present what happens when a person or business is found in violation of the ban, Myers echoed Johnsons refrain that enforcement will be primarily complaint-driven.
My guys wont be stalking bars writing tickets. We dont have the time, Myers said. If we get a complaint, well respond to write a ticket, but if we have a wreck or something, that is going to take priority.
He said when a business owner or manager receives a complaint about
an individual in violation of Fresh Air Fultons ordinance
which was passed by Fulton residents on Nov. 2 with a vote of 1,439
to 1,233 they must ask that person to put out their cigarette
or leave. If the individual refuses, then police should be called. ...
ban back for council action
JOPLIN, Mo. Several issues that have attracted public attention, including a smoking ban, polycart trash service and a temporary homeless shelter, are scheduled for City Council discussion or action Monday.
A discussion is scheduled on what action to take regarding a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in most workplaces.
A ban in all workplaces was proposed by Smoke-Free Joplin, a local organization that asked the council to pass an ordinance. But the original ordinance ran into opposition from some local bar and restaurant owners and the Elks Lodge, because it would have forbidden smoking on outdoor patios and at private clubs. ...
Girardeau City Council to discuss smoking ban's casino effects Monday
The new casino and the proposed smoking ban, two of Cape Girardeau's biggest issues, are on a collision course, and the Cape Girardeau City Council plans to address them both tonight.
However, there may not be much the council can do other than watch the whole thing play out.
On Nov. 2, the day Cape Girardeau voters were approving a proposal to allow Isle of Capri to build a $125 million casino, a group of residents were busy collecting enough signatures at polling places to put a measure on a citywide ballot that would ban smoking in all indoor public places, especially bars and restaurants.
The language also includes casinos. ...
seeks smoking ban exemption for Harrah's lounges
CLAYTON The St. Louis County Council will consider whether to exempt two lounges at Harrah's casino in Maryland Heights from a county smoking ban that will take effect Jan. 2.
County Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett, D-Overland, said she will introduce a bill Tuesday that would amend the smoking ban to exclude the lounges.
The ban already exempts the casino floor. It also excludes bars in the county where no more than 25 percent of total sales for food and drink come from food ...
Fulton residents fuming as smoking ban goes into effect
The ban, which Fulton voters approved with 54 percent of the vote on Nov. 2 and went into effect today, includes provisions that prohibit workers from smoking in company vehicles and keeps people from smoking while in their vehicles in a restaurants drive-through.
smoking ban takes effect today
A discussion session intended to answer questions from local business owners regarding the new indoor smoking ban which takes effect today in Fulton provided a few surprises Thursday.
The biggest of those was restrictions regarding employees ability to smoke in their own vehicles.
That issue was sparked when someone asked about customers smoking in drive-thrus. According to Sec. 93-6 of the ordinance written by Fresh Air Fulton and passed by voters on Nov. 2, smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of ... operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited, so as to insure that tobacco smoke does not enter those areas.
So if a customer is smoking, do I ask them to put it out? the business representative asked.
The answer Im going to give you today is yes, but its complaintbased, director of administration Bill Johnson responded.
The question then was asked if people were in violation of the ordinance if they are smoking in their car, which usually is considered private property ...
Q&A reveals more restraints
A discussion session intended to answer questions from local business owners regarding the new indoor smoking ban in Fulton provided a few surprises for those in attendance Thursday afternoon. ...
and Smoking Ban
Just in case you missed it, the new Mayor, and some on City Council, have decided that a smoking ban in private businesses would be in the citizens best interest.
Now that the heat is being turned up on the issue, my sources are telling me that the Mayor is looking to have the issue brought up on a ballot initiative. As an aside, one of the things I always admired about the previous Mayor, Richard Stratman, was his leadership in the face of public heat. Stratman loved to say that, "you make a decision and stand by it." If I heard him say it once, I heard him say it a million times.
The new Mayor and Council brought this issue up ...
Fulton Businesses Speak on the No Smoking Ordinance
The City of Fulton hosted a question and answer session Thursday about
the No Smoking Ordinance that was passed in November.
Girardeau smoking ban could be on April ballot
A group looking to place a citywide smoking ban on the April ballot in Cape Girardeau has cleared a significant hurdle, with city clerk Gayle Conrad confirming Tuesday the petition initiative has more than enough legitimate signatures to do so.
The Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office verified 2,571 of the 2,678 signatures collected by Breathe Easy Cape Girardeau, which wants to ban smoking in all city bars, restaurants and other indoor public places. Conrad said 2,441 is the number of signatures required to put the issue on the ballot, which is about 10 percent of voters registered for the April election.
"The members of the coalition and our supporters are thrilled we got the number of people we needed," said Jeremy Barnes, a professor of health promotion at Southeast Missouri State University and a member of the group. "We want to do more community education. But, ultimately, it's the voters who have to decide." ...
Girardeau Chosen for Casino
The Missouri Gaming Commission this morning announced that it has chosen Cape Girardeau to receive the states 13th and final gaming license.
The southeastern Missouri city beat out competing bids from Kansas City and St. Louis. The latter called for a hotel and casino near the site of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge that was to employ nearly 600 people.
That said, today's decision was hardly a surprise after a study by the Missouri Department of Economic Development determined that the Cape Girardeau "Isle of Capri" casino would generate the most new gambling revenue for the state -- $76 million per year compared to $56 million and $21 million for the St. Louis and K.C. projects, respectively.
Here's an interesting caveat, though, with the Cape Girardeau casino. Yesterday Cape Girardeau confirmed that a petition drive had collected enough signatures to place a smoking-ban on the April ballot.
Unlike St. Louis smoking bans, the proposed ban in Cape Girardeau would
prohibit smoking inside casinos. ...
has sufficient number of signatures to put smoking ban on Cape ballot
Breathe Easy of Cape Girardeau has cleared a huge hurdle toward its goal of getting a smoking ban on a citywide ballot, possibly as early as April.
City Clerk Gayle Conrad confirmed that the petition had a sufficient number of signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers verified 2,571 of the signatures that the group collected. The required number is 2,441, or about 10 percent of registered voters.
Clark said she intended to officially certify the signatures today or Wednesday.
Breathe Easy collected 2,596, which means that only 25 of the signatures could not be verified. ...
ban proposal in Cape Girardeau worries businesses
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The question is: to smoke, or not to smoke? But who will answer the question?
The organization Breathe Easy collected more than 2,500 signatures to ban smoking in bars and restaurants in Cape Girardeau. But the signatures had to be verified. Cape County Clerk Kara Clark-Summers did just that, and said she would turn the signatures back over to Cape City Council some time Monday.
The city council has two choices. They can either pass the smoking ban, or send it to voters on the April ballot.
The possibility of the smoking ban, has some business owners worried.
But Jerry Lynn, manager of Buffalo Wild Wings understands both sides
of the argument ...
rejected on O'Fallon smoking ban effort
O'FALLON, Mo. - A leader of the group that petitioned for an April 5 citywide smoking ban vote says members aren't interested in negotiating a compromise version with the City Council.
"We're very comfortable with what we've got," Craig Boring of Smoke-Free O'Fallon said in an interview after he and others presented their plan to the council Thursday night.
He said it would be "disingenuous" to switch to a different measure after more than 1,900 people signed petitions seeking an election on the group's proposal.
The proposal would ban smoking in most enclosed public places, including
all bars and restaurants ...
ban in O'Fallon, Mo., could be voted on in April
O'FALLON, Mo. Smoking ban territory could expand to O'Fallon if voters in April approve a citywide ballot issue.
Smoke-Free O'Fallon has turned in a petition for the ballot issue and will brief the City Council today on its proposal to prohibit smoking in most indoor public places including bars and restaurants.
If election officials verify that enough valid signatures were turned
in, the council will have the option of allowing the public vote or
passing a smoking ban itself. More than 700 signatures of registered
voters were required but the petition group says it got in excess of
1,900 all outside polling places at the Nov. 2 election ...
prepares to implement smoking ban
With the indoor smoking ban to go into effect on Saturday, Dec. 4, the City of Fulton is working to notify local business owners about how the new law will impact them and how it will be implemented.
Fulton administrators sent a letter out to business owners within the city limits reminding them of the impending change, as well as a copy of the no-smoking ordinance which was passed by Fulton voters on Nov. 2.
The no-smoking ban, as approved by the voters, is really pretty simple, the letter reads. Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed workspace, or within 15 feet of an outside entrance, of all places of employment.
According to Fresh Air Fultons ordinance, business owners, managers
or employees are required to direct a person who is smoking to stop.
If the individual does not stop smoking, the business is charged to
immediately ask the person to leave the premises. If they refuse, the
business then is to contact the Fulton Police Department ...
As of Jan. 2, Creve Coeur will join cities like Ballwin, Brentwood, Clayton and Kirkwood that now have a smoking ban tougher than that of St. Louis County.
The county's ban also will go into effect Jan. 2.
However, because of concern from some residents, the city's new law will grandfather in existing private clubs, like the Creve Coeur American Legion ...
readies petition for smoking ban in Cape Girardeau
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. A group that wants to ban smoking in public buildings in Cape Girardeau has neared its 3,000-signature goal to take the issue to the City Council this week.
If a required 2,441 of those signatures are valid, the council will
have 60 days to consider enacting the ordinance, according to The Southeast
Missourian. If the council doesn't take action, the issue would be put
to voters, probably in April ...
up: Group works to get smoking ban on April ballot
Over a patty melt and onion rings, 61-year-old Larry Hale took a deep draw on his off-brand cigarette -- just as he's done for more than five decades -- and almost snarled.
"It's our right," he said, after he polished off his lunch Tuesday at Patty Lou's Cafe in Cape Girardeau. "We have the right just like they have the right not to."
Come April, Hale and other smokers may no longer be able to light up in any Cape Girardeau business -- including restaurants and bars.
In what already looks to be a divisive move that some business owners say would hit them in their wallets, a group called Cape Girardeau Breathe Easy is poised to present a petition asking city voters if smokers should be forced to step outside before getting their nicotine fix.
The group is nearing its 3,000-signature goal to take to the Cape Girardeau
City Council next week, most of which they gathered outside polls Nov.
2. If a required 2,441 of those signatures are valid, the council will
have 60 days to consider enacting the ordinance outright. ...
Coeur council agrees: vets should be allowed to enjoy cigarette
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOX) What was to be an all-inclusive smoking ban in Creve Coeur didnt end up as expected.
Private clubs which are already operating, like the American Legion and Elks Lodge, received an exemption from the smoking ban. Any new private club, though, will have to abide by it.
Im very pleased with it, Art Jordan said.
He and other vets had said they had dealt with everything from Agent Orange to asbestos throughout their military careers and wanted the ability to enjoy a cigarette at the Legion post.
If you havent pleased everybody, then its probably
about where it should be, councilwoman Beth Kistner said of the
compromise, which also gives an exception to cigar bars ...
bets on non-smokers
Harrahs in Maryland Heights is betting that it will draw more gamblers with its new non-smoking section.
The casino plans to open what it touts as the gaming industrys largest non-smoking section in Missouri on Wednesday.
The section will feature more than 600 slot machines and table games,
casino representatives said Monday ...
Coeur City Council to Vote on Enhanced Smoking Ban Tonight
Arguing that the St. Louis County smoking ban was a "great start," Creve Coeur councilwoman Beth Kirstner is pushing her west county suburb to adopt even more stringent measures to prohibit indoor smoking.
Unlike the county ban, which goes into effect this coming January, Kirstner's bill would allow few exemptions. "The loopholes (of the county ban) undermine the purpose, which is to make clean air a right for all the people in all public places and also to protect employees," Kirstner tells KTVI Channel 2.
Kirstner's bill would prohibit smoking inside any private club that
employs a staff.
Smoking ban will go into effect in 30 days
Although City of Fulton officials were proceeding Wednesday with plans to place an ordinance based on the smoking ban approved by city residents on Tuesday on the budget for the next city council meeting, information uncovered Thursday morning proved those plans unnecessary.
We spent some time this morning reviewing (the city charter), Director of Administration Bill Johnson said. Prior to doing the investigation, we were treating this as any other ordinance up for approval by the council, but the charter has a specific way of handling a petition initiative.
The charter was written so that a citizens vote trumps council action, so the city council really has no role in approving the ordinance that was presented.
He said according to the charter, an ordinance approved by petition referendum is approved when the votes are certified, and is effective 30 days after that date. County Clerk Linda Love said Tuesdays election votes were officially certified by the judges Tuesday night, and the certification letter was sent Thursday.
So it looks like around December 2nd or 3rd, the no-smoking ban
will become effective, Johnson said. ...
litigation pushes Shook Hardy toward record revenue
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP may inch its way to another record thanks in no small part to the old trick that made the Kansas City law firm one of the nations largest: tobacco litigation.
Kansas City-based Shook Hardy could beat its revenue record of $330.5 million in 2009, but it depends on how bill collections go in the last two months of the year, firm Chairman John Murphy said.
Although lawsuits against tobacco companies largely have fallen out of the public eye in recent years, a flood of more than 8,000 lawsuits is making its way through Florida courts, with Shook Hardy serving as lead counsel for Philip Morris USA. ...
Ban Gets Mixed Reaction
EFFERSON CITY- Voters in Jefferson City passed a smoking ban ordinance on Tuesday that will go into effect in 90 days.
Supporters of the ban have been working to get the ordinance passed since 2003. According to members of smoke-free Jefferson City, the city council decided to put the issue on the November ballots after more than 1,000 signatures were gathered in a petition this summer.
"The city council just thought it was too controversial for them to do it on their own, that it was probably the right direction for us to take it to the ballot, because that way the people could actually vote one it."
Organizers describe the process as a grassroots effort driven by community members.
58 percent of voters were in favor of the ban, but not everyone in Jefferson City is celebrating.
Many local business owners have voiced concern about the ban and the negative effects it may have on business.
Jenny and Rich Robben have owned the Mission since 2008.
They built the music venue and bar all on their own and are struggling to find a new way to accommodate patrons who smoke. ...
council set to approve smoking ordinance
Now that Fulton voters have given the okay to a ban on smoking inside city businesses, the Fulton City Council is set to enact an ordinance to help with enforcement of that ban.
Voters Tuesday approved Fresh Air Fultons question to prohibit smoking in enclosed places of employment, including restaurants and bars, with 53.85 percent of the vote. On Nov. 9, the council will hear first reading on a new ordinance based on Fresh Air Fultons proposal, with final approval likely to come in December.
The ordinance as presented in the petition was placed in a city format this morning and we are anticipating first reading next week, Fulton Director of Administration Bill Johnson said Wednesday, noting second reading is slated for Nov. 23, with third and final reading to take place at the Dec. 14 meeting. The law takes effect 30 days after the ordinance is passed.
"At the latest, it should take effect sometime in mid-January."
approves smoking ban
Patrons of Fulton businesses soon will be breathing smoke-free air after Fresh Air Fultons question to prohibit smoking in enclosed places of employment including restaurants and bars won a close race Tuesday with 53.85 percent of the vote.
I knew it was going to be close, so Im thrilled, said Fresh Air Fulton organizer Linda Stevens, who also is the wellness program director at Westminster College. Weve been working so hard to make strides (toward a healthier community).
Im proud Fulton citizens have shown they are ready to change
health in the city. ...
City Smoking Ban Passes
The voters of Jefferson City passed its smoking ban passed Tuesday night. The state capitol now joins Kansas City, Columbia and come January 1st, Saint Louis, to move smoke-free. Supporters for the ban believe this makes Jefferson City a healthier community. . . .
Jefferson City becomes the 44th state capitol to pass a smoking ban.
L. Edwards, guest columnist: Smoking is not a 'property right
JOPLIN, Mo. Thirty years ago I would have agreed that pursuing a ban on workplace smoking would be controversial.
However, the other night I heard at least two Joplin City Council members agree that smoking in business establishments was indeed a business owners property right.
It would be almost laughable if it werent so tragic. The cold hard fact is that a slim majority of Joplins City Council members are lost in time when it comes to making decisions based on scientific fact in order to protect the public from secondhand smoke. Rather than look at the existing science related to the dangers of secondhand smoke these members looked back in time again and again for ways to justify their personal beliefs.
Three of the council members stated that patrons should simply vote with their feet if they didnt like smoking in restaurants.
Let the market decide was another answer. One council member argued repeatedly that he was told by one owner that all the waitresses but one smoked at that restaurant. His argument was that the overwhelming majority of waitresses and bartenders smoke and therefore are not worthy of any ordinance to protect the public health. These responses merit those council members for lifetime membership in the Flat Earth Society. After two sessions of back and forth on these issues, the end result was that the council played the role of Pontius Pilate, washing its hands of the matter and turning it over to the voters.
The reality is that business has no implied property right to allow
smoking in their establishments. ...
OPINION: Vote will clarify public opinion on smoking ban
Ballot issues deserve to be decided after forming an opinion based on established facts and sound reasoning.
