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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.)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

'Tobacco 21' proposal ignites debate over freedoms
The Maneater - December 3, 2014

"If you raise the age, it throws the damper on everyone younger who's trying to use tobacco," said Linda Cooperstock, a board member of Tobacco Free Missouri ...

Missouri and Kansas Rank Among Lowest Spending States For ...
KCUR - December 2, 2014

... American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Extinguish smoking in casinos
Las Vegas Sun - November 30, 2014

I recently spent the evening at a local casino at a table game. There were six players at the table - five nonsmokers and a smoker seated midtable. He held his ...

Final Uber plan on council agenda
Columbia Daily Tribune - November 30, 2014

The council also is scheduled to consider a "ban-the-box" employment application ... age to 21 for tobacco sales and add e-cigarettes to the indoor smoking ban.

Smoke? Don't apply for work at U. of Missouri Health Care
The College Fix - November 28, 2014

Included in the list of banned products are cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, clove cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. If MU is concerned about ...

Council Tables Decision On Hookah Lounge Cafe
The Missourian - November 27, 2014

The lounge is allowed to operate with an exemption to the city smoke-free ordinance. At Monday's meeting, Miller said he understood the decision, but also ...

MU Health Care goes nicotine-free
Columbia Business Times - November 25, 2014

... chewing tobacco, snuff, clove cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and similar products. In 2006, all MU Health Care facilities went tobacco-free inside and out.

Brothers Bar and Grill: great food, smoke-free
Daily Dunklin Democrat - November 25, 2014

"Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times" reads the sign outside Brothers, a new bar and grill in Kennett that has been open only a couple of months. At lunch, the parking lot is full, and once inside, it becomes obvious why it is so popular. For one thing, according to co-owner, Kyle Stone, it is the first "no smoking" bar in Kennett. ... He said that even the smokers tell him they are glad Brothers went to the non-smoking policy because, although they smoke, they do not want to be in the same room with 30 other people who also smoke. For years, we made people, who don't smoke, sit in a smoky room, and I don't smoke, never have smoked. I am glad we went on and made the decision we did."

FIRST WARD CoMo COUNCILWOMAN: Chadwick spends little time ...
Columbia Heart Beat - November 21, 2014

"Smoking" best describes Chadwick's attentions during the month, as she advocates for a city ordinance that would ban the sale of cigarettes and related products to anyone under 21; and pushes back on so-called "Pro Grow" advocates disappointed with her vote against an ordinance that would have reduced penalties for pot growers. She spends the rest of her time curtly turning away Mizzou students seeking interviews for class projects; chatting up McDavid (who never seems to respond); and forwarding news stories, academic articles, and information trivia to fellow Council members, senior city administrators, and Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Andrew Denney, who comes across as a kind of personal confidant. "I try to make sure not a day goes by without me on the cover," Ms. Chadwick emails Mayor McDavid Nov. 3, about a recent Columbia Heart Beat e-newsletter. "If I go 'postal' today, it's because of 'canna'," she emails McDavid Oct. 15, with a constituent email urging her to "end the senseless prohibition of cannabis," i.e. marijuana. In percentage terms, the Councilwoman spends about 10-15% of her time -- 20-30 emails -- on Ward One issues: the CVS Pharmacy design; an organized walk in the North Central Columbia neighborhood; a question about the new "accessory dwelling" ordinance.

University of Missouri health system to ban tobacco users from ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - November 21, 2014

COLUMBIA, Missouri The University of Missouri Health Care system is snuffing out tobacco users as future employees. The Columbia-based health system on Thursday announced a new hiring policy that bans nicotine users, including those who prefer chewing tobacco or electronic cigarettes. The new rules won't apply to existing workers.

CAN! continues smoke ban discusion, drug disposal
The Kearney Courier - November 20, 2014

The organization is conducting an online survey to see what residents in both Kearney and Holt think about a ban on cigarette smoking in public areas.

Columbia Housing Authority considers banning smoking in public housing
The Maneater (University of Missouri - Columbia) - November 19, 2014

The policy is being considered for three main reasons: to improve residents' health, fire safety and public housing stock. Radtke said CHA wants to make the units as smoke-free as possible, especially for residents who have asthma, Chronic Obstructive ...

Smoking ban opponent gets day in court
News-Press Now - November 18, 2014

The initial hearing begins in smoking ban case against Uncle D's owner ... for a bar owner who is challenging the enforcement of the citywide smoking ban.

The many benefits of not smoking
Blue Springs Examiner - November 18, 2014

In spite of the fact that, throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, many state and local governments initiated smoking bans, raised taxes on cigarettes, limited ...

Trapp to seek re-election to Columbia City Council; Hoppe undecided
Columbia Daily Tribune - November 16, 2014

The Second and Sixth Ward seats might not be the only ones in play next year: There is an effort underway to hold a recall election for First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick, who was elected this year. She has raised the ire of some of her constituents with her vote to approve the authorization of a second development agreement with Opus, her vote against a bill to decriminalize marijuana cultivation and her proposals to ban alcohol in Douglass Park, increase the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21 and to ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Columbia, Mo. Board of Health Endorses Tobacco Purchase Age ...
halfwheel.com - November 15, 2014

... the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health voted in favor of the idea, as well as to apply the age minimum to the purchase of electronic cigarettes, as well as ...

Columbia/Boone County Board of Health recommends raising tobacco age to 21
Columbia Missourian - November 14, 2014

Columbia moved closer to raising the purchasing age for cigarettes to 21 on Thursday night. In front of a packed house, the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health voted to recommend an ordinance to change the minimum purchase age. The board also recommended raising the purchasing age for electronic cigarettes to 21. Both proposals passed by a vote of 6-2. County-appointed members Harry Feirman and Jean Sax voted no.

Board of health signs off on Columbia tobacco, e-cigarette proposals
Columbia Daily Tribune - November 14, 2014

The board endorsed proposals to ban selling tobacco products to people younger than 21 and to add e-cigarettes to the Columbia's current restrictions on smoking inside public places. "One question in my mind is would that glamorization occur again?" he asked. "Would I be Joe Cool now that I can vape inside and get away with it? And how ...

There is no 'right to smoke' and other fast facts on tobacco regulations
Columbia Daily Tribune (blog) - November 13, 2014

Smokers do not have a legally protected right to smoke. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that protects a smoker from restrictions on smoking. As one New ...

Substance Abuse Advisory Commission endorses tobacco age ...
Columbia Daily Tribune - November 13, 2014

... Advisory Commission endorses tobacco age increase, e-cigarette ban ... to the city's indoor smoking ban, despite an opponent's questions about the legality of ...

Columbia Housing Authority considers banning smoking
KBIA - November 13, 2014

Residents living in public housing units have sixty days to give their opinion on a policy that would ban smoking inside the public housing buildings.

There is no 'right to smoke' and other fast facts on tobacco regulations
Columbia Daily Tribune (blog) November 13, 2014

... a proposal that would increase the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 years old and add e-cigarettes to the city's ban on smoking indoors.

Flawed, but tobacco-free
The University News - November 12, 2014

... mechanisms, potential unfairness to members of the SLU community who smoke and the fact that it bans all tobacco use (instead of just smoking). However ...

Lee's Summit councilman looks askance at tobacco-free parks
Lee's Summit Journal - November 12, 2014

Tobacco-free parks got the attention of Lee's Summit Councilman Derek Holland, who said he questioned the recent decision of the parks board. "Let's be ...

Housing authority smoking ban still needs final approval
Columbia Tribune - November 11, 2014

CHA's decision to ban smoking in public housing units starting on May 1 "has been made," but the prohibition is still subject to a final vote by the housing authority's Board of Commissioners, which is scheduled to occur in January.

Columbia Housing Authority will ban smoking in public housing starting May 1
Columbia Tribune - November 8, 2014

Starting May 1, the Columbia Housing Authority will ban smoking inside public housing units, a new rule that has been instituted by hundreds of housing authorities across the country and is being met with mixed reviews by residents.

Students join fight in tobacco-free community
News-Press Now - November 5, 2014

High school students from six schools around the area got together at the Civic Arena on Wednesday to take action against smoking. The Andrew County ...

Malden, MO Passes Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - November 5, 2014

The city of Malden left it up to the people in the mid-term election as a smoking ban was placed on the ballot. The ban which restricts smoking in public areas ...

Malden voters to decide on city wide smoking ban
KFVS - November 3, 2014

"Shall the city of Malden Missouri prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, ... Malden would be the second southeast Missouri city to have a smoking ban.

Branson approves smoking ordinance
Branson Tri-Lakes news - October 31, 2014

The Branson Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve the smoke-free ordinance at Tuesday nights regular meeting. The following are the main points in the ordinance:

Organizers kick off effort to recall Chadwick
Columbia Daily Tribune - October 31, 2014

Organizers of a recall effort intended to remove First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick from office are circulating petitions and attempting to build a broad base of support for her ouster among groups with various grievances. Recall effort organizers said that, while they were incensed by Chadwicks vote on the cultivation bill, constituents have had other reasons to be disillusioned, including her role in negotiating a development agreement with Opus, her proposal to ban alcohol in Douglass Park and, more recently, her proposal to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 and to ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Local businesses react to smoking ban
The Kearney Courier - October 30, 2014

The Kearney/Holt CAN group is pursuing an indoor smoking ban in Kearney. ... She also believes a smoking ban could lead to further bans that, in the name of ...

Organizers kick off effort to recall Chadwick
Columbia Daily Tribune - October 30, 2014

... alcohol in Douglass Park and, more recently, her proposal to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 and to ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Branson to ban smoking in some indoor places
KRCG - October 29, 2014

The citys's Board of Alderman voted to enact a smoke-free ordinance. ... But the ordinance restricts smoking in some outdoor spaces, such as city parks and at ...

Branson aldermen approve smoking ordinance
Branson Tri-Lakes news - October 29, 2014

The ordinance restricts smoking in indoor spaces inside the Branson city limits. The ordinance also restricts some outdoor spaces, such as city parks and a ...

Final Decision on Smoking Ban Tonight
KRZK Radio - October 28, 2014

BRANSON, Mo. - The Branson Board of Aldermen will give its final vote tonight to a smoking ordinance that proposes restrictions on where residents and ...

Community group wants to revisit indoor smoking ban
Kearney Courier - October 23, 2014

Kearney-Holt CAN group is making plans to approach the community with another indoor smoking ban. On Oct. 14 the group held an open forum for anyone interested in the prospect of an indoor smoking ban. The group, along with the Northland Coalitio...

Missouri should go smoke-free, especially in casinos
STLtoday.com - October 20, 2014

What's up with casinos receiving exceptions to smoking bans? ... If our elected officials can't get a ban on smoking in public places approved, then put it on the ... This includes banning electronic cigarette products in public places as well.

Smoke-Free Ordinance Passes on First Reading
KRZK - October 15, 2014

Public indoor smoking will soon be a thing of the past in Branson as aldermen approve first reading of a much-debated smoke-free ordinance. The bill received ...

Aldermen Hear First Reading of Smoke-Free Ordinance in Branson
OzarksFirst.com - October 15, 2014

The ordinance restricts smoking in indoor spaces inside the Branson City Limits. The ordinance restricts some outdoor spaces, such as City Parks and a ...

Smoking ordinance amended, passed on first reading
Branson Tri-Lakes news - October 14, 2014

In a discussion that lasted more than two hours, the Board of Aldermen heard public comment on the proposed smoking ordinance and had lengthy discussions ...

MU extends no-smoking ban to city-owned streets on campus
The Maneater - October 15, 2014

In July 2011, MU revised its policy so that smoking would only be allowed in designated areas. On July 1, 2013, smoking was banned everywhere on campus.

Branson Aldermen to Vote on Smoking Ordinance Tonight
OzarksFirst.com - October 14, 2014

The Branson Board of Aldermen may vote on an ordinance that would ban ... The revisions include moving the distance smokers can be from doorways to 10 ...

Our View: Dining decisions
Joplin Globe - October 10, 2014

Want to send a message that you wont tolerate smoking in public? Do it with your wallet. Before you head to a restaurant, take the time to look through the new Smoke Free Dining Guide that lists all the smoke-free restaurants in Jasper and Newton ...

Commission considers tobacco, e-cigarette changes
Columbia Daily Tribune - October 9, 2014

While the citys Substance Abuse Advisory Commission considers whether to support ordinance changes to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21, supporters of the measure say the decision shouldnt be based on economics.

Chadwick hopes to decrease teen smoking by raising age to buy tobacco products, e-cigarettes
Columbia Missourian - October 9, 2014

First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick proposed an ordinance increasing the age of tobacco purchase in Columbia to 21. Four states have counties and towns where 21 is the minimum age to purchase tobacco products. A bill in the New Jersey Senate would...

Commission considers tobacco, e-cigarette changes
Columbia Daily Tribune - October 9, 2014

"If we can stop young people from starting to smoke, we can decrease the number of lifelong smokers," said commission member Kim Dude, assistant director of ...

Columbia councilwoman proposes to raise e-cigarette use and ...
Columbia Missourian - October 9, 2014

Poole said she "didn't think it was fair" to raise the smoking age to 21. .... devices to the list of products banned indoors under Columbia's 2006 indoor air policy. ... E-cigarette supporters see no reason to ban vaping in public areas if there is no ...

Aldermen to discuss smoking ordinance
Branson Tri-Lakes news - October 7, 2014

The Branson Board of Aldermen are to discuss Thursday further changes to the proposed smoking ordinance with regard to the definition of enclosed spaces.

MU sorority approved for new parking lot; marijuana proposal on hold
Columbia Missourian - October 7, 2014

MU can enforce its campuswide smoking ban on portions of Hitt Street, Ninth Street, Rollins Road and Conley Avenue when the streets are lawfully closed to ...

Loose e-cigarette laws may be hard to tighten
The Rolla Daily News - October 6, 2014

... federal government creeps forward with a proposed national ban for minors, ... for e-cigarettes, including banning sales to minors and requiring health warning ...

News Briefs: St. Peters bans sale of e-cigarettes to youth
Newsmagazinenetwork - October 6, 2014

Anyone under age 18 can't buy or use electronic cigarettes in St. Peters, ... Barclay (Ward 4) bans the purchase and possession of electronic or e-cigarettes and ...

Age limits on e-cigs have big tobacco support
Southeast Missourian - October 6, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In a rush to keep electronic cigarettes out of children's hands while the federal government creeps forward with a proposed national ban for minors, experts say that many states are passing laws that could mean fewer restrictions on the nicotine devices later. Lawmakers last month made Missouri the 41st state to outlaw selling e-cigarettes to minors. Age restrictions have wide support, but Gov. Jay Nixon and public health advocates opposed a piece of the legislation that prevents tobacco taxes or regulations from being imposed on the electronic devices, which heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor.

Age limits, tax ban on e-cigarettess [sic] garners support in Missouri
Columbia Missourian - October 4, 2014

In this July 23 photo, Tyler Benjamin blows smoke from his advanced ... As the federal government creeps closer to banning sales to minors, experts say many ... Of the states that have banned e-cigarette sales to minors, 31 have specified that ...

Convenience stores group opposes tobacco proposals
Columbia Daily Tribune - October 3, 2014

As the city of Columbia continues to fine-tune ordinances to increase the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 and ban the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, a group representing local convenience stores is contesting the citys legal right to increase the age, saying such a proposal runs afoul of state law.

Board Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Teens
South County Times - October 3, 2014

10/03/2014 - The Fenton Board of Aldermen on Sept. 25 unanimously approved a bill that bars the sale of nicotine vaporizing products such as e-cigarettes to ...

City offers student housing guide
Maryville Daily Forum - October 2, 2014

General rules regarding off-campus behavior, smoking and alcohol are also included that touch on city ordinances and offer tips with regard to acting ...

Vapor shop owner OK with e-cigarette state law
Branson Tri-Lakes news - September 26, 2014

The city of Branson has been discussing a smoking ordinance, but the state legislature also had smoking on the radar this session when it penned a bill for ...

Public responds to 3rd draft of smoke-free ordinance
Branson Tri-Lakes news - September 26, 2014

More than a dozen members of the public attended the Branson Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday to voice opinions on the latest draft of the citys proposed smoking ordinance.

Park board delays smoking decision
Lee's Summit Journal - September 26, 2014

The parks staff had offered several options, from banning smoking or tobacco products altogether, to creating more designated areas for smoking, such as ...

Jim Robertson, managing editor
Columbia DailyTimes - September 25, 2014

"I just have to comment on the article about Fifth Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick calling for Columbia to ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors and to ...

Branson eases proposed smoking ban
KAIT - September 24, 2014

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Officials in Branson have eased some provisions of a proposal to ban smoking of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in most public ...

Smoking ban effective October 1st
The Smithville Herald - September 24, 2014

On Monday September 15, 2014, the American Legion Post #58 Building & Parks Committee voted by a margin of 6-1 to prohibit smoking in the lounge area.

E-cigarettes are increasingly making kids sick
KMBZ - September 24, 2014

... doses it could cause death," said Dr. Lowry. Dr. Lowry also says often teens by pass tobacco and go straight to vaping, which can become a habit for life.

City considers raising legal age for tobacco
The Maneater - September 24, 2014

By doing so, she said she hopes to prevent deaths caused by smoking. ... Everett said since Columbia is a college town, banning cigarettes for people ... Chadwick also requested that electronic cigarette use be banned indoors as part of ... restrictions to that of Missouri's Clean Indoor Air Law, which bans smoking in "any ..

Clementines St. Louis: 1978 - 2014
Vital VOICE - September 24, 2014

When most bars went smoke free, Clems was grandfathered in until January 1, 2015, which drew many to the bar - and of course kept many away. "I never ...

Third draft of smoke-free ordinance compared to others in state
Branson Tri-Lakes news - September 23, 2014

The city of Branson released the third version of the proposed smoking ordinance ... Smoking was previously banned in all hotel and motel rooms and on patios.

Revisions Made to Smoking Ordinance Proposal
KRZK Radio - September 23, 2014

BRANSON, Mo. - The City of Branson releases its third draft of the proposed smoking ordinance, following the Board of Aldermen's study session last week.

Branson aldermen change proposed no-smoking ordinance
KY3 - September 23, 2014

The Branson Board of Aldermen made several changes to a proposed smoke-free ordinance after hearing from citizens and business owners over the last six ...

E-cigarette future full of questions
News-Press Now - September 22, 2014

The products are most popular among smokers who want to cut back or reduce ... after e-cigarettes were included in St. Joseph's recently passed smoking ban. ... The measure bans the sale of the products to those under age 18. ... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed this spring that e-cigarettes be banned to ...

Missouri's electronic cigarette debate centers on definition of ...
Columbia Missourian September 21, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY The debate over electronic cigarette sales and regulations in Missouri comes down to a simple question: Are e-cigarettes tobacco? ... Despite supporting the ban on sales to minors, representatives from Tobacco Free ...

New Smoking Ordinance Draft Expected in Branson
OzarksFirst.com - September 19, 2014

BRANSON, Mo.-- The Branson Board of Aldermen and the mayor held a study session Thursday to discuss the most talked about issue in the city. The proposed smoking ordinance has been revised twice, and a third is on the way following the meeting. Some of the changes expected in the revised draft are moving the distance smokers can be from doorways from 10 feet to 6 feet, and smoking would also be allowed on public patios outside of that distance. Other changes include allowing smoking in common areas like RV parks and campgrounds, and hotel owners could allow smoking in up to 20 percent of their rooms. One topic expected to stay the same is banning the use of electronic cigarettes inside…

Law prohibits teens, e-cigs
Northwest Missouri - September 18, 2014

The Missouri legislature proposed and voted on SB 841, banning the sale of ... "If we've had almost 50 years of being told not to smoke and people have tried to ...

Under the Microscope: E-cigs, Schizophrenia and school lunches
KBIA - September 18, 2014

It's the first regulation of e-cigarettes in Missouri, but health advocates point out it also creates protections for the devices. And as Heartland Health Monitor's Alex ...

Chadwick proposes age increase to buy tobacco products
Columbia Missourian - September 17, 2014

Chadwick proposed two bills toward the end of the Columbia City Council's regular meeting, one to raise the age limit for the purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 and the other to extend the city's indoor smoking ban to e-cigarettes. The council ...

CVS boldly snuffs out tobacco sales at its drugstores
Kansas City Star - September 17, 2014

Walgreens, and its slogan "at the corner of happy and healthy"....would mean more if Walgreens joined CVS to end tobacco product sales....Maybe the Missouri legislature will raise the tax from an embarrassing 17 cents a pack to $2 a pack to follow CVS' ...

Bob Sigman: Overland Park leads the way against risks of e-cigarettes
Kansas City Star - September 17, 2014

Overland Park has again demonstrated why it is recognized as one of the nation's most livable cities. In August, the city council banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, the first city in Johnson County to take action against what is ...

MU's smoking policy could expand to city streets on campus
Columbia Missourian - September 16, 2014

The city of Columbia and MU are proposing to extend the campuswide smoke ban to to selected city streets that run through campus, including the southern ...

E-cigs are a policymaking challenge
Columbia Daily Tribune - September 16, 2014

E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug - but it's not, or hasn't been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that ...

Columbia city councilwoman wants tobacco products restricted for ...
ABC17News.com - September 16, 2014

Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Missouri ... It was last week in the veto session a new law banned e-cigarettes sales to ...

St. Peters postpones e-cigarette vote
Newsmagazinenetwork - September 16, 2014

St. Peters may pass its own bill banning the purchase and possession of electronic cigarettes by minors smoking, but consideration of that bill has ... Barclay said he hoped to pass a city ordinance that not only bans the sale and possession of ...

Chadwick proposes increasing legal age to buy tobacco products
Columbia Daily Tribune - September 16, 2014

Smoking in indoor public spaces has been banned in Columbia since 2007. ... Additionally, Rader said he supports applying the same age restrictions that are ..

Vendors welcome limits on e-cigarettes
News-Press Now - September 15, 2014

Dan Hathaway, manager of Pride Vapor, an e-cigarette liquids outlet located Downtown, doesn't anticipate any impact from the e-cigarette law on his business.

E-Cigarette Industry Prepares For New Federal Rules
KRCU - September 15, 2014

... its first policy statement on the issue, also says there is not enough scientific evidence to back up claims e-cigarettes help people give up traditional smokes.

Missouri's E-Cigarette Veto Override May Lead To Showdown With ...
KCUR - September 15, 2014

While the new law bans sales to minors, it also prevents e-cigarettes from being ... these groups point out that, by defining e-cigarettes as not tobacco, it keeps ...

Smoking or not? Public packs City Hall for smoking ordinance comments
Branson Tri-Lakes news - September 12, 2014

There was hardly an open seat in Branson City Hall Tuesday evening as dozens of residents sat in to make their voices heard on the citys proposed smoking ordinance. He also, in light of discussions on e-cigarettes, reminded the audience members that nicotine, which can be found in e-cigarette juice, is a toxin if administered ...

How top issues fared in Missouri override session
STLtoday.com - September 11, 2014

Nixon says he vetoed the bill because it also will exempt electronic cigarettes from being taxed or regulated as tobacco products. The bill's GOP sponsor says he ...

Lawmakers vote to ban selling e-cigarettes to kids
ABC17News.com - September 11, 2014

Missouri lawmakers on Thursday overturned Gov. Jay Nixon's veto on the legislation, which would ban anyone under 18 from buying electronic cigarettes.

Advocacy Group Praises Legislature for Override of E-Cig Veto
STLtoday.com - September 11, 2014

This important legislation bars children from purchasing e-cigarettes and correctly draws a distinction between vapor products and deadly combustible tobacco.

Drug stores need to stop selling tobacco products
Springfield News-Leader - September 10, 2014

While increases in tobacco taxation, legislation to create smoke-free public areas and ... Calls for banning tobacco sales in pharmacies also have come from the ...

Veto session sparks debate over role of e-cigarettes
KBIA - September 10, 2014

Of the numerous items Missouri legislators will consider during this veto session, Senate Bill 841 has state health advocates paying attention. The bill's main ...

Branson City Hall packed for smoking ordinance comments
Branson Tri-Lakes news - September 9, 2014

... behind the issue, a handful of residents spoke about e-cigarettes, and others were concerned about a decrease in tourism as a result of the ordinance.

Branson businesses fuming against proposed smoking ordinance
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO) - September 9, 2014

Several business managers and restaurant owners voiced their concerns on Tuesday night to city officials about a proposed ordinance that would make much of the city smoke-free. Matthew Stoll, the manager of Outback Pub, says the ordinance would ...

Business owners not satisfied
Branson Tri-Lakesnews - September 9, 2014

Following an update and revision on a proposed Branson smoking ... Sports Bar and Grill, is the provision in the ordinance banning smoking in serving spaces.

Lee's Summit weighs more smoking restrictions
Kansas City Star - September 9, 2014

Lee's Summit may join cities extending anti-smoking regulations to include electronic cigarettes and complete bans on tobacco in public ... Smoking is already limited in Lee's Summit parks, but the park board is looking at a complete ban. ... "Then people wouldn't have to leave the system if they want to smoke," Lovell said.

Bill would ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors, exempt them from ...
Columbia Missourian - September 9, 2014

Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to those under 18 and would also exempt the products from being taxed and ...

Readers react to smoking, government intrusion, school start time
Kansas City Star - September 8, 2014

More and more hospitals are becoming tobacco-free, meaning no smoking is allowed within a certain range of the hospital. But what goes on beyond the ...

Group seeks to loosen smoking ban
News-Press Now - September 8, 2014

A proposal to exempt small businesses from the smoking ban will soon make its ... They hope to get enough voter signatures to prompt a change in the ban.

Electronic cigarette safety is questioned
KTVO - September 8, 2014

Recently the Food and Drug Administration announced that they would be regulating electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are both smoke-free and tobacco-free.

Missouri lawmakers could overturn a record number of Nixon vetoes
Kansas City Star - September 7, 2014

Nixon also hopes to sustain his veto of legislation exempting electronic cigarettes from state tobacco taxes and regulations and banning their sales to minors. Last week he convened a panel of medical professionals to highlight what they described as the dangers of electronic cigarettes.
The bill originally passed with plenty of support for an override, but its sponsor concedes that support has faded a bit.

E-cigarettes are restricted to minors, yet not tobacco regulated
South County Mail - September 7, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY - Restricting e-cigarette sales to minors while exempting the product from tobacco regulation is at the heart of the debate over the vetoed ...

Stadium to be completed in November
Sedalia Democrat - September 8, 2014

... to the admission and withdrawal of students policy, and the addition of prohibiting e-cigarettes and similar devices to the tobacco, alcohol and drugs policy.

St. Peters alderman to draft bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors
Newsmagazinenetwork - September 4, 2014

St. Peters may be moving to ban the purchase of electronic cigarettes by minors and forbid them from entering so-called vapor lounges where they can be smoked. The citys Board of Aldermen approved a motion by Alderman Patrick Barclay (Ward 4) during a work session on Aug. 14 authorizing him to draft a bill with the bans. The bill is expected to be considered by the board in September.

Governor talks e-cigarettes with health advocates ahead of veto session
Columbia Daily Tribune - September 3, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon appeared at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center on Wednesday accompanied by health advocates to bolster his argument for sustaining his veto of a bill dealing with e-cigarettes.

St. Peters alderman to draft bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors
Newsmagazinenetwork - September 4, 2014

St. Peters may be moving to ban the purchase of electronic cigarettes by ... as the Chesterfield ordinance, which also bans possession of e-cigarettes by minors. ... E-cigarette supporters say they are a safer alternative to smoking tobacco products. ... which would have banned the sale of e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine ...

Nixon enlists health professionals on e-cigarettes
Bellingham Herald - September 4, 2014

In this July 23, 2014 photo Tyler Benjamin blows smoke from his advanced ... They all agreed that sales to minors should be banned, but said that could be ...

Governor talks e-cigarettes with health advocates ahead of veto ...
Columbia Daily Tribune - September 3, 2014

That could include banning e-cigarette advertising. ... During debate he called it a "first step" that bans sales to minors but doesn't preclude future regulation.

LETTER: Governor was reckless to veto bill regarding e-cigarettes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 3, 2014

In the letter "Bill would have advanced tobacco industry's agenda" (Aug. 30), Rob Goren of the American Lung Association makes several misleading statements about e-cigarettes...SB841, is a good, common-sense bill...

LS weighs more smoking restrictions
Lee's Summit Journal - September 2, 2014

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, at least 967 communities have some sort of smoke-free park law or policy in place. Lee's Summit ...

Advocacy Group Calls for Override of Governor's E-cigarette Veto
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 1, 2014

The Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) calls on The Missouri

Legislature to override Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 841. This important legislation will prevent minors from purchasing alternative nicotine and vapor products.

Alderwoman against smoking ordinance process
Branson Tri-Lakes news - August 30, 2014

Booth expressed some concern about the inclusion of e-cigarettes in the ordinance, but had no complaints process-wise. Simmons said he would not be ...

What Say You?
News - Press Now - August 30, 2014

Do you think the City of St. Joseph should do more to enforce the smoking ban? I personally don't smoke, but it does suck that you have to step outside to smoke.

Cancer Report Says Missouri Is Falling Short in Most Areas
The Missourian - August 30, 2014

Missouri is one of 14 states that does not have a statewide smoke-free law for any of the following types of venues: non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants and ...

SCAD Board approves purchase of truck
The Daily Statesman - August 29, 2014

The Stoddard County Ambulance District (SCAD) Board of Directors One change in the policy regarded tobacco use. The old policy prohibited smoking in all SCAD facilities, but did not address the use of smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes. The new policy prohibits the use of all smokeless tobacco in SCAD buildings as well as the use of e-cigarettes.

City Revises Smoking Ordinance
KRZK Radio - August 28, 2014

BRANSON, Mo. After several weeks of input, the city is revising its proposed ordinance that will limit areas where both residents and visitors can smoke.

District updates tobacco policy
The Kearney Courier - August 28, 2014

In addition to all tobacco products, the use of electronic cigarettes and imitation tobacco or cigarette products is now prohibited in all Kearney R-1 School District ...

City of Branson offers revised version of smoking ban proposal
KY3 - August 27, 2014

After several weeks of public input, the City of Branson has revised the proposed smoking ordinance. The initial draft language was released to the community ...

Area Smoke Free Restaurants
Four States Homepage - August 27, 2014

JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin Health Department and the Community Health Collaborative have complied the list. There are 182 smoke free restaurants in Joplin, ...

Farmington campuses become smoke-free
Daily Journal Online - August 27, 2014

Besides banning all tobacco products, the new ruling also bans electronic cigarettes ... According to Ruble, the ban includes all tobacco products and imitation ..

E-Cigarettes Included in Proposed Branson Smoking Ban
KSPR - August 26, 2014

Meanwhile, e-cigarettes are also included in a proposed smoking ban in Branson. ... The Branson "Smoke-Free Ordinance" would prohibit smoking in all public ...

Some bars still allowing smoking
News-Press Now - August 23, 2014

Despite a law banning it, some bars in St. Joseph have decided to allow smoking inside. Members of Clean Air St. Joe are upset there are smokers in town who are openly breaking the law that the group created, but bar owners who still allow smoking say they were advised by an attorney that its OK. ...

Missouri Lagging In Cancer Fight, Says Report
CBS Local - August 22, 2014

Illinois, meanwhile. met six of those benchmarks - including smoke-free laws, tobacco tax rates, indoor tanning device restrictions for minors, and funding for ...

E-cigarette debate continues after Nixon's veto
St. Joseph (MO) News-Press - August 21, 2014

...vetoed the bill that, on line one, outlawed the sale of e-cigarettes to minors but went on to say they "shall not be taxed or otherwise regulated as tobacco product." That's sly wording, according to Ms. Taylor who believes the bill was an attempt by...

District campuses become smoke-free
Daily Journal Online - August 21, 2014

Besides banning all tobacco products, the new ruling also bans electronic cigarettes ... According to Ruble, the ban includes all tobacco products and imitation ...

Stephens College enacts smoke-free policy
Columbia Missourian - August 21, 2014

COLUMBIA - Stephens College has been a smoke-free campus since July 1, aligning with a city ordinance that bans all smoking products in public places. ... go tobacco-free indicated to Stephens College staff a smoking ban was due, Silvey ...

Readers share thoughts on the Ethnic Enrichment Festival ...
Kansas City Star - August 20, 2014

Didn't it seem like a great idea to find an alternative to cigarettes that might be ... lives of children by debuting new e-cigs with deceitful advertising techniques.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes
KHI News Service - August 19, 2014

E-cigarette retailer Aaron Todd says "vaping" helped him quit smoking. ... a bill last session that would have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. ... In a letter to the Missouri secretary of state, the governor said he would support a straight ban ... Kansas lawmakers passed a bill in 2012 banning the sale of e-cigarettes to ...

ALDERMEN: Salem City Parks to be smoke-free, with designated ...
The Salem News - August 19, 2014

City Attorney William Camm Seay said enforcement of the designated smoking areas would require passage of an ordinance, including a penalty provision.

Missouri Veto Lays Bare Growing Debate Over Electronic Cigarettes
KCUR 89.3 FM (Kansas City, MO) - August 19, 2014

But Nixon said the issue wasn't quite that simple. In a letter to the secretary of state, the governor said he would support a straight ban for minors but could not accept parts of the bill that would have prevented e-cigarettes from being regulated l August 19, 2014

E-cigarette proponents question smoking ban
Branson Tri-Lakes news - August 19, 2014

Puffing on an e-cigarette, or vaping as it's commonly called, is arguably considered a safer alternative to cigarettes, though the Food and Drug Administration ...

Jefferson College goes tobacco-free
KSDK-by Brandie Piper - August 18, 2014

Tobacco should be illegal, not marijuana. Marijuana is actually a cancer prophylactic/cure, unlike tobacco!

UMKC smoking ban starts Friday
KSHB - July 31, 2014

A campus-wide tobacco ban at the University of Missouri-Kansas City goes into ... University of Missouri's Columbia campus passed a similar smoking ban last...

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislators' e-cigarettes votes expose influence of ...
Columbia Missourian - July 30, 2014

One of those vetoes was a bill that would have exempted electronic cigarettes, alternative nicotine products and vapor products from taxation and most state ...

Legislature to Consider Overrides of Many Vetoed Bills
Daily Journal Online - July 30, 2014

Regulating the Use of E-Cigarettes (SB 841) – The bill would have made it illegal for Missourians under the age of 18 to purchase electronic cigarettes. Currently ...

South Side bar to close, cites smoking ban
News-Press Now - July 29, 2014

In related news on Tuesday, a trial has been scheduled for May 28, 2015, in the case that challenges the city's smoking ban. Local bar owner Steve Peterman ...

Governor vetoes bill that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors
Daily Journal Online - July 28, 2014

Governor Jay Nixon recently vetoed Senate Bill 841, a legislation that would have prevented minors younger than 18 from purchasing the electronic cigarettes while also exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions. In a press release, Nixons office argued that the bill didnt go far enough. He said it favored the tobacco industry because it exempted vapor products from the laws and taxes on traditional tobacco cigarettes. This bill appears to be nothing more than a thinly disguised and cynical attempt to exempt e-cigarettes from taxes and regulations protecting public health, Gov. Nixon said.

Monett adds e-cigs to smoking restrictions
Monett Times - July 26, 2014

One month after passing a smoking ban in city buildings and North Park, except in designated areas, the Monett City Council returned to the issue in July. The latest revisions also ban the use of electronic cigarettes, as well as traditional tobacco products.

No smoking allowed on Missouri-Kansas City campus or property beginning Aug. 1
Daily Journal - July 25, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri As of Aug. 1, the University of Missouri-Kansas City will enforce a smoking ban on all university-owned or leased property. A report issued by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights this month said 1,372 U.S. colleges and universities have adopted a smoke-free policy across their campuses. It also said 938 schools, including the University of Missouri in Columbia and the University of Central Missouri, have banned all forms of tobacco use. "We expect this number to continue to climb rapidly as a result of the growing social norm supporting smoke-free environments, and support from within the academic community for such policies for campus health and well-being," said Cynthia Hallett of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights,,,

American Heart Association supports Gov. Nixon's veto on E ...
South County Mail - July 23, 2014

The American Heart Association joins the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, Tobacco Free Missouri and other ...

Casino now listed as defendant in smoking case
News-Press Now - July 23, 2014

Buchanan County Circuit Judge Randall Jackson granted a motion filed by St. Jo Frontier Casino to intervene in the case. It now joins the city of St. Joseph as ...

Poll Results Split on City Smoking Ban
The Missourian - July 23, 2014

The latest emissourian poll shows people are almost equally divided on St. Clair's proposed smoking ban. Of the 471 people who participated, 48 percent said ...

Coming up in Saturday Business
Columbia Daily Tribune (blog)-by Justin Willett - July 23, 2014

Cover story: In Missouri, e-cigarettes have become a source of political tension, with Gov. Jay Nixon vetoing a bill that would have banned their sale to minors and exempted them from taxes and restrictions applied to tobacco products.

BROWN: Sept. 10 day of reckoning for vetoed bills
Leader Journal - July 23, 2014

Jay Wasson, which would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes or vapor products to anyone under 18 years of age;. SB 656, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, which ...

Some Missouri cities banning e-cig sales to minors
ABC17News.com - July 22, 2014

The suburban St. Louis city of Chesterfield was the latest to ban the vapor ... if the Capital City and Columbia should be thinking about their own bans. ... and significant evidence to show that that leads to them smoking cigarettes in the future.".

Chesterfield moves to regulate e-cigarettes after Nixon vetoes bill
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - July 22, 2014

Chesterfield joined a growing list of municipalities Monday that are preventing the sale of vapor nicotine products to minors, taking action one week after a potential statewide ban was vetoed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday

Chesterfield bans e-cigarette sales to minors
Newsmagazinenetwork - July 22, 2014

“One is that it is a precursor to smoking, you introduce underage children to the ... E-cigarette distributors tout their product as a safer alternative to smoking, ...

Republicans take tobacco money
Columbia Daily Tribune - July 22, 2014

The way I figure, Jones and Rowden supported legal exemptions from tobacco regulations for e-cigarettes as part of a Republican majority inclination rather ...

Jones blames reporting error for timing on tobacco company donation
Columbia Daily Tribune - July 21, 2014

Public health advocate Stan Cowan of Jefferson City, a board member of Tobacco Free Missouri, said he is concerned about the donations to Rowden, Jones ...

Editorial: Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again
STLtoday.com - July 21, 2014

On the day before his House committee voted to exempt e-cigarettes from most tobacco regulation (and taxes), state Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, received a ..

Council fails to repeal old smoking ordinance
News-Press Now - July 21, 2014

Two ordinances that regulate smoking are still on the books after the City Council failed to repeal the original. .... You don't need to hold meetings over the ban.

County opens 'smoke shacks'
News-Press Now - July 21, 2014

Good for the smokers but this whole thing is f'n crazy. Link ... Oh, yes...always have to give in to those against the smoking ban, don't we, Buchanan County?

Council is no place for a 'wallflower'
Sedalia Democrat - Jul 19, 2014

Yes, I fought hard against Sedalia's smoking ordinance (was able to keep the private clubs American Legion, Elk's, Moose, VFW exempt. Proud of that).

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's veto of e-cigarette bill was smart move
Columbia Missourian - July 18, 2014

Jay Nixon on Monday vetoed legislation to exempt e-cigarettes from laws, regulations and taxes applied to the tobacco industry. Although e-cigarettes largely ..

No more butts
Lebanon Daily Record - July 17, 2014

In recent years, since smoking was banned within the actual stadium, half time at Yellowjacket Stadium just outside the fence has become smoke time for ...

Reynolds donation to Rowden came same day as passage of e ...
Columbia Daily Tribune - July 16, 2014

On the day Rep. Caleb Rowden's bill to exempt electronic cigarettes from tobacco regulations passed the Missouri House, Reynolds American tobacco company ...

Missouri Governor Addresses Proposed Bills
Four States Homepage - July 16, 2014

Governor Nixon turned away Senate Bill 841, which he says would have exempted e-cigarettes from tobacco taxes. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

Missouri's vapor fight may offer preview for new industry
Memphis Business Journal - July 15, 2014

Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have exempted e-cigarettes from some state laws. The current battle in Missouri may offer some clues of what's to come for a ...

Do you think the city of Saint Clair should pass a public smoking ban ordinance?
The Missourian - July 14, 2014

Do you think the city of Saint Clair should pass a public smoking ban ordinance?

Nixon snuffs out e-cigarette legislation
Kansas City Business Journal July 14, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have exempted e-cigarettes from some state laws. The law would have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and would have subjected e-cigarette companies to local and state sales taxes. However, the law also included language preventing e-cigarettes from being taxed and regulated as a tobacco product. This bill appears to be nothing more than a thinly disguised and cynical attempt to exempt e-cigarettes from taxes and regulations protecting public health, Nixon said in a statement.

Casino revenue drops for year
News-Press Now - July 11, 2014

Maybe if they would go smoke free they'd get more business. I know I'd go there the few times a year I feel like throwing money away. Instead, I drive down to the ...

People Voice Opinions on St. Clair's Smoking Ban
The Missourian - July 9, 2014

Adrean Jackson, who with her husband, Lance, owns Smoke It Up Vapors in St. Clair, was one of about 30 individuals who addressed the board of aldermen ...

Nixon signs bill that could exempt St. Charles casino from smoking ...
STLtoday.com - July 8, 2014

Nixon signs bill that could exempt St. Charles casino from smoking ban ... Council in recent years has considered various countywide smoking bans, sometimes ..

St. Clair Mayor Encourages Individuals to Attend Smoking Hearing
The Missourian - July 5, 2014

St. Clair Mayor Ron Blum is hoping Mondays board of aldermen meeting will have to be moved to the city gymnasium in order to accommodate the number of people attending. Basically, it does not allow smoking in any indoor public facility within the city limits. Prior to ... Blum has gone on record stating he is for the public smoking ban.

Time to Be Heard
The Missourian - July 2, 2014

According to their earlier comments, two of our board members do not want big government interference and are against a smoking ban. One alderman is for it.

Missouri enters debate over e-cigarette regulations
Lake Expo - June 30, 2014

Enthusiasts see e-cigarettes as a powerful new technology that could break many smokers from the deadly grip of tobacco. But they face a growing movement to ...

E-cigarettes have become popular, but their effect on health is still ...
Southeast Missourian - June 28, 2014

E-cigarettes are plastic or metal tubes, usually the size of a cigarette, that heat a liquid nicotine ... That creates vapor, sometimes flavored, that users inhale. ... Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down.

Don't let industry set e-cigarette laws
STLtoday.com - June 28, 2014

... prohibiting youth access to e-cigarettes to justify what is overall a bad bill. ... Reasons include the need for federal definition and regulation of e-cigarettes, ... the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the Tobacco Free Missouri Coalition.

Readers weigh in on Clay Chastain, money in politics and driving
Kansas City Star - June 27, 2014

Smoke-free gambling: Smoking has been controlled in most public and private businesses in Kansas City for some time. Last month, the housing authority threw in its new ban. So why do non-smoking gamblers (or those just out for a night of entertainment) have to endure the carcinogenic air at area casinos? There has to be some reason for this. Instead of waiting for the first brave casino to go smokeless, or worse, a huge lawsuit from an impaired nonsmoking worker or patron, wouldnt it be wise for the Missouri and Kansas state legislatures to enact the same rules that apply to area bars and restaurants?

Speak Out 6/27/14
Southeast Missourian - June 27, 2014

If smokers can't forgo a smoke for a couple of hours, at least take it to the parking lot. Would be ideal if smoking could be banned altogether at these events.

Chamber of Commerce discusses upcoming events
The News - June 26, 2014

He said that "electronic cigarettes" are attractive to youth, and are not yet regulated by the FDA because they are not considered a tobacco product. Along with ...

Courthouse smoking area closed
News-Press Now - June 25, 2014

Buchanan County employees and visitors to the courthouse no longer have a smoking building. Several years ago, the county built a glassed-in structure on the northeast side of the courthouse as a smoking facility. On Wednesday, the county received information that the facility isnt in compliance with the citys new smoking ordinance, said R.T. Turner, presiding commissioner.

Protecting kids from e-cigarettes: A common-sense approach
STLtoday.com - June 25, 2014

The Missouri Legislature, taking a common-sense, go-slow approach, recently passed Senate Bill 841. SB 841 does many good things, including: ...

News Briefs: Chesterfield council considers e-cig regulations
Newsmagazinenetwork - June 24, 2014

Electronic cigarettes reportedly are gaining in popularity but the Chesterfield City Council is considering regulations to make it tougher for minors to join the trend. Legislation regulating the sale, use and possession of electronic cigarettes and similar products was brought before the council for a first reading at its June 16 meeting. With first reading approval, the measure again will be on the agenda for action at the next council session on July 21. Under the proposed ordinance, it will be illegal in Chesterfield to distribute electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarellos and pipes to anyone under the age of 18. Minors also will be prohibited from purchasing, possessing and using the products.

District revamps tobacco policy
Springfield News-Leader - June 23, 2014

Electronic and simulation cigarettes might not contain tobacco. But carrying them or using them on Springfield school property can still spell trouble for students.

Letter: Bill prevents sales to kids
Springfield News-Leader - June 22, 2014

Some special-interest health groups are lobbying hard to have Gov. Jay Nixon veto a bill that makes it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to Missouri children.

E-cigs bill is a step toward protecting kids
Columbia Daily Tribune - June 22, 2014

Alternative nicotine products and vapor products, commonly and collectively referred to as e-cigs, have surged in popularity over the past several years. Most Missourians, however, would be surprised to learn few if any laws regulate these new products, which means in Missouri children can lawfully purchase and use e-cigs.

Kearney smoke-free campaign
Kansas City Star - June 22, 2014

Clean Air Kearney, a newly formed advocacy group, is campaigning to pass a smoke-free city ordinance in Kearney. Our first step is were doing a community assessment online, said Kathleen Welton, committee chairwoman. Were asking people who live, work or shop or dine in Kearney what their preferences are for smoke-free establishments. Our ultimate purpose is to have all of Clay County clean air.

Nixon should sign bill to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to children
STLtoday.com - June 19, 2014

Some special interest health groups are lobbying hard to have Gov. Jay Nixon veto a common-sense bill that makes it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to Missouri children.

Small town bingo venue voluntarily goes smoke-free
KY3 - June 18, 2014

And we have finally gone smoke-free, stated Marianne Dodson, Bingo Chairman. The post decided to ban smoking in hopes of attracting more players. There is ...

Board Split on Smoking Ordinance
The Missourian - June 18, 2014

Not only were aldermen divided on their feelings about a potential public smoking ban within the city limits, but they also were split on how they believe the ... For the first time since Mayor Ron Blum introduced the issue in April, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen talked in depth about the possible public smoking ban. Blum specifically also asked each board member how he or she feels about the issue, and all four let their feelings be known.

Smoking decisions watched
News-Press Now - June 16, 2014

St. Joseph's path to a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, entertainment venues ... It does not apply to the casino floor or to some hotel rooms; it applies only to ...

St. Clair 'Air Act' Targets All Public Areas
The Missourian - June 14, 2014

If the proposed smoking ordinance St. Clairs aldermen currently are considering passes as is, individuals will not be allowed to light up in any enclosed public place within the city limits. City Attorney Kurt Voss put together the ordinance based on what the Washington City Council adopted last year. St. Clairs four aldermen are reviewing the potential law and are scheduled to discuss it when they next meet on Monday, June 16.

MAC trustees approve College Park policy changes
Daily Journal Online - June 14, 2014

PARK HILLS Mineral Area College students residing on campus will be living under several new rules and regulations after the schools board of trustees approved changes to College Parks policies and procedures at its regular monthly meeting held this week on the main campus. In accordance with the schools new Smoke-Free Environment policy, residents will be informed that, as of Aug. 1, 2015, the campus is going completely tobacco free. This will include all forms of tobacco, including smoking, smokeless, e-cigarettes and any other innovative products allowing for tobacco consumption.

Advocacy groups push for e-cigarettes veto
KRCG - June 12, 2014

COLUMBIA (AP) -- Health advocacy groups want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would exempt electronic cigarettes from other tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them. …

Yes, you may smoke in public parks ($$)
News-Press Now - June 12, 2014

With summer in full swing, smokers may wonder whether they can light up during certain outdoor events. According to the recently passed ordinance, smoking is only banned in enclosed places. Debra Bradley, health director, said there is no provision that prohibits smoking in public parks…

Bloomfield District approves bus purchase
The Daily Statesman - June 11, 2014

Hill presented a lenghty [sic] list of changes to the Board Policy manual. Many of them dealt with the Wellness Program and the Healthy Hunger-Free Act. There were several non-discrimination requirements that were added, including posting of non-discrimination signs. A section was added prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes...

Kennett sees few problems with new smoking ban
KAIT - June 11, 2014

KENNETT, MO (AP) - Officials in a southeast Missouri town say they've encountered only a few problems enforcing a new smoking ban.

Smoking Now Can Be Banned at City Events in St. Clair
The Missourian - June 11, 2014

When Mayor Ron Blum declares a festival district in the city, he now can stipulate that there will be no smoking at the event...

Distance rule altered on smoking ban
News-Press Now - June 9, 2014

The St. Joseph City Council voted to change the distance smokers must be from any outside entrance from 15 feet to 5 feet. It passed by a vote of 8-1; Pat Jones ...

Southeast Missouri town reports few problems with enforcing voter ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - June 9, 2014

KENNETT, Missouri — Officials in a southeast Missouri town say they've encountered only a few problems enforcing a new smoking ban. The Daily Dunklin ...

It's Your Call, June 9, 2014
News-Press Now - June 9, 2014

What a great day Saturday, June 7, was, the day St. Joe went non-smoking. Maybe Mr. ... Have a great day, everybody, and to all you non-smokers, keep going.

STL Moms: Dissecting electronic cigarettes
fox2now.com - June 9, 2014

STL Moms (KTVI) - Electronic cigarettes are supposed to be designed to wean adults off of smoking, but new research suggests that they may do the exact ...

Restaurant started as educational mission has become Webb City ...
Joplin Globe - June 7, 2014

... a nonsmoking restaurant. While the final decision was made by Spurlin, staff members got a say about the issue. The restaurant went smoke-free on May 1...

Complaints greet start of smoking ban
News-Press Now - June 7, 2014

He noticed residents there forgetting the ban was in effect when they got the ... The measure bans smoking in all indoor places of employment, except on the ...

No problems with smoking ban enforcement
Daily Dunklin Democrat - June 7, 2014

Two months ago Kennett banned smoking in most public places. So far there have been few problems enforcing the no smoking ordinance. In fact Fire Marshal ...

Should we or shouldn't we ban smoking?
Clarksdale Press Register - June 5, 2014

Eighty communities in Mississippi have gone to a total smoking ban, and ... Businesses, especially bars and restaurants, may feel that banning smoking will hurt ...

Some grateful for smoking ban, others still fuming
Springfield News-Leader - June 2, 2014

Tom Billionis said the sidewalk outside his coffee shop is a more inviting place since the Springfield City Council approved a smoking ban in and around Park ...

Smoking Ban Approved for Playgrounds and Ball fields
Mysullivannews - June 2, 2014

By a unanimous vote the Sullivan City Council approved Ordinance 3630, which bans smoking on city owned playgrounds and ball field areas. The ordinance ...

Smoking ban threatens fate of hookah bar
News-Press Now – May 31, 2014

Because of this, it's a direct target of the indoor smoking ban. ... In addition, cities such as Kansas City that passed similar smoking bans have allowed for hookah ...

City Council passes smoking ban
Sullivan Journal - May 30, 2014

He says his idea is not to kill all smoking on city property, but to limit the ban to areas ... many people say that smoking should be banned on all city property.

So many unknowns swirl around popularity of e-cigs
Nodaway News Leader - May 30, 2014

The popularity of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs or vaporizers, has been on ... “They still can have the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette so the ... it would force manufacturers to halt sales to minors, place labels on products, ...

Bar owner vows to press ahead
News-Press Now - May 29, 2014

A Buchanan County judge ruled against his request to temporarily halt the smoking ban from taking effect on June 7. He filed the lawsuit last month.

No Smoking Ordinance in Review Stage
The Missourian - May 29, 2014

City Attorney Kurt Voss said an ordinance that would restrict public smoking in ... start working toward possibly adopting some kind of public smoking ban.

Smoking ban in St. Joseph set to start in 10 days
KMBC Kansas City - May 29, 2014

A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. Joseph while a civil ... unconstitutional because it exempts the St. Jo Frontier Casino gambling floor.

Judge denies petition to delay smoking ban in St. Joseph while civil ...
Daily Journal - May 29, 2014

JOSEPH, Missouri — A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. ... argued that there are many examples of special exemptions in similar bans.

Ruling lets smoking ban stand
News-Press Now - May 28, 2014

A judge Wednesday denied a request to issue a temporary injunction that would have blocked the smoking ban from taking effect on that date. Buchanan County ...

Missouri State News
KMAland - May 28, 2014

(St. Joseph) -- A St. Joseph judge says he will issue a ruling in the next couple of days on a challenge to the city's smoking ban. A hearing was held Tuesday on ...

Judge will rule on smoking ban injunction this week
News-Press Now - May 27, 2014

A hearing Tuesday was the first public step in the fight against a voter-approved smoking ban in St. Joseph. Judge Randall Jackson will take under advisement a temporary injunction, that, if he approves, will not allow the smoking ban to take effect June 7. He will have a decision in one to two days. Local bar owner Steve Peterman filed a civil suit against the city that claims the smoking ban is illegal because it excludes the casino's gaming floor. He is the owner of Peterman's Shamrock, 1805 St. Joseph Ave.