We have examined the facts surrounding Jefferson Citys proposed smoke-free ordinance and subjected them to intense scrutiny.
And we find ourselves torn between two forceful arguments one largely philosophical and the other primarily practical.
The proposed ordinance Question C on Tuesdays ballot would prohibit smoking in enclosed places of employment, and enclosed public places, which would include Jefferson City restaurants and bars.
Proponents and opponents have framed the issue as public health versus government intrusion.
Proponents cite medical evidence that second-hand smoke is harmful, particularly to asthmatics, allergy sufferers and pregnant women.
They point out employees suffer from second-hand smoke, and non-smoking sections and ventilation systems fail to provide adequate protection either for workers or non-smoking customers ...
City smoking ban has stringent supporters on either side
There are plenty of things upon which people on both sides of Jefferson Citys proposed smoking tax do not agree.
But there is one point where both seem to have found a middle ground there is not much more either side can say about the issue than what has already been said.
For Kathi Harness and Felicia Poettgen with Smokefree Jeff City, that means driving home the fact their cause is first and foremost about health.
It is all about health and it is not against smokers, Poettgen
smoking ban challenge loses
Kansas City has survived yet another challenge to its smoking ordinance.
The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District issued a ruling today upholding a $50 fine against Georgia Carlson, the bartender of JCs Sports Bar in the Northland.
According to the ruling, a Kansas City food inspector, Aaron Nieft, entered the bar on April 10, 2009. He noticed several people smoking and told them to put out their cigarettes, which they did. He then reminded Carlson that Kansas City bans smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants. ...
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Coeur to enforce strict smoking ban
ST. LOUIS, Mo. Creve Coeur is planning to become the fifth city in the area to tighten down on St. Louis Countys smoking ban.
St. Louis Countys ban, which takes effect on January 1st, is criticized for including exemptions for certain bars and businesses.
Creve Coeurs proposal, however, would fill loopholes left by St. Louis Countys ban that make exemptions to certain bars, nursing homes, performances and other venues in the city.
Creve Couer city councilwoman Beth Kistner said that the proposal will reflect a growing acceptance and recognition toward other smoking bans throughout the St. Louis-area and country ...
agrees to put smoking ban on ballot
After nearly two hours of discussion Monday night about how far-reaching a city smoking ban should be and whether the Joplin City Council should adopt one or let it go to a public election, the council agreed to put the proposed smoking ban before voters.
After the action, a representative of the coalition that proposed the ban withdrew the organization's support for it because of amendments that had been made.
"The coalition can only endorse an ordinance that protects all
workers, not just some of the workers," said Krista Stark, co-chairwoman
of Smoke-Free Joplin, after the council's informal meeting. ...
council to revisit smoking ban
JOPLIN, Mo. More work will be done today by the Joplin City Council in considering whether a public smoking ban will be imposed and, if so, how wide-ranging it will be.
The work session will be at 5:45 p.m. in the councils conference room on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.
The council last Monday rejected the measure after hearing two hours of testimony.
Proposed by a local coalition called Smoke-Free Joplin, the original
ordinance would prohibit smoking in any public place or workplace, including
outdoor restaurant or bar patios. It also would bar smoking within 20
feet of a door ...
council puts off smoking ban for now
A divided Joplin City Council rejected a smoking ban proposal, but members were unanimous in a decision to reconsider the issue at a work session next week after having time to study the ordinance and comments made at a public hearing Monday night.
Inside a nearly full council chamber, the panel heard two hours of testimony from both sides of a proposal by Smoke-Free Joplin. The measure would prohibit smoking in any public place or workplace, including outdoor restaurant patios. The measure would bar smokers from puffing within 20 feet of a door if they go outside to smoke.
Krista Stark, co-chairwoman of Smoke-Free Joplin and a health promotion
specialist with the Clean Air Project based at Missouri Southern State
University, said that in a poll taken last week, two-thirds of 402 voting-eligible
residents supported a ban. ...
hearing set for tonight on anti-smoking ordinance
A public hearing will be held by the Joplin City Council on a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in public places in Joplin, including outdoor patios and seating areas.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. today on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.
The measure is proposed by Clean Air Joplin, an affiliate of the Clean Air Project, an organization that has promoted the measure in Webb City and Carl Junction as well as Joplin. The effort is funded in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health.
The spokeswoman for the group, Krista Stark, could not be contacted
Friday to discuss the group's proposal or say how many representatives
of the organization would attend the meeting. The group asked the council
in August to consider enacting a smoking ban in public places ...
City Hotels Look At Possible Smoking Ban Effects
of Smoke-Free Ballot Hold Rally
JEFFERSON CITY- People who want to ban smoking in Jefferson City held a rally was held at a local art gallery Wednesday night. Information as well as items such as frisbees and yard signs were given out in support of the issue.
The petition that started the ordinance that would ban smoking indoors in public areas began in April. It only took a few days to get the signatures needed. A city councilwoman said she's happy about how this came about.
"I think what's so exciting about what's happening is this was
brought forth by the people and it wasn't a council ordinance,"
said Carrie Carroll, 4th Ward City Councilwoman. ...
of Maryville: Smoking ban off to a smooth start
A lot of questions but no complaints or violations that's the way Maryville Public Safety Director Keith Wood described the first weekend of a new workplace smoking ban that has emptied the ashtrays in virtually every business establishment inside the Maryville city limits.
The prohibition, which went into effect Oct. 1, applies to any enclosed space in which employees are required to do their jobs, including bars, hotels, nursing homes and private clubs.
Passed by the City Council late this summer, the ordinance represents
a significant expansion of an earlier ordinance, on the books since
2003, that prohibited cigarettes, pipes and cigars in restaurants, cafeterias,
public kitchens, dining areas associated with educational institutions
and conference rooms where meals are catered. ...
Ban Starts In Lake St. Louis Friday
CHARLES, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - The debate over smoking bans is back
in the public eye . A smoking ban starts a stay in Lake St. Louis today.
To save lives and save money, Missouri needs a statewide smoking ban
Despite enormous progress with smoke-free laws and anti-tobacco campaigns in recent years across America, a new report details remaining challenges.
Tobacco use still kills almost 400,000 people a year, according to a study by Penn State University researchers, and smoking costs the U.S. economy more than $300 billion a year. That includes $116 billion of direct medical expenses and workplace productivity losses of $67.5 billion.
These disappointing statistics make it even more essential that state and local governments continue efforts to persuade people to stop smoking or to not even start. . . .
In Missouri, legislators this year appropriately approved spending $3.1 million on cessation efforts for Medicaid recipients. However, the state's lawmakers botched the best plan by refusing to approve a strong smoke-free bill. Missouri remains one of about 20 states without comprehensive anti-smoking laws covering workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
Fortunately in Kansas, a smoke-free law took effect on July 1. ...
board won't expand Fulton smoking restrictions
Mitzi St. John, public relations director for the library, said the board decided Thursday night not to expand smoking restrictions in Fulton and Ashland beyond the current ban on smoking inside library facilities in those cities.
St. John said there were no complaints about outdoor smoking either in Fulton or in Ashland.
"We also are aware of a smoking ban ordinance to be voted on in Fulton in November. So we didn't want to jump the gun on that in Fulton. We will let the people in Fulton decide what they want to do -- at least for now," St. John said.
In Columbia, St. John said the board decided to expand smoking restrictions.
"We have adhered to the city ordinance in Columbia that prohibited
smoking inside the building and within 20 feet of the entrance,"
St. John said ...
banned on Columbia Public Library grounds
COLUMBIA The Daniel Boone Regional Library Board on Thursday voted 10-3 in favor of banning smoking on Columbia Public Library grounds.
Columbia Public Library Board trustee Rosie Gerding initiated the ban, which she said she thought would be good for everyone.
"I would just like to see us be a leader and out front with this,"
Gerding said of the ban. "There were enough customer complaints
about this issue that it was time to move forward on it." ...
The effort builds to put an indoor smoking ban before voters at a St.
Charles countywide election in April. Behind it, the American Cancer
Society and to help lobby that effort,a smoking poll just released.
Bans Tobacco in City Buildings and Cars
Branson has a new tobacco ban. The Board of Aldermen Tuesday night approved new tobacco rules for in and around city owned buildings and in city owned vehicles.
The new ban means not only no smoking cigarettes, but also not using chewing tobacco in city buildings or within 25 feet of a building entrance. It also prohibits smoking or chewing in city vehicles.
The lone exception to the ban, it won't apply to city owned property that is leased to another party. ...
board to consider outdoor smoking ban
COLUMBIA Complaints about people smoking outside the Columbia Public Library have given rise to consideration of a smoking ban on all library grounds.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library Board will take public comment on the topic when it meets at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Columbia library. A smoking ban would cover libraries in Columbia, Ashland and Fulton that are part of the regional system.
Elinor Barrett, associate director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library, said the potential ban was initiated by the regional board in August, after several customer complaints. The Columbia Public Library adheres to a city ordinance that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of any business entrance. ...
shows support for St. Charles County smoking
Charles County polled on smoking bans
ST. CHARLES (KMOX) A new poll could light up the smoking ban debate in St. Charles County.
The American Cancer Society commissioned the survey and reveals the numbers on Tuesday.
Its good, I think, for everyone to get this information because it hasnt been done in St. Charles County, the societys Stacy Reliford said. Everyones kind of speculating as to how voters feel and this actually gives us some good, hard data. ...
Louis study finds smoking ventilation systems don't work
ST. LOUIS Ventilation systems in restaurants and bars don't protect employees or patrons from secondhand smoke, and venues with the systems had higher levels of nicotine in the air than sites without the devices, researchers in St. Louis said Wednesday.
Researchers from the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Washington University School of Medicine and the Center for Tobacco Policy Research at the university studied air quality at St. Louis-area bars and restaurants, using airborne nicotine monitors to measure the level of secondhand smoke exposure.
The study found that airborne nicotine levels were 31 times higher in venues where smoking is allowed. Monitors also found the level of nicotine in the air was roughly three times higher at sites with ventilation systems, compared to those without the systems.
"This finding most likely reflects that ventilation systems were actually recycling the air back into the ventilated space," said Sarah Moreland-Russell, research manager of the Center for Tobacco Policy Research, who led the study.
Kathy Harness, director of government relations for the American Lung Association, said, "Ventilation does reduce the level of visible smoke in the air, and the smell, but it doesn't address the toxins or the gases."
David W. Kuneman, Midwest regional director for the smokers' rights group Citizens Freedom Alliance, questioned the findings. He said several other studies have shown that ventilation systems do work to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke."There's an awful lot of work out there contradicting what Washington University has found," Kuneman said.
Cities and states are increasingly limiting areas where smoking is
allowed. The anti-smoking lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights,
based in Berkeley, Calif., said 32 states have laws limiting smoking
in some combination of workplaces, restaurants and bars. Missouri is
not among them, though dozens of communities have passed their own laws
Less than a year since Liberty voters overwhelmingly approved a smoking ban, a number of businesses that once allowed smoking are retrofitting their establishments to comply with the new ordinance.
About a dozen restaurants and bars and a bowling alley were left last
November to ponder their futures without smoking, and many decided the
best thing to do was to add an outdoor patio to lure the smoking crowd
back. Some of the patios are small fenced-in areas on the sidewalk with
access from inside ...
notches another first in restricting smoking
CLAYTON Clayton is once again ahead of the pack on a smoking ban, becoming the first in the St. Louis area and one of the first in the state to enact an ordinance banning smoking throughout its park system.
While new here, about 400 cities across the country already have such bans, says Patty DeForrest, Clayton director of parks and recreation.
Clayton Mayor Linda Goldstein, who led the effort last year for a ban on smoking in most public buildings, said that many residents wanted to go further than that ban.
"Not only have I received no complaints or criticism from any residents," Goldstein said in an interview, "I have had several parents tell me how happy they are that their children can enjoy a healthy afternoon at a playground breathing fresh, smoke-free air.
The ban on smoking in most public buildings went into effect July 1. The parks ban goes into effect Jan. 1. ...
of secondhand smoke study to be released
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Washington University on Wednesday will announce results of a study on secondhand smoke exposure at St. Louis bars and restaurants.
Researchers from the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Washington University School of Medicine and the university's Center for Tobacco Policy Research teamed up for the study.
It used airborne nicotine monitors to measure the level of secondhand
smoke exposure. The study also looks at health issues related to secondhand
smoke for workers at restaurants and bars, and examines the effectiveness
of ventilation systems. ...
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ordinance takes effect on business owners
A new smoking ordinance has some Maryville business owners steaming due to lack of community input.
According to the ordinance, which passed with a 3-2 vote, people cannot smoke in or within 10 feet of any primary public entrances, open windows or ventilation systems of enclosed areas starting Oct. 1. So as to insure that tobacco smoke does not enter those areas, penalties can result in up to $500. To Palms Bar and Grill owner, Paul Thompson, this means he will have to hire people to police the outdoor areas.
This whole thing is causing me money in the long run, Thompson said. I think its ridiculous to give a $500 fine for someone smoking too close to a doorway.
Teri Harr, chair of Citizens for a Smoke-Free Nodaway County wants people to know that they are not asking people not to smoke.
Were just asking them not to smoke in businesses, to protect
the health of the employees and prevent secondhand smoking. Smoking
is the number one preventable risk factor." ...
Air Fulton gets smoking ban on ballot
"Shall the City of Fulton, Missouri, prohibit smoking in enclosed places of employment, including restaurants and bars for the purpose of promoting public health by decreasing citizen's exposure to secondhand smoke and creating smoke-free environment for workers and citizens within the city limits?"
That is the question Fulton voters will answer Nov. 2 after Fresh Air Fulton succeeded in collecting the necessary number of signatures to have the issue put on the ballot.
The city verified the signatures on Tuesday. ...
cracking down on smoking, chewing tobacco
The city of Branson is cracking down on smoking and chewing tobacco in some locations.
The Branson Board of Aldermen has voted to amend the city code to bar the use of any tobacco products in city-owned vehicles, buildings and offices. ...
Bans Smoking In City Owned Parks
Smokers are running out of places to light up in the city of Clayton. Tuesday night the city council voted to ban smoking in city owned parks. Clayton recently passed a smoking ban directed at restaurants and bars. Now smoking will be banned on all city property, including outdoor parks.
That means once this law takes effect, no smoking will be allowed at Clayton's popular Parites in the Park events ...
> City expands smoking ban
Just weeks after Clayton's smoking ban in restaurants and other businesses became law, the Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to expand its new ordinance to prohibit smoking at parks and other property owned or leased by the municipality.
The expanded ordinance, which becomes effective Jan. 1, will include parks, playing fields and sports facilities, buildings, parking lots and structures.
The board voted 6-0 in favor the bill. Alderman Cynthia Garnholz was absent. ...
City Council to consider ban on smoking
WEBB CITY, Mo. The City Council has joined the debate on whether to ban indoor smoking in public places.
Following a push by Smoke-Free Webb City, a local coalition that is partially funded by Missouri Foundation for Health, the council voted 6-2 on Monday to allow a ban on smoking to be brought before the public as either an ordinance or through a public hearing.
Council members already seemed split on the issue of whether to ban smoking in places such as restaurants. Councilman Brandon Wilson was one of the most vocal opponents to the proposed measure.
Honestly I feel like it should be up to the individual business owner to run their business as they see fit, he said.
Other council members, including Don Darby, showed support for the
measure. Darby said he was definitely in favor of such an
ordinance, likening it to the state law that makes wearing a seatbelt
ban passes in Brentwood
ST. LOUIS (St. Louis Public Radio) - Aldermen in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood have passed an indoor smoking ban.
The board approved the measure 7-1 Monday; it goes into effect January first.
The Brentwood ordinance includes fewer exemptions than a similar ban for all of St. Louis county that takes effect the following day. A smoking ban in St. Louis city also starts at the beginning of the year. ...
council to hear from Joplin Smoke Free
Many restaurants in Joplin are starting to divide their customers between smokers and non-smokers.
For example, the bar area at Sportsman's is designated for smokers, but there is also a new room strictly for people who don't smoke."
Krista Stark is a member of the community group Joplin Smoke Free. She is meeting with city council members to explain the severe health risks from second hand smoke. The group wants Joplin to join other cities to ban smoking in public places.
"This invisible barrier that we've set doesn't work," Stark
weighs smoking ban
patrons voice opinion on smoking ban
With the clock ticking toward implementation of a municipal prohibition against smoking in workplaces, including bars and private clubs, employees and patrons at local watering holes expressed mixed emotions Saturday night about the ordinance, which goes into effect Oct. 1.
Customers and bar staff at local taverns sounded mostly nonplussed about the approaching butts-out deadline, but that doesn't mean they think it's a good idea.