Council Gives Initial Approval To Vapor Trails E-Cigarette Shop
Webster Kirkwood Times - May 23, 2014

"I and my wife have been smoking cigarettes for about 18 years for me, 15 years ... The council, therefore, had to introduce an ordinance establishing e-tobacco ...

Want To Smoke? Kansas Citians Say To Stay At Home
KCUR - May 22, 2014

There was some opposition to smoking bans, however. “Does anyone have ... Lisa Correu adds: “So when will fatty foods or sugar be banned in public housing?

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants
KHI News Service - May 22, 2014

Oury says that while a few residents have violated the ban, particularly in the winter, it has ... to be the only public housing authority in Kansas to have banned smoking. ... He estimates that banning smoking could save the Housing Authority as ...

Mayor Slay promises . . . more butterflies
STLtoday.com - May 22, 2014

St. Charles casino may be exempted from smoking ban.- Doctor's crusade spurs tanning bed bill. —This report was compiled by Post-Dispatch political reporter ...

City plans smoke-free ordinance for eateries
Ozark County Times - May 22, 2014

Gainesville city officials are drafting an ordinance that will prohibit smoking inside enclosed restaurants within the city limits. Alderman Gay Strong made a ...

Women teaching women that heart disease is their biggest health ...
STLtoday.com - May 22, 2014

Doctors advise all women not to smoke or inhale secondhand smoke. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, nuts ...

Move by Legislature could exempt St. Charles casino from smoking ban
STLtoday.com - May 21, 2014

City officials may soon have a way to shield the Ameristar Casino from any future countywide smoking ban, thanks to action by the Missouri Legislature before it adjourned. If Gov. Jay Nixon signs the newly passed bill, St. Charles would be added to a list of cities exempt from county health rules if they set up their own municipal health departments. Its the opportunity to have something to fall back on, Mayor Sally Faith said Tuesday Under current law, cities with at least 75,000 residents with their own health agencies are exempt from county rules to enhance the public health. The bill adds St. Charles, which had 65,794 residents in the 2010 census, to that category. Originally sponsored by Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters, the provision was tacked on to a lengthy bill on local government issues across Missouri.

Smoke-Free Freedom Fest in the Works
The Missourian - May 21, 2014

As city officials contemplate a future smoking ban in public places, it looks like the activity could be restricted to designated areas during the upcoming St. Clair Freedom Fest in Orchard Park. ... what the amendment actually would include, meaning if it would just be cigarette, cigar and pipe smoke or chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes as well.

Parks Dept. launches smoking survey: Should people be fined for smoking in public parks [VIDEO]
fox4kc.com - May 21, 2014

The Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear from you. City parks have been smoke free for more than a year. But right now you cant be ticketed or fined if you're caught smoking. Depending on the results of a new survey, that could soon change

Quit messing with smoking ban
News-Press Now - May 20, 2014

I have a question about the smoking ban. I always thought if brought to public and voted on and passed, that it became law. Now I see that some want to change ...

Vapor cigarettes touted as way to kick tobacco, but regulation looms
Columbia Missourian - May 20, 2014

Last week, the Missouri legislature sent a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon that would prevent minors from buying electronic cigarettes. In April, the Food and Drug Administration stepped into the ring by proposing strict regulation of e-cigarettes.

Tell KCUR: Where Should We Still Allow Smoking?
KCUR - May 19, 2014

Public options for smokers are becoming few and far between in Kansas City, Mo. Since 2008, smoking has been banned in bars and restaurants located in Kansas City. The state of Kansas went smoke-free in 2012.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: E-cigs aren't cigarettes and need their own regulations
Columbia Missourian - May 19, 2014

... a nationwide ban on sales to minors and an FDA review and approval process ... found e-cigs to be as or slightly more effective than other smoking cessation ...

Mizzou Baseball Fan Primer - vs. #24 Arkansas
MUTigers.com - May 14, 2014

The University of Missouri has launched a Smoke Free Mizzou Campaign. Beginning July 1st, 2013, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the Mizzou ...

City balks at change for tobacco sales
News-Press Now - May 14, 2014

The St. Joseph City Council has rejected changes to an existing ordinance that would have clarified language requiring all tobacco products to be sold behind a counter. The vote on Monday was 8-1, with Donna Jean Boyer the lone aye. Sgt. Larry Stobbs of the St. Joseph Police Department explained that theres already a state and federal law that requires cigarettes to be sold in a face-to-face transaction. For the past 10 years, St. Joseph also has required that cigars be behind the counter.

Council to change outside smoking rule
News-Press Now - May 14, 2014

The St. Joseph City Council came to a consensus Tuesday to change a portion of the voter-approved smoking ban. Five of its members agree smoking should be allowed outside within five feet of any door, window or air-intake, instead of 15 feet. Two council members said they prefer no outside rule. The decision was made during a work session Tuesday night. However, the council must formally vote on the amended ordinance with a first and second reading.

Mo. lawmakers pass e-cigarette regulations
Southeast Missourian - May 13, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation barring people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes. Opponents say it doesn't go far enough because it exempts e-cigarettes from some restrictions on tobacco sales and advertising. Under the bill, e-cigarettes would not be subject to Missouri's tobacco tax.

St. Clair Smoking Law To Be Drafted
The Missourian - May 10, 2014

An ordinance similar to the one adopted by the Washington City Council will serve as a starting point for St. Clair as it starts working toward possibly adopting ...

Police seek 23% budget hike
News-Press Now - May 8, 2014

Are the new officers needed to just enforce the smoking ban? After all the NPG encourages we call the police and rat out our neighbors if we see a violation.

KC could show nation how to make public housing smoke-free
Kansas City Star - May 7, 2014

That, put a little coldly, is part of the reality within the new nonsmoking rule for publicly owned units, including common areas. In the last five years, the waiting ...

If You're Poor, 'No Smoking in Public' Now Means You Can't Light Up At Home
Yahoo News - May 7, 2014

But the decision to ban smoking in public housing feels like a kissing cousin to ... on legal challenges to government housing smoking bans because smokers ...

Smoking ban angers Public Housing residents
The Grio - May 6, 2014

Now, on July 1, 2014, all Housing Authority properties must be smoke-free. We found that a smoker, his smoke does not stay in his unit or in the building, it goes ...

Anger and praise after Kansas City decides to ban smoking in public housing by July 1
Associated Press - May 5, 2014

The Kansas City Housing Authority is drawing both praise and anger for its decision to ban smoking in all public housing, beginning July 1.

KC public housing units will soon go smoke-free, pleasing some residents and infuriating others
Lake Expo - May 5, 2014

The smoking ban initiative here was sparked, literally, by a July 2012 fire on the ninth floor of the 12-floor Brush Creek Towers, 1800 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. A resident on oxygen was smoking a cigarette, which flared and caused his apartment to catch fire. He wound up in the University of Kansas burn unit, Lowndes said, and although he survived, he didnt return to Brush Creek. His unit and another had fire damage, and six others had water damage that ultimately cost close to $250,000 to repair, Lowndes said. The Housing Authority realized smoking was a serious safety issue, as well as a health problem. It has also calculated that it costs an average of several thousand dollars to repair, clean and turn over a smokers unit, versus about $500 per unit for nonsmoking residents.

Kansas City Housing Authority's smoking ban adds to poor being targeted
Kansas City Star - May 5, 2014

The agency's board in April OK'd a smoke-free policy for its 1,700 residential units housing about 5,000 adults and children effective July 1. The smoking ban ...

Smoking ban by Kansas City Housing Authority makes good sense
Kansas City Star - May 5, 2014

The smoking ban for property overseen by the Kansas City Housing ... In addition, smoking bans have been shown to lead to lower rates of cigarette use.

Business owners given details of smoking ban ($$)
News-Press Now - May 4, 2014

A six-page document of frequently asked questions has been released to business owners four weeks before the smoking ban is scheduled to take effect. Debra Bradley, health director, said the city has regularly received calls from business owners concerned about implementing the smoke-free policy. She added the city hopes this document will not only help them understand the ordinance, but also serve as a reminder that the Health Department is available to help any business that has more specific questions.

Student vote favors smoking ban
Columbia Daily Tribune - May 3, 2014

Missouri Southern students voted for a tobacco-free campus but narrowly rejected a new fee to fund athletics and recreation. Students supported a plan to ban smoking, tobacco and electronic cigarettes on campus by a vote of 401-159. The result of the two-day vote is mostly symbolic because the Student Senate is only an advisory group to university administrators, The Joplin Globe reported Thursday.

Our View: Easy decision
Joplin Globe - May 2, 2014

More and more towns are becoming smoke-free communities. While Joplin has ... Another said she voted to ban tobacco because of allergies. Let's face facts.

MSU students approve tobacco-free campus, nix athletics fee
KSDK - May 2, 2014

The Joplin Globe reports students supported a plan to ban smoking, tobacco and electronic cigarettes on campus by a vote of 401-159. Smoking and tobacco ...

Aquatic Center to feature new smoking area
Hannibal.net - May 1, 2014

The Park Board recently voted to move the designated smoking area from near the ... “Since the smoking ban was enacted we'd talked about doing it, but with as .

RHA hosts 2014 Joint Session with seven other student governments
The Maneater - May 1, 2014

Chaffin spoke on behalf of Resolution II, which encouraged further enforcement by the university on the campus-wide smoking ban, Smoke Free Mizzou.

Doctor: E-Cigarettes Shouldn't Be Used Long Term
CBS Local - May 1, 2014

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - While science is still being gathered on the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, what are smokers who want to quit supposed to do

Missouri State News
KMAland - May 1, 2014

(St. Joseph) -- The owner of Petermans Shamrock bar in St. Joseph is suing to block a new smoking ban in that northwest Missouri city. Stephen Peterman filed ...

St. Peters mayor says there's "strong potential" for suit over county ...
STLtoday.com – April 30, 2014

Brazil also pointed out that Pagano had supported efforts by other County Council members to enact a countywide smoking ban that would affect municipalities.

It's your call, May 1, 2014
News-Press Now – April 30, 2014

Oh gee, it looks like the smoking issue is going down in flames or up in ... have banned smoking in bars and restaurants while allowing smoking in the casinos. ... June 8th will never come because the lawsuit will stop the ban from taking affect.

MSSU students support ban on smoking, nix athletics fee
Joplin Globe – April 30, 2014

After two days of voting, students at Missouri Southern State University overwhelmingly said they support making the campus a tobacco-free zone, but they ...

Mizzou Baseball Fan Primer - vs. #9 Vanderbilt
MUTigers.com – April 30, 2014

The University of Missouri has launched a Smoke Free Mizzou Campaign. Beginning July 1st, 2013, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the Mizzou ...

ROAR Fund fails, Smoking and Tobacco Ban passes
Chart (subscription) – April 30, 2014

The two major items on the ballot were the ROAR Fund and the smoking, vapor and tobacco campus ban. The ROAR Fund had been accompanied by plenty of ...

Bar owner sues to block St. Joseph smoking ban
Beaumont Enterprise - April 30, 2014

A St. Joseph bar owner is suing to block a new smoking ban in the city. Stephen Peterman, owner of Peterman's Shamrock, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Buchanan County Court. His attorney, Jonathan Sternberg, says the smoking ban violates the Missouri Constitution because it excludes the St. Jo Frontier Casino gambling floor. He says the city can legally ban smoking but it did not do it properly under state law.

KFD making businesses aware of smoking ban
kzim-am - April 29, 2014

The smoking ban took effect following the City Council's 8-1 vote April 15th. ... operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is ...

Bar owner challenges smoking ban
News-Press Now - April 29, 2014

A local bar owner has filed a civil suit against the city of St. Joseph seeking to block the smoking ban. The petition for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed ...

House Proposal Could Put Spotlight On Asthma Care In Rural ...
St. Louis Public Radio - April 28, 2014

St. Louis' improved Asthma Foundation ranking is due in part to the city's 2009 smoking ban, which also is affecting ER visits, according to Pamela Walker, head ...

FDA regulation on e-cigarettes might not affect Columbia shops
Columbia Missourian - April 28, 2014

Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the FDA currently regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless ...

Smoking Ban Talk Delayed
The Missourian April 26, 2014

St. Clair's aldermen were not yet ready to discuss any pros and cons regarding a potential public smoking ban this week when they met for their second April ...

Chasing smoke
News-Press Now - April 26, 2014

Its a traditional, slightly overused adage Where theres smoke, theres fire. In the growing e-cigarette business, theres also a ton of money and controversy. It would help the ban because you would have less smokers, he says. ... While Mr. Hathaway doesn't agree with banning vaping indoors, he agrees to a point ... With both the Missouri Senate and House passing legislation that bans people ...

Student body prepares to vote on key issues
Chart (subscription) - April 25, 2014

On April 29-30, Southern students will let their voices be heard by voting on two key issues: the campus-wide smoking ban and the controversial ROAR Fund.

Smoking ban ultimately does more harm than good
Northwest Missourian - April 24, 2014

As of Aug. 1, 2010, the smoking ban went into effect here at Northwest. This policy prohibits smoking on all University-owned or leased property and in all ...

Branson begins study of ban on smoking in public
KSDK - April 24, 2014

At least one official favors a ban. Alderman Mike Booth is a former smoker. He says Branson may be "a little late" in looking at a smoking ban, but adds, "better ...

Study shows smoking ban could have positive affect on Kearney's ...
The Kearney Courier - April 24, 2014

At the tip of the theoretical iceberg that could be a smoking ban for Kearney is ... study on how smoking bans have affected various municipalities in Missouri, ...

KFD making businesses aware of smoking ban
Daily Dunklin Democrat - April 23, 2014

Kennett's fire marshall is going to businesses to make them aware of the city's new smoking ban. "I began going on Monday," said Scott Tutor. "I can't write ...

Branson leaders push for public smoking ban
KY3 - April 23, 2014

"I think there are 450 restaurants in Branson and a lot of them are non-smoking. I think there's only 4 or 5 left where you can smoke in--so what difference does it ...

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Good job, legislature, keeping e-cigs away ...
Columbia Missourian - April 22, 2014

The bills would prohibit the sales of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, as they are commonly known, to those under the age of 18. Current law allows those products ...

MO lawmakers aim to keep e-cigs from minors
KY3 - April 21, 2014

Even though e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco, they do have liquid nicotine, which comes in hundreds of flavors such as Melon Head, Cake Batter and Gummy ...

City of Branson considers smoking ban
KSPR - April 21, 2014

Currently there are about 25 cities in Missouri with similar bans. The City Council met with the Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance to discuss a possible ban. In a survey, 87% of Branson visitors said it is important that hotels and restuarants are smoke free. The alliance is hoping for a ban that would prohibit smoking in all Branson businesses. The mayor has asked the city attorney to draft up language for a ban. The council says they want to make Branson a safer place, but they still want to be sensitive to smokers.

VIDEO: City of Branson considers smoking ban
KSPR - April 20, 2014

VIDEO: City of Branson considers smoking ban ... Tweet. Branson City Council met with the Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance to discuss a possible smoking ban.

E-cigarettes, KCI, overcoming hate
Kansas City Star - April 20, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are rising in popularity. Its no surprise the Missouri legislature has passed bills addressing them. On the surface, the bills appear to prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors. But looking deeper, you will see the real reason the tobacco industry is pushing these bills. Its to undermine effective tobacco-control laws by creating loopholes for e-cigarettes. Under these bills, e-cigarettes would be exempt from Missouris tobacco-control laws.

Missouri should treat e-cigarettes the same as other tobacco products
STLtoday.com - April 19, 2014

The Missouri Senate is currently considering SB 841, which has the potential to exempt e-cigarettes from our states existing tobacco control policies, and could prevent e-cigarettes from being regulated in the future, even if they are found to be dangerous. The e-cigarette industry wants people to believe that e-cigarettes are completely safe to use, but this is not necessarily the case. Many e-cigs contain the same harmful and toxic ingredients as traditional cigarettes, and have the potential to be just as addictive. Until significant scientific research is completed, our legislators should treat e-cigarettes the same as other tobacco products.

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation
KTVO - April 18, 2014

(AP) -- The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarette debate lights up House
Columbia Daily Tribune - April 18, 2014

Rowden replied he was trying to restrict youth access and that if new ... Food and Drug Administration issues regulations restricting them like cigarettes, the ... smoking is banned or impair the enforcement of other local restrictions on cigarettes.

Local cancer coalition receives esteemed national recognition
Nodaway News Leader - April 18, 2014

... the community with information on healthy living to prevent cancer. Members of the coalition worked to help pass both smoking ordinances in 2006 and 2010.”.

Mizzou Baseball Fan Primer - vs. #22 Mississippi State
MUTigers.com - April 18, 2014

The University of Missouri has launched a Smoke Free Mizzou Campaign. Beginning July 1st, 2013, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the Mizzou ...

Smoking Ordinance Study Presented to Branson Leaders
OzarksFirst.com - April 17, 2014

Miller helped present the Tri-Lakes Clear Air Alliance Study, that looked at other cities which have passed ordinances recently, along with smoking surveys from ...

State of Missouri Plans to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Teens, Report ...
Science World Report - April 17, 2014

... that teens were "aggressively" smoking the e-cigarettes and that the product ... and the Senate voted 27-4 in favor of the ban, the Kansas City Star reports.

Keeping E-Cigarettes Out of the Hands of Children
South County Mail - April 17, 2014

E-cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to create a vapor that's inhaled. If you've visited a gas station in the last ...

Minors banned from buying e-cigarettes under bills passed by ...
STLtoday.com - April 17, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri minors could be banned from purchasing electronic cigarettes or "vaping" products under legislation passed in both the Missouri ...

Right of businesses versus health of residents
The Kearney Courier - April 17, 2014

Here is a summary of the public hearing regarding a smoking ban in Kearney, for those who weren't able to attend on Monday night, April 7.

Secretary of State clears three anti-tobacco petitions for circulation
KBIA - April 17, 2014

Executive Director of Tobacco Free Missouri Traci Kennedy questions the motives of the groups behind the petitions because the requested tax increase is not ...

Legislature gives broad approval to e-cigarette regulation, but ...
PoliticMo - April 17, 2014

Both chambers of the state Legislature approved legislation on Thursday that would ban minors from purchasing electronic vapor cigarettes. The legislation, HB ...

Kennett City Council approves smoking ban
KFVS - April 16, 2014

Last night, the Kennett City Council passed the smoking ban that was approved by ... Under the new ordinance, people can't smoke within 25-feet of outdoor ...

City eyes smoking ban
Branson Tri-Lakes news - April 16, 2014

The Branson Board of Aldermen will hear from the Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance this week as the board begins to look at smoking ordinances.

Missouri House OKs limiting e-cigarettes to adults
KSDK - April 16, 2014

Missouri House members have given first-round approval to legislation that seeks to prevent children and younger teens from buying electronic cigarettes and other devices.

City Council votes yes on smoking ban
Daily Dunklin Democrat - April 16, 2014

In an 8-1 vote, the Kennett City Council passed an ordinance tonight that mirrors voter support for a city-wide smoking ban. The exemptions are a private residence, outdoor areas of places of employment, a place where more than 50 percent of the business carried out deals in some way with tobacco sales, as well as bars and taverns whose license is held by a charitable, religious, or veteran's organization. Hotels and motels can set aside 25 percent for smokers. The ordinance goes into effect immediately.

Missouri House OKs limiting e-cigarettes to adults
KOAM-TV - April 15, 2014

(AP) - Missouri House members have given first-round approval to legislation that seeks to prevent children and younger teens from buying electronic cigarettes ...

Voters confused on smoking-ban issue
News-Press Now - April 11, 2014

I can't believe the people of St. Joseph voted to take away the right of freedom of choice and free enterprise from business owners. How can anyone consciously ...

Go right ahead, light up, Missouri Southern
Chart (subscription) - April 11, 2014

A proposal on the upcoming ballot puts forward the idea to make Missouri Southern a smoke-free, tobacco-free and vapor-free campus. This proposal would go ...

County Tops State Average For Smoking
The Missourian - April 10, 2014

There is no debate over whether the bans work, Heisel said, adding that they are a ... The city of Washington last year approved a smoking ban for public places.

Kansas City Council Committee Urges E-Cigarette Ban On Buses
KCUR - April 10, 2014

The city already bans tobacco smoking of any kind on public transit vehicles and other public facilities, but some smokers have been using e-cigarettes, cigars or ...

It's your call, April 10, 2014
News-Press Now - April 10, 2014

Now that the smoking ban has passed, let's see if we can't get something ... and avoid smoke-filled establishments, but if smoking is being banned because of ...

Kennett to enforce smoking ban following election
KFVS - April 9, 2014

It was a hot topic on the ballot Tuesday in Kennett where 68 percent of the voters that turned out decided to ban smoking in public places. However, it will be a ...

Smoking ban passes in close vote
News-Press Now - April 9, 2014

St. Joseph has snuffed out indoor smoking. More than a year after the process first started, a smoking ban passed by 818 votes in Tuesdays general election. The results stayed close throughout the entire night; at one point the ban only led by eight yes votes.

City Council has final say on smoking ban
Daily Dunklin Democrat - April 9, 2014

When is an election not binding? The answer is when it is an advisory election. It does what the name implies--advises. While the turnout was light, Kennett voters Tuesday overwhelmingly said yes to a city-wide smoking ban, however, the city council has to approve it to make it law. The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, places of employment, private clubs, within five feet of outdoor playgrounds, and within five feet of outside entrances, windows, and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited. There are exemptions:

Smoking ban being voted on in Kennett
KFVS - April 9, 2014

"We've also gained some non smokers." If the measure is passed it will also be illegal to smoke within five feet of outdoor playgrounds and entrances to ...

Respect voters' judgment
News-Press Now - April 9, 2014

One thing can be said about Tuesday's election in St. Joseph: Voters appear to have made conscious choices when passing a smoking ban and seating a total of four new members of the City Council and school board. The smoking ban applying to public indoor spaces and workplaces, with the exception of the casino gaming floor is a good example. There is little doubt people knew what was at stake here. The run-up to this election went on for more than a year, and the publicity about the choice before the electorate was unprecedented in recent memory.

St. Joseph Passes Smoking Ban
CBS Local - April 9, 2014

Under the ban, which goes into effect June 7, smoking will no longer be allowed in any indoor place of employment, including bars and restaurants. Smoking will be allowed on the St. Jo Frontier Casino gambling floor until all other casinos in the Kansas City area go smoke-free. Smoking also will be allowed in 10 percent of hotel rooms and in private clubs when no employees are present.

MAC Board of Trustees to meet Thursday
Daily Journal Online - April 9, 2014

... from the school's architectural firm; an update to the school's tobacco-free policy; and a recommendation on the school's Internet service provider.

Smoking ban vote by precinct
News-Press Now - April 8, 2014

The precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the smoking ban issue shows St. Joseph was almost evenly divided east and west. Green = majority supported smoking ...

Community support split for smoking ban
The Kearney Courier - April 8, 2014

The Kearney Board of Aldermen opened the floor to discussion on the issue of an indoor smoking ban at its meeting Monday, April 7, leading many Kearney residents and a slew of health professionals to take the podium and demand that the board act on what they consider to be a public health issue. Wells also said that many people she talked to in town were bothered by the smoke in some of Kearneys restaurants but didnt want to come to the meeting because they patronised Liberty businesses instead. That city to the south of Kearney has a smoking ban.

Survey measures progress toward tobacco-free campus
digitalBURG.com - April 7, 2014

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) The University of Central Missouri in January 2014 implemented a new policy that prohibits use of tobacco on campus. To help measure progress, the Tobacco Policy Implementation Team is administering a survey during the week of April 14, and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to respond.

Marshall City Council Ward 1 candidates for April 8 election
The Marshall Democrat-News - April 7, 2014

A: In regard to the non-smoking ordinance, I have no desire to make it difficult on any of our businesses or take away anyone's rights. This issue is a personal ...

Voter turnout expected to be high ($$)
News-Press Now - April 6, 2014

Decisions on the smoking ban, a new City Council and two school board seats will come to a head in one day. Voter turnout for Tuesdays general election is expected to be unusually high for this time of year. Mary Baack-Garvey, Buchanan County clerk, predicts turnout at 40 percent.

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett passes [VIDEO]
fox2now.com - April 6, 2014

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett died Sunday morning at the age of 68 after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. During her tenure, she was a fierce opponent of the anti-smoking ban.

Losing control: A councilman's path to jail [VIDEO]
Springfield News-Leader April 5, 2014

Publicly, Nick Ibarra was a hard-working public servant. Today, ex-Councilman Nick Ibarra, 34, sits in the Greene County Jail, three months into a 120-day sentence. How he got there is detailed in hundreds of pages of investigative documents, photos and videos released because of a News-Leader Sunshine request. Ibarra said he would be gathering signatures for a petition to overturn the city's recently approved smoking ban. At some point in the night, Ibarra became ...

Tobacco-free policy makes progress
The University News - April 4, 2014

A proposed tobacco-free policy has been finalized and is now being circulated throughout SLUs governing bodies. Should it be adopted, the policy would prohibit all tobacco use on university property. Faculty Senate voted to approve the policy earlier in the week, while the Staff Advisory Committee and Student Government Association have yet to set dates for a vote. A 2014 report from the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation states that of the roughly 4,140 American college campuses, 1,179 have enacted 100 percent smoke-free policies, while 808 of those have enacted 100 percent tobacco-free policies, though not all policies were necessarily in effect at the time.

Voters get ready to go to polls
Daily Dunklin Democrat - April 4, 2014

Voters are being asked to weigh in on whether or not there will be a smoking ban in the city. It is an advisory election that is not binding on the city council.

KC considers banning e-cigs on city buses
KCTV Kansas City - April 3, 2014

Sharp said the proposed ban is actually a request from the Kansas City Area Transportation ... But as far as everyone else, there's no second-hand smoking.

Why are e-cigs included in ban?
News-Press Now - April 3, 2014

A recent News-Press editorial rightly stated that the proposed smoking ban goes ... to allow the smoking of tobacco in their own establishments, it even bans the ...

The Shuffle: Smoked out
News-Press News - April 3, 2014

If the proposed public smoking ban were World War II, my Facebook news feed ... Smoking bans for all bars and restaurants also exist in 44 of America's 60 most

It's your call, April 4, 20314
News-Press Now April 3, 2014

That's impart why so many make the drive to KC where there IS a smoke-free ... Listen to all the restaurant owners in St. Joseph who said going smoke-free ...

Speak Out 4/3/14
Southeast Missourian - April 3, 2014

It's exciting to see more and more restaurants going smoke-free. They're realizing it's a health issue. Individuals, along with families, don't want to be exposed to ...