As during the months-long public debate over expanding Maryville's anti-smoking ordinance - cigarettes were snuffed out in restaurants and banquet halls in 2003 - patrons at the Maryville American Legion Hall, 1104 E. Fifth Street, remain among the ordinance's most outspoken opponents. ...
says very unhealthy air in some Joplin restaurants
(JOPLIN, Mo.) Local city councils received grave numbers, as a study conduced by the University of Missouri Columbia in conjunction with MissourI Southern State University was made public today regarding the toxicity of air in Joplin restaurants.
The study listed the air in many Joplin restaurants that allow smoking as very unhealthy.
The study focused on restaurants that allowed smoking, versus those that did not. It named no names, as far as what restaurants were watched.
The results showed that in establishments that allowed smoking, the particulate matter in the air averaged at 182.3 micrograms per cubic meter. In smoke free establishments: 19.5 micrograms per cubic meter. ...
passes workplace smoke ban
After 15 months, numerous City Council debates, two public hearings and a failed citizens' initiative petition to put the question before Maryville voters, the City Council Monday acted to ban smoking from all workplaces inside the city limits.
In a rare split vote, the council passed the smoking ban 3-2, with
council members Shawn Wake and Pat Cummings voting no, and members Ron
Moss and Glenn Jonagan voting yes. Mayor Chad Jackson, who had earlier
favored allowing voters to decide the question, cast the deciding vote
in favor of the expanded ban. ...
forms to make Poplar Bluff businesses smoke-free
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A coalition has been established with a mission
of passing a city ordinance in Poplar Bluff to make bars and restaurants
as well as non-hospitality workplaces smoke-free, the Daily American
Republic newspaper reported.
continue on Springfield's smoke-free issue
Efforts to expand Springfield's no-smoking regulations may have retreated from the public eye, but discussions about renewing the push for a smoke-free ordinance are continuing.
In the month since a proposed smoking ban was abruptly withdrawn from
a June 28 City Council hearing, Mayor Jim O'Neal and members of One
Air Alliance have been meeting privately with other councilmembers to
gauge whether an amended ordinance would win sufficient support. ...
North Central Missouri College in Trenton is now tobacco-free after action taken by its Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 27.
The trustees voted unanimously to endorse a policy which reads: No tobacco products are allowed on NCMCs campuses.
The college administration recommended the policy to the trustees last month as a result of a student initiative. The issue of secondhand smoke, litter and the general wellness and health of the student body had been raised by various student groups over the past several years,and, as a result, the Student Senate worked with the NCMC administration to develop a policy that addressed those concerns.
We are proud of our students for raising this issue, and proud to have NCMC serve as a leader in this area of public health, Dean of Student Services Kristen Alley said.
NCMC President Neil Nuttall agreed.
This College continues to grow and is committed to providing
a safe and healthy environment, Dr. Nuttall said. We see
this policy as an investment in our facilities, our visitors and most
importantly, our students and employees." ...s
> Vote on smoking ban is delayed
The measure would be more restrictive than the smoking ban approved by St. Louis County voters last year. The new county law, which goes into effect Jan. 2, contains exemptions for some bars, gambling floors and smoking lounges at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Brentwood would make exclusions for 25 percent of hotel rooms, private residences and private vehicles. The effective date of the bill, if approved, is Jan. 1. ...
ban getting hot in Fulton
FULTON, MO. -- Westminster College went smoke-free Thursday, but the fight to get a citywide smoking ban in Fulton is just beginning.
Veteran's Foreign Wars Bar Manager Tom Maupin is not happy.
"I think this is an extremely poor time to try and do this," Maupin said.
Maupin said restaurants are having a hard time making a profit in the tough economy, already. He's disgusted that residents who would probably never come to his business are trying to place restrictions on the way he operates.
"I should have the right to choose the kind of clients that I want to attract," Maupin said.
Earlier this week the Fulton City Council rejected a proposal that
would put a smoking ban on the November ballot. ...
CLAYTON Smoke 'em if you got 'em? Not in Clayton.
The St. Louis County seat is smoke-free in most businesses and restaurants as of Thursday, though there are a few exemptions. People can still smoke on outdoor patios.
Not everyone likes the ban. Smoker Nathan Collins told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he may go to the Central West End for lunch at least until the St. Louis city ban takes effect Jan. 2. St. Louis County's ban also takes effect Jan. 2. ...
Springfield Mayor: Smoke-Free Ordinance is Dead, Hearing
Going smoke-free in Springfield may no longer be an issue ---at least for now. Supporters of a widespread smoking ban decided to withdraw after several amendments surfaced in Mondays council meeting.
Forty-five people signed up to speak but only a handful did. After several amendments supporters of the smoking ban said the ordinance lost its intent and ended the public hearing.
The first few amendments passed with ease. Mayor Jim ONeal added an amendment for smoke stores that sell 70% tobacco products. Those stores like The Albatross Hookah Lounge could continue to allow smoking. Employee Alex Russell said without that amendment he could be out of work. "It's funny they're trying to pass this to protect my rights but Ill be unemployed if it passes," Russell said. "If it passes without any exceptions we may be forced to shut down."
Then council member Nicholas Ibarra proposed an amendment to exempt
certain organizations. ...
ordinance public hearing could stretch City Council meeting
Members of Springfield City Council expect tonight's meeting, which includes a public hearing on a proposed smoking ban, will be a long one.
"If everyone shows up that's sent me an e-mail, bring your sleeping bag," said Councilman John Rush, one of four members signed on as a sponsor of the proposal to replace the city's current smoking ordinance with one more all-encompassing.
The proposal, which would extend current restrictions on smoking to virtually all buildings other than private homes, already has generated a flood of public input.
Council members have received a deluge of e-mails from those on both sides of the debate, although a majority have been form letters sent by the ban's supporters. By Friday afternoon, 25 people had contacted the city clerk's office to speak about the ordinance Monday.
Notwithstanding many more who are likely to sign up at the meeting, the scheduled speakers amount to more than two hours of testimony if each uses their allotted five minutes at the microphone.
guarantee for Springfield smoking ban ordinance's passage
Even with four sponsors for the proposed smoking ban, passage is not a done deal, based on interviews with the remaining five members of the Springfield City Council.
Assuming the sponsors all vote in favor of the ordinance, supporters would need to pick up only one more vote for it to pass. Among the other five members, four have concerns, and one objects to the proposal.
Councilman Scott Bailes declined to stake out a position before hearing what the public has to say.
"I can't think of anyone that's against clean air, but I also have some concern about small businesses and the effect on them," he said. "I'm waiting to hear the public debate before I commit or comment." ...
ban push singes business owners
If owners of most of the 61 bars and restaurants exempt from Springfields 2003 restaurant smoking ban arent concerned about the proposed citywide ban on public smoking, at least one retailer is and he plans to fight.
The co-owner of Just For Him LLC has taken up the sword.
The shop, a mens gift, cigar and tobacco store in Fremont Center, has a smoking room customers can use to sample their purchases. The ban would force Just For Him to close the room and possibly the store, said co-owner Christian Hutson, who bought the store last year.
If we are unable to smoke in my cigar shop, our shop would probably
wither and die, said Hutson, whose shop has been open 21 years.
We would probably be forced to move outside of Springfield."
would ban virtually all smoking in businesses in MO
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In a matter of weeks, smoking may be banned in all businesses in the city. An ordinance to prohibit lighting-up will be publicly debated at the next council meeting but the hot-button issue is already heating up.
For 15 years, cigar lovers have been smoking at the bar above Bijan's restaurant in downtown. The cigar lounge is so popular that there are rows of boxes where customers store their own stogies.
"When they come out to dinner, they will come up here, grab [a cigar] out of their boxes and smoke it afterward," said Jeremy Reed, the co-owner Bijan's.
The option of smoking could soon end. A proposed city ordinance would ban smoking essentially in all indoor places in Springfield except for private homes.
"We have a right to breathe clean air and that is the one thing
that we are talking about here," said Katie Towns-Jeter of the
Springfield-Greene County Health Department. ...
opts against vote on smoking
The Fulton City Council has decided not to ask voters to decide on a smoking ban for local businesses, but the issue still might pop up on the November ballot.
A proposed ordinance to place a smoking ban on the ballot was turned down by the councils 4-3 vote last week, putting the issue in the hands of Fresh Air Fulton, a community coalition formed a year ago and funded by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Ryan Krull, community project coordinator for Fresh Air Fulton, said he was surprised by the decision because the same council just three months ago appeared to support giving voters a chance to decide whether to impose a smoking ban. Council members had not yet seen wording for a proposed ordinance at that time, and since then, they have received many phone calls asking them to reconsider.
Krull said he was frustrated by the councils decision but will begin working on a petition drive to put the ban on Novembers ballot, anyway.
We wanted to give the city council an opportunity to take action,
he said, explaining that a petition drive would need to collect around
725 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Now we
have to convince 725 people to sign a petition, rather than
eight council members who represent those people." ...
Going Smoke Free July 1
The Pageant announced yesterday that it would go smoke-free July 1 -- six months before a city-wide smoking ban goes into effect.
Club owner Joe Edwards says the change comes following requests from some 80 percent of visiting bands that prefer playing smoke-free shows. ...
will vote on smoking ban
The Maryville City Council will vote on a proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking inside all places of employment inside city limits, including private clubs and bars.
The vote might come as early as its July 12 meeting. However, Mayor
Chad Jackson said it is likely the July 12 meeting will be used as a
first reading for the ordinance and to gather community input, with
the council's vote coming at a later meeting. ...
Health drives need for workplace smoking ban in Springfield
Smoke ban for all indoor work places?
Springfield Mayor Jim O'Neil says he is going to introduce an ordinance that would ban smoking in all indoor work places ... restaurants, and other work places for the city of Springfield. Currently, 61 restaurants allow smoking within the city of Springfield. Joining the mayor is Kevin Gipson, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
The reason for this proposal is public health. It has been shown that where smoking is allowed, it is 10 times more polluted than other places. Many states, including our neighbor Kansas, have recently passed such legislation. Of course, the smokers will cry "foul" and declare that the government is getting too bossy and into regular citizens' private business. Of course, this is not true. Smoking by nature invades lots of others' space and is not wanted by them and is indeed harmful to both the smoker and those in close proximity. ...
Springfield should make smoking ban a priority
My family and I relocated to the Springfield area from St. Louis last summer. Springfield is a wonderful place .. .
The St. Louis area banned most indoor smoking beginning January 2010, and clean air is important. It's also not a priority in Springfield. I have a rule of no cigarette smoke exposure for my family. . . .
I'm a 19-year-cancer survivor, and my children have lost three of their grandparents to lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases. If I were still living in St. Louis, we could go just about anywhere, do anything except cavort in the area casinos. In Springfield? No bowling that I've found. Only a small subset of restaurants is available for our dining choices. . . .
The amount of business a facility loses when it allows smoking - perhaps each business owner should consider this in advance of being forced to do so by law. Many studies have shown no loss of revenue when converting a business to a non-smoking enterprise.
Gaining clean air should be a goal for all.
MO mayor proposes indoor smoking ban
SPRINGFIELD - Mayor Jim O'Neal will propose a comprehensive ban on indoor smoking in Springfield later this month.
O'Neal says banning smoking inside is a issue of workplace health and safety.
"We should no more subject Springfield's workers to the injuries
of secondhand smoke than we would ask a body shop owner to not protect
people painting cars by wearing masks," O'Neal said. ...
ballot will include smoking ban
On Nov. 2, residents can vote to make Jefferson City a smoke-free community.
The City Council unanimously voted to let residents make the decision rather than adopting an ordinance written by Smokefree Jefferson City, the organization which gathered 1,200 signatures on an initiative petition.
The proposed ordinance would make it illegal to smoke in public areas,
including restaurants and bars. ...
presents revised ordinance to Maryville council
The Citizens for a Smoke-free Nodaway County coalition presented a revised ordinance to the Maryville City Council during their regular meeting May 24.
Chairman Teri Harr addressed the council and asked them to reconsider their previous stance of putting the smoke-free workplace issue on the ballot. She noted several changes they have made based on the feedback received from the Town Hall meetings.
We have worked very, very hard and are determined to try to protect our workers in the city of Maryville, she said. Based on information we received from the public forums, we made some changes to the ordinance. We wanted to make it fit our city.
She said the biggest changes include no smoking within 10 feet at primary public entrances (down from 20 feet) and allowing smoking on patios and decks as long as there are no servers.
Several other Maryville residents spoke in favor of the updated ordinance,
including Taylor Deen, Jordan Wallace, Christi Nance, Marlin Slagle
and Paul Smith. Former Maryville mayors, Mike Thompson and Bridget Brown,
also addressed the council. ...
Charles County smoking ban at standstill
O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOX) -- St. Charles County Council members are debating whether to put a smoking ban on the November ballot or let the issue smolder for awhile.
The sooner the better, councilwoman Sheryl Hibbeler believes, because November's election is already paid for.
"In April or August, the next available election dates, the election costs could be pretty substantial," Hibbeler said. "I'm just questioning whether or not that money should be spent."
Other councilmembers are pressing for the delay, she explained, because
they want to the air to clear, and consequences be known, after St.
Louis County's ban takes effect on January 1st. ...
finds smoky bars, eateries in Springfield MO harm workers' health
In the smoking establishments, one was moderate while the majority
were listed unhealthy for those with heart or lung disease, plus elderly
people and ...
City mails out citizen input survey
Peters aldermen encourage county to put smoking ban on ballot
The St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved a resolution Thursday night encouraging the St. Charles County Council to place a smoking ban on the Nov. 2 ballot.
We wrote about the resolution in an earlier Chas Beat entry. It has no authority on its own. Mayor Len Pagano has said he wants a countywide vote to avoid having different regulations throughout the area.
Aldermen approved the resolution on a 7 - 0 vote
Charles County will consider smoking ban vote
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved St. Charles County's only smoking ban.
Now, the rest of St. Charles County may get to vote on whether smoking should be allowed in public areas.
County Councilwoman Cheryl Hibbeler, D-District 1, will introduce a proposal to put a countywide smoking ban on the Nov. 2 ballot. The council will hear a presentation on the proposal at the county council work session 5:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers. ...
drive wants smoking ban on ballot
A group seeking a ban on smoking in Jefferson City bars and restaurants has started circulating a petition to bring the issue to a vote.
The city recently approved the wording of the petition by Smokefree Jefferson City, which filed the petition at City Hall in March. The group hopes to use the initiative petition to bring the issue to a citywide vote in the future.
Felicia Poettgen, spokesperson for the group, says the group is not against smokers and their right to smoke. Instead, they are concerned with the health risks associated with second-hand smoke. ...
Mike Potter signs Lake Saint Louis smoking ban; takes effect in six
As promised, Mayor Mike Potter of Lake Saint Louis on Wednesday signed
the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants that was passed March 15
by the citys Board of Aldermen. ...
aldermen back countywide election on smoking ban
The Cottleville Board of Aldermen has declared itself in favor of holding a countywide vote at the November election on enacting a ban on smoking in enclosed places.
The Cottleville board voted 3-1 last Thursday for a resolution asking the St. Charles County Council to put the issue on the ballot. St. Peters aldermen may vote on a similar resolution April 8. The lone negative vote was from Alderman Jim Hennessey. ...
Mike Potter says he'll sign Lake Saint Louis smoking ban
Lake Saint Louis mayor, Mike Potter, confirmed Thursday that he plans to sign a recently-passed ban on smoking in bars and restaurants despite his own opposition to the bill.
Even though Im opposed to it, two-thirds of the people on the Board of Aldermen were in favor when the bill was passed Monday night, he pointed out. The vote was 4-2.
Another factor: if none of the supporters switch their positions, there
likely would be enough votes - four is the minimum needed to
override any veto. If one of the four told him he was changing sides,
Potter said, he might reconsider. That isnt expected. ...
Parity of comments 'further complicates issue'
It wasn't planned that way, but the city's top elected official, looking for parity in representing both sides of a proposed ban on smoking in the workplace, reflected a day after on the evenness presented from speakers during Monday's City Council meeting.
Initially, proponents of a ban were asked to step forward, and 10 did before no one answered the call for further comment.
Then, opponents were asked to address the overflowing City Council Chambers, and, again, 10 stepped up to voice their concerns. When it was over 95 minutes later, the council agreed 10-1 to incorporate their opinions into a third draft -- a second revision -- for representation to the board.
"I was surprised by the evenness of those who spoke out on both sides of the issue," said Mayor William S. Jenks III on Tuesday, a day after the marathon session. ...
Saint Louis approves smoking ban
Aldermen in Lake Saint Louis voted Monday night to ban smoking in
bars, restaurants and other public places.
The sponsor, Alderman John Pellerito, said Potter has told him he would sign the ban despite his opposition to it.
Potter, who was out of town Monday and could not be reached for comment, has called a ban an infringement on the rights of business owners. He has until the board's next meeting April 5 to sign or veto the bill.
Pellerito said his bill would protect Lake Saint Louis residents and people who work in the city of about 14,000 "from the dangers of secondhand smoke." ...
Saint Louis could vote tonight on smoking ban
Four months after St. Louis County voters passed a smoking ban for most public places, Lake Saint Louis could become the first city in St. Charles County to go smoke-free.
And a call for a countywide ban appears to be gaining momentum.
Lake Saint Louis aldermen may vote tonight on prohibiting lighting up in restaurants, bars and other enclosed areas.
Ever since the board began discussing the bill in November, the sponsor, Alderman John Pellerito, has said a majority seemed favorable to passage. But he says now that the outcome is in doubt because of another alderman's alternative plan to put the issue before voters. ...
smoking ban doesn't hurt as much as some expected
KIRKWOOD The Geyer Inn has been welcoming a hard-core group of fun-loving pool players, drinkers, talkers and smokers for decades now. Dense clouds of cigarette smoke regularly greeted visitors.
But on Jan. 2, the day that Kirkwood's voter-approved smoking ban went into effect, visitors were greeted by a hand-made no-smoking sign taped above the ornate wooden bar counter. ...
to decide smoking issue
After months of debate, and urging from both the Fresh Air Fulton Coalition and the Fulton Hospitality Association, the Fulton City Council decided Tuesday night to put the question of whether to ban indoor smoking at local businesses in the hands of Fulton voters.
The decision to place Fresh Air Fulton's proposed smoking ban on the November 2011 ballot came following a lengthy debate during the council's work session. ...
snuffs out smoking on government property
The Sedalia City Council approved an ordinance to prohibit tobacco use inside all city facilities and vehicles and reviewed a draft of the city's fiscal year 2011 budget at its meeting Monday.
Council members unanimously voted to revise its current tobacco policy to ban smoking in any city vehicles or buildings, including the entire City Hall campus.
"What we're doing here is making this entire campus smoke-free, recognizing this is the primary location the public comes to do business with the city," said Interim City Administrator Brian Koral.
The few city facilities that allowed smoking in certain rooms will have to assign designated outdoor smoking areas for their employees. ..
opposition at Senate statewide smoking ban hearing
JEFFERSON CITY No opposition came before the Senate Judiciary Committee to protest a proposed statewide smoking ban Monday evening.
The bill would prohibit smoking in public places, including restaurants, shopping malls and sports arenas. It is more comprehensive than the smoking ban that was passed in St. Louis City and County, which exempts casinos and bars where food sales are less than 25 percent of overall sales.
The state ban would supersede any city bans.
"Secondhand smoke is a toxin," said Jason Sharp, Phelps County
Regional Medical Center's director of radiation oncology. ...
initiative divides City Council
Rolla, Mo. -
The proposal, which was presented to the council weeks ago by SAFERolla, is a comprehensive 19-section document that effectively bans smoking in businesses and eating establishments.
During the meeting Tuesday, however, as discussion progressed, a division among council members began to develop, and it wasnt just smokers vs. non-smokers. ...
brings mixed views on Lake Saint Louis smoking ban
Several Lake Saint Louis residents and business owners let officials know during a public hearing Tuesday their position on whether the city should ban smoking in public places.
The Board of Aldermen is considering a bill that would prohibit smoking in any business that relies on walk-in traffic.
About 40 to 50 people attended the hearing. One of those, Larry Hunter, said he is a nonsmoker who opposes the smoking ban.
"I like freedom more than I dislike smoke," he said. "I'm growing weary of government intrusion into our lives."
Peggy Collins, a radiation therapist at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, said the proposed ban is a health issue, not a choice issue. Many people can't choose where they work because they need a paycheck, she said.
"I see too many people in our community walk in and out of the doors of Siteman Cancer Center to not support this," Collins said. ...
Considers Smoking Ban
FULTON - It's a heated debate: Fulton Fresh Air, a group promoting a no smoking ordinance, vs. The Hospitality Commission, a group representing six local bars and restaurants.
Regardless of their stance, people in Fulton feel persecuted. Persecuted by it or persecuted because of it.
"We don't feel as though the ordinance is needed," Hospitality Commission President Tom Maupin said.
"The reason it's been a worldwide movement is because we've seen it prove to be such an effective method of improving the quality of life of a community," Fulton Fresh Air Coordinator Ryan Krull said. ...
Saint Louis moves closer to smoking ban
Lake Saint Louis has moved a step closer to a citywide ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Aldermen agreed during a work session Monday to conduct a public hearing on the bill during their next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lake Saint Louis City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive.
The board also agreed with Mayor Mike Potter's recommendation to notify businesses of the proposed ban and the public hearing.
"I want to make sure everyone in Lake Saint Louis hears about this and has an opportunity to give us their input," said Alderman John Pellerito, Ward 3. ...
ban on smoking in public places in Missouri sparks debate
A bipartisan pair of St. Louis County state representatives have introduced legislation that would ban smoking in all bars, restaurants, casinos and workplaces in Missouri.
The legislators say a statewide ban is needed to protect non-smokers from the harmful health and financial effects of secondhand smoke exposure.
"It's not really a ban on smoking," said Rep. Jill Schupp,
the lead Democratic sponsor of the bill. "It's taking smoking out
of public places to protect the patrons and the people who work in those
In November, 65 percent of St. Louis County voters approved an indoor smoking ban for most public places.
"With that kind of mandate, I felt like it was something we ought to consider statewide," said Rep. Walt Bivins, the bill's main Republican sponsor.
Since the state's three largest cities -- Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield -- each have some form of indoor smoking ban, Bivins said there should be "one uniform ban" to make the varying rules less confusing. ...
Five Smokiest Bars in St. Louis
Last week, in conjunction with our feature story on smoking ban loopholes, we asked readers to name the smokiest bar in St. Louis. More than 330 people responded.
The overwhelming winner? "All the bars where you can smoke."
When it came to an actual watering hole in the city or county, the
results were less definitive. At least 75 different establishments received
one or more votes. Still, five places set themselves apart from the
City Council votes to make armory smoke-free environment
HANNIBAL, Mo. On a 4-3 vote, the Hannibal City Council upheld the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board to make the Admiral Coontz Armory a smoke-free environment.
Council members Jason Janes, Kevin Knickerbocker and Barry Louderman voted against the measure, with Mayor Roy Hark, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Behymer, Louis Barta and Jeff Lyng voting for it.
Were very pleased, said Chris Atkinson, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Now we can begin work on making the building smoke free as of July 1. We can be a leader in the community (on a move to make more of Hannibals buildings smoke free).
The vote removes the provision that entities that rent the armory have
the option to allow smoking. Smoking was already banned at city-sponsored
events there. The ban goes into effect at the beginning of the next
fiscal year and does not affect groups that had already contracted to
rent the armory through this year. ...
smoking ban proposed in Missouri
Smoking would be banned in restaurants, bars, casinos and malls statewide under a bill Missouri lawmakers introduced Monday.
Exceptions would include private residences, tobacco retail outlets, outdoor areas and up to 20 percent of hotel and motel rooms.
The legislations sponsor, Rep. Walt Bivins, R-St. Louis, said
Missouri is surrounded on three sides by states that ban smoking: Illinois,
Arkansas and Iowa. Kansas lawmakers are also considering it. Nationwide,
more than half of the states have smoking bans. ...
to review smoking-ban ordinance
Rolla, Mo. - After hearing the results of an air-quality study on the effects of second-hand smoke in eight Rolla establishments, the City Council approved a motion Monday to review a draft ordinance that would ban smoking in all workplaces and public places.
The study, completed Jan. 26 by the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia, found the level of particulate-matter air pollution was more than 45 times higher in places that allowed smoking compared to those that were smoke-free. ...
to ban smoking at armory to go before Hannibal City Council
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Darrell McCoy has mixed feelings about whether the Admiral Coontz Armory should be made a smoke-free environment.
He helped organize the Jaycees' annual Wing Ding at the armory, which attracted about 1,700 people Jan. 23.
"We have a lot of people come from Quincy ... because they were able to stay inside and enjoy a drink and have a cigarette," he said. "On the flip side ... there's people that stayed away because of it." ...
sweeping smoking bans take effect next year, many bar patrons might
not even notice the difference
Chamber: Smoking ban has little affect on business
COLUMBIA -- While Jefferson City leaders debate the smoking issue, its been more than three years since Columbia city leaders adopted a no smoking ordinance for bars, restaurants and businesses.
Columbias smoking ordinance bans smoking inside any public place.
Smokers are allowed to smoke outside of buildings.
Violators can be fined up to $200.
Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Don Laird said his citys no smoking policy has had very little impact on the success and failure of businesses. ...
Council hears smoke-free presentation
Rolla, Mo. - City Council members are again entertaining the notion of limiting smoking in public places.
Jason Sharp, Phelps County Regional Medical Centers director of radiation oncology, presented City Council members Tuesday with statistical information on the dangers of smoking.
With the aid of a PowerPoint production, Sharp presented what he called
evidence from Smoke-free Air For Everyone Rolla (SAFE Rolla)
for why city officials should embrace a smoke-free ...
Free Carthage now numbers 1200
CARTHAGE, Mo. -
Smoke Free Carthage, a group thats pushing for a smoking ban in all public places within the Maple Leaf City, has reached 1,200 members and counting.
T.J. Teed, the groups director as well as Carthage City Council member, spoke briefly during Tuesdays Carthage Caring Communities Coalition monthly meeting.
One of the groups primary goals is to convince as many people as possible that smoking and second-hand smoke are to be avoided at all costs.
Things are going well, he said Tuesday. Weve
written an ordinance plan and (will) propose it to the City Council
at the end of April. ...
City residents discuss smoking, trash program
...Another issue on the table was putting an end to smoking in restaurants and bars.
The group Smoke Free Jefferson City presented a report about the effects of second hand smoke.
Several people at the meeting indicated they would support a public smoking ban.
Councilwoman Carrie Carroll said she would support the measure depending
on how it was worded. So far there is no bill to ban smoking indoors.
Hannibal group pushes for city wide smoking ban
Iowa and Illinois have already gone smoke free now one Hannibal organization is pushing for a similar change in America's Hometown, and the first step is survey of area businesses.
Breathe Easy Hannibal, a local coalition of smoke free supporters put together the survey.
The goal, to find out how Hannibal business and restaurant owners feel about smoking in public.
Breathe Easy received just 10 percent of the surveys back so far, but already a majority of the businesses say they'd like to see smoking snuffed out. ...
ban advocates aim for spot in June election
Citizens for a Smoke-free Nodaway County have given up their attempt to get a workplace smoking ban petition referendum before Maryville voters during the April 6 election.
But organizers of the effort to prohibit smoking inside all places of employment inside the city limits, including private clubs, say they will soldier on and have set their sights on the following election date of June 8.
Teri Harr, a spokesperson for the smoke-free coalition and the health
education coordinator at St. Francis Hospital & Health Services,
said the group met Tuesday and has already collected 500 signatures
of the approximately 1,700 needed for ballot certification. ...
Inn to ban smoking in rooms, lobbies on Jan. 1
One local hotel has decided not to wait until smoke-free advocates collect enough signatures to get a workplace smoking ban proposal before Maryville voters sometime in 2010.
The Comfort Inn, which opened its doors on the south end of Business Route 71 in 1986, will prohibit smoking in all of its rooms and common areas beginning Jan. 1, manager Chuck Hetrick said Tuesday.
Smokers staying at the hotel will still be able to light up at a couple
of outdoor locations placed at least 25 feet away from entrances and
equipped with ash receptacles and bench seating.
Kirkwood is preparing to say goodbye to smoke.
The cloud of smoke and strong odor of cigarettes that greet patrons at the door of the landmark Geyer Inn will be gone Saturday.
Late-night customers at PJ's Tavern won't be permitted to puff on a cigarette with their Bud Light.
Smoke-filled bars, restaurants and workplaces will be no more than a memory starting Jan. 2, when a smoking ban takes effect across the city.
Voters overwhelmingly approved Kirkwood's Clean Air Act on Nov. 3.
Kirkwood will be the second St. Louis County municipality to go smoke-free; Ballwin is the other. They will be joined in July by Clayton.
to hold public hearing on smoking ban
A survey shows Festus residents support a ban on smoking in workplaces including restaurant and bars, a statement by the Jefferson County Health Department said today.
Councilman Sam Richards, 4th Ward, on Dec. 16 proposed that the city council should ask voters to consider imposing a smoking ban similar to the one St. Louis County voters have approved.
The city plans to hold a public hearing on the issue, but has not set a date, City Clerk Kerry Patek said. Officials have not done anything to prepare a bill about a ban, she said.
The St. Louis County ban prohibits smoking in enclosed places of employment and enclosed public places with exceptions. It exempts private residences as long as they do not contain child or adult day-care facilities, and allows smoking in 20 percent of the rooms in hotels and motels. ...
A decision by the Maryville City Council Monday to withhold action on a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking from all workplaces inside the city limits until the question can be decided by voters is apparently more complicated than it sounds.
Teri Harr, a health educator at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services and one of the leaders of Citizens for a Smoke-free Nodaway County, said Wednesday she has learned that putting a smoking ban on the ballot will require a petition initiative ordinance, which the city does not now have.
Harr said she discovered the lack of a mechanism for placing petition initiatives before local voters after checking with the Missouri Municipal League following this week's council meeting.
She subsequently spoke with Mayor Chad Jackson, who she said told her
that the city's governing board would try to consider an initiative
ordinance at its next regular session on Monday, Dec. 28.
"I see no reason why it couldn't come to a vote on the 28th,"
Jackson said. "But I'm just one of five. I don't know how the rest
of the council feels about it." ...
Council opts to put workplace smoking issue in voters' hands
The Maryville City Council has finally made a decision on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in all workplaces within the city limits. Let the people choose.
After two public meetings that included sometimes emotional statements, pro and con, by Maryville residents, health activists and business owners, discussion returned to the council Monday evening. The citys five-member governing board discussed the issue for about 20 minutes while Mayor Chad Jackson sought to steer the debate toward consensus. ...
hospitals lead the way on smoking bans
Most hospitals in the country will have smoking bans on their campuses by next year, but St. Louis hospitals already breathe easy.
National regulations for hospitals have banned smoking inside medical buildings since 1992. About five years ago, hospitals started adopting smoke-free policies for their entire campuses, including parking lots, private vehicles and outdoor common areas.
Missouri, which has one of the nation's highest smoking rates at 24 percent, was at the forefront of making hospitals entirely smoke-free. ...
ban advocates have local victory
WARRENSBURG, Mo. --The will of the majority is being made obvious throughout the country in the form of non-smoking legislation. According to Smoke Free USA, at least 37 states have enacted some type of state-wide, smoke-free legislation banning the use of cigarettes in certain locations.
Missouri is not on that list, but none the less Warrensburg residents will see smoking bans in most of the businesses throughout the city, while a group called Peers Advocating for Smoke-Free Solutions (PASS) at UCM fights for the same type of rules to be enforced campus-wide.
Janice Putnam, associate professor of nursing and member of PASS, said that because of the obvious health risks caused by secondhand smoke, PASS is attempting to ban all smoking anywhere on campus.
"There are such strong health concerns with smoking. No one will debate that anymore," Putnam said. "We're looking at not only a change politically in the community, but also on campus. It's just the community has taken action quicker than the campus. Our ultimate goal would be a smoke-free campus."
On Nov. 23, the Warrensburg City Council passed an ordinance banning
smoking in many local businesses with only few exceptions to the rule.
This law will take effect Nov. 30, 2010, but Johnson County Health Specialist
Raymond James said the enforcement of the law will be mainly up to residents
to follow and enforce, but in Warrensburg tickets can still be issued
for offenders. ...
Smoking ban comes to forefront
The interesting thing is how this comes to be a topic of discussion. No group currently is pressing for a ban. No petition is being circulated to bring it to the ballot. City Manager Vince Capell says flatly he will not use the energies of city staff to push for a smoking ban.
And still, the prospect that the city could move in this direction by seeking a federal smoking-prevention grant has stirred spirited comment in the News-Press and around town.
The most prominent objector has been Council Member Mike Bozarth, who both smokes and objects . . .
We think the day is coming when the citys voters will be asked to approve a smoking ban for places such as restaurants. Advocates will note the dangers of secondhand smoke and more. Business owners almost certainly will talk about what a ban would mean for them. We could all learn something from the debate. ...
Slay: All of Lambert, including smoking lounges, will be smoke free
And that includes the airport's smoking lounges.
Slay commented on his blog this week after fielding questions from the Post-Dispatch about a conflict between the new St. Louis County smoking ban -- which exempts the smoking lounges -- and the city ban -- which does not. Both take effect on Jan. 2, 2011.
Slay noted that the airport is a "political hybrid," in that it is in St. Louis County but owned by the city. But the decision on smoking, Slay said on his blog, belongs to the city, "as owner of the facility."
St. Louis County counselor Patricia Redington said the smoking lounge exemption is clear in the county ordinance. ...
to debate workplace smoking ban at Dec. 14 meeting
Mayor Chad Jackson said Wednesday there have been no formal discussions between council members about the ordinance, a draft of which was provided to city officials by Citizens for a Smoke-Free Nodaway County.