St. Joseph will be like other cities
News-Press Now - April 2, 2014

I am a retired surgeon writing to support the indoor smoking ban. I smoked my ... Chicago bans all smoking in all public places. I don't ... Restaurants that have recently banned smoking, such as Frederick Inn, have my endorsement. Edward H.

Candidates express views in contested local political races
Sedalia News-Journal - April 2, 2014

All of the candidates, with the exception of Cockrell and Hawkins, mirrored the same sentiments regarding the smoking ban. Cockrell replied to the question by ...

'No link' for cancer, secondhand smoke
Sedalia Democrat - April 1, 2014

In the March 22-23 Democrat, JoAnn Martin played down the significance of an important new study on secondhand smoke, which I discussed in a column ...

It's your call, April 1, 2014
News-Press Now - April 1, 2014

We've started receiving mailings from the parties on both sides of the smoking ban issue. I hope others are noticing that the group opposing the smoking ban ...

Smoking ban will aid health
News-Press Now - April 1, 2014

On behalf of the Social Welfare Board and the health of the numerous people for whom our clinic provides vital medical and dental services, I encourage voters to vote "yes" April 8 for the Smoke-Free St. Joseph measure. Becoming smoke-free for indoor public venues is a proactive strategy to improve the health of St. Joseph. People have the right to choose their own health promotion behaviors, but once those behaviors affect our neighbors health is that acceptable? Research illustrates smoking causes a whole host of health ailments and is extremely detrimental to everyone in the presence of the lit cigarette as well as the aftermath.

Many restaurants thrive in smoke-free air ($$)
St. Joseph News-Press - March 30, 2014

Supporters on both sides of the smoking ban have argued the financial impact it would have on businesses. Depending on which study you read, opinions vary. Steve and Michelle Margulies know that going smoke-free was the best decision they ever made. ...

LETTERS: Smoking ban negatively affects liberty of St. Joseph residents
St. Joseph News-Press - March 29, 2014

In a few days, the issue of banning smoking in St. Joe will be addressed by voters. I, for one, will be voting "no" on this ban. Certainly, I appreciate all arguments from those who advocate for this ban; but when all is boiled down, we must forever err on the side of liberty. ...

Kennett voters to weigh in on smoking ban
kzim-am - March 29, 2014

The Kennett City Council is seeking your input this election to see if it should move forward with a city-wide smoking ban. The proposed ordinance would exempt ...

Former smoker believes in public ban ($$)
News-Press Now - March 29, 2014

A 33-year smoker has a reason to support an indoor smoking ban her and her familys declining health. Cindy White, 58, would never have endorsed the proposal until six years ago, when she decided to quit her pack-a-day habit. Thats when her health issues came to light.

It's your call, March 30, 2014
News-Press Now - March 29, 2014

In regard to the item Still fuming, you had better stay in St. Joseph. This is the only place left with the Pony Express, antique and behind-the-times mentality. Everyplace else has gone nonsmoking and has clean air and healthier people. Im so sick of hearing about it. I hope it passes and we go smoke-free. This is for Still fuming. I wont be completely happy until 100 percent of the places are nonsmoking. How come the anti-smoking zealots think they should be entitled to a smoking ban in 100 percent of public places? Where is their spirit of compromise and fairness? If 25 percent of the people are smokers, then let 25 percent of the places be designated as smoking-optional. This would still give the nonsmokers the vast majority of all establishments, while allowing smokers to have a few places they could go, too. If a property owner thinks that his business will be hurt by the smoking ban, he could apply for an exemption. Ill bet there would be so many exemptions, theyd have to hold a lottery.

Easley advocates for the poorFirst Ward city council candidate Bill ...
Columbia Daily Tribune - March 28, 2014

He has testified on a wide range of topics at council meetings — over the years he spoke out against the city's indoor smoking ban and against the formation of ...

Smoking impacts mental health of community
News-Press Now - March 27, 2014

As a local mental health professional, I believe St. Joseph needs to take urgent action to improve the health of our community. As a state without a smoke-free ...

Kennett voters to weigh in on smoking ban
Daily Dunklin Democrat - March 27, 2014

With the April 8 election less than two weeks away, Kennett voters may wonder if they should go to the polls. There are no contested races, but there is an issue ...

EDITORIAL: The public's health demands a fix for Missouri tobacco ...
Lake Expo - March 27, 2014

The state's lack of comprehensive smoke-free laws is responsible, according to a study by the National Institutes for Health. Their study shows that 12 percent of

Highland Council discusses relocating the city police department
The News - March 26, 2014

A Smoke Free Park Ordinance is almost complete, barring a few revisions. The ordinance would make smoking in the city park a fineable offense. Council member Rick Crook said, "I think we are going to put a big burden on our police department."

Scientific data back up need for smoking ban
News-Press Now - March 26, 2014

As a physician and lung specialist in St. Joseph for more than 15 years and in medicine for more than 30 years, I have read scientific literature for three decades. The research presented gives proven evidence that secondhand smoke is associated with severe and even fatal health risks. I unfortunately see the result every day in my practice ... percent for those living with smokers and the lifetime relative risk of lung cancer increased by 22 percent for nonsmokers working in a smoking environment.

Independence looks at e-cigarette ban
KCTV Kansas City - March 25, 2014

Retired physician Dr. Donald Potts went before Independence City Council asking them to consider a city ordinance against e-cigs. Potts said the fake cigarettes powered by a lithium battery still contain nicotine and he's concerned that teenagers will refill them with other dangerous liquids, like antifreeze.

Independence looks at restrictions on e-cigarettes
KSHB - March 25, 2014

The Independence Advisory Board of Health said the council needs to change the city's smoking laws to include e-cigs. Donald Potts, a member of the board, ... Donald Potts, a member of the board, said e-cigarettes are advertised as a way for people to stop smoking. But many who use them also smoke regular cigarettes. "This ordinance is just to level the playing field and include e-cigarettes in the restrictions we have against regular cigarettes in the city of Independence," Potts said.

City urged to restrict e-cigarettes
Blue Springs Examiner - March 25, 2014

People will use them when they have to, he said, such as in non-smoking areas, but then they go back to regular cigarettes. In Potts' information packet he ...

Berra sums up proposed smoking ban nicely
News-Press Now - March 24, 2014

Im not sure if Yogi was a smoker, but read the rest of this column and you might think this particular Yogi-ism sums up perfectly our ballot proposal to ban smoking in just about every public place in St. Joseph except the St. Jo Frontier Casino. A town very much like our own, Evansville, Ind., attempted to ban smoking in much the same fashion. In February 2012, the Evansville City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that banned smoking in all bars and private clubs. The hitch in Evansvilles smoking ban came when the Indiana Supreme Court ruled this past February. In a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court said pointing to slot machine revenue as somehow different was not an excuse to grant the casino an exemption. In other words, you cant exempt a casino from a smoking ban just because they pay more in taxes. At least in the state of Indiana. Perhaps the ordinance would have withstood legal challenges if it had not exempted Casino Aztar. I doubt the Evansville council is willing to take another swipe at a smoking ban that does include the casino. I have no idea how a Supreme Court decision from another state affects Show-Me State law, but St. Joseph should take heed of whats happening in the Hoosier State. ...

Smoking ban advocates drum up support
News-Press Now - March 22, 2014

All the support in the world does not matter if it does not translate into votes. With that idea in mind, dozens of volunteers hit the streets Saturday to drum up support for the public smoking ban on the April 8 ballot. ...

Missouri youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy
KBIA - March 21, 2014

In the fall of 2010, Jefferson City banned indoor smoking in public spaces, ... “Personal offices have always been off limits [to the smoking ban], primarily cause ...

Speak Out 3/21/14
Southeast Missourian - March 21, 2014

There are many college and university campuses in the country and the state of Missouri who have totally smoke-free campuses. Therefore, no one can smoke ...

Response to secondhand smoking debate
Sedalia Democrat - March 21, 2014

Moreover, of nearly 40,000 non-smokers in the study, only 4000 reported no exposure to cigarette smoke. “It's hard to say anything conclusive with such small ...

It's your call March 20, 2014
News-Press Now - March 20, 2014

I was excited to see in the Wednesday edition of the paper in the “Your letters” section that somebody wrote in on the smoking ban and gave clear examples of ...

Advocates debate smoking ban
News-Press Now - March 20, 2014

A proposed smoking ban could have more clout if it included the St. Jo Frontier Casino gambling floor, representatives from the opposition said. Two advocates ...

Missouri youth support anti-smoking policy at state capitol event
KBIA - March 20, 2014

The students were also there to speak to their representatives against House Bill 1345, which would put e-cigarettes in a category separate from traditional ...

That new new Westport: A party district grows up
Pitch Weekly - March 19, 2014

Ask around, and most bar and restaurant owners will tell you that 2008 was Westport's nadir. Downtown's bright, shiny, city-subsidized Power & Light District had opened early that year. The city passed an indoor-smoking ban in April. In October, the economy tanked. ...

EDITORIAL: Bill comes due on Missouri's cigarette addiction
Kansas City Star - March 19, 2014

The Missouri General Assembly has been a great protector of a select group of cigarette manufacturers. The legislators now appear ready to sacrifice a hefty amount of funding for schools, mental health and other state services so their friendly manufacturers can continue to sell cheap cigarettes...

Traffic signals protect lives like smoking ban would
News-Press Now - March 18, 2014

So why do the city and state have laws that make me stop driving, to quit doing what I like to do, even for a minute? Ive been told the answer is to protect the lives, health and property of other people on the road. But these laws stop me from doing what I want to do and I dont like it.
Sounds a little nuts, doesnt it? And so, smokers, why should you be told to stop smoking in public places just to protect the health and lives of others? Maybe when you complain about losing your right to smoke, you sound a little nuts too. ...

State policy keeps Missouri in bottom 10 for smoking rates
KBIA - March 18, 2014

We don't have a state-wide comprehensive smoke-free law, so people continue to be exposed where they work and where the live to second-hand smoke.

Sedalia smoking ban here to stay
KBIA - March 18, 2014

The city of Sedalia is beginning to see the benefits of a smoking ordinance that went into effect last September that banned all public smoking.

Still smoking; Springfield downtown square ban ineffective?
KSPR - March 17, 2014

Smoking on the Springfield square has been officially illegal for about two weeks now but some people haven't received the message.

Analysis: Lack of action leads to loss of tobacco money for Missouri
Associated Press - March 17, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Just as prolonged smoking can lead to ill health later, the actions of Missouri officials a decade ago now are resulting in negative financial consequences for the state. When Missouri receives an annual settlement payment from tobacco companies next month, the deposit will be less than half of its typical $130 million. That's because an arbitration panel decided Missouri officials in 2003 failed to diligently enforce the terms of the multistate tobacco settlement. As a consequence of the reduced tobacco revenue, Missouri lawmakers now are diverting more than $69 million from the state's general revenue fund to plug budget holes in the Medicaid health care program for the poor.

Smoke-free trend among Joplin businesses [VIDEO]
KOAM-TV - March 15, 2014

Some Joplin businesses have started a trend of going smoke-free. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri has the ninth highest smoking rate in the country and the State Capitol currently still has a smoking section. Some business owners hope the City of Joplin will also eventually follow with a city-wide non-smoking ordinance.

Candidates who banded together are not 'tea party'
News-Press Now-by Kim Norvell - March 14, 2014

The CDC has long been committed to the idea that smoking bans do no ... Mo., smoking ban cut the revenues of restaurants that serve alcohol 6.5 percent, the ...

Mayoral candidate talks of changes made under his tenure
Sedalia News-Journal - March 13, 2014

Hawkins also feels that the implementation of the Clean Air Sedalia smoking ban was handled poorly. “It should have been on the ballot. Not left upon the city ...

Our View: No longer waiting
Joplin Globe - March 14, 2014

About four years ago, JB's Piano Bar instituted a smoke-free policy from the start. The bar is now a Joplin fixture, with spinoff businesses such as a martini lounge ...

Ban proponents want to take away choices
News-Press Now - March 12, 2014

Contrary to what some would have us believe, the smoking ban is not a health issue. It's about choices. Nonsmokers have had a choice for years and they still ...

Restaurant owners join list of smoke-free establishments
Joplin Globe - March 12, 2014

Wilder's Steak House, which Pawlus also owns, has been smoke-free for five years. .... Kennett voters also will weigh in on a proposed citywide smoking ban on ...

Donations pour in to both sides of smoking issue
News-Press Now-by Kim Norvell - March 12, 2014

Both sides of the smoking ban issue have continually had donations come in since ... Annette Bertelsen, treasurer of Citizens for Smoke-Free St. Joe, said the ...

Smoke-free issue about protecting health
News-Press Now - March 9, 2014

I support the smoke-free April 8 ballot initiative because I lost my dad to lung cancer when I was just a girl. For me this issue is about health about protecting ...

Other cities have had success with smoking ban
News-Press Now - March 8, 2014

St. Joseph definitely is not the first community to attempt a smoke-free indoor air act. Thirty-five communities in Missouri already have passed a smoking ban in some form, which means 35 communities already have addressed concerns their residents and businesses have expressed. Lees Summit, a community southeast of Kansas City with 92,468 residents, passed a comprehensive ban in 2006 by a vote of the people. Residents and business owners there say while there were initial concerns, the ban has been nothing but successful.

Mizzou Baseball Fan Primer - Southern Miss
MUTigers.com - March 7, 2014

The University of Missouri has launched a Smoke Free Mizzou Campaign. Beginning July 1st, 2013, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the Mizzou ...

Board of trustees given student statistics
Daily Journal Online - March 7, 2014

In old business, the board heard an update on the school's efforts to move to become a tobacco-free campus by sometime next year. In new business, only one ...

Joplin business extends smoke-free hours for Lent
Joplin Globe - March 5, 2014

A Joplin business owner is trying something different: making her longtime downtown restaurant and bar smoke-free until 10 p.m. for the duration of the 40-day ...

Council votes against smoking ban amendment
Sedalia Democrat - March 4, 2014

A proposed measure to amend the citys smoking ban on Monday came down to a 4-4 split with Mayor Elaine Horn breaking the tie against. The ordinance, which bans smoking in all bars and restaurants but excludes private clubs, will stand as-is. During its pre-meeting, council discussed the measure which would have seen five small bars included in the exemption.

Missouri youth push for State Capitol to go smoke-free
KBIA - February 28, 2014

...Currently, Jefferson City and most of the capitol building are smoke-free, but legislators are allowed to continue smoking in their offices. “They absolutely have ...

Former St. Charles mayor files to challenge elections director in GOP primary
STLtoday.com - February 26, 2014

Meanwhile, two GOP County Council members received primary challenges. Filing in the 1st District was Anthony Lovasco against incumbent Joe Cronin. Lovasco said he's running partly because of his opposition to Cronin's efforts over the years to pass countywide smoking restrictions. ...

LETTER: Getting tobacco settlement money for Missouri is an easy fix
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - February 23, 2014

Your article on how Missouri is about to lose $69 million this year and in subsequent years, because Missouri failed to pass legislation required by the 1998 settlement with major tobacco companies, is disturbing ...

Students react to possible campus smoking ban [VIDEO]
KFVS - February 21, 2014

Now, Southeast Missouri State University students are taking an online survey to find out if the campus should eliminate smoking areas. The current tobacco policy on SEMO's campus bans smoking except in ... At least 1,130 colleges and universities have banned all smoking on campus, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Residents want smoke-free ordinance
Mexico Ledger - February 18, 2014

Smoke-Free Mexico, an approximately 16-person committee of local residents headed by Dr. Steve Taylor, is currently gathering signatures to present to the Mexico City Council. The Committee hopes to enact an ordinance that would ban smoking in the interior of all public places and work sites, including bars and restaurants. Smoking outside the building would still be permitted.

Time to stop tinkering with smoking ban
Sedalia Democrat - February 18, 2014

Maybe we should keep tinkering with the highly controversial Sedalia smoking ban until it slowly excludes every establishment that serves as much as a drop of ...

Smoking could also be banned in private offices
News-Press Now - February 15, 2014

A. Smoking shall be prohibited in all enclosed places of employment, except as may be ... that would have to change their policies if voters approve a smoking ban in April. ..... (Tobacco companies have, in fact, done very little to fight smoking bans, .... ban, we are setting the level of acceptable risk so low as to justify banning ...

Smoking ban should go before voters
Sedalia Democrat - February 14, 2014

The community has become divided into those who see the public smoking ban as a form of government overreach that has proven harmful to the bottom line of ...

FIELD: My view: The way towards a smoking ban
Lake Sun Leader (Camdenton, MO) - February 12, 2014

In the end, however, bar and restaurant owners have seen the light. Whether they've been motivated by their health-minded consciences or by rumors of eventual statewide smoking bans, their actions deserve praise.

St. Joseph will lose tax revenue if smoking ban passes
News-Press Now - February 13, 2014

Hasn't happened in other towns with a smoking ban.....this letter is nothing more ... to bowling alleys have closed all across the nation after smoking bans were ...

My view: The way towards a smoking ban
Lakenewsonline.com - February 12, 2014

My deepest kudos, thanks, regards, respect and congratulations to all of the bars and restaurants that have implemented smoking bans in the last couple of ...

Debate ensues over No Smoking signs as applied to vaporizers [VIDEO]
fox4kc.com - February 11, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Government and state agencies are holding their breath until the Food and Drug Administration writes regulations for electronic cigarettes. But the debate on the use of electronic cigarettes hits a little closer to home for one Kansas City man. Last Tuesday, Prophet Beach said he was going about his normal routine. As seen in KCATA surveillance video, Beach boarded the bus near Armour and Troost, sat down and took puffs from an e-cigarette hanging on a lanyard around his neck. I wasnt smoking an actual cigarette. I wasnt doing anything illegal, Beach said

Group Organizes to Oppose Smoking Ban
stjoechannel.com - February 11, 2014

St. Joseph's proposed smoking ban ordinance now has organized opposition. Stand Up St. Joe is a group of local bar, restaurant and other business owners against the ban. The group has had a couple of organizational meetings and members plan to develop a strategy for a campaign to convince voters to vote no.

Smoking ban opponents focus on 'fairness'
News-Press Now - February 9, 2014

One week after the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce withdrew its support of the proposed citywide smoking ban, opponents of the ban rallied together Sunday to discuss strategy before the April election. Roughly 20 business owners, smokers and nonsmokers alike, discussed the upcoming election that will put the decision to allow smoking inside business establishment in front of voters on April 8. The question of fairness, business livelihood and industry profitability became the focus of the second smoking ban opponents meeting at Legends Sports Cafe.

RESIDENT REQUEST Smoking ban sought
The Kearney Courier - February 6, 2014

Dane said he wants to leave the decision of whether to ban smoking, particularly in ... JJ's Homestead and Rock Inn as restaurants that have banned smoking.

St. Louis, KC rank at bottom of smoking cities list
Sedalia News-Journal February 5, 2014

St. Louis smoked the competition when it comes to the places where people are lighting up, according to the March issue of Mens Healths MetroGrades column. ... state and local laws prohibiting smoking and e-cigarette use (American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, American Lung Association); ...

Chamber switch puts spotlight on voters
News-Press Now - February 5, 2014

A decision not to take a position on a public policy issue usually does not make news except when the group involved previously did the exact opposite. This is the place where the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce board of directors finds itself. In the past the board went on record supporting a smoking ban. Now it has reversed course albeit with some new members and a new chief executive officer and is officially neutral on the proposal on the April 8 ballot.

Business offers safe alternative to smoking
Branson Tri-Lakes news - February 3, 2014

The family owned and operated business specializes in electronic cigarettes, or puffys as they call them, and a wide variety juices for the devices. They also ...

St. Joseph Chamber Changes Stance on Smoke-Free Ordinance
stjoechannel.com - February 1, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is officially pulling its support of the city's proposed indoor smoking ban. The chamber's board made the decision earlier this week. Chamber President and CEO Patt Lilly says the chamber supports the intent of the law as it tries to create a healthier community. However, he adds the chamber has traditionally supported the rights of business and limiting regulation.

Sedalia indoor air pollution levels drop by 84 percent after ...
Sedalia News-Journal - January 31, 2014

Indoor air pollution levels plummeted by 84 percent in Sedalia's public places just two months after implementation of a smokefree ordinance according to a ...

Park Central Square Preps for New Smoking Ban
OzarksFirst.com - January 28, 2014

Groups of smokers are a common sight at Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, but not for much longer. City Council Monday night passed a ban on smoking in the square.

Council hopefuls debate smoking ban at forum
News-Press Now - January 28, 2014

Ten candidates who are vying for three at-large City Council seats debated Tuesday night on the merits of a proposed smoking ban. The exemption was an obvious issue of contention for all 10 candidates.

St. Joseph City Council At-Large Candidates Meet in Public Forum
stjoechannel.com - January 28, 2014

It was the largest forum ever held at Missouri Western State University. Ten candidates vying for at-large seats on the St. Joseph City Council met for a public forum to discuss the issues. "They all have enough initiative to run, to get the petitions submitted to run to get on the ballot," said John Euchner, a political science professor at MWSU and organizer of the event. "We welcome them here to talk about the issues," Euchner said...

Smoking Ban in Park Central Square Passes at City Council Meeting
OzarksFirst.com - January 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City Council passes three of four bills pertaining to downtown Springfield, including panhandling, smoking, and skateboarding. It will soon be illegal to smoke at Springfield's Park Central Square.Monday night the City Council passed a ban, which created a "tobacco-free zone" in the square. Three of the four proposed downtown bills passed at the ...

Council lessens impact of proposals
Springfield News-Leader - January 27, 2014

The smoking ban would prohibit all tobacco products on Park Central Square and the surrounding sidewalks. The ban includes an exemption for sidewalk cafes and restaurant patios with a city permit. In support of the ban, Councilman Craig Hosmer said he believed the smoking ban was overdue. Hosmer said the square is used as a park where smoking restrictions are not a new phenomenon. Too often, Hosmer said, the square is instead used as an ashtray. Councilman Mike Carroll and Burlison voted against the smoking ban....

Smoking ban opponents express outrage
News-Press Now - January 27, 2014

Smoking ban opponents, sparked by outrage over the recently amended smoking ban proposal, united in a public meeting to discuss strategic opposition to the indoor smoking ban, scheduled to go to the voters in early April.

Longtime lobbyist is example of influence
Springfield News-Leader - January 26, 2014

That was the case for John Britton, the states longest-serving lobbyist. Critics charged it was because of Britton that Missouri has one of the nations lowest taxes on beer. With the tobacco industry as one of his clients, smoking restrictions were dead on arrival in the legislature. In fact, the Missouri Senate once passed a resolution declaring Britton his own designated smoking area while wandering the legislative hallways. It was no joke. Britton openly smokes in a non-smoking hallway area just outside the Senate chamber...

Bar, Restaurant Owners Begin Campaign Against Smoke-Free Ordinance [VIDEO]
stjoechannel.com - January 26, 2014

The on-going battle over smoking in St. Joseph bars and restaurants seems poised for its climax this spring. The City Council voted this past week to change the wording of a smoke-free ordinance that will go before voters in April. Sunday afternoon, a group of small business owners got together to prepare their campaign against the ordinance...

St. Joseph sets April vote on smoking ban
Columbia Daily Tribune - January 23, 2014

St. Joseph residents will decide the fate of a citizen-led initiative to ban indoor smoking at nearly all public places in the city. The city council voted last night to put the issue on the April 8 ballot. The casino would have to go smoke-free only if all five non-Native American casinos in the region also go smoke-free. A citizens group called Smoke-Free St. ...

Smoking ban approved for April ballot
News-Press Now-by Kim Norvell - January 22, 2014

The language will be slightly different than what was originally submitted by Smoke-Free St. Joseph. The City Council on Tuesday approved an amended ...

St. Joseph City Council Approves Change to Smoking Bill
stjoechannel.com - January 22, 2014

The original language allowed the city to ban smoking on the gaming floor in St. Joseph if any municipality in Jackson, Platte or Clay counties in Missouri did the ...

St. Joseph residents will vote on smoking ban
Navajo Times January 22, 2014

St. Joseph residents will decide the fate of a citizen-led initiative to ban indoor smoking at nearly all public places in the city...

Missouri remains ninth worst smoking state, despite health risks
KRCG - January 18, 2014

"I think the biggest thing that struck me about this report was their association of stroke to secondhand smoke," said Dr. Daniel Gibson of Capital Region Medical ...

Smoking group seeks to revise petition
News-Press Now-by Kim Norvell - January 17, 2014

Casino gaming areas shall be exempt from this article until smoking within the ... in all non-Native American casinos located in the Missouri counties of Jackson, ...

Smoke Free St. Joe Enters Campaign Mode
stjoechannel.com - January 15, 2014

...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 ...

City Council to to Address Smoking Ban, Panhandling Bills
OzarksFirst.com - January 13, 2014

City Council to to Address Smoking Ban, Panhandling Bills ... The bills include a panhandling bill and a bill prohibiting smoking on Park Central Square.

Bill Extends Exemptions To Smoke-Free Air Act
The Missourian - January 10, 2014

Washington City Council members Monday night approved an ordinance amending the citys smoke-free air act. The law was approved last January and went into effect April 15, 2013.
It prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars, businesses, workplaces and other public places in Washington. The latest revised ordinance grants a three-year exemption for a hookah lounge and for hotels and motels to set aside a certain number of rooms for smokers. Those uses had been exempted in the original ordinance until Jan. 22, 2014. The exemptions will continue until Jan. 22, 2017, under the ordinance approved Monday. ...

Smoking ban destined for municipal ballot
News-Press Now - January 8, 2014

The issue of smoking in indoor public places never was going to be resolved to the satisfaction of our divided community without a vote of the people. But know this: A public vote, whatever the outcome, will not be satisfying to the losers. ...

St. Joseph, Mo., city council rejects indoor smoking ban
Southeast Missourian - January 8, 2014

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 ...

FDA intends to clear the air on e-cigarettes
Kansas City Star - January 8, 2014

The man at the nearby restaurant table is puffing away. Can he do that? In Kansas City, for example, a very specific no-smoking ordinance covers only tobacco products. E-cigs although they contain nicotine are tobacco-free and arent regulated as tobacco products. ...

Smoking ban to go on ballot
Daily Dunklin Democrat - January 9, 2014

Kennett voters soon will have their say-so on a proposed city-wide smoking ban. The Kennett City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday calling for a special advisory election April 8, the date already set for municipal elections. ...

Council fails to pass smoking ordinance
News-Press Now - January 7, 2014

The St. Joseph City Council failed to pass an indoor smoking ban that was brought forward by a community initiative petition. The decision was made by a final vote on Monday. Councilman Gary Roach entered the only yes vote to pass the proposal as it was presented by Smoke-Free St. Joseph. Now, the City Council will hear an ordinance at its next meeting on Jan. 21 that will place the initiative on the April 8 ballot.

St. Joseph council rejects indoor smoking ban
Kansas City Star - January 7, 2014

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. A citizen initiative that would ban indoor smoking at most St. Joseph businesses apparently will be put to a public vote. The St. Joseph City Council declined to enact the ban on Monday and will consider an ordinance at its Jan. 21 meeting to place the initiative on the April 8 ballot. Affinity Gaming, the owners of the St. Jo Frontier Casino, objected to the section of the proposal regarding smoking on its gaming floor, said Jerry Riffel, the company's lawyer. Riffel said he believes the clause is illegal and unenforceable because it allows other municipalities to determine whether smoking is allowed at the St. Joseph casino. The clause also is "too vague" and can be rescinded when any municipality in the other counties bans smoking on a casino gaming floor even if that community doesn't have a casino, he said.

Smoking Ban Will Go to Public Vote
StJoeChannel.com - January 6, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) On an 8-1 vote, the St. Joseph City Council for a second time voted down a proposed citywide smoking ban ordinance. However, because it was brought forward this time by a community petition drive, law requires that it go to a public vote.

Top Stories of 2013 - No. 3: Smoking ban decisions cloud 2013
News-Press Now - December 30, 2013

One of the most hotly contested issues St. Joseph has debated in a while lasted throughout the entirety of 2013: Whether the city should enact a smoking ban.

Council Tackles Smoking Ban and Other Downtown Proposals
OzarksFirst.com - December 16, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Smoking could soon be banned in Park Central Square. Springfield City Council heard public opinion on the issue in its meeting Monday night. Tom Billionis owns The Coffee Ethic on The Square. "You want people to feel comfortable down here," he said. He is in favor of a proposed ban on smoking on the sidewalks near his business. "There's a lot of litter and a lot of cigarette butts, so to see those going away would definitely be a great benefit to The Square," he said.

Smoking signs to go up in St. Charles
Newsmagazinenetwork - December 16, 2013

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, businesses in St. Charles will be required to post signs outside each building stating whether smoking is allowed in the establishment. The St. Charles City Council Council adopted Bill 11118, an Ordinance Amending Title II, Public Health, Safety and Welfare of the Code of Ordinances to Create ...

Springfield City Council debates bans on smoking, skateboarding ...
Springfield News-Leader - December 16, 2013

Proposals banning tobacco and skateboards near Park Central Square and ... The smoking ban was proposed by Councilman Craig Hosmer, who has said people ... That law, approved by voters, banned smoking inside most buildings ...

City signs agreement with casino to study move
News-Press Now - December 10, 2013

The non-binding agreement states the casino's parent company, Affinity Gaming, will .... "And if we don't get our way with the smoking issue too, we'll take our ...

Our Voice: Smoking ban needs options
Springfield News-Leader - December 7, 2013

Before banning smoking there, the city perhaps through the Urban Districts Alliance ... While it did discuss it, the task force did not recommend a smoking ban.

Few Complaints on City Smoke Free Act
The Missourian – November 29, 2013

One business owner, Lance Unnerstall of Town 'N Country Lanes, said the smoking ban has had a huge impact on his business and caused the migration of ...

Alderman: Osage Beach should encourage smoke-free ...
Lake Expo - November 25, 2013

Many establishments are choosing to go smoke-free inside, Catcott pointed out. “This [smoke free establishments] is something we definitely want to encourage,” ...

Smoking ban group turns in signatures
News-Press Now-by Kim Norvell - November 22, 2013

A local group that is pushing for an indoor smoking ban submitted a petition to the city on Thursday ... 1, with a goal to take a smoking ban to a vote of the people.

Smoking ban proposed for Park Central Square
Springfield News-Leader - November 21, 2013

City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking and the use ... Additional restrictions on skateboarding — currently banned on city streets and ...

KC park areas go smoke-free
Kansas City Star - November 19, 2013

The city's Parks and Recreation Department recently expanded its smoke-free policy to 130 city-owned parks where people, especially children and youth play ...

A seriously flawed smoking plan
The University News - November 14, 2013

For the past few weeks, a proposal has been floating around administration, faculty and student leaders that could drastically change the landscape of Saint Louis University. The proposal is a comprehensive ban on the use of tobacco on SLUs campus. Under this plan, smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, etc. will be prohibited across the SLU campus. Faculty Senate received a presentation of its proposal two weeks ago and SGA received a similar presentation just yesterday.

E-Cigarettes being used to smoke marijuana
KFVS - November 13, 2013

Law enforcement wants to warn people about what could be the next drug problem. Deputies with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department recently confiscated electronic cigarettes being used to smoke illegal drugs. Kevin Glaser from the SEMO Drug Task Force said they haven't seen it in Southeast Missouri, but that doesn't mean it's not happening. He said there have been a few reported cases in St. Louis, which to him means it's only a matter of time before it makes it down here.

Electronic Cigarettes Grow in Popularity
stjoechannel.com - November 11, 2013

A new shop specializing in electronic cigarettes opened last week in St. Joseph. The shop, called "Oh My Vapor", sells starter kits and liquid for the cigarettes.

EDITORIAL: Our View: Blowing smoke
Joplin (MO) Globe - November 1, 2013

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids website, states will collect $24.7 billion from settlement money and tobacco taxes. They will spend only 1.8 percent of it on prevention aimed at keeping children from smoking. Current laws must be enforced and those who sell to minors now must be prosecuted. Missouri also will lose some of its tobacco settlement money in the next fiscal year because it did not diligently enforce tobacco laws.

Smoking ordinance stays in place for now, Council says
Sedalia News-Journal - October 22, 2013

The Sedalia City Council met for an impromptu work session on Saturday, Oct. 12 to discuss whether or not to make changes to the current smoking ban ...

Health Beat: Community changes address common health threat
Southeast Missourian - October 22, 2013

However, many Americans still live in communities without robust smoke-free protections. They are frequently exposed to the cancer-causing chemicals

Hanks Chevrolet Smoke-free Business of the Month
Christian County Headliner News - October 22, 2013

Delores Joyce, president of breathe easy Christian County, presents Brent Hanks, of Dennis Hanks Chevrolet, with the coalition's Smoke-free Business of the ...

Will Marshall be the next Mo. city to go smoke free?
KBIA - October 17, 2013

Citizens of Marshall, Mo., are discussing a possible ordinance restricting smoking in businesses and public areas. At a Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting, Breathe Easy ...

City council members make a smoke-free case for Marshall
The Marshall Democrat-News - October 16, 2013

Stan Cowan, of Jefferson City, answers questions from the audience at the Breathe Easy Marshall Town Hall Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Martin Community Center.

Sedalia council upholds new smoking ban
KRCG - October 15, 2013

SEDALIA (AP) -- A new law banning smoking in public places in Sedalia has survived an ... It bans smoking in enclosed workplaces, bars, common areas of apartment buildings, ... Outdoor smoking is banned in all city parks and playgrounds.

Smoking ban makes Sedalia a city divided
Sedalia Democrat - October 15, 2013

The Sedalia City Council makes a lot of decisions. But very few of them have spurred as much public response as the recent city smoking ban. Like any issue ...

On split vote, Sedalia City Council rejects revisions to new smoking ...
Daily Journal - October 14, 2013

On split vote, Sedalia City Council rejects revisions to new smoking ban ... SEDALIA, Missouri — A new law banning smoking in public places in Sedalia has ... It bans smoking in enclosed workplaces, bars, common areas of apartment buildings, bingo and ... Outdoor smoking is banned in all city parks and playgrounds.

In split decision, council leaves smoking ban alone
Sedalia Democrat - October 12, 2013

Meeting in a special session before a packed house of supporters and protesters of the ban, council discussed the measure which prohibits smoking in all bars ...

Students, staff urged to take survey about tobacco-free campus
Washington University Record - October 14, 2013

Human Resources and Student Health Services are urging students and staff to complete a new survey about Washington University in St. Louis' tobacco-free ...

E-cigs make debut on campus
MENAFN.COM - October 11, 2013

E-cigs make debut on campus. Crowder College, Neosho, MO October 11, 2013 (The Sentry, provided by UWIRE, a division of Uloop via Comtex) --Though ...

Council to Discuse Smoking Ban at Special Work Session on Saturday ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - October 10, 2013

The Sedalia City Council will hold a special work session Saturday to discuss the citywide smoking ban. About a month and a half since the ban went into effect, many small bar owners are saying their revenue is drying up because customers are no longer allowed to smoke. The last two regular city council meetings have seen numerous owners and patrons speak against the ban and on Monday Ward 2 Councilwoman Becca La Strada suggested amending the ordinance.

St. Charles County Council puts smoking ban bill on hold
Newsmagazinenetwork - October 9, 2013

The debate over a smoking ban or further regulation in St. Charles County may reignite once issues surrounding bill introduced in September are ironed out. The County Council agreed to table a bill at its Sept. 30 meeting that had been introduced earlier in the month by Councilman Joe Cronin, District 1. Cronin asked that the bill be tabled to allow so that a billed developed with the help of Harold Ellis, the acting county counselor, can be reviewed by council members, officials, and the county health department.

St. Charles Businesses Now Required to Post Smoking/Nonsmoking ...
Patch.com - October 2, 2013

Before people walk through the door of a business in St. Charles, they'll be able to tell whether it's a smoking or nonsmoking establishment starting in January. Businesses will be required to post a sign stating whether smoking is permitted or prohibited by Jan. 1, 2014. The sign must have letters no smaller than 1 inch in height. Violating the law would result in a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment up to 3 months. The new ordinance was approved by the St. Charles City Council Oct. 1. Councilman Dave Beckering, who sponsored the bill, said the signs will let people know before they walk in the door whether they are going into a place that allows smoking.

Sponsor tweaks St. Charles County smoking-ban bill, delays vote
STLtoday.com - October 1, 2013

The County Council sponsor of a limited countywide smoking ban proposal has delayed a vote to allow more time to tweak its provisions. Cronin said he also is working on a provision to explicitly outline how businesses could have separate smoking and non-smoking areas, such as restaurants, bowling lanes and the Ameristar Casino.

Ste. Genevieve school bans e-cigarettes
KFVS - October 1, 2013

STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - New numbers from the CDC show more and more kids and teenagers are now using electronic cigarettes, which contain nicotine. Ste. Genevieve school officials are combating this trend by adding e-cigarettes to the list of things not allowed inside school facilities.

A month into smoking ban, Sedalia workers say they feel the impact
KBIA - October 1, 2013

Business owners in Sedalia say the citys smoking ban is having an impact on their businesses. The ban, that went into effect one month ago, bans smoking inside restaurants and bars within city limits private clubs are exempted from the ban. Monsees says she isnt sure that reversing the ban would be worth the citys time. She said she sees going smoke-free as a national trend with which that all bars and restaurants will eventually need to comply. It may give them a year or two to regroup and realize what is coming down the road but I dont know that we could change what I believe is probably going to happen anyway in the long run, said Monsees.

Springfield hospital chain: Smoking workers not wanted
AP - Associated Press - September 29, 2013

CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards announced Friday that potential employees will soon have to pass a nicotine screening before being hired, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The nicotine test will detect nicotine from traditional sources, suc

Bar profits going up in smoke due to smoking ban
Sedalia Democrat - September 27, 2013

Nearly a month after Sedalia went smoke-free, some bar owners are saying the measure is costing them their livelihood. During the public comments portion of ...

Electronic Cigarettes Banned From R-II District Facilities
Ste. Genevieve Herald - September 25, 2013

Electronic Cigarettes Banned From R-II District Facilities ... The Board of Education passed a revision to the smoking and tobacco policy during the September ...

St. Charles City Council to Consider Smoking Bill Tonight
KMOX.com - September 24, 2013

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - The St. Charles City Council will begin considering a bill Tuesday that would require all businesses to post a sign on their ...

Consider smoking regulations, not a ban, in St. Charles County
STLtoday.com - September 20, 2013

Cronin rightly points out that if enacted such comparatively mild regulation might forestall the Draconian smoking ban St. Charles County bar and casino owners ...

Shrewsbury Lanes to Reopen in 3-4 Weeks as Non-Smoking
Patch.com - September 16, 2013

Shrewsbury Lanes, which went in to receivership earlier this year, has new owners who want to reopen the alley as soon as soon as possible. Heather Pardo ... Theyre also making the entire building non-smoking. We really want to bring a lot of families, community, and make it more of a family atmosphere, Pardo said. She said they want to do fund-raisers and maybe start bowling clubs through schools.

AG: Missouri loses arbitration in tobacco case
AP - Associated Press - September 13, 2013

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the state has lost an arbitration case and will refund money it receives through a multi-state settlement with tobacco companies. ...

South Callaway students look toward tobacco-free future
KRCG - September 12, 2013

The school board Wednesday passed a new tobacco-free campus policy drafted by the ... Currently, all South Callaway buildings are tobacco-free. The new ...

Mo. Supreme Court upholds $1.5M tobacco judgment
AP - Associated Press - September 11, 2013

upheld a $1.5 million punitive damages judgment for a Kansas City area family in a long-running lawsuit against a tobacco company. The court's ruling Tuesday affirmed the 2009 judgment against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. for the family of Barbara ...

St. Charles Businesses May Have to Post Smoking or Nonsmoking Signs
St. Peters (MO) Patch - September 11, 2013

An effort is underway to require every business, public place and restaurant in St. Charles to post signs stating whether smoking is allowed in the establishment.

County Council considering another smoking ban attempt
Newsmagazinenetwork - September 11, 2013

County Council considering another smoking ban attempt ... Current smoking bans in O'Fallon and LakeSaint Louis would remain and individual municipalities ...

St. Charles County bill gives businesses a choice on smoking
STLtoday.com - September 11, 2013

Regarding "New smoking ban effort is under way in St. Charles County" (Sept. ... But, if they allow smoking on their premises, they would have to ban admittance ...

Hazy feelings toward effectiveness of smoking ban
The Maneater - September 11, 2013

As he passed, Swing walked through the lingering cloud of smoke. He found it unusual, given all he had heard about MU's new smoke-free policy. “Smoking ...

Restaurants, bowling alleys can benefit from going smoke-free
STLtoday.com - September 11, 2013

It's surprising to me that restaurants and bowling lanes haven't already jumped on the smoke-free bandwagon. Many people do not want to have to be around or ...

St. Charles considers smoking ban, again
St. Louis Business Journal September 10, 2013

For the third time in a row, the St. Charles County Council has another smoking ban in front of them. This time, the proposed smoking ban would restrict indoor smoking, but exclude any establishment that requires customers be at least 21-years-old, St. Louis Public Radio reports. The proposed ban would exclude most bars and gambling areas.

New smoking ban proposal in St. Charles County would be out of voters hands
KMOV.com - September 10, 2013

Cronin will introduce this latest version of a smoking ban at Mondays St. Charles County meeting. Current laws in place in OFallon and Lake Saint Louis would remain. Well received or not, the measure will not go on a ballot for voters to decide. It will be up to the county and the county executive to approve or deny. Cronin said it will save taxpayers about $200,000 in polling costs.

St. Charles County Council again takes up issue of countrywide [sic]...
The Republic - September 10, 2013

CHARLES, Missouri A smoking ban in St. Charles County is back on the table. ... a year ago that a judge blocked the county's plan for a countywide ban.

St. Charles Co. could ban smoking in all enclosed public areas
kplr11.com - September 10, 2013

St. Charles Co. could ban smoking in all enclosed public areas. Posted on: 8:08 am, September ... Existing bans would stay in place. For instance, O'Fallon and ...

St. Charles County Council Hears Smoking Ban Testimony
CBS Local - September 10, 2013

St. Charles County Council Hears Smoking Ban Testimony ... Last year, the council approved placing the proposed bans before voters but a judge kept them off ...

St. Charles County discusses new proposal for smoking ban
STLtoday.com - September 10, 2013

The proposal would ban smoking in all businesses and other enclosed public ... That would exempt gambling areas at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles and ...

New Smoking Ban Effort Underway In St. Charles County
St. Louis Public Radio - September 9, 2013

For the third year in a row an effort to create a smoking ban in St. Charles County is underway. The St. Charles County Council began considering a bill Monday ...

New smoking bill ban being considered in St. Charles County
KMOV.com - September 7, 2013

A renewed effort has formed in St. Charles County to implement a smoking ban. Many attempts have failed, but a councilman said he has come up with a new proposal that will satisfy business owners. Previous proposals have allowed casinos to opt out of the ban. However, bar and small business owners took issue with the unfair exemptions for the casino. The new proposal from St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin changes the exemptions. It would allow businesses to opt out of the smoking ban if they post signs and restrict children from entering.

New smoking ban effort underway at St. Charles County Council
STLtoday.com - September 6, 2013

CHARLES COUNTY After two near-misses since 2011, County Councilman Joe Cronin is launching another effort to pass a countywide smoking ban. Cronin's ...

CIA accomplishes tobacco-free signage for Carthage schools
Carthage Press - September 6, 2013

CIA accomplishes tobacco-free signage for Carthage schools. Due to the efforts of a Carthage High School group, new signs were distributed across the R-9 ...

UMSL's Put It Out Day part two: Still seriously tobacco-free
UMSL Daily - August 29, 2013

The University of Missouri St. Louis launched the UMSL Seriously Tobacco-Free campaign in January. Spring and summer classes have since come and gone, ...

Smoking ban study
STLtoday.com - August 19, 2013

A Post-Dispatch article Statewide smoking ban: Is it bad for business (Aug. ... had found that smoking bans don't hurt the bottom line of bars and restaurants.

Bag-Head discusses racism, smoking ban
St. Joseph News-Press Now - August 14, 2013

I was late for work Tuesday morning and tried to get inside the building before the huge clanking figure spotted me. Too late. Before I knew it Bag-Head Jheri, the Messanie Street Philosopher was right up in my grill.

Missouri Valley College to become smoke-free campus
The Marshall Democrat-News - August 12, 2013

On July 26, the Missouri Valley College board of trustees approved a proposal to make Missouri Valley College a smoke-free campus effective Monday, Aug. 12. MVC's previous smoking policy prohibited smoking inside any of the college's facilities. The new policy prohibits smoking both indoors and outdoors on all MVC campus properties. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and other persons on campus. The only exception to the policy is the Viking Tailgate Zone, when College events are held there.

Study says smoking bans don't hurt bars, restaurants (AUDIO)
Missourinet.com - August 12, 2013

A new study suggests a statewide law banning smoking in public places would not ... He says local smoking ban ordinances in Missouri were unrelated to any ...

Ozarks Technical Community College will mark 10 years of being ...
Springfield News-Leader - August 12, 2013

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Ozarks Technical Community College will celebrate 10 years of being a tobacco-free campus. We are proud to mark the 10th anniversary of OTC taking a leadership role in removing tobacco from all of our campuses and centers, said OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon. In 1999, only one college in the country was tobacco-free. That same year, OTC decided it would join the California institution and took steps to banish tobacco products from all its campuses and centers.

Smoking ban would not hurt state's bars and restaurants, report says
STLtoday.com - August 8, 2013

While several cities have strict smoke-free laws in Missouri, including Kirkwood, Creve Coeur, Clayton, Ballwin and Brentwood, there is no statewide law.

New effort under way for St. Joseph smoking ban
Greenwich Time - August 7, 2013

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) A St. Joseph group seeking to ban smoking in most public places is trying a new tactic to put the issue before voters. The St. Joseph ...

Smoke Free Group Petitioning for Citywide Smokefree Ordinance
stjoechannel.com - August 6, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Voting won't be the only civic duty available at the polls Tuesday. The group Smoke Free St. Joe will be at several polling sites asking voters ...

OACAC Smoke-Free Business for July
Christian County Headliner News-Jul 23, 2013

Delores Joyce, coordinator, breathe easy Christian County, recognized the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Christian County Neighborhood Center ...

Week in Review: Council Drops Smoking Ban; Bridge Jumping Now ...
Patch.com-by Joe Barker - July 20, 2013

We know you're busy, so here's a roundup of some of the recent stories featured on the St. Charles Patch from last week. Posted by Joe Barker (Editor), July 20, ...

VIDEO: Smoking ban possible in Poplar Bluff
KFVS Channel 12 (Cape Girardeau, MO) - July 18, 2013

This is not a cold issue about rights, this is a real, live, heart beating, lungs breathing issue, for everybody in this town," said Aaron Darnell. Darnell is also with the Breathe Easy group. He said they're proposing a ban on smoking in all indoor spot ...

Norty's touts smoke-free
News-Press Now - July 18, 2013

The smoke-free movement in the city put another feather in its hat when Nortys Bar and Grill made the decision to go nonsmoking nearly a month ago. Staff, patrons and members of the group Clean Air St. Joe gathered at Nortys on Wednesday to celebrate that decision. Clean Air St. Joe was dealt quite a blow after its campaign, while picking up steam, was sent back to the drawing board when the City Council decided not to vote on the issue. But that has done little to dampen the fervor of members like Sara Summers.

Top 7 Stories: Smoking Ban Dropped in St. Charles
Patch.com-by Ryan Martin - July 16, 2013

Top stories from the 24 St. Louis Patch sites include articles about the unexpected deaths of men from High Ridge and Affton and a dropped smoking ban in St.

St. Charles City Council Drops Smoking Ban, May Require Signage
Patch.com - July 15, 2013

Town Hall meetings to gather citizen input about a smoking ban got only 102 ... Casino patrons would go to Maryland Heights where there is no ban, he said, ...

A Bad Smoke Break: Stringent Documentation of Work Rules Defends Against Unemployment Claims
National Law Review - July 13, 2013

A recent Missouri case demonstrates the importance of documentation when defending against unwarranted unemployment claims. The case also underlines the need for the reforms passed by the Missouri General Assembly and pending signature by Gov. Jay Nixon. James Sullivan worked as a part-time cook for nearly a year and a half at Landrys Seafood House. One day, he disappeared during dinner service and was found 20 minutes later smoking and talking on his cell phone in the parking lot. He was fired and filed a claim for unemployment benefits. In Missouri, when employees are terminated for work-related misconduct, they can be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. However, a deputy at the Missouri Division of Employment Security initially determined that Sullivan was eligible for benefits. The restaurant appealed that determination to the Division Appeals Tribunal.

St. Charles City Backs Off Smoking Ban Proposal, Considers ...
Riverfront Times (blog) - July 11, 2013

The city of St. Charles will not be banning smoking after all -- though officials are not dropping the issue altogether. In May, St. Charles began considering a new smoking ban policy and launched a series of public hearings on the topic. The city was looking at prohibiting smoking inside businesses through a policy that might exempt certain establishments, such as casinos. Critics, who have spoken out against proposed bans throughout the metro area and in Missouri, argued that forcing businesses to have certain policies would violate their private property rights. Now, officials have backed off from plans to institute any sort of smoking ban, but they are considering a new signage policy.

Fredrick Inn Celebrates Smoke-Free Move by Offering Discount to ...
stjoechannel.com - July 8, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After more than 30 years in business, a St. Joseph restaurant has officially signed off on smoking. The Fredrick Inn Steakhouse announced plans to go smoke-free in May. The new policy went into effect Monday, July 8. "We're really excited. We got a new ceiling, which brightens everything up in here. It looks really good," said waitress Dara Alsbury. Alsbury said the move was something the long-time eatery on Frederick Ave. has been considering for quite a while. "We've been thinking about doing it for a long time. We really thought the city was going to do it for us," she said.

Mizzou finishes first smoke-free week
KBIA - July 8, 2013

The university is encouraging people across campus to speak up to inform violators that the university is now smoke-free. Continual student offenders will be ...

Springfield leading the way on colleges, universities that limit or ban ...
Springfield News-Leader - July 7, 2013

I am writing in response to your opinion in the News-Leader titled Public smoking ban pays off. Your sentiment regarding the smoking ban is shared by me and ...

University of Missouri-Columbia finishes phasing in smoking ban
The Tribune - July 6, 2013

The plan had been in the works since 2009 when Chancellor Brady Deaton announced a plan to become a smoke-free campus within five years. As part of the ...

Complete Smoking Ban AT Mizzou's Main Campus
KTTS - July 2, 2013

(Missourinet) - Smokers will have to leave University of Missouri property to light up from now on. A smoking ban is now in effect, that prohibits smoking on any ...

Speak Out 7/2/13: smoking, phones
Southeast Missourian - July 2, 2013

While on vacation, I noticed that Cape Girardeau is still behind on two very important regulations. Smoking in public places, everywhere we went out to eat was nonsmoking. It was great going out to dinning establishments and bars and not smelling like smoke when we left. The other is cellphones and driving. I realized how dangerous Cape Girardeau streets are after I was back in town for five minutes and a Honda Element almost sideswiped me while the elder man was texting. Come on Cape, it's time for change.

MWSU Tobacco-Free Policy Takes Effect
stjoechannel.com - July 1, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Where there were once outdoor ashtrays, only stained cement remains. As of today, Missouri Western State University is tobacco-free.

Mo. Western goes smoke-free Monday
ABC17News.com - July 1, 2013

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Missouri Western State University no longer tolerates tobacco use on campus. The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/16JJzdd ) ...

Western campus goes smoke-free
News-Press Now - July 1, 2013

Missouri Western State University today joins a growing list of institutions of higher education that no longer tolerate tobacco use on campus.

Smoke Free Campus on July 1
KRCG - June 30, 2013

The University of Missouri-Columbia campus will be smoke-free starting July 1st. Thats 6 months ahead of the original schedule.

MU to go smoke-free Monday ($$)
Columbia Missourian - June 29, 2013

COLUMBIA The smell of cigarette smoke lingered in the parking lot behind MU's Stewart Hall long after the smoker had gone back inside. Cigarette butts lay scattered across a corner of the lot on the east side of the campus, some old and faded, others freshly stomped with ashes near by.

19 tickets issued over smoke-free ordinance
Springfield News-Leader - June 29, 2013

After issuing just one ticket since the April 2011 passage of Springfield's Smoke-Free Air Act, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced ...

Bars busted for allowing illegal indoor smoking
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO) - June 29, 2013

But the Springfield- Greene County Health Department says the debate is over, and the law is now the law. "When we a complaint we take it very seriously," stated Clay Goddard, Assistant Director of Health. The health department says somebody inside ...

Public smoking ban pays off
Springfield News-Leader - June 29, 2013

But the good news released by the Healthy Living Alliance this past week is that many bars and restaurants have not only survived the smoking ban but have prospered in the past two years.

Parkway South Senior in SmilesLEAGUE All Star Game
Patch.com - June 26, 2013

The all star teams were made up of St. Louis area students and coached by former St. Louis Cardinals players as part of a Tobacco-Free Nation campaign.

Two years in, health advocates claim Springfield smoking ban is ...
KY3 - June 26, 2013

The alliance claims the numbers don't prove the smoking ban has necessarily boosted business, but it hasn't had any sort of a negative impact, either. And, at ...