After debating the matter among themselves at the council's next regular session, the five-member municipal panel could, at a subsequent meeting, adopt the ordinance as submitted, adopt part of it, adopt a revised version, or do nothing. ...
to Overturn St. Louis Smoking Ban Would Focus on Casino Exemption
St. Louis' most tireless smoking-ban opponent Bill Hannegan stopped by the Riverfront Times the other day. In so doing, Hannegan hinted how his Keep St. Louis Free plans to topple the ban in the city that is slated to go into effect January 2011.
The strategy, says Hannegan, would be to challenge the ban's exemption that allows for smoking to continue unabated in St. Louis casinos.
A quick refresher for those of you not caught up on the issue: On November 3, voters in St. Louis County overwhelmingly voted in a smoking ban that also triggered a somewhat similar ban for the city of St. Louis.
Both the city and county laws exempt casinos from the smoking bans. In the county, so-called "drinking bars" whose alcohol sales outweigh food sales by a margin of 3 to 1 will be exempted from the ban indefinitely. In the city, bars of a certain size (less than 2,000 square feet) are also exempted from the ban but only for a period of five years. After that, all bars will be smoke free.
The sunset provision of the city's ban particularly irks Hannegan.
"This is going to hurt bar owners in the city a lot more than in
the county," he says. ...
wants grant to battle smoking
The American Cancer Society asks smokers to give up the habit for one day today as part of the Great American Smokeout.
A $2 million federal grant could help St. Joseph fight an anti-smoking battle of its own with longer lasting results.
The City Council gave the City of St. Joseph Health Department the
green light Monday to apply for the Communities Putting Prevention to
Work grant part of the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act
of 2009. If the funding is approved, the health department will work
with Heartland Health, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior
Services, Buchanan County, the St. Joseph School District, Missouri
Western State University, the St. Joseph Youth Alliance and the University
of Missouri to implement an anti-smoking marketing campaign, smoking
cessation services and other programs. ...
Clears Air On Pair Of Smoking Bans
For Kirkwood residents, the biggest difference between the new no-smoking measures approved by voters Nov. 3 - one for the city, one for the whole county - is that restrictions will go into effect a year earlier.
The city's ordinance, which is in some ways more stringent, becomes effective Jan. 2; the county ordinance goes on line a year later.
City Attorney John Hessel spelled out the differences to the Kirkwood City Council last week. In all cases, the stiffer rules will apply, and in nearly all cases that will be Kirkwood's rules, he said.
"The good news is that in many cases the regulations are very
similar," Hessel said.
council holds second town hall on proposed ban
The Maryville City Council held their second of two town hall meetings on November 9 on the proposed smoking ban. The ordinance, as presented to the council, would specify no smoking in all public work places including 20 feet surrounding the building.
Mayor Chad Jackson opened the meeting to a crowd of nearly 65 individuals
by allowing those opposed to the ban to speak and then allowed those
in favor of the ban to voice their concerns.
area cities handled the smoking-ban issue
In mid-2003 Kansas City Health Director Rex Archer began promoting a smoking ban for city restaurants. It was a great idea, and it helped lead to a campaign on my part and many others for a regional smoke-free law for all public places.
Not everyone agreed, led by restaurant and bar owners, plus others who didnt want to lose their right to blow smoke where they wanted.
Fast-forward six years.
Today after plenty of contentious debates, too many delays but also many positive moves by elected officials and voters good laws now protect the great majority of area residents from second-hand smoke in restaurants, bars, office buildings and other public places.
Cities without laws, such as Raytown and Grandview, have had plenty of opportunities to stop being the regions ashtrays. All have badly fumbled their chances.
Heres a grade card on how area cities handled the issue of smoking
City Considers Smoking Ban
Saint Louis County recently passed an ordinance banning smoking in most bars and restaurants. The easily passed smoking ban has led many Jefferson City residents to question whether St. Louis's ban will influence their city to pass a similar ordinance.Felicia Poettgen is the chairperson of Smoke Free Jefferson City. She says a smoking ban should not economically hurt restaurants in Jefferson City.
"We have seen the sales tax reports from Columbia. And from that we have seen from that we've seen that there is no affect. Even in this economic downturn, the sales tax reports from restaurants and bars have not gone down, in fact it has increased. I know a lot of times people say, O these places close down. It's to our knowledge the places that closed down where the places that were going to close down anyways."
A smoking ban failed to pass in 2003, but Poettgen says times have changed. She says the St. Louis County's smoking ban approval will greatly influence Jefferson City.
Charles, Dardenne Prairie mayors want countywide vote on smoking ban
I think it was the right way to do it, take it to the public, York said. In just a matter of time, well all be smoke-free. It will be one by one, watching the pins drop.
Last year, when a St. Charles city panel on health issues made an unsuccessful proposal for a smoking ban limited to her city, York said she preferred that the issue instead be addressed on a statewide basis by the Legislature.
Now that St. Louis County has acted, York said, it makes sense for St. Charles County to vote as well.
To ensure that businesses in St. Charles County arent at a disadvantage, York said, any ballot proposal should contain the same exemptions that St. Louis County adopted. Among the exemptions to the smoking ban there are casino gambling floors and bars that derive 25 percent or less of their income from food or other non-liquor items.
smoking debate continues at second public hearing
The Maryville City Council presided over its second public hearing in as many weeks Monday night in order to gather more citizen input with regard to a proposed workplace-smoking ban inside the city limits.
Just over 60 people attended the hearing, which was moved from City Hall to the Nodaway County Administration Building conference room in anticipation of a large crowd.
Several of those who showed up to make their views known also spoke
at the first hearing on Oct. 26. Members of the Citizens for a Smoke-Free
Nodaway County advocacy group once again wore their powder-blue "I
(heart) Maryville" T-shirts. ...
for smoking ban in Cape encouraged after St. Louis County passes ban
Voters in St. Louis County recently passed a ban on smoking in most public places, and that has folks pushing for a similar ban in Cape Girardeau excited.
The folks Heartland News talked to believe they can work with city leaders to pass a similar ordinance down the road to ban smoking in most public places.
It's a proposal that's so controversial it gets people fired up no matter how they feel.
You may soon have to put out your cigarettes in restaurants, bars and workplaces if two local groups have their way.
Cape Breathe Easy and SEMO PASS (Peers Advocating Smoke Free Solutions) want you to sign a petition calling for restrictions on smoking. ...
St. Louis County led in smoking ban votes
West St. Louis County townships provided more votes last Tuesday in St. Louis County for banning smoking in indoor public places, but the strongest sentiment for the ban came from townships in the central part of the county.
The St. Louis County Election Board on Friday made public township-by-township results on the smoking ban and on a 0.1-cent sales tax for a countywide emergency communications system. The breakdown was from unofficial final results with slightly revised numbers from Tuesday night's figures. The board's staff is working on the official count and has until Nov. 17 to complete and certify it.
The smoking ban received 27,147 favorable votes in west St. Louis County townships, 1,006 more votes than those cast for the ban in central St. Louis County townships.
wonder if smoking ban will waft westward
Jason Robinson, a smoker from St. Peters, worries that St. Louis County voters' approval of a ban on smoking in most public places will trigger a push to do the same in St. Charles County.
"I have a feeling that (as) the next county over, they'll probably try and do the same thing," said Robinson, 37, who was interviewed while puffing on a cigarette outside Mid Rivers Mall.
St. Louis County's vote last week indeed has spurred new efforts to enact similar prohibitions.
St. Charles County Councilwoman Cheryl Hibbeler, D-O'Fallon, plans to see whether there is council support to either pass a ban for unincorporated areas or schedule an election on a countywide ban. . . .
In Lake Saint Louis, Alderman John Pellerito says he'll ask his board to reverse its rejection in 2007 of his proposal for a city ban. . . .
officials in three of the county's largest cities -- O'Fallon, St. Charles and Wentzville -- said they saw no sign that the St. Louis County vote had improved the chances of passage on their governing boards ...
wants JC to go smoke free
JEFFERSON CITY -- Earlier this week, voters in several counties across the state voted to go smoke free.
St. Louis County voters approved a smoking ban in restaurants and most
other indoor businesses. The City of St. Louis will also go smoke free.
And that's good news for one local group who says it's time Jefferson
City follows suit.
ban exemptions are now the focus of criticism
Steve Stenger, the County Council member who insisted that any ban include a casino exemption, said he expected the council to move next year to rescind it.
"With upwards of 65 percent of the people voting in favor of the ban, I think you can see the day coming to phase out that exemption," said Stenger, D-Affton. "Tuesday showed very clearly that most people do not want to be exposed to smoke in any public place."
Stenger predicted that the County Council would take action to eliminate the exemption shortly after the ban takes effect in 2011. If it chose, the council could change the ordinance on its own without submitting it to public vote again. . . .
The city and county exemptions drew attention on many fronts Wednesday.
Those who fought the bans said the casino exemption was unconstitutional,
and could be used to invalidate the entire proposition.
Bill Hannegan, an activist against both smoking bans, said opponents met Wednesday with lawyers to discuss ways to overturn them. . . .
And he said his group has discussed an initiative petition to address the most restrictive provisions of the city ban. His group, Keep St. Louis Free, views the city ban as more onerous than the county ban, which has the exemption for bars that make less than 25 percent of their revenue off food. ...
approves smoking ban
St. Louis County voters on Tuesday simultaneously made most public places there and in the city smoke-free.
With light turnout -- about 20 percent of the county's 705,000 registered voters -- about two-thirds of them favored Proposition N, which, with some exemptions, bans smoking in public places on Jan. 2, 2011.
The ban applies to the city also because the Board of Aldermen last month approved a similar measure, contingent on county passage. The city ban, including exemptions, also takes effect Jan. 2, 2011.
With the statewide ban in Illinois, Tuesday's vote means that two-thirds of the St. Louis area's population will live in an area that bans smoking in public places.
Meanwhile, Kirkwood voters overwhelmingly passed a separate ban that is more strict than the county's, in that it applies to all bar-restaurants. The county's ban exempts bars that don't sell a lot of food, but does allow municipalities to enact stricter bans. The county's exceptions also include casino gaming floors and the smoking lounges at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. . . .
Voss predicted that his association would challenge the smoking ban in court. The ban, he said, "is so unfair."
Bill Hannegan, a leading opponent of smoking bans, said he and his supporters soon will consider whether to challenge the constitutionality of the exemption for casinos gaming floors. He called it "special interest" legislation.
Some Kirkwood bar and restaurant owners who fought the last smoking
ban proposal there in 2006 did not wage a campaign this time.
ban, tax OK'd
By a margin of 2,684 yes votes to 1,127 no votes, Liberty voters Tuesday, Nov. 3, overwhelmingly approved a tougher smoking ban than one adopted by the City Council earlier this year. The ban takes effect in 60 days.
The measure approved prohibits smoking in most public places, including
bars and restaurants. Smoking is allowed on outdoor patios, in 25 percent
of hotel and motel rooms and in designated areas in city parks ...
ban, other issues on ballot today
A partial smoking ban in St. Louis County is one of several area ballot
questions to be decided by voters today. The indoor smoking ban would
still allow smoking on casino gaming floors and in bars that derive
at least 75 percent of their income from alcohol sales. The measure
also would effectively apply to the city of St. Louis, because a measure
approved by the city Board of Aldermen is dependent on the county vote.
Kirkwood voters will decide on a separate smoking ban in that city.
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Louis County voters ready to decide smoking issue
Voters in St. Louis County will go to the polls Tuesday and decide whether most bars and restaurants should go smoke-free.
The indoor smoking ban measure - Proposition N - would cover most public venues with the exception of casinos. Jon Rand, an owner of Discount Smoke Shop based in St. Louis, says if it is approved, money usually spent in St. Louis County will go elsewhere.
"It's incredible to me that the county council would put this on the ballot without doing an economic impact study on just what the effects would be and who's going to be hurt - big time - are these small neighborhood bars, that sort of thing," Rand said. . . .
Opponents also say bars and restaurants should have the freedom to decide for themselves whether to allow smoking. Martin Pion, president of Missouri GASP -- an anti-indoor smoking pollution group - says no, they shouldn't, "No more than you should allow business owners to have flaky asbestos ceiling tiles or lead paint on their windows and doors. I mean this is pure and simple a health issue." ...
ban, affecting both St. Louis County and city, tops Tuesday's ballot
A proposal that would ban smoking in indoor public areas in St. Louis
County -- and indirectly in the city of St. Louis -- tops Tuesday's
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Illinois has no elections Tuesday. ...
Missourians are ready for a smoke-free state
I believe Missouri is ready for a smoke-free policy, but, because key leaders stand in the way, this is a case in which the people will have to take the power into their own hands through local ordinances.
When a critical mass of local ordinances has been reached, a statewide law will become inevitable. I wish the policy being considered for St. Louis County was stronger, but it is a good beginning. People who care about public health should vote yes Proposition N (St. Louis County) and Proposition I (Kirkwood) on Nov. 3 in order to move the state forward. --- State Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford -- D-St. Louis
Restaurant to snuff out smoking section on Nov. 1
Gray's Truck Stop & Restaurant on the Highway 136 loop just north of Maryville is one of those classic highway diners . . .
Well, nix on the cigarettes. Bowing to the winds of a changing culture, the popular eatery will go smoke-free Sunday, Nov. 1, a move that comes just as the city of Maryville is considering expanding its no-smoking statute, which applies to restaurants and banquet halls, to all workplaces inside the city limits. . . .
There's a smoke-free dining area on the other side of the counter and an electric smoke eater sitting on a high shelf, but the place has always smelled like burning tobacco.
But more and more, said Marc Neff, who owns and operates Gray's along with partners Tim and Dave Thompson, that's just not what customers want. The decision to go smoke-free, he said, is based on dollars and nothing else.
"It's just a business decision," ...
on Prop N, the countywide smoking ban on Nov. 3 ballot, will shape smoking
policy in region
It's a good time to be a St. Louis County resident who routinely votes. If you like attention and influence, that is.
Both sides in the battle over Proposition N, the county's smoking ban measure, are focusing their last-minute efforts on people who go to the polls -- not just in high-profile election years but also in so-called off years like 2009. With low turnout expected, reaching these voters is crucial for the campaigns.
Then there are the interested observers from St. Louis who will be
closely monitoring the election results. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen
voted 20-7 last week to approve a smoking ban that is contingent on
the county enacting its ban. That means county voters will have the
definitive say on the smoking ban issue for much of the region -- at
least for now.
What about costs of this effort? As the Beacon reported this week, relatively little money has been spent on either side. The pro-Proposition N group, County Citizens for Cleaner Air, as of earlier this week reported raising only $12,336, spending $2,502.59, with $9,833.50 on hand. The opposition, Citizens Against Proposition N, reported raising $5,000, spending $11,867, with $104.85 on hand, and a debt of $11,972.
Both sides say they plan to push their campaigning in the final days.
Tobacco On Tuesday
Passionate proponents would have us believe that a passing whiff of cigarette smoke endangers lives. Passionate opponents would have us believe that bar and restaurant business will evaporate like smoke if patrons can't light up.
There has long been a national movement toward smoke-free public environments that will be nearly complete when all bar and restaurant smoking is forbidden. That is the direction of the public tide. It is unlikely that will reverse anytime soon. But the question is raised about how much freedom of living we are willing to trade for ridding our lives of risk - or more specifically, ridding the lives of our neighbors of risk whether or not they choose healthier lifestyles. . . .
So go to the polls on Tuesday. Voter turnout is predicted to be light. Your vote can make a difference. You can choose restriction or you can vote for freedom of the marketplace. It is your choice. And we will all learn to accept the outcome, however it falls. Won't we?
Or will we take one modicum of successful control and find new targets?
residents to vote on tighter limits on smoking
Although Libertys city council approved a measure to limit smoking earlier this year, a group of residents thought it didnt go far enough.
On Tuesday, voters will decide whether they want to replace the current measure with a stricter one that would ban smoking in most public places.
Clay Lozier watched with interest when the city council debated and then passed a smoking measure in March. The final results disappointed him. He felt it was watered down and had too many exceptions.
It was just so frustrating, said Lozier, chairman of Smoke
Free Liberty, which is promoting the stricter ban. It just seemed
like such a halfway measure. ...
voters may decide fate of St. Louis County smoking ban
A quarter of St. Louis County's voters maybe 175,000 could be deciding on Tuesday whether the city and county, with a combined population of 1.35 million, go smoke-free.
The city last week made its smoking ban contingent on the county enacting a ban. And with turnout Tuesday expected to be 25 percent of the county's 705,000 registered voters, a lot will be riding on a relatively few voters.
Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia and some smaller suburbs, including Ballwin, Clayton and Arnold here, already have bans, but Tuesday's vote will affect more Missourians than all of the other bans combined.
Proposition N would prohibit smoking countywide, with a significant
exception for casinos, and take effect on Jan. 2, 2011. Kirkwood is
also voting Tuesday on a similar ban, called Proposition I. It would
take effect Jan. 2. ...