Questions answered about smoking ban
Sedalia Democrat - June 25, 2013

A week ago the Sedalia City Council voted 6-2 to approve the Sedalia Clean Air Indoor Act, which prohibits smoking in all public places. While the ban doesn't ...

Dexter public smoking ban presented to aldermen
Southeast Missourian - June 21, 2013

DEXTER, Mo. -- The Regional Healthcare Foundation is looking to clear the air in Dexter with a proposal to ban smoking at public places within the city of Dexter ...

RHF proposes Dexter smoking ban
The Daily Statesman - June 20, 2013

Following behind other area communities, the organization is looking to ban smoking at public places within the City of Dexter. RHF Executive Director Lisa ...

City council votes to snuff out smoking in bars, restaurants ($$)
Sedalia (MO) Democrat - June 18, 2013

Sedalia bars and restaurants will be smoke-free starting Sept. 1 after the Sedalia City Council on Monday voted overwhelmingly to approve the much-debated Sedalia Clean Air Indoor Act.

MU to become smoke-free on July 1
UM Maneater - June 17, 2013

A colorful sign plastered on a yellow sandwich board in the middle of Speakers Circle congratulates MU’s 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. ...

Smoking-ban vote set for Monday's council meeting
Sedalia Democrat - June 16, 2013

The fight over a proposed smoking ban will come to a head on Monday night as the Sedalia City Council votes to approve an ordinance that will prohibit ...

First Ward House ponders going non-smoking
News-Press Now - June 14, 2013

First Ward House ponders going non-smoking. Story · Comments ... “A lot of nonsmokers have said 'As soon as they go nonsmoking, we'll show up.' They don't ...

Letter: Consider what a smoking ban will do to business
Sedalia Democrat - June 13, 2013

In regards to whether or not Sedalia should put in a smoking ban through-out the city, I'd simply say: Look at Columbia. In 1995 and 1996, Columbia voted on ...

Cape casino to cut weekday morning hours
Southeast Missourian - June 13, 2013

The IL legislature is again debating allowing smoking in casinos since casino revenue has dropped since the state smoking ban - compared to non-smoking ...

Council to vote on Smoke Free ordinance June 17 ($$)
Sedalia News-Journal - June 13, 2013

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 ...

Clean-air group vows to push for petition
News-Press Now - June 11, 2013

Clean Air St. Joe held a luncheon Monday morning to thank its volunteers and announce that it would continue its efforts to pass a smoking ban.

MU campus smoking ban on track for July 1st
KBIA - June 6, 2013

The University of Missouris policy to make its campus completely smoke free is on track to start on July 1st. ...

Your letters Council should let voters decide smoking ban
News-Press Now - June 5, 2013

This is to express my extreme disappointment and disgust toward the City Council for their decision to entirely remove the smoking ban from their agenda after management of the St. Jo Frontier Casino expressed opposition. Rather than providing the opportunity for the 72 percent of St. Joseph citizens in favor of the ban to cast their vote come the Nov. 5 election, they are simply giving in to the demands of one measly business in town. What is the deal with the council members all of a sudden? Six months of debate with the general public expressing their support of a smoke-free St. Joe, and then they just flat-out ignore them? At this point, they seem to be favoring money over the general health and well-being of the community. God forbid I mention this, but if theyre that concerned about the casino, then they could perhaps revise the ordinance so that the casino is exempt. After all, many other American cities passed their smoking ordinances with the casino exempted (that is, if there was a casino in town). If they took this action, then maybe all tensions between the city and the casino (in terms of the smoking ban) would be solved.

St. Charles council listens to casino, not residents on smoking ban
STLtoday.com - June 5, 2013

I attended the public hearings held by the St. Charles City Council regarding a smoke-free ordinance in St. Charles. After observing how the St. Charles County Council had handled efforts to bring smoke-free legislation to our area, I was hoping there might be a chance for our city to finally become smoke-free. Several on the council stated publicly they were listening and ready to get out in front of this thing. However, when speaking with them individually, a far different mindset became apparent. The second hearing began with the statement, We all need to be aware that the casino gives St. Charles $13 million a year. As far as I know this means one thing, hands off the casino. We also heard a comment that the two sides of this debate were pretty evenly divided. An actual count of speakers during the three meetings revealed 26 in favor of a comprehensive ordinance, 14 against and 3 neutral. Will they give us the same ordinance that the casino tried to shove down our throats last year?

Council approves smoking ban on 5-0 vote
Excelsior Springs Standard - June 4, 2013

After allowing citizen input for two straight meetings, the Excelsior Springs City Council asked for no additional testimony Monday night before approving a new smoking ordinance for all enclosed places of employment and public areas. The law remained intact from its first draft with one exception: Councilwoman Sonya Morgan made a motion to change a 25-foot buffer around the main entrance of any building where smoking is prohibited to just a 10-foot buffer, a suggestion that was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Brad Eales and endorsed on a 5-0 vote. The ordinance itself then was approved, again on a 5-0 vote, following a motion and second by Eales and Councilman Brent McElwee. The final draft of the ordinance bans the burning of tobacco products in virtually any enclosed business or public place in Excelsior Springs, including private establishments like the Elks Lodge that sometimes are open to the public for special events. The buffer zone around the main entrance was established so patrons of these establishments would not have to walk through cigarette smoke to get in or out, but only the main entrance was named so that smoking could be allowed outside a back or side door, or in an outdoor area of the business that is not accessed through the main entrance. Officially, the only step left is enacting the law. The wording of the ordinance approved Monday night gives proprietors, owners and managers a 30-day period to inform their employees and set up their businesses to adhere to the law. That same 30-day notice also gives patrons a short grace period before enforcement of the smoking ban begins. However, opponents of the ban hinted that they are not letting the issue drop quite yet. Some fear that the new smoking ban will adversely affect their business or, in the case of the Elks and veterans, their ability to attract members or raise funds through programs like the veterans weekly bingo games.

Council reviews final draft of proposed smoking ban ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - June 4, 2013

The Sedalia City Council will vote on the final draft of a proposed smoking ban during its next meeting after deciding no more changes to the ordinance were needed at this time. During its pre-meeting council discussed the latest draft of the ban, which prohibits smoking in all public places including bars and restaurants but allows smoking at private clubs, such as the Moose Lodge or American Legion, unless the club is hosting a public event.

Council to review proposed smoking ban
Sedalia Democrat - June 2, 2013

The new ordinance calls for a ban on smoking in all public places including bars, but it excludes private clubs, such as the Moose Lodge or American Legion, ...

Smoke-Free Spokesperson Speaks to Local Residents
Washington (MO) Missourian - June 1, 2013

During a Union Area Chamber of Commerce lunch, the spokesperson of Breathe Easy Washington, Joette Reidy, told attendees about the steps taken before the Washington ordinance was voted in. Although there is no organization supporting a similar ban in ...

More Area Businesses Going Smoke Free
stjoechannel.com - May 31, 2013

At city hall, the official discussion about a smoking ban might be over for now. But, one by one, individual businesses are making the decision to eliminate smoking on their own. Norty's Bar is the latest to make the jump, saying they knew this day would come when they moved into their current location several years ago. "Every other community is smoke free. We just felt like hey, let's get ahead of the curve here and put an outdoor area on the building so we can be ready for ...

Opinions strong to retain casino's smoking privileges
News-Press Now - May 30, 2013

A day after the City Council eliminated plans for a ban, a majority of gamblers say they would try their luck elsewhere if smoking were ever banned at the St. Jo Frontier Casino. On Tuesday night, casino general manager Craig Travers told the council he opposed a smoking ban for his business on an assertion that the city, county and state would lose at 25 percent in gaming revenue. Members then voted to remove consideration of a smoking ban from the Nov. 5 election ballot.

Some Say Casino Behind End of Smoking Ban Discussion
stjoechannel.com - May 30, 2013

Many say it was the St. Joseph Frontier Casino tipping the scales against a comprehensive smoking ordinance moving forward in St. Joseph. "It was the big bully standing up there and saying we're going to leave town if we go smoke free," said city councilman Jeff Penland. "I don't know that I'd use the word blackmail. They clearly used a heavy hand," added Mary Attebury, spokesperson for Clean Air St. Joe, the grassroots group working to develop a tobacco ban for the city.

It's your call, May 30, 2013
News-Press Now - May 30, 2013

A good case in point is the casino not wanting the city to enact a smoking ban, but they want to blame the government for everything. Have they forgotten that the ...

St. Joseph council snuffs out smoking ban
The Rolla Daily News - May 29, 2013

The proposal would have banned indoor smoking in public places except bars ... He also said a smoking ban would decrease revenues by at least 25 percent, ...

St. Joseph City Council denies public vote on smoking ban
Columbia Missourian - May 29, 2013

JOSEPH The St. Joseph City Council has snuffed out a proposal to put a city smoking ban up for a public vote. After six months of debate, the council voted ...

No Smoking Dispute Heats Up in Pacific
The Missourian - May 29, 2013

Pacific Park Board members who want a no smoking ban near the childrens playground equipment in the city parks face an uphill challenge. Some aldermen just dont like the idea, including Mike Pigg. Pigg, a smoker who carries his own ashtray wherever he goes, believes that most smokers are polite and if they saw ash cans near the playground they would discard their butts.

St. Joseph City Council Backs Off Proposed Smoking Ban
stjoechannel.com-May 29, 2013

St. Joseph's city council has backed off of a proposed city wide smoking ban. ... The proposal would have banned smoking in public places including bars, ...

Proposed smoking ban hot topic at council meeting ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 24, 2013

The wording and extent of a proposed smoking ban in Sedalia again dominated discussions during Thursday nights meeting of the Sedalia City Council. The meeting, rescheduled from Monday due to severe weather, saw council members request a draft ordinance from City Attorney Anne Gardner that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants. The ordinance would exempt private clubs such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or Moose Lodge, except when those clubs open their doors to the public for events such as regular bingo nights. ...

St. Charles city and county need smoke-free air
STLtoday.com - May 24, 2013

After significant local progress in protecting the public and employees from secondhand smoke, St. Charles city and county remain behind the times. Recently scheduled public hearings regarding a possible St. Charles city Smoke-Free Air Act appear motivated not to further public health but to counter efforts by St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin, who has twice tried to get a countywide smoke-free air referendum on the ballot. St. Charles City favors less restrictive legislation, for example allowing smoking on the Ameristar Casino gaming floor, in workplaces prohibiting anyone under age 21, and any place where smoking is limited to a ventilated or enclosed smoking room. ...

Lake view: Smoking ban needed in OB
Lakenewsonline.com-May 21, 2013

Some states and most major cities ban smoking in public places. If you go into a restaurant are bar that allows smoking within a short time you could have a ...

Metro Plans to Ban Electric Cigarette Soon Discusses Ehefs.org
SBWire (press release )- May 22, 2013

The metro bus and MetroLink train officials in St Louis are soon to say no to electric cigarettes. The riders have already been prohibited from lighting up on trains ...

Letter: Smoke affects all exposed to it ($$)
Sedalia Democrat-May 21, 2013

My wife and I strongly support the comprehensive smoking ban ordinance the Sedalia City Council is considering. We hope the council will see the value in ...

Metro Considers E-Cig Ban On Buses & Trains
CBS Local - May 21, 2013

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 ...

St. Charles Smoking Ban: Officials Consider New Policy As Critics ...
Riverfront Times (blog) - May 21, 2013

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. …

St. Charles Weighs Smoking Ban Options
kplr11.com - May 20, 2013

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 exemptions. … 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 ...

Council to discuss definitions of bars, restaurants for possible smoke …($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 19, 2013

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 ...

Hooker: Who is really blowing smoke? ($$)
Sedalia (MO) Democrat - May 17, 2013

I’m probably going to wind up like King Lear roaring into the wind, but I’ve 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. …

Arbyrd teen goes to Washington to promote 'Living Smoke-free'
Daily Dunklin Democrat - May 17, 2013

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.

Satnan: The time for indoor smoking ban has come ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 17, 2013

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, ...

Study: 74% of Missourians Ban Smoking in Their Homes
KMOX.com - May 17, 2013

(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 ...

EverSmoke Electronic Cigarettes: St. Charles Ameristar Casino ...
SBWire (press release) - May 17, 2013

Miami Lakes, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/17/2013 -- Sally Faith, St. Charles Mayor, does not want to see a smoking ban placed at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. Ameristar officials believe a smoking ban can cut tax revenue in half. Should city officials pass a smoking ban, Ameristar Casino smokers can opt for a smoking alternative with EverSmoke Electronic Cigarettes.

Letter: Council should protect us by passing smoking ban ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 16, 2013

Some of what is being said about the indoor smoking ordinance revolves around the rights of the employer to run his business the way he or she wants. There is a lot of research about whether businesses lose profits or gain profits when a smoking ordinance is put in place. And lets face it; people are in business to make a profit. The argument is whether a citywide smoking ban will cut into the profits of local business. People might stop coming to local businesses who don't allow ...

Spokesperson for Smoke-Free Law to Speak to Chamber
The Missourian - May 16, 2013

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first of periodic speaking lunches with Joette Reidy, who helped spearhead a smoke-free law in Washington. Reidy is the spokesperson for Breathe Easy Washington, a coalition that worked to educate the community on the dangers of secondhand smoke and advocating for the need for smoke-free workplaces.

St. Charles County GOP opposes smoking ban
KMOV.com - May 14, 2013

ST. CHARLES, Mo.Proposals for smoking bans in both St. Charles and St. Charles County are getting opposition from county Republicans.

Cancer and women
Southeast Missourian - May 14, 2013

Smoking also causes acute myeloid leukemia and cancers of the esophagus, ... Secondhand smoke increases nonsmokers' lung cancer risk by 20 percent to 30 ...

McMullen: When smoking debate is over, one side is not going to be happy ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 13, 2013

Across the country various communities have been infringing on the most important of civil rights, the right to slowly shorten your life via cigarette. But very few of the bans are full and most of them include exceptions for places like bars, casinos and even hotels.

Questions raised on smoking ban during city council session ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 14, 2013

The Sedalia City Council during a work session Monday came a step closer to deciding on a possible smoking ordinance, but decided to push back making a final decision until additional questions could be answered. After hearing an overview of the proposed ordinance which in its current form bans smoking across the board at all businesses, restaurants, bars and private clubs council, one by one, said what they liked and didnt. Ward 2 Councilwoman Becca La Strada said while she supports a ban in restaurants, shed like to see private clubs and bars excluded.

New Opponent Emerges in Smoking Ban Fight - Kqtv
stjoechannel.com - May 13, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As the battle rages on in St. Joseph over the future of a city-wide smoking ban, an out-of-town advocate has joined the debate. "I know what has to be done. I know what the arguments are. I know what's possible. I'm a seasoned warrior in this battle and I'm definitely going to try and help out if I can," said Bill Hannegan, of Keep St. Louis Free. Hannegan sent a letter to bar and restaurant owners in St. Joseph. He's urging them to contact St. Joseph's City Council members to help "stop the smoking ban." "We don't need to be putting bans on smoking, the council should be regulating smoking so the smoke doesn't build up, so the kids aren't around it, but beyond that, adults should have their own free choice," said Hannegan. This isn't Hannegan's first fight against a city-wide smoking ban. He's taken on communities across the state and says he'll be a voice for St. Joseph too.

Is smoking in public park a constitutional right? Supreme Court refuses case
Christian Science Monitor - May 13, 2013

Arthur Gallagher, a smoker, challenged a ban on lighting up in city buildings, parks, and playgrounds in Clayton, Mo. The Supreme Court turned away the case Monday. ... The high court turned aside the appeal without comment. The question arose in a lawsuit filed against the City of Clayton, Mo., and its officials after the Board of Aldermen passed a 2010 ordinance prohibiting smoking in city buildings, parks, and playgrounds.

St. Charles County Republican Central Committee votes to oppose ...
St. Louis Beacon - May 13, 2013

St. Charles County Republicans say theyre opposed to any sort of smoking bans, because they improperly restrict private business owners' rights to allow the use of a legal product on their privately owned property. The St. Charles County Republican Central Committee announced over the weekend that it approved such a resolution by a unanimous vote among those present. The resolution states that the county GOP opposes any municipal or county ordinances to restrict smoking.

Sedalia City Council to continue smoking ban talks ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 12, 2013

The Sedalia City Council will hold a work session on Monday to discuss a possible smoking ban ordinance for the city. Council held a similar session on April 29 and after debating whether the ban should be across-the-board for all restaurants, bars, offices and private clubs or if certain areas should be excluded decided to hold another session to continue discussions.

Letter: Rolla's smoke-free ordinance has helped, not hurt
Sedalia Democrat - May 9, 2013

Rolla passed a broad comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that went into effect in January 2012. There were many who claimed such a policy would hurt ...

Cigarette sparked bar brawl, police say
Springfield (MO) News-Leader - May 9, 2013

Springfield police say about 10 people were involved ... Police said the skirmish started when a band member -- the John D. Hale Band was scheduled to perform that night -- wanted to smoke a cigarette while onstage but "management would not allow it," ...

Smoking ban hearing in St. Charles brings out both sides
STLtoday.com - May 7, 2013

Familiar smoking-ban battle lines were drawn again Monday night at the first of three City Council hearings, with advocates making health arguments and opponents warning about violating business property rights. Mayor Sally Faith has said she wants the council to enact a smoking ban exempting the casino to try to blunt efforts at the St. Charles County Council to impose a ...

Smoking Ban on Casino Could Have Larger Impact on County - Kqtv
stjoechannel.com - May 4, 2013

The impact of an all-inclusive smoking ban could impact more than the casino's gaming floor. "To effect the county with the smoking ban at the casino would play ...

Nolen: Smoking ban needs to come up for a vote ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 3, 2013

Some people are nonsmokers and they prefer to dine in smoke-free restaurants. The matter is up for discussion in Sedalia and it may or may not come up for a ...

Park board watching council for smoking ban outcome ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - May 3, 2013

A month after deciding all city parks would go smoke-free, the Parks and Recreation Departments Park Board is keeping a close watch on the Sedalia City Councils decision to implement a smoking ordinance. Right now we have a policy that theres no smoking in city parks that was approved by the board in April, but theres no enforcement of it, said parks director Mark Hewett. We can ask people to stop, but thats about it.

Proposed ban now comprehensive, includes casino
News-Press Now - May 2, 2013

After three work sessions and seven public hearings, the City Council seems to have come to a consensus ban smoking in all public places, including the casino, but take the final decision to a vote of the people. Nothing decided Thursday night will be final until the council votes on a bill at an official meeting. Its likely the comprehensive ban will appear on the November ballot.

Council Agrees to All-Inclusive Draft for Smoking Ban in St. Joseph
stjoechannel.com - May 3, 2013

A smoking ban that has split St. Joseph in two is visible even among city council members. "Every week that we have these meetings, we have a change of heart," said Joyce Starr. "One week, we want this. Next week, we want that." After much debate, there was consensus for an all-inclusive ban including St. Joe Frontier Casino's gaming floor. Although it was council who closed Thursday's work session, it will be the voters who will have the final say whether St. Joseph will go smoke-free.

Work Session Planned to Clear Up Future of Smoking Ordinance
stjoechannel.com - May 1, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A work session is planned this week to once again discuss the future of a smoking ordinance in St. Joseph. The City Council plans to meet Thursday, May 2 for a policy meeting to decide the next step for the draft ordinance that addresses clean air. The meeting, at 4:15 p.m., will not be open for public comment. However, a one-hour public comment period will immediately follow the meeting.

New Smoking Bans? City of St. Charles Now Considering "Smoke ...
Riverfront Times (blog) - May 1, 2013

Advocates that oppose sweeping bans, however, are already trying to organize ... "We've been burned a bunch of times," he says of past smoking ban proposals ...

St. Charles schedules hearings on smoking
STLtoday.com - May 1, 2013

City officials have said they want to decide where smoking should be allowed in St. Charles before another bill calling for a smoking ban is introduced before the ...

City, Ameristar Could Be Exempt From Smoking Ban if State Bill ...
The City of St. Charles and the Ameristar Casino could be excluded from any future country-wide smoking ban if the city were to create its own health department if a bill making the rounds in Jefferson City gets approval
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - April 30, 2013

A new bill making its way through the Missouri legislature could allow St. Charles to exclude the city and Ameristar Casino from any future county-wide smoking ban if the city set up its own health department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting. According to that report, the bill, which recently won State House of Representatives committee approval and was requested by St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith, would add St. Charles to a list of cities that state law exempts from county health regulations if they organize their own municipal health departments.

Council reviews potential smoking ban before a full house ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - April 29, 2013

It was a full house at council chambers Monday during a special Sedalia City Council work session to discuss a possible smoking ban ordinance. After looking at similar ordinances in other cities including Lees Summit, Warrensburg and Washington, city staff brought a draft ordinance to council for discussion. The proposed ordinance is a comprehensive across-the-board measure, banning smoking in all enclosed public places, restaurants, bars, city buildings, parks, private clubs including the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591 and the Moose Lodge, and certain outdoor public places such as within 20 feet of a building.

Electronic cigarette health risks and benefits [VIDEO]
KSDK - April 29, 2013

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - At Old Town Kettles and Cups in Wentzville, the electronic cigarette business is smoking. Minutes before closing time, several customers are purchasing battery-powered e-cigarettes and choosing from 80 flavors of e-liquid, sometimes referred to as 'juice', with different doses of nicotine. The e-cigarette converts the liquid to vaporized nicotine that's inhaled.

Public invited to Monday's discussion on possible smoking ban ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - April 28, 2013

Public invited to Monday's discussion on possible smoking ban ... Council asked city staff to look into drafting an ordinance banning smoking in public places.

ACS rep warns of secondhand smoke dangers: smoke free community meeting held in Farmington
Daily Journal Online - April 27, 2013

Five minutes exposure to secondhand smoke stiffens the aorta the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the body as much as smoking a cigarette.

State bill could lead to St. Charles exemption from county smoking ban
STLtoday.com - April 27, 2013

St. Charles could exclude the city and the Ameristar Casino from any future countywide smoking ban if the city set up its own health department. Thats among ramifications of a bill pending in the Missouri Legislature. The bill, which recently won House committee approval, would add St. Charles to a list of cities that state law exempts from county health regulations if they organize their own municipal health departments.

Smoking Ban Public Hearings Begin May 6
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - April 26, 2013

The proposed law would ban smoking in the city, but likely hand out more than a dozen

St. Charles proposes new smoking ban exempting Ameristar's ...
KMOV.com - April 26, 2013

The St. Charles City Council is tackling a smoking ban proposal once more, this time they have an exemption. The Mayor of St. Charles, Sally Faith admits the city wants to protect Ameristars bottom line with this potential smoking ban. Protecting the casino has become a top priority at city hall if smoking was banned on the gambling floor. The casino warned it would see a 30 to 40-percent drop ...

St. Charles hearings on smoking ban to begin May 6
STLtoday.com - April 25, 2013

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....

VIDEO: Business owner, clean air activist react to smoking ban bill
KMBC-Ch. 9 (Kansas City, MO) - April 23, 2013

...would force cities with bans to surrender sales and property tax revenue from bars and restaurants. Those vital funds would go to school districts, instead. "It seems surprising that somebody over there that doesn't like government control is having go ...

House Bill 1021
Scribd - April 23, 2013

191.778. If any political subdivision prohibits the use of tobacco in a private 2 business under section 191.777, all tax revenue generated by the business through property 3 taxes and county sales taxes shall be remitted to the local school district ...

Missouri Lawmaker Seeks to Penalize Smoking Bans
NACS Online - April 23, 2013

A Missouri lawmakers is sponsoring a bill that would assess financial penalties to Missouri communities that ban smoking in public places, the Associated Press reports.

Missouri Rep. Kathie Conway Proposes Penalty for Cities With ...
Riverfront Times (blog) - April 23, 2013

Opponents of smoking bans in Missouri argue that the government should not regulate ... services and thus negatively impact all residents of a city with a ban.

Missouri House bill proposes penalty for smoking bans
St. Louis Business Journal (blog) - April 22, 2013

A group of St. Charles County legislators are proposing a measure that would financially penalize cities and counties with local smoking bans.

Bill seeks to burn cities with smoking bans
Kansas City Business Journal (blog) - April 22, 2013

A bill submitted in the Missouri House would punish cities and counties with smoking bans by taking away some tax revenue, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

State lawmaker: Penalize bans on public smoking
Springfield News-Leader - April 22, 2013

The growing number of Missouri communities banning smoking in public places could face stiff financial penalties under a proposal from a state lawmaker. The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Kathie Conway of St. Charles County would require cities and counties to turn over to local school districts the property and sales tax revenue they get from businesses affected by tobacco restrictions. If these municipalities and counties are going to hurt the income of small businesses, maybe their bottom line should be affected as well, Conway said.

St. Charles County councilman waits to reintroduce smoking ban
STLtoday.com - April 22, 2013

The three newest members of the St. Charles County Council could hold sway over any new proposal for a countywide smoking ban. Michael Klinghammer, R-District 6; Dave Hammond, R-District 4; and Michael Elam, R-District 3, were not on the council the last time it voted on a smoke-free bill proposed by Councilman Joe Cronin, R-District 1. Cronin has tried unsuccessfully in each of the last two years to send a countywide smoking ban to voters. Last August, the council voted 4-2 to put a proposed charter amendment on smoking in public places on the Nov. 6 ballot, but county Elections Director Rich Chrismer removed it because it offered two separate anti-smoking questions. Chrismer said the questions contained confusing language and did not adhere to the language in the county charter. All three new councilmen said Wednesday they wanted to wait and see what Cronin proposes next before deciding whether they would support it.

Mo. lawmaker wants to penalize cities that ban smoking
KMBC Kansas City - April 21, 2013

he growing number of Missouri communities banning smoking in public places could face stiff financial penalties under a proposal from a state lawmaker.

Lefevers: Smoking bans should be left up to businesses
Sedalia Democrat - April 21, 2013

Lefevers: Smoking bans should be left up to businesses ... I was inclined to scour the Bill of Rights to make myself more familiar with the right to smoke in public.

Smoking-ban cities would face tax penalty under House bill
STLtoday.com - April 20, 2013

CHARLES COUNTY - Cities and counties with local smoking bans would face stiff financial penalties under a Missouri House bill submitted recently by a group of St. Charles County lawmakers.

Smoking Ban Debate Still Brewing in St. Joseph - Kqtv
stjoechannel.com - April 19, 2013

At Betty's Diner in south St. Joseph, it's well past lunchtime, but there's still a decent crowd. It's more than just the food that brings people in. "The socializing. People come in to meet other people here," said owner Patricia Gardner. Gardner estimates between 40-50 percent of her customers are smokers. She's been following the smoking ban debate closely. "I think we'll probably lose some of our smokers, but we will gain some non-smokers," she says. "A lot of people want to come in here and eat, but the smoke bothers them."

Speak Out 4/19/13
Southeast Missourian - April 19, 2013

Smoking ban. It's time to once again try to ban smoking in public places in Cape Girardeau. As a possible exception, an exemption could be given to the casino.

Voters Will Likely Decide Fate of St. Joseph Smoking Ban - Kqtv
stjoechannel.com - April 18, 2013

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. …

Dexter debates going smoke free
KAIT - April 18, 2013

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. …

Washington Smoke-Free Act in Effect
The Missourian - April 17, 2013

As the city begins implementing its new smoking ordinance, some other communities are looking to follow Washington's lead. The Washington Smoke-Free Air ...

Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities
KBIA - April 17, 2013

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.

Lunar Bowl will go smoke free in June
Blue Springs Examiner - April 17, 2013

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.”…

Letter: Stevenson wrong on smoking ban
Sedalia Democrat-April 17, 2013

My husband died 20 years ago from his smoking. I worked decades in a doctor's office here in Sedalia. And yes, smoking was allowed in the office. Even as ...

Aldermen discuss smoking ban
Dexter Daily Statesman - April 16, 2013

An unnamed local organization has approached City Administrator Mark Stidham about suggesting the Board of Aldermen pass a smoking ban. The board, while not currently considering the proposal, did discuss the possibility at length during their Monday night meeting. The group wishes to address the board about banning smoking in all public places in Dexter, including bars.

Week in Review: St. Charles Council Consider Smoking Ban ...
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - April 15, 2013

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 ...

St. Charles council lights up discussion about smoking in public
STLtoday.com - April 15, 2013

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 ...

Excelsior Springs, MO Bans Smoking, Smokers Can Opt for ...
SBWire (press release) - April 9, 2013

Excelsior Springs, Missouri places a smoking ban in city public places. Many of the city’s residents aren’t too happy, yet the Tuesday night election had a 60 percent voter turnout approving the smoking ban. With the new smoking ban smokers may want to opt for an EverSmoke ElectronicCigarette. The new smoking ordinance will go into effect soon, and will affect all enclosed businesses. The ban will replace an older ordinance that wasn’t enforced as strictly as it should have been. Although the voter turnout was 60 percent, many residents are not happy about the new ban. Opting for an EverSmoke electronic cigarette would give these smokers the freedom to smoke almost anywhere, as the e-Cig contains pure water vapor and no second-hand smoke. …

Finders, keepers would not apply in O'Fallon parks
STLtoday.com - April 8, 2013

…Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Springer also discussed limiting smoking to 50 feet from athletic fields, historic and spectator areas, playgrounds, water play areas and the Westhoff Plaza skating facility in Westhoff Park. But after hearing what most council members said on March 14, the smoking restrictions were dropped. Council members said they preferred trying to get volunteer compliance with signs restricting smoking in some areas and installing cigarette butt receptacles rather than pass a new law. …

Our View: Going smoke-free is healthy call for city ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - April 8, 2013

The conversation about the adverse health effects of smoking started almost a half century ago, and the first restrictions on smoking in public places, government buildings and airplanes were launched in the 1970s. On Monday, Sedalia finally caught up with the issue when the City Council entered serious discussion about our community becoming a smoke-free city. …

Voters approve public smoking ban in Excelsior Springs
fox4kc.com - April 4, 2013

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. ­ Voters in Excelsior Springs are leaving little to doubt. In Tuesday’s election, 60 percent of voters approved a smoking ban in the city’s public places. Open the door to any storefront in Excelsior Springs, and you’re bound to get an earful. Tuesday night’s election clears the air, as voters express their desire for a ban on smoking in public places. That new ordinance will go into effect soon, affecting all enclosed businesses. Misty Wright and her staff at Broadway Bar and Grill are ahead of the vote. She helped convert this former restaurant into a combination pool hall and tavern less than a year ago. Wright has operated as a non-smoking bar from the beginning… Requiring customers to smoke on this patio out back. …

Council to consider smoking ban in bars, restaurants, public buildings ($$)
Sedalia Democrat - April 2, 2013

Sedalia may be smoke-free after the Sedalia City Council on Monday agreed to look at drafting an ordinance that may ban smoking in restaurants, bars and public buildings. During its pre-meeting, council heard from members of Clean Air Sedalia , who suggested Sedalia be the next city in Missouri to be declared smoke free. John Kehde, owner of Kehde’s Barbecue, told council he made the decision to ban smoking from his restaurant in 2005 and the business suffered no adverse effects. …

Residents gather for breathe easy
Boonville Daily News - March 21, 2013

Boonville -- Growing concern over smoking in public areas has brought many Cooper County residents together to join a cooperative effort to form Boonville's Breathe Easy. A community event was held Tuesday evening at the Cooper County Public Health Center to discuss smoking issues within the community. …

Smoke Free SLU puts on a 'grave' event
The University News - March 21, 2013

The 18th annual Kick Butts Day was held today in the Busch Student Center. The event was not hosted by SLU Karate but, rather, by Smoke Free SLU as a way to stand up against Big Tobacco. …

Comments on Smoking Ordinance Show Favor for City-Wide Ban
stjoechannel.com - March 21, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A search for public comment for a proposed city-wide smoking ban has set up a work session at City Hall. After two months of meetings, more than 450 comments have been made about the proposed ordinance. … Out of the 466 counted responses, the numbers favored an ordinance by the city that banned smoking in public places. A little more than half of the comments submitted to the city asked for the council to put the smoke-free ordinance in place. …

Washington, Mo., smoking ban exempts corncob pipes
Beaumont Enterprise - March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) ­ Smoking in most workplaces and public places will be banned in Washington, Mo., starting next month, but some corncob pipe smokers get an exemption. …

City Council Amends Smoke-Free Air Actn Add Provision for Pipe Factory
The Missourian - March 20, 2013

An ordinance amending Washington’s new smoke-free air act was unanimously approved Monday night by the city council. … One change approved Monday night removes a pipe factory from the regulations with certain conditions. … The new ordinance also changed the distance smokers must be from the “main entrance” or ventilating system of a business or workplace, from 20 feet to 10 feet, and eliminated the restriction preventing smoking near windows. Several members of the Breathe Easy Washington group which lobbied for the law attended Monday’s meeting but did not address the council on the changes. …

Washington, Mo., smoking ban exempts corncob pipes
STLtoday.com-March 20, 2013

Smoking in most workplaces and public places will be banned in ... City Council passed a law in January banning smoking in indoor work and public places.

City Council Sets Meeting to Discuss Future of Smoking Ban
KQTV St.JoeChannel (St. Joseph, MO) - March 19, 2013

The meeting follows a series of public hearings where the City Council gathered feedback about the proposed draft ordinance addressing smoking in workplaces and public places.

Stogie lovers light up for National Smoke a Cigar Day
STLtoday.com - March 12, 2013

Before the days of smoking bans, Bob Atchisson and a group of gentlemen gathered at Sam's Steakhouse in Grantwood Village once a month for cuisine, conversation and cigars. The group regularly sat at table 36, and the staff knew when they were coming. … "It just kind of gets ridiculous at a certain point. What happened to a business being able to choose whether or not to allow it?" John Osterander said between puffs at the group's final stop for the evening, the smoking lounge in the back of Alcorn's Cigars. ...

Week In Review: The Vine Gets Live Music, Grappa Grill Goes ...
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - March 11, 2013

Grappa Grill partner Jack Borgmeyer announced on Friday that the restaurant will go smoke free on March 15. The owners made the decision following requests ...

Kennett residents to vote on smoking ban
kzim-am - March 11, 2013

The Kennett City Council has approved a ballot measure that would ban smoking in businesses. Residents must vote whether to pass the ordinance. Mayor Jake Crafton says the measure exempts establishments like bars, where alcoholic beverages make up the majority of sales, but if the main focus is to sell food, they're included in the ordinance.

Speak Up, St. Charles: Should More Restaurants in St. Charles ...
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - March 10, 2013

After Grappa Grill announced it would go smoke free on Mar. 15, many St. Charles residents say other local establishments should follow the restaurant's lead. Do you agree? Add your voice to the conversation. …

THAT'S WHAT I THINK: Should smoking ban be lifted for hookah bar?
The Rolla Daily News - March 9, 2013

Rolla is a perfect spot for a hookah lounge, but will the Rolla City Council (and SAFERolla) relent and amend the strict ban on smoking wherever people work for wages? …

St. Peters man says new rule would ban smoking in condo he owns
KMOV.com - March 9, 2013

A St. Peters man is pushing for the right to light up in his own home, after rumors that his condominium association might ban smoking. …

Let's just go ahead and ban smoking already
St. Joseph News-Press – March 10, 2013

When considering whether or not to ban smoking in St. Joseph, there’s really only one issue worthy of debate. Is it right for government to tell businesses what to do with their private property? The government intrusion vs. personal rights issue is what’s left since the health questions have been settled. It’s pretty much been proven over the past couple of decades that secondhand smoke is bad for you. …

Kennett residents to vote on smoking ban in businesses
KFVS - March 8, 2013

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Kennett City Council approved a ballot measure that would ban smoking in businesses. Kennett residents must vote whether to pass ...

Cigarette Sparks Massive Apartment Complex Fire
KTVI myfox St. Louis (MO) - March 7, 2013

An intense three alarm fire early this morning at an apartment complex near Creve Coeur sends two people to the hospital and leaves behind serious damage. ...

Council Tweaks Smoking Law
The Missourian - March 6, 2013

Washington City Council members tweaked the city’s new smoking law Monday night but did not grant an extension of time for a business to comply with the ordinance. After listening to concerns from Lance Unnerstall and Les Unnerstall, owners of Town ’N Country Lanes, the council agreed to relax a provision that restricts smoking within a certain distance from entrance doors. The council also eliminated the restriction on smoking near windows, but kept a provision that smoking is not allowed near a ventilation system. The code, as originally written, required smokers to stay at least 20 feet away from an entrance door. The council directed Mark Piontek, city counselor, to amend the ordinance to make that distance at least 10 feet from the “main entrance” of a business or workplace. …

VIDEO: E-Cigarette us doubles in US, Springfield tobacco stores see spike in sales
KSPR-TV Springfield 33 (Springfield, MO) - March 6, 2013

…Springfield tobacco shop owner Don Johnson has noticed the increase in sales. He keeps several different types in stock and believes the spike is partly due to their drop in price. ...

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.

Grappa Grill Goes Smoke Free
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - March 4, 2013

Grappa Grill partner Jack Borgmeyer announced on Friday that the restaurant will go smoke free on March 15. The owners made the decision following requests from customers. St. Charles is not a smoke-free city, although other cities in St. Charles County have opted to limit smoking in some public places. “Over the years we have heard the rising complaints from our patrons and felt that it was move that had to be made,” Borgmeyer said in a press release. …

TARGET 8: Lawmakers Still Smoke in Their Capitol Offices
KOMU.com – February 26, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY - Public places in Jefferson City went smoke free nearly two years ago, but some very special parts of the state capitol building have yet to follow suit. While the building as a whole requires state employees and visitors to smoke outdoors, elected officials in this building can still light up in their offices. … Missouri's capitol building is one of 11 capitol buildings in the country that are not smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Seven of the eight states bordering Missouri have smoke-free capitol buildings, with the exception being Kentucky.

BREATHE EASY: Where there's smoke, there may be a smoke-free ...
Christian County Headliner News-February 26, 2013

In every state across the country there is an awareness of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Numerous big cities in the United States have already taken ...

Statewide Smoking Ban in Missouri?
Riverfront Times (blog) - February 26, 2013

While St. Louis County officials consider putting in place a stricter smoking ban policy, a bill at the state legislature to ban smoking across the entire state has gotten little attention this legislative session. …

Objections Aired to City Smoking Law
Washington (MO) Missourian - February 24, 2013

Washington City Council members have agreed to amend the city’s new smoking ordinance to accommodate a 144-year-old Washington manufacturing firm. After a discussion at Tuesday evening’s meeting, the council directed City Counselor Mark Piontek to prepare an amendment that would let the Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe factory allow smoking in part of the building only for “demonstration” of its product. …

Tuscany Garden goes smoke-free
Sedalia News-Journal-February 19, 2013

Clean Air Sedalia, represented by Jeanean Sieving and other members of the CAS organization, presented a certificate to Tuscany Garden, 150 South Limit, ...

The Business of a Smoking Ban, Part I
stjoechannel.com - February 19, 2013

Also, Lincoln and is a smoke-free city. When Lincoln's tobacco ban first took effect in 2005, some businesses saw their worst fears of a smoking ban become a ...

Business of a Smoking Ban, Part II
stjoechannel.com - February 19, 2013

After much discussion and debate, Lincoln enacted an indoor smoking ban in 2005. ... "Where there are not smoking bans, and they visit there, and to be asked if ...

Put It Out, please: UMSL's tobacco-free campaign to focus on polite ...
UMSL Daily (blog) - February 18, 2013

It started with an email. Signage and University of Missouri–St. Louis student volunteers passing out nicotine gum soon followed. Now, in its third stage, the UMSL Seriously Tobacco-Free campaign gets personal with Put It Out Day on Thursday (Feb. 21). Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to ask – politely – at least one smoker to put out his or her cigarette. "The tobacco-free policy was initiated by students and approved by student, faculty and staff governing bodies,"said Ron Gossen, chief marketing officer at UMSL. "Now faculty, staff and students can collectively take ownership Thursday over implementing the policy they approved." …

Proposed Law Would Mean Hollywood Casino Can't Go Smoke-Free Unless Ameristar Does the Same
Maryland Heights (MO) Patch.com - February 14, 2013

It's all or none when it comes to smoking in casinos. At least, that's the way Missouri State Rep. Bill Otto, D-St. Charles, wants it. Otto introduced a bill­ House Bill 509­to members of the Missouri State House of Representatives that would prohibit casinos from being subject to smoking laws that a casino within 75 miles are not subject to.

Proposed Law Would Mean Ameristar Can't Go Smoke-Free Unless Hollywood Casino Does the Same
St. Charles (MO) Patch.com - February 14, 2013

It's all or none when it comes to smoking in casinos. ... other public places with few exemptions, although he opposes such restrictions on businesses. ... The bill would also prevent St. Charles County from enacting a smoking ban for Ameristar ...

Casino General Manager Fights Smoking Ban on Gambling Grounds
SBWire (press release) - February 14, 2013

Supporters of a proposed smoking ban in St. Joseph are wondering why the gambling floor at St. Jo Frontier Casino is exempt from the ban while bars and restaurants are being forced to go smoke-fee. … In the meantime, those residents who do smoke and may face the risk of having to drop their traditional cigarettes inside St. Jo Frontier Casino should consider trying an EverSmoke Electronic Cigarette, an alternative smoking device. EverSmoke offers a safer environment for the smoker and the non-smoking community. There are no lingering scents, bad breath or yellow teeth associated with an EverSmoke e-Cig, and the e-Cig contains none of the harmful chemicals found in a traditional cigarette. …

State bill would protect smoking at St. Charles, Lemay and Maryland Heights casinos
STLtoday.com-February 13, 2013

An effort is under way in the Missouri Legislature to keep local governments from imposing tougher smoking restrictions for casinos than what their competitors face.

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.

Health Beat: This Valentine's Day, love your heart
Southeast Missourian - February 12, 2013

…Being smoke-free and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke is important to heart health. Quitting smoking could be the best Valentine's Day present you ...

Time to go smoke-free everywhere in Missouri's Capitol
STLtoday.com - February 12, 2013

House Speaker Tim Jones told reporters the caucus would adopt a policy to restrict smoking in member offices, but would not give specifics. Caucus chair Rep. …

Smoking Ban in St. Louis County: What Kinds of Businesses Should Be Exempt?
Riverfront Times (blog) - February 12, 2013

A controversial smoking ban proposal at the St. Louis County Council has prompted businesses to protest stricter policies that they say could hurt their revenues. As we've reported, the policy under consideration, would limit exemptions to the ban so that a majority of establishments could no longer allow smoking …

St. Joseph casino GM fights smoking ban on gambling floor
STLtoday.com - February 11, 2013

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The head of a St. Joseph casino says revenues would drop 25 percent to 30 percent if the city bans smoking on the gambling floor, putting local jobs and some funding in danger. The City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow smoking on the gambling floor at the St. Jo Frontier Casino. But the St. Joseph News-Press reports critics are complaining it's not fair to allow smoking there not in restaurants and bars. …

Casino general manager fights smoking ban on gambling floor
Columbia Missourian - February 11, 2013

JOSEPH ­ Critics of a proposed smoking ban in St. Joseph are questioning why the gambling floor at St. Jo Frontier Casino would be exempt while bars and ...

Casino GM Fights Smoking Ban On Gambling Floor
KTTS - February 11, 2013

(AP) - The head of a St. Joseph casino says revenues would drop 25 percent to 30 percent if the city bans smoking on the gambling floor, putting local jobs and ...

Group says they have going proof smoke free makes communities healthier
KOAM-TV - February 8, 2013

A Missouri group pushing for smoke free restaurants says they have the numbers to prove going smoke free makes communities healthier. Nineteen cities ...

Missouri House Republicans consider smoking provisions
STLtoday.com - February 7, 2013

The Missouri House continues to inch toward restrictions on smoking in the Capitol. Though it's unclear what impact, if any, the anti-smoking efforts will have on lawmakers. …

Bar owners weigh in on move to eliminate smoking ban exemptions in St. Louis County
STLtoday.com - February 7, 2013

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 ban. …

Council Tables Request for Smoke-Free Act Exemption
The Missourian - February 6, 2013

A request for a temporary exemption from Washington’s new smoking ordinance is under advisement. The city council voted unanimously Monday night to table the request from Lance Unnerstall of Town ’N Country Lanes who is asking the city to grant his business an exemption from the Washington Smoke-Free Air Act of 2013. …

O'Mara gets an earful about eliminating St. Louis County's smoking-ban exemptions
St. Louis Beacon – February 6, 2013

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.

St. Louis County Bar and Restaurant owners sounded off on smoking ban plans
KSDK.com – February 6, 2013

CLAYTON, Mo. (KSDK) - St. Louis County Bar and Restaurant owners sounded off today on a plan to close the loopholes in the smoking ban ordinance. …

Bar Owners Plead Case For Ongoing Exceptions To Smoking Ban
St. Louis Public Radio - February 6, 2013

…The owners were there at the request of Councilman Mike O'Mara, who's introduced a bill eliminating nearly all the exemptions in the county's smoking ban. …

Smoking Ban: St. Louis County Small Businesses Fight For ...
Riverfront Times (blog)-February 6, 2013

Today at the St. Louis County Council, members of the public will have an opportunity to offer feedback on a controversial proposal to expand a smoking ban to ...

UMSL students take action to promote tobacco-free campus
UMSL Daily (blog) - February 5, 2013

The University of Missouri–St. Louis fired up the second week of its UMSL Seriously Tobacco-Free campaign on Monday, and administrators weren’t the only ones taking the university’s tobacco-free policy seriously. Volunteer students handed out fliers with tobacco facts, cessation resource information and copies of the university policy during high-traffic hours in the Quadrangle on North Campus. …

Over 21' exemption would reverse progress on smoke-free ...
STLtoday.com - February 5, 2013

31 letter urging an “over 21” exemption from smoke-free air laws for ... The most glaring exceptions are for standalone bars and casino gaming areas, which St. …

No ifs, ands or cigarette butts: MIZZOU smoke-free policy prompts ...
UMKC University News - February 4, 2013

The implementation of the smoke-free policy at Mizzou was originally intended for January 2014. After a proposal was presented during a joint session between ...

Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City ...
KCUR - February 1, 2013

An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday. …

Call for "All or Nothing" on St. Joseph's Proposed Smoking Ordinance
stjoechannel.com – January 31, 2013

The public is sounding off Thursday night about a proposed smoking ban. It is the second in a series of public meetings at City Hall. …

KC cracks down on cigarette sales to minors
Kansas City Star – January 31, 2013

Kansas City merchants aren’t supposed to sell cigarettes to anyone under age 18, but for years there has been no enforcement, City Council members concede. So on Thursday the council approved a new measure designed to put teeth in laws against cigarette sales to minors. The ordinance empowers the city’s Regulated Industries Division to perform inspections, seize contraband and present evidence at business license suspension hearings, just as they do when investigating alcohol sales to minors. …

Popular Riverside Cafe to Ban Smoking
fox4kc.com - January 31, 2013

… On February 1st, Corner Cafe will go smoke-free. Jason Rule’s family has owned the restaurant since its early days. He says management made the decision because smoking isn’t as socially accepted as it once was, and that 90 percent of his customers are not smokers. “When we first started, more than half of our customers were smoking,” Rule said. “We were thinking back thirty years ago, we didn’t even have a smoking section. It was all smoking section.” Corner Cafe is unique in its decision. The city of Riverside has no city-wide smoking restrictions for public places. The city’s fourth-term mayor applauds the restaurant’s choice. “I commend them greatly on their efforts to do what they think is best for their business,” Riverside Mayor Kathy Rose said. “Their customers will let them know what they really think about that.” …

County Council should consider 'over 21' rule on smoking ban
STLtoday.com - January 31, 2013

St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara has announced that the current exemption system in the St. Louis County smoking ban is hurting some establishments that serve too much food and too little alcohol to qualify for an exemption. O’Mara wants to redo the smoking ban to make it more fair to all establishments and less economically harmful. I would like to point out that establishments currently exempted from the St. Louis County smoking ban can, and do, allow minors to enter their smoking areas. The County Council could both tighten the current ban, and make it more fair, by substituting an "over 21" rule for the current food vs. alcohol sales exemption criterion. The rule would be simple: When an establishment allows smoking, it must exclude minors. Minors thus would no longer be exposed to smoking in St. Louis County establishments. Nor would a special exemption for bars and casinos any longer be needed. The playing field would then be level. Every establishment of every type would have a choice: Allow smoking or allow minors. Pick one. What could be more simple, commonsensical and fair? …

Public Speaks Out on Proposed Smoking Ban Ordinance in St. Joseph
KQTV St.JoeChannel (St. Joseph, MO) - Jan 29, 2013

The first of seven planned meetings for members of the public to address a proposed smoking ordinance in St. Joseph began Tuesday morning in City Hall with a brief statement from City Manager Bruce Woody.

St. Joesph Considers Smoking Ban
KTTS-January 29, 2013

(AP) - The first in a series of public hearings on a proposed smoking ban in St. ... The current draft would ban indoor smoking in public places except bars with ...

Can Sedalia be a smoke-free city?
Sedalia News-Journal-January 30, 2013

About 40 people gathered at Katy Trail Community Health, 821 Westwood, Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of making Sedalia a smoke-free city to ...

St. Joseph opens hearings on proposed smoking ban
Daily Journal Online - January 29, 2013

The current draft would ban indoor smoking in public places except bars with fewer than 50 seats and the gambling floor of the St. Jo Frontier Casino. Larger ...

Butt out: Resolution will create tobacco-free task force
UMKC University News-January 29, 2013

Amy Johnson, a senior biology major and the Student Representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators, is spearheading the tobacco-free efforts.

Knightyme is latest bar to close since Springfield smoking ban
KY3 - January 28, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After nearly 20 years, the Knightyme Bar and Billiards in northwest Springfield is shutting down. The owners blame Springfield's smoking ban. They're not the only business blaming the ban for a huge drop in sales. The folks at Kinney Amusement, which provides things like pool tables and juke boxes, also say the effects are obvious. …

UMSL fires up campaign to maintain tobacco-free campus
UMSL Daily (blog) - January 28, 2013

In an effort to help students, faculty and staff kick their tobacco habits and maintain a tobacco-free campus, the University of Missouri–St. Louis launched UMSL ...

Council Adopts Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect April 15
Emissourian.com – January 26, 2013

Starting in April, smokers will have to take it outside if they want to light up at restaurants, bars, businesses and other public places in Washington. During their meeting Tuesday night, Washington City Council members voted unanimously to approve the Washington Smoke-Free Air Act of 2013.

Washington, Mo., joins list of smoke-free towns
STLtoday.com - January 28, 2013

Another Missouri town is going smoke-free. The city council in Washington, Mo., voted last week to prohibit indoor smoking at restaurants, bars, businesses and ...

LETTER: With smoking ban, government takes over the function of the marketplace
January 26, 2013 St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch

The letter from "Doc" Holliday ("Businesses must adapt to a ban on smoking," Jan. 23) was ironic. He refers to the need for businesses to respond to market forces or the marketplace. However, the ban he is supporting has nothing to do with the …

Smokers' rights advocate pushes back against plan
KAIT-Jan 25, 2013

(AP) - A smokers' rights advocate is asking the 135 St. Louis County establishments that hold exemptions to the countywide smoking ban to protest a proposal ...

Another Bar Closing; Owner Blames Anti-Smoking Law
KTTS 94.7 FM (Springfield, MO) - Jan 25, 2013

Superbowl Sunday, February 3rd will be the last day in business for Knightyme Bar and Billards near West Bypass and Division in Springfield. Owner Jim Knight tells KOLR10 the city's smoking ban is the reason his business is going under. Knight says tra

Springfield Bar Owner Says Smoking Ban Sunk His Business
OzarksFirst.com-Jan 24, 2013

Jim Knight, the owner of the neighborhood spot, says the smoking ban is largely to blame for his business' demise. "It's my life," says Knight. When the smoke ...

LETTER: Businesses must adapt to a ban on smoking
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - Jan 23, 2013

The most common refrain is, “If this passes, it will put me out of business.” If that is true, then the cold, hard fact is they don’t deserve to stay in business. Name one business category that hasn’t had to adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace. Th

With smoking ban, government takes over the function of the ...
STLtoday.com-Jan 25, 2013

The letter from "Doc" Holliday ("Businesses must adapt to a ban on smoking," Jan. 23) was ironic. He refers to the need for businesses to respond to market ...

Hannegan rallies pro-smokers in St. Louis County
STLtoday.com-Jan 24, 2013

LOUIS COUNTY • Smokers' rigghts advocate Bill Hannegan has sent letters to ... in the county that hold exemptions to the countywide smoking ban, urging them ...

Smoking Ban: St. Louis County Council Considers Fewer ...
Riverfront Times (blog)-Jan 23, 2013

Anyway, this is how and why smoking bans are being pushed. ... How many nannies does it take to force a smoking ban down the throat of a community?

O'Mara introduces bill to remove exemptions from smoking ban
Call Newspapers-Jan 22, 2013

... establishments and casino gaming areas — River City Cassino and Hollywood Casino St. Louis. ... St. Louis County voters approved the smoking ban that included an exemption for adult businesses like bars, casinos and cigar shops.

Recent Missouri editorials
Belleville News Democrat - January 22, 2013

Minority Democrats decided to maintain smoke-free offices; majority ... No smoking is permitted in Capitol hallways or in the House and Senate chambers.