Alleys Speaking Out Against Proposed County Smoking Ban
HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - With an estimated 20 percent of business at stake, bowling alleys are becoming the battlegrounds for the St. Louis County smoking ban on next week's ballot. The proposed ban has several exemptions for casinos and bars but not for bowling alleys. So owners and users are being very vocal when it comes to a smoking ban, especially since it is only a short drive to other locations where you can smoke and bowl in the same place.
Bowling a couple frames is a favored past-time. For many knocking down pins goes with lighting up smokes.
"A lot of them smoke studies show 20-30 percent of bowlers do smoke," argues Tom Shucart of Hazelwood Bowl.
If a majority of voters in St. Louis County say yes to Proposition
"N" next week, smoking at Hazelwood Bowl and most other public
places would be illegal by 2011. With the Ford plant across the street
gone, Shucart fears a smoking ban will chase many of his remaining customers
away as well. ...
MARYVILLE, Mo. Two sides of a proposed expansion of Maryvilles smoking ban aired their opinions before City Council members Monday night.
The proposal seeks to enact a workplace smoking ban, prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment. Mayor Chad Jackson said the council sought public opinion as a means of gauging interest in the issue.
Those who favored an ordinance spoke first, led by Teri Harr, health education coordinator and patient advocate at St. Francis Hospital & Health Services. ...
group hopes to clear air in Fulton
A new group of concerned citizens is working on a three-pronged effort to help Fulton residents breathe a little easier when they are out and about in the city.
The Fresh Air Fulton Coalition recently appeared before the Fulton
City Council to briefly explain their mission to help people quit using
tobacco, prevent youth from starting the habit and protect residents
from secondhand smoke, which group organizers hope to soon start implementing
throughout the community. ...
aldermen pass smoking ban contingent on county approval
After a marathon session of debates and amendments on Friday, city aldermen approved a bill banning smoking in most bars and restaurants.
The bill, approved 20-7, would ban indoor smoking -- with several key exceptions -- contingent on St. Louis County voters approving a similar ban on the Nov. 3 ballot.
That vote, in effect, will decide the smoking ban issue for much of
aldermen approve smoking ban, conditional on county action
After more than three hours of debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted 20-7 today to approve a ban on smoking in most public places.
The ban goes into effect only if St. Louis County voters approve their proposed smoking ban, which is on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The bill will get a final pro-forma reading next week and then go to Mayor Francis Slay, who has made clear he'll sign it.
Aldermanic opponents had sought to stall today's final vote by offering a series of amendments aimed at either watering down the ban, or making the final version less palatable to some supporters.
The power of the internet was also on display, with Twitter filled
with Tweets posted rapidly by both sides and their allies during the
height of the debate. ...
Today's meeting was a lesson in how sausage -- and cigarettes -- are made.
As mentioned on this here blog earlier today, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved by a 20-7 vote a bill that would prohibit smoking in most bars and restaurants should voters in St. Louis County also approve a smoking ban on November 3.
The nearly-four-hour debate inside the board chambers was one of the longest in memory with aldermen attempting to attach no less than five separate amendments to the bill.
Doing their best to hold up passage of the bill was a block of south city aldermen -- Ken Ortmann (Ward 9), Stephen Gregali (Ward 14) and Stephen Conway (Ward 8) -- who did everything but read out of the telephone book in their attempt to delay a vote.
In the end, though, the bill passed with the addition of one amendment
designed to aide small taverns defined as those establishments whose
customer space (all areas besides kitchens, bathrooms and storage rooms)
measures less than 2,000 square feet. Taverns under that size would
have five years to adhere to the ban once it goes into effect.
The board debate was sparked by much grandstanding and hyperbole, but none more entertaining than a speech by Freeman Bosley Sr. (Ward 3) who explained to his colleagues how tobacco is processed. According to the alderman, tobacco is left to dry in barns where it attracts all types of vermin including "oppossums, rats, waterbugs and cockroaches."
"Then they come up and scoop up all that tobacco and grind it up with the insects and animals in there and then they spray it with formaldehyde," said Bosley. "When you smoke and you hear something pop and crackle in the cigarette, that's rat's eyeballs burning up!" ...
proposal lights up city
The University may not be the only part of Maryville to ban smoking if a new proposed ordinance is passed. . . .
This June, a coalition group called "Citizens for a Smoke-Free Nodaway County" proposed the draft ordinance that would ban smoking in all workplaces; the grass roots organization started in 1998.
Teri Harr, Citizens for a Smoke-Free Nodaway County chairwoman, said the goal of the group is to "protect every worker in the community, from second hand smoke in this public health issue".
Harr, who is also the health education coordinator at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services, said one of the first things the coalition did was get tobacco products put behind the counter. ...
Ban Debated Today at Board of Aldermen
Updated 12:12 p.m. Debate today was canceled last minute as the bill was placed on the board's informal calendar. Bill is now schedule for discussion at next Friday's meeting.
The citywide smoking ban floated by Ward 28 Alderwoman Lyda Krewson goes to the floor of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today for final debate.
Tweeting updates from the 10 a.m. meeting, Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett
reports that ex-smoker Alderman Freeman Bosley's grandchild is creating
a spectacle running all over the place. ...
ban to be on ballot
Liberty voters will decide Tuesday, Nov. 3, whether they want a stricter smoking ban in place than the one adopted by the City Council in March.
With only two issues on the ballot, Clay County Election Board officials anticipate a low voter turnout. Liberty has 19,089 active registered voters, according to the election board.
Heres what you need to know: The proposed issue restricts smoking in almost all enclosed areas open to the public, including bars and restaurants. There are some exceptions, though. Smoking could be allowed in 25 percent of hotel and motel rooms, on outdoor patios and in designated areas of city parks.
After months of contentious debate, the council earlier adopted an ordinance that allowed smoking in bars that grossed less than 10 percent of revenue from the sale of food, restaurants that seated less than 50 people and in the bowling alley. Other bars and restaurants were given one year to comply.
With a simple majority, voters could now replace the existing ordinance.
If the new smoking ban passes, it would take effect in 60 days. ...
Liberty voters should take the opportunity on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to make their views strongly known on a smoking-ban referendum. It would take effect 60 days after passage.
With only the smoking ban and a one-eighth-cent Clay County law enforcement sales tax on the ballot, voter turnout could be sparse.
About 30 states and hundreds of cities across the country have already
enacted smoking bans, and its time Liberty joined in this growing
public mandate. We recommend a yes vote. ...
It is said that politics makes for strange bedfellows. That was the case Saturday, Oct. 10, when Smoke Free Liberty supporters kicked off their campaign at The Dish pizza restaurant and bar.
Earlier this year owners of The Dish, Jason and Mattie Ransom, had come out against a proposed smoking ban considered by the City Council. Eventually, the council in March adopted a watered-down ordinance that still allowed smoking in bars that sold less than 10 percent in food, in the bowling alley and in restaurants that seated fewer than 50.
Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 3, will have a chance to adopt a stricter law that prohibits smoking in almost all enclosed public spaces, including bars and restaurants. Smoking would be allowed on outdoor patios, in designated areas of city parks and in 25 percent of hotel and motel rooms. ...
to derail smoking ban begins
The "Citizens Against Proposition N" committee contends that
a smoking ban would have a negative impact on county businesses and
result in a loss of freedom ...
ordinance on a city-wide smoking ban is ready for public response
The City of Warrensburg has published a proposed ordinance on a city-wide smoking ban ( www.warrensburg-mo.com) that the City Council is considering.
The document is also on file with the City Clerk for review at 102 S. Holden. Public comment will be taken from citizens until 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, via a link on the Web page or in writing to the City Clerk. These comments will be given to City Council at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 26.
The Council will conduct a public comment meeting on the proposed -Public Health/Smoking Ban ordinance at the Community Center, Multi Room A, B & C, 445 E. Gay St., at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. ...
voters to decide whether to snuff out smoking in public
Kirkwood voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to approve a proposed ban on indoor smoking in public places citywide.
Called Proposition 1, the ballot issue asks whether smoking in enclosed places of employment and public places should be prohibited.
It includes some exemptions, such as tobacco stores, taxes, 20 percent of the rooms in any hotel and any private membership organizations that existed before March 1.
A simple majority would be needed for passage. ...
challenge to Kansas City smoking ban fails
Louis smoking ban bill moves forward
A city panel approved a smoking ban proposal, but it could be years before some establishments would have to follow the revamped measure if at all.
After a lengthy debate Wednesday, the Board of Aldermen's Health Committee endorsed sending the plan, with amendments, to the full board, which could hear it later this month.
The bill, sponsored by Central West End Alderman Lyda Krewson, would
be activated only if St. Louis County approves a ban of its own. That
means, in effect, county voters could decide the issue for the city
as well when they cast their ballots on a smoking ban proposal next
Free Liberty campaign to kick off Oct. 10
A group of Smoke Free Liberty advocates will gather at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, to kick-off their campaign to provide a total smoke-free setting for all Liberty employees. The group will meet at The Dish restaurant at 846 Missouri Highway 291.
Clay Lozier, Liberty business owner and chairman of the Smoke Free
Liberty campaign, will speak to the group about the upcoming comprehensive
no-smoking ballot issue being brought before Liberty residents on Tuesday,
Nov. 3. ...
Councilman Resigns from Office; Wanted Tougher Smoking Ban
One gets the feeling that Wildwood City Council meetings might actually be worth checking out.
Last spring a former councilman in the west county suburb made headlines when he presented an outgoing official a necktie emblazoned with the man's photo and the words, "I Am Sofa King We Todd Did."
Then last week councilman Bruce Colella publicly announced his resignation
during a factious debate when Mayor Tim Woerther said he would veto
tough public-smoking ban endorsed by Colella. ...
committees form for both sides in St. Louis County ...
Campaign committees for and against a smoking ban in public indoor places in St. Louis County registered last Thursday with the St. Louis County Election Board. Voters will consider the issue at a special election Nov. 3.
Citizens for a Smoke-Free County is the group promoting the ban. The opposing group is Citizens Against Proposition N. ...
mayor says it's unclear if councilman will regain seat
Bruce Colella admits he let his anger get the best of him when he abruptly resigned from the Wildwood City Council on Monday night during a meeting about a proposed smoking ban.
It only took him about 90 minutes to realize his mistake and take back his resignation.
But now, it's uncertain what effect that lapse will have on Colella's ability to remain in office. Mayor Tim Woerther says he doesn't know if Colella is still in fact a council member. . . .
Monday night's meeting grew contentious over a proposed smoking ban. Colella was angry that Woerther told the council he would veto any ban the council adopted without a vote of the city residents.
"I knew Tim was against it, but I didn't know he would threaten to veto it," said Colella, who supported the ban.
The proposal was put on hold until after St. Louis County voters decide Nov. 3 whether to impose a countywide smoking ban. ...
ban is on hold in Wildwood
WILDWOOD The proposed Wildwood Clean Air Act will likely smolder, unresolved, until after St. Louis County voters decide Nov. 3 whether to impose a countywide smoking ban.
But the city's more stringent proposal ignited impassioned debate among City Council members Monday night, and attempts at compromise led one councilman to tender his resignation.
Mayor Timothy Woerther cautioned the council that he would veto any smoking ban that was adopted without a vote of city residents. On Tuesday he said, "At this juncture, my read is that there's not going to be a push to bring this back until after we have the countywide vote."
If county voters approve a ban, individual local governments still will have the option of adopting more stringent regulations. ...
City Hall, surprise move sidelines smoking ban bill once again
ST. LOUIS After a twenty-minute grilling from colleague Stephen Conway, Alderman Lyda Krewson was poised for a long hearing today in defense of her bill to ban indoor smoking in the city.
Instead, she got an early and unexpected exit.
Once Conway had finished his cross-examination of Krewson a meandering question-and-question session that segued from patio smoking to the economic impact of a ban Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe suggested the Health Committee adjourn so it can take a better look at the potential fiscal consequences.
A surprised Conway seconded the motion. It passed the Health Committee 7-2.
Just like that, Krewsons optimism about the bills chance of passing out of committee today went up in, well, smoke.
I assume they wanted to kill the bill or stall the bill,
Krewson said after the truncated meeting. ...
Louis County Municipal League supports indoor smoking ban
The ban on smoking in indoor public places on the Nov. 3 ballot in St. Louis County won the endorsement of the St. Louis County Municipal League with ease Thursday night.
About 60 municipal officials attended the leagues monthly meeting at the new nature lodge in Florissants Sunset Park on scenic bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. In a voice vote, only four people opposed backing the measure.
The vote did not mean that about 60 municipalities supported the measure because some municipalities had more than one official at the session.
St. Louis County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City ...
> SMOKING BAN IS DISCUSSED
Mayor Tim Woerther said Monday that a vote on an indoor smoking ban
could come before the City Council next month. Some residents and council
members supporting the ban are eager to have it brought to a vote. They
expressed frustration that the council has moved cautiously to gauge
public sentiment before passing or rejecting an issue affecting public
smoking vote could lead City Hall to change course
ST. LOUIS The pending decision for county voters whether to approve a smoking ban could go a long way towards what City Hall plans to do on the contentious issue.
When the Board of Aldermen adjourned last month, they had a proposal
in committee to ban smoking in most public places, but only if the County
Council approved a similar measure ...
executive signs WU-backed smoking bill
St. Louis County Executive Charles Dooley signed a bill on Friday to put a Washington University-endorsed smoking ban referendum on the November ballot, following weeks of heated County Council meetings and public debate.
If you had asked me two months ago if I thought the voters in St. Louis County would have this opportunity in November, I would have said no, said Robert Blaine, medical public policy specialist at the University. So I think its a significant step forward.
The signature virtually assures the ban will go on the county ballot, meaning students registered to vote in Missouri who live west of the Brookings parking lot can vote on it. . . .
On Aug. 4, the University pushed the County Council to put as comprehensive a ban on the ballot as possible. Despite the final measures exemptions, Blaine said the University supports putting it on the ballot and letting voters decide the issue for themselves. ...
decision on smoking issue expected soon
On Tuesday night, a bill that would ban smoking in most indoor public
places passed by a 4-3 vote of the St. Louis County Council. If Dooley
signs it, ...
Smoking ban proponents are not happy with many of the concessions that
were added to the bill. County Executive Charlie Dooley, who favors
a state-wide ban, ...
groups say 'no' to smoking ban
Louis County Council approves smoking ban
The St. Louis County Council passed a smoking ban Tuesday night that
will, with the signature of County Executive Charlie Dooley and a court
order required because of missed deadlines, go to voters in November.
The bill allows any business doing 75 percent of its sales in alcohol
an exemption from the ban. The gaming floors of casinos are also exempt.
Groups like the American Cancer Society said the exemptions make the bill too weak. And changing a smoking ban in the future would be more difficult than starting over on the current proposal. ...
Wildwood Considers Smoking Ban After Student Research Project
The city of Wildwood is once again talking about a smoke-free ordinance. And it looks like it'll take one more city council meeting to approve or halt a smoking ban. The driving force behind the proposed ban is a group of young people who are too young to smoke even if they wanted to. This entire thing started as a class project for seventh graders at Rockwood Valley Middle School. And now their project has won national recognition.
The students were too busy Monday night attending their sixth city council meeting of the summer to bask in their glory. Their project, called Secondhand Smoke Is No Joke, involved researching smoking and anti-smoking laws and then proposing them to the Wildwood City Council. That project's been judged one of the dozen best in the country from hundreds submitted by a national group called Project Citizen. Despite opposition from many adults, both politicians and bar owners, the middle schoolers have persevered. ...
to vote on smoking ban
The City Council voted Thursday to put an initiative petition that bans smoking in indoor public places on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The City Council earlier rejected an initiative calling for the ban, which means the proposal must be decided by voters.
With a few exceptions, the anti-smoking measure would allow smoking only in private homes, private vehicles and outdoors. Among exceptions are private clubs established before March 1, retail tobacco stores, and up to 20 percent of hotel and motel rooms, which could be designated smoking rooms.
Supporters of the ban, driven by concerns about secondhand smoke, collected more than 1,000 signatures of Kirkwood voters to bring the measure before the council.
Opponents have said a ban would trample on the rights of business owners and customers who choose to smoke. ...
Smoking Ban Opponents Join Forces Against Current County Bill
The St. Louis County smoking ban battle is heating up once again with enemies on the issue standing together against the ban. And they're opposed to it for the same reason: exemptions. When the debate over a County-wide smoking ban started about one month ago, there were plenty of people speaking out for and against a ban. But on Tuesday, even the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and bar owners all agreed that a ban with exemptions is not worth sending to the voters.
Ginsburg spoke with passion about the proposal to ban smoking indoors countywide, with some big exceptions for casinos, smoking rooms at the airport and existing bars that serve little to no food. Ginsburg's Sports Page Bar and Grill would have to go smoke free while some competing bars could allow patrons to light up inside if the current proposal gets past voters. When Ginsburg started his crusade against a ban about a month ago he had plenty of opposition. Tuesday night, even his enemies on the issue were standing up against the current smoking ban bill. ...
owners are on the spot with St. Louis County smoking bill
If St. Louis County voters decide on Nov. 3 to ban smoking in indoor public places, county officials would take the word of bar owners who apply for an exemption.
An election bill exempts casino floors and "drinking establishments"
whose income from food is 25 percent or less of gross income. Exemption
applicants would certify they meet the measure's requirements. An earlier
version of the smoking ban bill would have required them to submit receipts
and data about their expenses and income relating to food and alcohol
sales to support their applications.
The agency that would implement the measure, the licensing section
of the county's revenue department, has only three employees and soon
will be down to two as a staff member is transferring to another county
The St. Louis County Council is another step closer to snuffing out smoking in most public places. But now the bill is facing opposition from both sides of the smoke-free issue.
Of the roughly 25 or so people who addressed the County Council Tuesday night, no one urged the council to pass the bill.
But in a 4-3 vote the ordinance did move forward. The final vote on the St. Louis County smoking ban will come next Tuesday.
Those against a smoking ban now find themselves aligned with groups like the American Cancer Society when it comes to this bill because of the exceptions it contains. Businesses with 75 percent of their sales coming from alcohol would be exempt under the proposed ban.
That's different than council woman Barbara Frazier's original intent, but said meeting the bill is "pragmatic" and called it a compromise that is better than nothing.
"Unfortunately, with smoke free policy what we see is something
is never better than nothing," said Staci Reliford with the American
Cancer Society. "What we've seen is it takes a long time to go
back and fix a weak law. And that's something we are trying to avoid."
RAYTOWN, Mo. - City leaders are one step closer to banning smoking
in all public places where people under 18 are allowed.
The smoking ban is different than legislation passed in surrounding cities like Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City. Those communities have banned smoking in all public places, including bars.
However, Raytown's ordinance will make it legal for businesses like
the Irish Pub to let patrons light up. Bar owner April Harrington will
not allow people 17 and under to enter her establishment.
smoking ban bill gets airport exemption
The St. Louis County Council is considering a new version of a bill that would send a smoking ban for indoor public places to voters on Nov. 3.
County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City, introduced a version Tuesday night that includes an exemption for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, which two previous versions did not. The council took no action on the latest version but dropped consideration of a previous version, which Fraser wanted eliminated to avoid legal challenges.
Bronson Frick, associate director of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation of Berkeley, Calif., said smoke-free airports are the norm, with at least 150 airports now smoke-free indoors.
Among the smoke-free airports on a list compiled by the 33-year-old foundation are airports in Boston; Chicago; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Louisville, Ky.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New York; Seattle; and Springfield, Mo. ...
Court Asked to Hear KC Smoking Ban Challenge
A bartender at JCs Sports Bar, a small, family-owned bar in Kansas Citys Northland backed by the Kansas City Business Rights Coalition (KCBRC), asked Missouris highest court this week to hear a challenge to Kansas Citys 2008 ordinance attempting to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants.
The bartender requested the Supreme Court of Missouri to transfer the case from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, in order to determine whether the Citys smoking ban conflicts with the Indoor Clean Air Act, Missouris 1992 law governing smoking indoors. The Act enables bars and billiard parlors like JCs that post signs warning Nonsmoking Areas are Unavailable to operate lawfully without designating nonsmoking areas indoors. The City Prosecutor has agreed that JCs is a bar and billiard parlor where those signs are posted.
Last January, the Circuit Court of Jackson County convicted the bartender of violating Kansas Citys smoking ban by allowing patrons to smoke inside JCs. In June, the Court of Appeals affirmed the bartenders conviction and held the smoking ban did not conflict with the Indoor Clean Air Act. If the Supreme Court transfers the case, the Court of Appeals decision would be void. The Supreme Court would hear the appeal anew, issuing its own opinion. ...
prepares third version of St. Louis County smoking ban bill
Louis County Council will vote again on anti-smoking ordinance
The St. Louis County Council will vote again Aug. 18 on a new smoking ban ordinance, because of concerns about the way the first bill was handled Tuesday night.
The new bill will be reintroduced Tuesday by Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City. And like her bill that was tentatively approved 4-3 Tuesday night, it will ask voters in November whether they want to ban smoking in indoor public places, with exemptions for casino floors and bars.
The reintroduction "would guard against legal challenges,"
Fraser said Thursday. ...
ban gets boost in council
CLAYTON -- The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday tentatively put a proposal to ban smoking in most indoor places on the Nov. 3 ballot. The measure would exempt casino gambling floors and bars from the ban.
The council voted 4-3 to move the issue toward the ballot. The council decided to delay a final vote on the bill until Aug. 18, even though under council rules it automatically goes on the agenda of next week's meeting for final passage.
The four council members who supported putting the proposal on the ballot are Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City, the bill's sponsor; and council members Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, Steve Stenger, D-Affton, and Colleen Wasinger, R-Town and Country.
Opposing the smoking ban vote were council Chairwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, and council members Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland, and Mike O'Mara, D-Florissant. ...
Louis County Council Gives Preliminary Approval to a Weakened ...
The St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 last night to move forward on a bill that would ask residents to vote on a smoking ban on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The bill exempts casinos from the ban as well as taverns that generate
more than 75 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales. Those exemptions
would be rescinded, though, if the state or St. Louis City passes a
tougher smoking ban that prohibits tobacco use in those facilities.
Ban Supporters to Rally Prior to Tonight's County Council Meeting
Members of the St. Louis County Council could vote tonight on a proposed bill that would ask its residents to vote on an indoor smoking ban.
Prior to tonight's 6 p.m. council meeting, the group Smoke Free St. Louis plans to hold a rally in downtown Clayton in support of the ban. The rally begins at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Lawrence K. Roos building.
The group's Facebook site encourages both St. Louis City and County residents to attend tonight's forum as the city won't pass a similar bill unless the county does as well. ...
Council should send a strong smoke-free ordinance to a vote
According to the United Health Foundation, Missouri dropped to 38 from 35 among states in terms of health in 2008, and signs suggest that we will continue to drop. Missouri ranks among the worst in the number of cancer deaths and the prevalence of smoking. But we now have an opportunity to turn around that figure and reverse the state's disturbing health trends. The St. Louis County Council can send a comprehensive, strong smoke-free ordinance to a vote of the people. ...
campus to go smoke free
The days of smoking in public buildings are long gone at Northwest Missouri State University, but so too will be the leisurely stroll down the campus sidewalk with cigarette in hand.
The campus intends to go smoke-free in August 2010. The student senate and the presidents cabinet have already signed off on the measure.
A marketing study last year showed that about 70 percent of students
and staff would support a smoking ban, yet only 13 percent of students
and 12 percent of faculty and staff say they are smokers. ...
Smoking Measures Raise Clouds Of Confusion
It appears likely that a proposal to ban smoking in most indoor, public places in Kirkwood will be decided by voters come November.
The results of the November vote, however, may not represent the final word on the status of lighting up in the Greentree City. That's because there are currently two other smoke-related initiatives making their way through the political process pipeline. ...
on St. Louis Co. smoking ban on hold
A proposal for a smoking ban in St. Louis County is on hold for at least a week.
The county council tabled the measure Tuesday night because opponents said they didn't get enough notice about the meeting. The measure is expected to come up again next Tuesday. ...
Louis County takes no action on smoking ban
The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday took no action toward putting
a proposal to ban smoking in indoor public places on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The council has until Aug. 18 to pass a bill to put the proposal on the ballot without needing a court order, County Counselor Patricia Redington said. . . .
The public forum drew 24 speakers, many of them owners of small bars that allow smoking. These places, one owner said, "are not restaurants where somebody enjoys eating a steak. They are places where people enjoy a cigarette while drinking a beer." ...
ads gets early start on fighting possible smoking ban vote
cigar store owners warn of bad fallout from smoking bans
Banning smoking in indoor public places would hurt the economy, owners of premium cigar stores say.
The only thing a smoking ban would do is lead the way in increased unemployment (and) failing businesses, Chris McCalla, legislative director of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, said in a statement today.
St. Louis County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City, has proposed a countywide vote on Nov. 3 on a smoking ban in indoor public places in the entire county. A bill for the election is on the preliminary approval segment of the agenda for next Tuesday's council meeting.
She said her effort is to provide clean air to residents. Second-hand smoke is a detriment to health, she said. Whether the county will get a smoking ban would be up to the people, she said.
Gerard Ezvan, owner of Jon's Pipe Shop in downtown Clayton and an association
member, said a ban would reduce the number of customers to stores like
his and eating and drinking establishments that now allow smoking. The
change would lead to the consequences that McCalla mentioned, he said.
Free In Kirkwood
As a result of the council's action, the petition initiative will now be decided by voters -- most likely to appear on the November ballot.
The council's vote came despite efforts by Councilman Tim Griffin,
who argued that the council should take the 60 days allowed by law to
review the matter. His motion was seconded by Council Member Iggy Yuan.
07/24/2009 - A St. Louis County-wide indoor smoking ban was brought before the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday, July 21.
The bill, introduced by County Council Member Barbara Fraser, D-University City, did not include specific provisions. The council is expected to receive that portion of the bill next Tuesday.
The bill would have to be passed by the council no later than Aug. 25 if it is to appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. If passed, the bill is expected to be similar to the recent indoor ban passed in Clayton.
The Clayton ban restricts smoking in stores, restaurants, workplaces,
and hotels. Exceptions for Clayton's ban include tobacco stores, cigar
bars, one-fifth of hotel rooms, and outdoor patios for restaurants.
for alternative to Kirkwood smoking ban gets green light
Choose Kirkwood, which opposes an initiative to ban smoking in indoor public places, has received the citys permission to circulate petitions for an initiative on a competing proposal. The group plans to start seeking signatures this week.
The Choose Kirkwood initiative would require operators of eating and drinking establishments to post signs saying whether smoking is permitted, restricted or forbidden. The group needs to collect 1,035 signatures from Kirkwood registered voters to start the initiative process.
The city council last week rejected an initiative from Healthy Air for Kirkwood, clearing way for voters to consider it on Nov. 3. The Healthy Air proposal would allow smoking only in private homes, private vehicles and outdoors. Among exceptions are 20 percent of hotel and motel rooms designated smoking rooms, private clubs established before March 1 and retail tobacco stores. ...
Council Receives Smoking Ban Bill, More Provisions to Follow
The St. Louis County Council last night was presented a bill that would ask residents to vote on an ordinance banning indoor smoking in bars and restaurants.
The bill proposed by council member Barbara Fraser had few provisions,
though more could be added next week. Among those being considered are
clauses that would allow smoking outdoors, in casinos and a certain
percentage of hotel rooms. ...
Louis County Residents Could Vote on Smoking Ban In November
But first the County Council must pass a proposal that would allow residents a voice in the matter.
The council could vote on the proposed referendum as early as tonight,
allowing the issue to go before voters in November. ...
will vote on smoking ban
Kirkwood voters will decide in November whether the city should ban smoking in indoor public places.
The City Council on Thursday unanimously rejected an initiative calling for the ban, sending the proposal to voters. The council in August will pass a bill that formally puts the initiative on the ballot.
The decision came after the council heard about one hour and 15 minutes of comment from residents on both sides of the issue and after a short debate among council members.
"Let's put it on the ballot and let the people do what they do best," Councilman Paul Ward said. ...
anti-smoking group has raised $830
KIRKWOOD Healthy Air for Kirkwood, the sponsor of an initiative to ban smoking in indoor public places, has raised $830 and spent $33.56 thus far, a campaign finance report says. Voters will consider the proposal in November.
The report has only one listed donor, Dr. Anthony M. Masi, a lung specialist from Kirkwood, who contributed $200. All other contributers gave $100 or less; the group does not have to identify them. Debra Cotten, the campaign treasurer and group spokeswoman, said all the unidentified donors are Kirkwood residents.
Healthy Air filed last Monday its quarterly report with the state Ethics Commission. The document covered campaign activity from April 1 to June 30.
The group, which organized in March, has not concentrated on fund raising thus far, she said. It wanted to be sure that its proposal would be on the ballot, she said.
We will put together a plan and a budget, Cotten said. We need to put together a strategy, she said.
Choose Kirkwood, a group proposing a competing initiative has not filed a campaign finance report. ...
Council Votes Down Smoking Ban
Kirkwood City Council voted down a measure that would have banned smoking
in restaurants and bars in the St. Louis County community. The vote
took place late Thursday night.
a consensus on smoking law
... But this meeting, held a last week, concerned a potential smoking ordinance in Raytown.
"This committee is biased," Mike Horne, co-owner of the Eclipse Bar & Grill, complained at one moment.
"In all respect, I don't think this committee is biased," Mayor David Bower said at another moment.
Horne and several other members of a Raytown mayoral smoking ordinance committee wrestled with the issue. After 90 minutes, they produced a proposed draft that appeared to exempt bars from tougher smoking restrictions. Committee members, however, seemed inclined to not use the word "bar," instead describing those establishments as ones that visitors under a certain age couldn't enter.
The draft ordinance still must be submitted to the city attorney for review. The measure could be read for the first time when the Board of Aldermen meets Aug. 4.
What encouraged Bower last week was the dialogue itself. . . .
That would, in turn, trigger an extension of Kansas City's smoking ban to restaurants and bars.
But Kansas City voters rendered all that arithmetic moot in April 2008
when they approved a smoke-free ordinance. The Missouri Court of Appeals
affirmed Kansas City's smoking ban last month, although opponents said
they still wanted to appeal to the state supreme court.
"Raytown is now the largest suburban community on the Missouri side of the metro that does not provide any protection for secondhand smoke ...
aldermen unanimoulsy passed a smoking ban
The city's aldermen tonight unanimously imposed a ban on smoking in almost all indoor public places.
For existing establishments, the ban would take effect next July 1. New establishments must open smoke free.
The ban would affect workplaces, stores, restaurants and hotels. But its main impact will be on the 85 restaurants in the city. ...
draws closer to crafting smoking ban ordinance
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- The Warrensburg City Council continued its research on banning smoking in public places by inviting a metro-area lawyer to Mondays Council meeting.
Paul Campo, of Williams & Campo in Lees Summit, offered his
knowledge about smoking ordinances in Kansas City, Lees Summit,
Blue Springs and Independence. ...
on St. Louis smoking ban put out for the summer
ST. LOUIS Alderman Gregory Carter extinguished on Thursday any hopes of City Hall acting on a smoking ban proposal this summer.
After taking testimony at a third crowded hearing, Carter, chair of the aldermanic Health Committee, postponed voting on the measure until after the board returns from its summer break in September. ...
should join smoking ban
Raytown is the largest area city that has refused to approve a smoke-free ordinance for public places. Fortunately, Raytown has the potential to shed the image that comes with such a backward approach to a key health issue.
A citizens committee is holding hearings on potential smoke-free measures
and is on pace to send a proposal to the Board of Aldermen by summers
KC's Police Department violating city's smoking ban?
KC Health Director Rex Archer is checking into whether the Police Department is violating the city's smoke-free ordinance by allowing suspects to smoke while being interrogated at police headquarters.
I called the Health Department Wednesday after seeing this paragraph in a document written by police Capt. Don Sight. He was discussing what the department would want in a new regional jail, to be operated by Jackson County.
It should also be noted, most detectives would like to be able to offer cigarettes to suspects while interrogating them. ...
and final? City Hall hearing on smoking ban today
ST. LOUIS Will St. Louis ever pass a smoking ban?
It looks increasingly unlikely, but, if it is to happen this year, the necessary action may come out of a hearing at City Hall today at 1 p.m.
Central West End Alderman Lyda Krewson has proposed a smoking ban that has been received as anti-business to some, and not strong enough to others.
The bill would ban indoor smoking at bars, restaurants and other places of business but if only St. Louis County approves similar legislation. ...
smoking ban advances
Promoters of a ban on smoking in indoor public places have enough signatures on petitions to start the initiative process that could lead to a vote on the proposal.
The St. Louis County Election Board announced Tuesday that the petitions had 1,089 valid signatures, 54 more than the number the city charter requires to start the process. The City Council has until Sept. 5 to deal with the initiative. ...
Six hours of hearings at City Hall last week over a bill banning smoking in almost all public places were some of the most contentious and long-winded in years.
But in some ways, the debate came down to a brief exchange during the
hearings by the Board of Aldermen's Health and Human Services Committee.
"You don't care that they die?" said Bob Johnson of the antismoking group Smoke Free St. Louis. . . .
The hearings continue at 1 p.m. July 9 in Room 208 of City Hall. If the committee approves it, the bill goes to the Board of Aldermen.
The measure would go into effect when the county passes a similar bill. That would prevent those who smoke from going to county establishments where smoking is allowed. ...
Louis weighs smoking ban
A controversial proposal to ban smoking in the city has attracted some unlikely combatants on both sides of the debate.
The American Cancer Society, an agency that preaches the dangers of smoking, opposes the bill, saying it is not strong enough. But among the bill's supporters are restaurateur Kim Tucci of the Pasta House Co. and entrepreneur Joe Edwards, who helped extend the Delmar Loop into St. Louis with the Pageant, Pin-Up Bowl and the Moonrise Hotel.
Edwards said he sees the smoke-filled days of clubs and bowling alleys giving way to younger crowds focused on health. Tucci said his restaurants went smoke-free about six years ago at the urging of customers, and it has not hurt his business.
The comments came Tuesday as city leaders considered a bill that would ban smoking in all restaurants and bars. A second day of hearings on the subject is scheduled for today at City Hall. ...
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turns in petitions to get smoking ban on ballot in Kirkwood
A group that wants the city to ban smoking in indoor public places on Friday gave officials petitions that would start an initiative process that could put the proposal on the ballot.
The petitions contain 1,258 signatures, said Mary Murphy-Overmann, president of Healthy Air for Kirkwood, sponsor of the initiative. Anti-smoking supporters needed 1,036 signatures to start the initiative process.
The petitions went to the St. Louis County Election Board for a check of the validity of signatures.
sounds off about potential smoking ban
Citizens made their opinions clear to Council, through individual testimony, regarding the proposed smoking ban.
Business owners, parents, young adults, employees and health professionals stood on both sides of the smoking ban debate.
Many showed up for this weeks meeting, and while 20 people chose to address Council with their concerns, only three spoke against a potential smoking ban. ...
court upholds kc's smoking ban
revives anti-smoking initiative in Kirkwood
For a second time, city voters could decide whether to ban smoking in indoor public places.
Promoters of an initiative announced Monday they are close to obtaining enough signatures to put the ban on the ballot. If their petitions are valid, they hope for an election in November, but a combination of city charter and state election deadlines could put off the election until February.
With very few exceptions, the measure would allow smoking only in private homes, private vehicles and outdoors. Hotels could still designate up to 20 percent of their rooms for smoking, and some private clubs and retail tobacco stores would be exempt under the measure.
The initiative is a revised version of a ballot question voters defeated
in November 2006, with 54.6 percent of about 14,300 voters opposing
An anti-smoking survey carried out by Rockwood Summit High School students did not convince Fenton leaders to snub out smoking in bars and restaurants.
Seven students in Suzanne Rainey's Language, Communication and Composition
2 class carried out a survey that showed that more than 80 percent of
parents of high school students in Fenton believe smoking should be
banned in restaurants and public places. ...
smoking ban gets initial OK
Clayton would become only the second among the 91 municipalities in St. Louis County to enact a ban if the aldermen and mayor approve the bill after one more reading. Ballwin is the other. ...
puts stricter smoking rules on November ballot
Voters will decide whether to scrap Libertys recently approved restrictions on smoking for a stricter law that would prohibit smoking in most public places.
In a special session tonight, the Liberty City Council approved an ordinance that places the issue on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The decision is in response to a petition filed by a group of Liberty
residents seeking to tighten the current ordinance, which allows smoking
in bars, smaller restaurants, bowling alleys and billiard parlors licensed
by the city to sell liquor by the drink. It also allows smoking in certain
private clubs, restaurants outside eating areas and tobacco stores.
Carolina goes smoke-free. Why cant we?
The nations largest tobacco-producing state just became the latest state with a clean indoor air law. Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to smoke inside North Carolina bars and restaurants. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue signed the law in Raleigh, next door to Durham, the historic headquarters of Big Tobacco.
At the same time, city officials in Clayton were debating a proposal that would prohibit smoking in public places there. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has said that he wants to enact a similar law.
St. Louis-area officials have been saying that for at least 15 years, yet smoking still is allowed in most restaurants and bars on this side of the Mississippi River.
Meanwhile, Missouri is in no immediate danger of joining North Carolina, Illinois or any of the other 25 states with clean indoor air laws. A proposed smoking ban introduced by state Sen. Joan Bray, D-University City, never got out of committee before the Legislature adjourned on May 15.
Smoking Ban in Effect
Starting Sunday, the city is banning smoking in public parks and businesses without a liquor license.
Businesses that currently have a liquor license will get three years to phase in the smoking ban.
Businesses that seat less than 50 people are exempt from the ban. ...
Court of Appeals hears arguments on KC smoking ban
The fate of Kansas Citys voter-approved smoking ban now rests with the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Lawyers for the city and a group opposing the ban squared off Thursday in arguments before the appeals court.
At issue is whether Kansas Citys prohibition against smoking in small bars and billiard parlors complies with state law.
Voters approved the comprehensive smoking restriction in Kansas City bars and restaurants in April 2008. It took effect last June. ...
puts limits on smoking
Add Parkville to the growing list of area cities that have adopted a smoking ban.
The measure was approved April 7 and immediately went into effect, said Mayor Gerry Richardson, who supported the measure.
Some residents and members of the Board of Aldermen said the ban was a public safety issue because of the long-term effects of second-hand smoke, Richardson said.
The issue is important for Parkville for the same reason it is
important to everyone else; second-hand smoke is a killer, he
said. It is a real hazard to the public and employees where it
is allowed. ...
restaurants assail smoking ban
CLAYTON A group of restaurant owners told city officials Tuesday that a proposal to require Clayton's public places to go smoke-free could doom their businesses.
But an almost equal number of business owners and people who work in Clayton gave impassioned pleas for a smoke-free city at a packed hearing before the Board of Aldermen.
Clayton is considering stamping out smoking in public places and is
leading the way in a new effort in the region. But Mayor Linda Goldstein
said Tuesday night that Clayton officials want to hear from all sides
and ideas before voting. ...
to consider smoking ban
WILDWOOD -- A group of Rockwood Valley Middle School students award-winning presentation Monday night persuaded the Wildwood City Council to consider a ban on indoor smoking in public places.
After hearing teacher Becky Forristals seven-graders make their pitch for the ban, the council invited the students to meet next month with one of its legislative committees to explore the feasibility of an anti-smoking ordinance.
Clayton is currently considering an indoor smoking ordinance. Wildwood
officials have discussed but never formally proposed a smoking ban,
City Administrator Daniel Dubruiel said. ...
Francis Slay Urges Passage of City Smoking Ban
In his "State of the City" report to the Board of Aldermen
this morning, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay urged aldermen to pass a
bill calling for a city-wide smoking ban. ...
federal report: Ban smoking in casinos
calls on Liberty City Council to bar smoking in most public places
Less than two months after the Liberty City Council approved restrictions on smoking, a stricter proposal has surfaced that would ban smoking in most public places.
A group of Liberty residents has filed a petition to tighten the ordinance, which allows smoking in bars, smaller restaurants, bowling alleys and billiard parlors licensed by the city to sell liquor by the drink. It also allows smoking in certain private clubs, restaurants' outside eating areas and tobacco stores.
The new proposal would limit smoking to hotels and motels that permanently designate up to 25 percent of their rooms for smokers, and to private residences not being used as businesses.
Janet Pittman, Liberty's deputy city clerk, said Tuesday the petition contained the signatures of 1,073 registered voters. That's enough to force the council to either approve the new proposal or put it before voters on the November ballot.
The council will take up the issue May 26.
proposed smoking ban faces a fight
The leader of a group of Clayton restaurant owners says he fears "the die is cast" for city officials to enact a smoking ban and is rallying other restaurateurs to make their strongest effort to block it.
Frank Schmitz, leader of the Clayton Restaurateurs Alliance, told his fellow restaurateurs in an e-mail Monday that it appeared "the mayor and aldermen are going to push this through."
"We only have limited time to make a strong point ... and let them know about the very uncertain economic impact this will have on the city and its reputation as a dining and entertainment destination."
The mayor insists a ban is "not a done deal." ...
between Dooley, Slay could doom smoking ban
ST. LOUIS Mayor Francis Slay and his counterpart across the county line are congenial political allies, rarely if ever openly sparring on a local issue.
But on the push for a regional indoor smoking ban, differences between
the mayor and St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley appear to
extinguish any hope of changes. ...
introduces wait-and-see smoking ban proposal
ST. LOUIS Get ready for another round of debate on indoor smoking.
St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson has on todays board agenda a bill that would ban smoking at restaurants, bars, businesses, casinos and other public buildings.
But there is a key catch that takes some of the bite out of the proposal: It would only go into effect if St. Louis County passes a similar bill.
And even for that to happen, it would have to be approved at City Hall, which will be a tough sell three members of the Board of Aldermen run taverns. ...
city leaders get strong opinions from both sides on ...
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) Both sides are voicing strong opinions to Clayton city leaders about a proposed smoking ban in the St. Louis County community.
Four doctors were among those who spoke in support of the ban during
a meeting Tuesday. Supporters say the measure puts the public good above
private interests. ...
blocked from Clayton smoking ban forum
Clayton residents are invited to a meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall about a smoking ban in restaurants.
Frank Schmitz owns Barcelona restaurant. He and other owners are not allowed to attend the meeting, which he calls concerning.
"I had no idea and neither does anybody else, Clayton residents as well as Clayton businesses," Schmitz said. . . .
A meeting for restaurateurs-only is slated for May 12th. ...
Smoking Ban Gathering Steam
Regional legislators are taking note a proposed bill in St. Louis City calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.
The bill, proposed by Central West End alderwoman Lyda Krewson, would not go into effect unless St. Louis County passed a similar ban.
Yesterday, St. Louis County Councilwoman Barbara Frasier told KWMU
(90.7 FM) that such a bill would force the hand of county legislators
-- which voted 4-3 against a county-wide smoking ban a few years back.
West End alderman poised to push smoking ban
The fight to ban smoking in restaurants appears to be crossing the city line from Clayton to St. Louis.
Word is that Central West End Alderman Lyda Krewson who probably
represents more restaurants than anyone else at City Hall is
preparing to introduce a smoking ban bill when the Board of Aldermen
resumes next week. ...
Question: Is it time to revisit the smoking ban in Columbia?
smoking ban plan upsets some
Council ups priority for smoking ban
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- A citywide smoking ban was bumped up to a high priority matter, and a revision to the annual operating budget for the next fiscal year, which would have raised city staffs salaries, was postponed at Monday nights City Council meeting.
Douglas Anderson, a doctor appointed by the Council to go over information
concerning the effects of second-hand smoking, said the Councils
efforts toward a citywide smoking ban should be doubled. He said studies
show people who are not smokers but are around second hand smoke on
a regular basis, such as employees at bars, clubs and restaurants, are
more likely to have respiratory diseases.
adopts smoking ban
They huffed and they puffed for more than two hours Monday, March 9, but in the end the Liberty City Council adopted a total smoking ban with a few exceptions.
Bars and restaurants that currently allow smoking will have one year to make changes to their establishments if they want to continue to allow smoking, or they can discontinue the practice immediately. City parks will go smoke free in 30 days, except for designated areas, and all other public places also have 30 days to implement the ban.
Smoking is allowed on outdoor patios, in bars that gross less than
10 percent of their sales from food, in restaurants that seat less than
50 people, and at bowling alleys and billiard parlors, as allowed by
the Missouri Indoor Clean Air Act.
deadlocks on smoking-ban issue
CARTHAGE, Mo. A smoking ban proposed for Carthage will go to the City Council next week without a recommendation from the councils public-services committee after a motion to postpone action on the measure deadlocked in a tie vote.
The motion to postpone action for six months came Monday night from Councilman T.J. Teed, who initially proposed that the city expand its clean-air ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants.
Teed said during the committee meeting that the delay would allow a Columbia-based group and other supporters to educate Carthage residents on the measure.
I think Carthage should take a stand, and the decision should
be based on the facts, he said.
Considers Smoking Ban Exemptions
Liberty residents and business owners debated a possible smoking ban Monday night.
People packed the City Council meeting to share their views of the issue.
The city is considering banning smoking in public places, but the mayor has a list of exemptions he wants to offer, including pool halls, bowling alleys, restaurants that seat fewer than 100 people and bars -- defined as places with less than half of the month's sales coming from food.
council passes smoking restrictions
In a split vote Monday night, the Gladstone City Council approved a ban on smoking in most public locations and enclosed places of employment.
The council voted 4-1 for the measure. The lone dissenter was Councilwoman Carol Suter, who didnt think the proposal was strong enough.
Under the new ordinance, smoking is also banned in city parks, but the council may authorize smoking during special events.
The ordinance exempts billiard halls and bowling alleys, as well as bars, taverns and restaurants that seat fewer than 50 people, providing the businesses post signs indicating that nonsmoking areas are unavailable.
Existing businesses that customarily allowed smoking and held liquor licenses issued by the city as of Jan. 1 also are exempt.
faces competing smoking ban ordinances
City Council members will have competing smoking ordinances to consider at their 7 p.m. meeting Monday, Feb. 23.
For more than four years the council has been debating the controversial issue, but this time Mayor Bob Steinkamp said he believes members are closer than ever to actually voting. In the past, some council members wanted an outright ban while others looked for ways to reach a compromise.
Steinkamp said he did not believe the council would approve an ordinance at Mondays meeting because it would have to get a unanimous vote to pass on first reading, and since the council is split that is not likely to happen.
I do think well get something passed two weeks from that date when it comes back for a second reading, Steinkamp said. Id be willing to call for a special session if we need to. It is not my intent to pass a smoking ordinance without John (Parry) there.
Councilman Parry, who opposes a smoking ban, said he is leaving on a trip to China on Thursday, March 12.
Steinkamp said he would like to see a smoking ordinance passed that is modeled on one adopted by Blue Springs.
Under the proposal he favors, the mayor said smoking would be allowed
in bars, bowling alleys, billiard halls, tobacco shops and in designated
areas in city parks. Smoking would be banned in restaurants, but those
with less than 100 seats could be exempt.
City Council actions
Smoking: (Bill 09-02) Passed the first reading of a bill to regulate air quality in certain public places within the city by prohibiting or restricting smoking; and amend Ordinance 3.208 to expand smoke-free areas within the city; and further, impose penalties for violations. The bill will advance to a second reading.
discusses smoking ordinance
The Gladstone City Council this week hashed out details of its ban on smoking in most enclosed places of employment and public places within the city, including the city's 13 parks.
The ban, however, has several exceptions including billiard halls and bowling alleys. Also exempt would be bars, taverns and restaurants that seat fewer than 75 people so long as signs state that "nonsmoking areas are not available."
The ban also would grandfather in businesses that held liquor licenses issued by the city as of Jan. 1 and that have customarily allowed smoking. Smoking would be allowed in those establishments provided the businesses remained under the same owner and maintained a current liquor license.
The ban could go before the council for a vote at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, according to Richard King, Gladstone's public information coordinator.
ban issue resurfaces in St. Louis County
The mayors of five adjacent cities in St. Louis County have reignited the smoking ban issue, asking the County Council to ban smoking in public places.
The council rejected a ban three years ago. Whether the new effort succeeds might depend on whether the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County could enact a ban simultaneously. None of their leaders wants to go it alone and put their bars and restaurants at a disadvantage against competitors in a neighboring jurisdiction.
The mayors of Clayton, Creve Coeur, Olivette, Overland and University City are behind the new effort.
A letter they sent last month to the County Council and other county mayors stated: "Smoking in public places is a critical public health issue in our communities and across the entire county."
our view: Hits & Misses
Miss: Rep. Joe Fallert, D-Ste. Genevieve, has filed a joint House-Senate resolution that would let Missouri voters decide whether to add to the state constitution a ban on smoking in public places. We believe these types of bans infringe on personal rights mostly the rights of a business owner. The city of Carthage is considering such a ban. It will be interesting to see the outcome of that proposal.
Smoking Ordinance May Go to Supreme Court
On Jan. 5, a Jackson County Associate Circuit Court Judge entered an order declining to strike down the smoking ordinance, which has been in effect since June 21, 2008. The ordinance makes it a crime for nearly any enclosed workplace in Kansas Cityincluding all bars and restaurantsto allow smoking. ...
people in KC are smoking, and tobacco-related deaths have declined
About 31 percent of area adults on the Missouri side of the state line were smokers in 2001.
By 2007, just under 23 percent still smoked, the Kansas City Health Department says.
That means roughly 55,000 fewer people are lighting up.
Meanwhile, deaths from heart attacks in this seven-county area dropped 21 percent from 2001 through 2006.
County judge upholds Kansas City smoking ordinance
show smoking ban has no overall effect on business
will go smoke-free
to weigh ban on smoking
After months of debate in the public arena, a proposed smoking ban will be presented tonight to the City Council for the first time.
If approved by the council, the ordinance would ban smoking in most public areas, including bars, restaurants, bingo halls, bowling alleys, seating areas in outdoor arenas, and outdoor patios. Outdoor patios were added to the list in April.
The report containing the ordinance will be presented to the council
near the end of the meeting by the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health.