Health Dept. announces initiative to reduce secondhand smoke
Waynesville (MO) Daily Guide - Jan 18, 2013

Pulaski County Health Department (PDHD) is making strides to change this. PCHD recently announced that they received funds for the Healthy Futures Pulaski County (HFPC) initiative from the Missouri Foundation for Health, which focuses improving health th

Missouri House of Representatives rejects smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader-Jan 20, 2013

So, Democrats, who have already banned smoking in the offices of their own ... The House rejected a substitute amendment to ban smoking in member offices ...

Flip-flop on reasons for county smoking ban
STLtoday.com-Jan 18, 2013

I was surprised to see Councilman Mike O'Mara was going to seek a change to see that all places of business in St. Louis County are forced to allow smoking in ...

Poll: Should Rockin' Gators, Affton Businesses Be Exempt from ...
Afton-Shrewsbury (MO) Patch.com - January 18, 2013

Six businesses in the Affton area would no longer be able to offer smoking if the St. Louis County Council passes a plan to remove exemptions from the smoking ban. Tell us what you think and vote in our poll. …

Missouri, Where the Lawmakers Smoke on the Job
Esquire (blog) - January 17, 2013

Twenty-eight states have enacted smoking bans in public spaces, though a few of these have exceptions for casinos, tobacco shops, and a few other categories. …

Smoke'm if you got'em
The Savannah Reporter - January 16, 2013

The City of St. Joseph is about to go completely crazy or ‘kray as the kids say these days. The St. Joseph City Council has recently floated a “draft” ordinance that would ban smoking in “some” public places. This is going to be an all out war among our southern neighbors. The current ordinance being floated about exempts bars with 49 or less seats and naturally the floor of the oft protected Casino. This is where the promoters of the issue have to draw a line in my opinion. You can’t run around saying that this ordinance is for the health of the community and then exempt the casino where there is often more oxygen tanks than decks of cards. The promoters often cite the need for employee safety as part of their rationale as well; how can they exempt the casino that is one of the larger employers in the entertainment business with a straight face?

Missouri House rejects member smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader (blog) - January 16, 2013

The Missouri House of Representatives has rejected an attempt by Democrats to ban smoking in member offices. …

Attempt to ban smoking in Missouri Capitol offices fails
Kansas City Star-January 16, 2013

Democrats voted last week to make their offices smoke free, and Tuesday ... "Smoking is already banned in every other public building except prisons," Hummel ...

House set to debate rules today
STLtoday.com-January 16, 2013

The House Democratic Caucus had sought a ban on smoking in the ... Hummel said Dems will try again to add the smoking ban into the rules when they come ...

Missouri House panel rejects office smoking ban
AP - Associated Press - Jan 15, 2013

A Democratic proposal to ban smoking in the Capitol offices of Missouri House members was snuffed out Tuesday in a Republican-led committee.

County Council To Consider Stricter Smoking Ban
KMOX.com-January 16, 2013

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - St. Louis County is considering extending its ban on smoking to more places, including casinos and all drinking establishments.

Sparks fly over St. Louis County bill on smoking loopholes
STLtoday.com-January 16, 2013

Bill Hannegan, who has campaigned against the smoking ban for years, ... Opponents of smoking encouraged the council to make the ban more complete.

St. Louis County Council Approves Arch Tax For April Ballot, Will ...
St. Louis Public Radio-January 16, 2013

The St. Louis County Council is also set to reconsider exemptions to the county's smoking ban. The council took up a bill that's intended to close loopholes in the ...

MO: No smoking ban in Capitol
Kansas Watchdog (blog)-January 16, 2013

Some House Democrats proposed a smoking ban since state law already prohibits ... Democrats have already banned smoking by their members in their offices.

Smoking ban in House offices snuffed out
KRCG-January 15, 2013

A committee rejected a proposal to ban smoking in Missouri House members' Capitol ... House Democrats have agreed that their offices will be smoke-free.

Mo. House Republicans Defeat Attempt By Democrats To Ban ...
St. Louis Public Radio-January 15, 2013

A proposal to ban smoking in the Capitol offices of Missouri House members has ... The House Rules Committee rejected the office smoking ban Tuesday on an ...

Smoking Ban Voted Down for Mo. State Capitol Offices
stjoechannel.com-January 15, 2013

Democrats have banned smoking by their members and presented the Rules Committee with a proposal to ban smoking in all Representatives' offices. But all 8 ...

No smoking ban at State Capitol
Missouri News Horizon-January 15, 2013

Democrats have banned smoking by their members and presented the Rules Committee with a proposal to ban smoking in all Representatives' offices. But [...] ...

LETTER: Total smoking ban in St. Louis County is a bad idea
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - Jan 15, 2013

When the Illinois Legislature passed a bill prohibiting smoking in casinos, their gaming revenue took a big hit. Now it seems Mr. O’Mara wants to do the same thing to county casinos. All the Illinois folks that come to St. Louis County casinos because the


Councilman seeks to end smoking ban exemptions
KSDK-by Brandie Piper-January 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - A St. Louis County councilman will offer a proposal Tuesday to end all of the exemptions to the county's smoking ban. Right now ...

3 Maplewood Businesses to Go Smokeless if Exemptions End
Patch.com-January 15, 2013

Brentwood has already banned smoking in all bars and restaurants. ... Maplewood, Brentwood Councilman Supports Countywide Smoking Ban, No Exemptions ...

Smoking Ban: St. Louis County to Consider Casinos, Hazelwood ...
Patch.com-by Candace Jarrett-January 15, 2013

News has spread that St. Louis County Councilman Mike O'Mara plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to apply the St. Louis County smoking ban to county ...

Hollywood Casino to Go Smoke Free?
Patch.com-January 15, 2013

The article reports that O'Mara wants to remove all exemptions from the county's smoking ban, and that includes Hollywood Casino St. Louis in Maryland .

One puff away from a "smoke-free" campus
Griffon News-January 15, 2013

He said all universities that implement a smoke-free policy are going to have issues ."This is why we have a task force in place. We have a plan to deal with the ...

GUEST: Working in the smoke place
Christian County Headliner News-January 15, 2013

It's no mystery that the workplace is a major source of secondhand smoke exposure ... Secondhand smoke exposure has been linked to the same diseases that ...

St. Louis councilman wants to strike smoking ban exemptions
Casino City Times-January 14, 2013

St. Louis councilman wants to strike smoking ban exemptions ... heading towards a rethink its smoking ban, according to a report in the St. Louis Dispatch-Post.

Smoking Ban in St. Louis County Casinos?
Chesterfield (MO) Patch.com - January 14, 2013

There's reportedly a push to make area casinos smoke-free and it could take a step closer to reality Tuesday. It's receiving support from a Chesterfield business owner who used to oppose the ban. …

Smoking Ban in St. Louis County Casinos?
Webster Groves (MO) Patch.com - January 14, 2013

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Councilman Mike O'Mara plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to apply the St. Louis County ...

St. Louis County rethinking smoking ban exemptions
Southeast Missourian - January 14, 2013

A St. Louis County councilman said he will introduce legislation to remove all exemptions to the county's smoking ban, including at two local casinos. Councilman Mike O'Mara said he will introduce a measure Tuesday in an effort to "level the playing field" for businesses that must comply with the ban while their competitors do not. …

St. Louis County rethinking smoking ban exemptions
Daily Journal Online – January 13, 2013

A St. Louis County councilman said he will introduce legislation next week to remove all exemptions to the county's smoking ban, including at two local casinos. Councilman Mike O'Mara said he will introduce a measure Tuesday in an effort to "level the playing field" for businesses that must comply with the ban while their competitors do not. …

Push in St. Louis County Council to ban smoking in casinos
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - January 12, 2013

On Friday, that tweak turned into a call for a major alteration as O’Mara announced he would introduce legislation at Tuesday’s council meeting to remove all exemptions from the ban, including those for the county’s two gambling venues, River City Casino ...

Mo. House Democrats ban smoking in their offices
KRCG-TV 13 (Jefferson City, MO) - Jan 11, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Missouri House Democrats have decided to prohibit smoking in their offices and plan to seek broader smoking restrictions at the state Capitol. Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. It has been permitted in l

What's wrong with Clayton?
St. Louis Business Journal - January 11, 2013

...after 11 years, with owner Brad Beracha citing in an email to customers that ...

St. Joseph Proposes Smoking Ban Ordinance with Public Forums
stjoechannel.com - January 7, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Lighting up a next cigarette in St. Joseph may be a thing of the past soon. City council members presented a draft of an ordinance for a smoking ban in public places. Supporters for the ban covered the meeting room on the fourth floor of City Hall on Monday during a work session meeting. …

Lake Saint Louis limits sale of tobacco paraphernalia
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - December 23, 2012

Rolling your own cigarette isn't illegal in Lake Saint Louis, but buying the rolling papers in that city will be difficult. The Board of Aldermen on Dec. 17 voted 4-1 to approve a bill regulating the sale of "tobacco-related paraphernalia" inside city ...

Secondhand Smoke Hazard at Bingo
The Missourian - December 15, 2012

I would like to address the issue of secondhand smoke. ... I know many people who are no longer able to play bingo due to the secondhand smoke they are exposed to. People say it is harder and harder to get workers at the bingos because of the smoke. I hope I never have to give up bingo completely; it is one of the few activities I can still participate in. I wish I could wash the smoke out of my lungs as easily as I can wash it out of my clothes. … Please consider a smoke-free law that would prohibit smoking in all indoor public places for the health ...

Lake Saint Louis board considers new bill on tobacco paraphernalia
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - December 10, 2012

Lake Saint Louis aldermen could vote Dec. 17 on a bill that would regulate the sale of "tobacco-related paraphernalia" in the city. ...

Study: Missouri 46th in smoking cessation funding
Kansas City Star – December 7, 2012

…The study was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart ... the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. …

Electronic cigarettes are safer than tobacco products, don't deserve ...
STLtoday.com - December 6, 2012

I can't help but feel that the letter published Dec. 4 about electronic cigarettes and the writer's belief that they should be banned indoors is a bit unfair, ...

Christian County group promotes smoke-free air
Springfield News-Leader - December 5, 2012

NIXA ­ A community-based coalition interested in reducing the effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke took its efforts before city governments, school officials and civic organizations in Christian County. …

Ban e-cigarettes in indoor public places
STLtoday.com - December 4, 2012

I write as a concerned St. Louis resident, consistently disgusted at the fact that I am offered an e-cigarette every time I pass by Supreme Nicotine, a kiosk in the center of the Galleria mall. Not only am I offered an e-cigarette, I am forced to breathe in the smoke from the people who work there ­ displaying the “cleanliness” of their product. No one should have to worry about breathing in smoky air while they’re trying to get their holiday shopping done. I have been considering writing a letter about e-cigarettes for quite some time now ­ debating whether or not I had the right to tell a business such as Supreme Nicotine they should not be allowed to demonstrate their product, or to tell a mall to change its polices ­ but after recently visiting the Galleria and seeing how busy the mall was with holiday shoppers, I’ve decided to write a letter to get the Galleria mall, West County mall and any other shopping centers that currently have e-cigarette kiosks to extend their smoke-free policies to e-cigarettes. …

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 been unsuccessful.

Coalition Aims to Create Smoke-Free Environment
Washington (MO) Missourian - November 25, 2012

One local group is working to educate the community on the dangers of secondhand
smoke and advocating for the need for smoke-free workplaces. Established earlier this year, the Breathe Easy Washington Coalition has a contingency of about 20 people and is ...

State: University of Central Missouri to go tobacco free
Macon Chronicle (MO) - November 20, 2012

State: University of Central Missouri to go tobacco free ... Warrensburg -- The University of Central Missouri will become a tobacco-free campus by July 2014. ...

Central Missouri set to go tobacco free
Southeast Missourian - Associated Press - November 19, 2012

The University of Central Missouri will become a tobacco-free campus by July 2014. Under a policy approved Friday, tobacco will be prohibited on campus grounds and in all university-controlled buildings, including residence halls and apartments. Tobacco ...

University of Missouri Moves Up Smoking Ban
stjoechannel.com - November 19, 2012

Smoking won't be allowed at the University of Missouri-Columbia as of July ... The effort to clear the air at Mizzou began in 2009, when smoking was banned from buildings. ... An M-U committee is considering how to enforce the smoking ban.

Pattonville School District Goes Smoke-Free
Patch.com (MO) - November 19, 2012

Students, teachers and other employees of the Pattonville School District have not been allowed to smoke or use tobacco products in all schools and property ...

St. Joseph weighs ban on smoking in public places
KSDK - November 16, 2012

(AP) - Officials in St. Joseph are taking initial steps toward a possible ban on ... Many were owners of bars and restaurants who say banning smoking would hurt ...

MU will extinguish smoking on campus early
Bizjournals.com (MO) - November 16, 2012

The university's Columbia campus will go smoke-free as of July 1. The ban was set to become effective Jan. 1, 2014, but campus officials said students pressed ...

MU pushes forward its smoke-free campus policy
KBIA - November 16, 2012

The vice chancellor for MU Student Affairs, Cathy Scroggs, says MU may not be the first school to ban smoking on campus, but now the university can be in the ...

Campus to become smoke-free by next July
UM Maneater (blog) - November 16, 2012

MU will join more than 800 other colleges and universities in banning all smoking on campus grounds, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs ...

Mizzou will be smoke-free this summer
KRCG (MO) - November 16, 2012

We are going to be offering opportunities to quit smoking and to help people quit.” The MU campus smoking ban announcement comes on the same day as the ...

Public Weighs in on Possibility of a St. Joseph Smoking Ban
KQTV St.JoeChannel (St. Joseph, MO) - November 15, 2012

At a recent work session, City Council members discussed the possibility of a smoking ban ordinance for St. Joseph. Folks from the public came out to both support and oppose the issue. ...

City to draft smoking ban
St. Joseph (MO) News-Press - November 15, 2012

Public input sought on potential ordinance ...

Fair or Foul: Rally for St. Louis; smoking in the park
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - Nov 13, 2012

FOUL: For two years, Arthur Gallagher has been trying to overturn a Clayton ordinance that bans smoking in public parks. His silly quest, thankfully, has likely come to an end. ...

Sorry, Clayton Smokers. You Still Can't Smoke in the Park, Appeals ...
Riverfront Times (MO) - November 13, 2012

But the Clayton smoking ban prohibited smoking in public parks. ... The pair alleged the ban on park-smoking was unconstitutional for several reasons.

Smoke 'em while you got 'em
Griffon News (MO) - November 14, 2012

President Dr. Robert Vartabedian signed a tobacco-free policy on Oct. 23 after being recommended by the Missouri Western Advisory Council on Oct. 16.

Avid Smoker Can't Fight New Ban in Clayton, Mo.
Courthouse News Service - November 9, 2012

ST. LOUIS (CN) - A man cannot sue a Missouri suburb over its anti-smoking ordinance, the 8th Circuit ruled. Arthur Gallagher sued the city of Clayton, suburb of St. Louis, after it banned smoking in certain public places in 2010. Gallagher claimed that the law unconstitutionally prevented him from smoking outdoors. … Gallagher also claimed that smoking constitutes part of an existing fundamental right to bodily integrity, which is similar to one's right to engage in private sexual activity or a woman's right to an abortion. But a federal judge didn't buy it, and a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit affirmed dismissal Thursday. "The alleged right to smoke in public is not so deeply rooted in the nation's history and tradition, and it is not implicit in the concept of ordered liberty," Chief Judge William Jay Riley wrote for the court. "As such, it does not fall within the 'liberty' that is specially protected by the due process clause. The district court did not err in dismissing this claim." …

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Outdoor Smoking Ban - Wall ...
Bayoubuzz (subscription) - November 9, 2012

… On Thursday, the St. Louis-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit declined to recognize a right to smoke and held that Clayton had a rational basis to restrict smoking in parks ­ namely, to preserve and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. …

Effort to raise cigarette tax fails (again)
KBIA - November 7, 2012

If Proposition B had passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would have gone ... he calls “aggressive and deceptive” advertising by the measure's opponents, that ...

Third time hardly charming for boosters of higher Mo. tobacco taxes
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - November 8, 2012

“They’ve all been squeakers,” said Ron Leone of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, the main opposition group. Leone said his association will discuss a “reasonable compromise” with the American Cancer Society ...

MO PROP-B CIGARETTE TAX - Precincts Reporting: 98%
WDAF-TV Fox 4 (Kansas City, MO) - November 8, 2012

NO 1,339,051 51% YES 1,286,219 49%...

News: North Dakota Passes Smoking Ban, Missouri Rejects ...
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - November 7, 2012

While Missouri voters rejected the anti-tobacco “Prop B,” voters in North Dakota approved Measure 4. North Dakota's Measure 4, a statewide smoking ban to ...

Prop B Fails: Missourians Vote Down Tobacco Tax Increase
KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO) - November 7, 2012

Voters in Missouri defeated the issue by a very narrow margin that saw the lead go back and forth several times as votes were counted Tuesday night. With 100% of the votes counted, Prop B was defeated 50.8% to 49.2%. Only 42,581 votes made the ...

Missouri keeps tobacco tax as the lowest in the nation
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - November 7, 2012

With complete but unofficial statewide results, the tobacco-tax issue, called Proposition B, was defeated narrowly. It was the third attempt in 11 years to increase state taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AUDIO: Missouri Ballot Measure Would Raise Cigarette Tax
National Public Radio (NPR) - November 5, 2012

Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country and health advocates cite that when pointing to the state's high smoking rates and minimal resources to help people quit. A ballot measure in the state proposes changing that, directing the tax revenue to schools and tobacco prevention programs.

LETTER: SEFFRIN: Letter To The Editor on Proposition B: Tobacco Taxes Save Lives, Protect Kids
Hazelwood (MO) Patch.org - November 4, 2012

Thirty-five people a day die from cancer in Missouri. One-third of those deaths are directly attributable to tobacco use. .. Don’t be misled by the opposition’s smokescreen -- the truth is clear. A yes vote on Prop. B will mean fewer kids who start smoking, fewer deaths from tobacco use and lower health care costs for Missouri. Join the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN …

Your opinion: Tobacco tax increase favored
Jefferson City (MO) News Tribune - November 3, 2012

Were you as surprised as I to receive a robo-call that Proposition B would fund Obamacare? What’s this about? What is Prop B? Prop B is a ballot initiative to increase the state tobacco excise tax from 17 cents per pack, (lowest in nation) to 90 cents per pack (to be in lowest one-third in nation and lower than our border states’ average). Recently, the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (MPCA) has become increasingly reckless with exaggerated claims of supposed harm from Proposition B. …

Bukstein, Ahrens, Olson letter: Healthcare leaders support ...
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - November 1, 2012

Missouri has one of the highest youth smoking rates and Northeast Missouri is ... kids in Missouri are smoking in increasing numbers with 19.5 percent of high ...

Yes on B
St. Louis Business Journal – November 2, 2012

… That’s what a yes vote on Proposition B on Tuesday’s ballot represents: a vote for the health of Missouri citizens and the state’s fiscal wellbeing. …

Tobacco Tax May Go Up In Smoke
McDonald County (MO) PRess - November 1, 2012

One ballot question on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot is called Proposition B. It asks if Missouri law should be “amended to create the Health and Education Trust Fund of .0365 cents per cigarette and 25 percent of the manufacturers invoice price for ...

AUDIO: Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase
90.7 KWMU-FM (St. Louis, MO) - November 1, 2012

In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase. …

Cigarette tax increase on Missouri ballot for third time
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - November 1, 2012

Supporters say the measure would benefit both public health and education. The money generated ­ an estimated $283 million to $423 million a year ­ would be earmarked for public elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and programs th ...

Business, health leaders rally for Mo. tobacco tax
AP - Associated Press - October 31, 2012

Missouri business, health and education leaders are joining forces to boost support for increasing the state's tobacco tax. ...

Springfield's largest employers: Proposed tobacco tax would create 3,500 jobs
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO) - October 31, 2012

Springfield's two largest employers said Wednesday the proposed tobacco tax would create more than 3,500 new jobs and greatly improve healthcare for the Ozarks. People who buy and sell tobacco products maintain they are being unfairly targeted. …

LETTER: Vote yes on Proposition B tobacco tax hike
Columbia (MO) Tribune - October 30, 2012

Marilyn McLeod and Carol Schreiber, co-presidents League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County...

Councilman gave month's pay to help fund smoking ban lawsuit
STLtoday.com - October 31, 2012

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. Charles. …

Measure compels smokers to cough up for education
Columbia Daily Tribune - October 28, 2012

Nonsmokers might think they have nothing to lose if they vote to increase taxes on tobacco products in Missouri. And if the resulting revenues are set aside in a ...

Poll suggests voters likely to raise Missouri cigarette taxes
Kansas City (MO) Star - October 28, 2012

The plan to raise Missouri’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents per pack was supported by 52 percent, versus 40 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided. ...

Voters weigh in on tobacco tax on Nov. 6
Sikeston (MO) Standard Democrat - October 27, 2012

When registered Missouri voters head to the polls next week, they will give their final say on whether or not to increase cigarette sales tax....

Western to go tobacco free
St. Joseph (MO) News-Press - October 26, 2012

Missouri Western State University is set to go tobacco free beginning July 1, 2013. The new policy follows several other public universities in the state that have gone tobacco free or are considering it, including Northwest Missouri State University. ...

MWSU to become tobacco-free
Mynwmo.com - October 26, 2012

ST. JOSEPH - Missouri Western State University has approved a new policy that will ban the use of all tobacco products on campus. The target date for ...

Missouri Western Going Smoke Free
KTTS - October 26, 2012

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Tobacco will be banned on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph, beginning July 1, 2013. Faculty, staff and ...

MWSU Approves Tobacco Ban on Campus
stjoechannel.com - October 26, 2012

…Approval came this week for a policy that bans smoking and other tobacco products on campus. …

VOTE “NO” ON THE TOBACCO TAX INITIATIVE – November 6, 2012 (PDF)
Missouri Right to Life - October 26, 2012

Generally, Missouri Right to Life takes no position for or against taxing or spending bills. However, when those taxing or spending bills threaten human life, we are forced to oppose them. Such is the case with the Tobacco Tax Initiative. … Many will argue that paragraph 13 specifically prohibits the funding of cloning. Unfortunately because of the passage of Article III, Section 38(d) in 2006, a prohibition on funding cloning does not prohibit the funding of all cloning …

Elections: 2012 Approved Initiative Petitions
Missouri Secretary of State - October 26, 2012

Statutory Amendment to RSMo Chapters 149 and 196, Relating to Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Taxation, version G 2012-134...

Chamber endorses tobacco tax increase
Columbia (MO) Tribune - October 24, 2012

The Proposition B amendment "would positively influence statewide public education from elementary to higher education," Randy Coil, chairman of the chamber's Board of Directors, said in a statement. "In addition, the University of Missouri College of ...

LEONE: Prop B money would go up in smoke
Springfield (MO) News-Leader - October 25, 2012

Proposition B's outrageous and unfair tax increases, which range from 150 percent to 760 percent depending upon the product being taxed, are not about education or health care. Instead, they're about greedy special interest groups, responsible tax ...

EDITORIAL: Higher cigarette tax has impact
Hattiesburg (MS) American - October 25, 2012

If raising cigarette taxes is the key to getting Mississippi smokers to cut back, then maybe it's something the state should consider doing it again. …

AUDIO: Clearing The Smoke On Proposition B
KCUR 89.3 FM (Kansas City, MO) - October 23, 2012

Does such an increase really stand a chance in the Show-Me state? Based on past experience, the answer is no, but supporters say they’ve learned their lessons. Not to mention, big tobacco appears to be staying out of this fight. ...

Mo. measure targets lowest-in-nation tobacco tax
AP - Associated Press - October 23, 2012

Proposition B, one of four measures on the Nov. 6 ballot, would increase the state's 17-cents-a-pack excise tax to 90 cents, making it the 33rd highest in the U.S. In 2002, voters defeated a 55-cent-per-pack increase by about 31,000 votes, and four years ...

Smoke-free change puts pressure on community
UM Maneater - October 23, 2012

Since 2008, MU has emphasized its desire to become a smoke-free campus. In July 2011, it implemented the second phase of its plan: Smoking was to be allowed only in designated areas. Students, staff members and visitors were asked to quit the habit by January 2014. …

LETTER: Save money and lives by voting yes on Prop B
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - October 21, 2012

People need to be provided with objective, bipartisan facts, not with manipulated data as seen in Ronald J. Leone’s commentary ...

LETTER: Opposition to Prop B is telling
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - October 21, 2012

For Mr. Leone and the MPMCSA, profit outweighs the health of their fellow Missourians, because “greed is good.” He ends his article with “Enough is enough.” ...

EDITORIAL: Vote 'yes' to boost tobacco tax
St. Joseph (MO) News-Press - October 21, 2012

The arguments for Missouri’s Proposition B ­ the tobacco tax on the Nov. 6 ballot ­ are unusually compelling . . . Missouri voters should do the prudent thing and approve Proposition B. ...

Yes on Raising Tobacco Taxes, as Prop B Asks?
University City (MO) Patch.org - October 21, 2012

In fact, they argue that the increase would actually lower proceeds, by reducing sales. Is that such a bad thing? Proponents such as the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition said in a letter to the editor on Patch that the tax would "reduce tobacco use rates, a ...

LETTER: Raising tobacco tax is stealing from the minority
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - October 21, 2012

Voting for others to pay more taxes (a 760 percent increase) on a product is an obscene assault and plunder by one citizen against another citizen. It is flat-out stealing from a minority who use that product by a tyrannical majority who do not. ...

EDITORIAL :Fair: Forest Park. Foul: Cynical tobacco boosters
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - October 19, 2012

FOUL: To the opponents of Proposition B . . . for their “Harry & Louise”-style radio commercial. . . . The cynicism and dishonesty is breathless ... just like a smoker whose hospital bills for emphysema we all pay. ...

Conway Kids Ask School Board for Smoke-Free Campus Issue Tabled
KSPR - October 19, 2012

An Ozarks school district is no closer this week to being smoke free, even though it's the students who asked for it. … A group of kids in Laclede County spent a year preparing to approach their school board about going tobacco-free on campus, but the board elected not to vote ...

Battle lines are clear on proposed tobacco tax hike
St. Louis (MO) Beacon - October 19, 2012

And there is clearly little love lost between the spokesmen for each side. Ron Leone, head of the state’s convenience store association, says of his opponents: “They are fundamentally anti-tobacco zealots . . . Counters Roy Temple, campaign manager …

Springfield Chamber endorses tobacco tax increase
Springfield (MO) News-Leader - October 19, 2012

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce's board of directors has officially endorsed a ballot measure seeking to increase the state's tobacco taxes....

Battle heats up over proposed 429% increase on cigarette taxes in Missouri
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO) - October 19, 2012

Voters will decide on controversial measure during the November election …

Health issues pervade Missouri ballot measures
Morning Briefing, Kansas City Business Journal – October 18, 2012

… will not be able to create the exchange without the popular vote or the General Assembly’s approval. Voters will also weigh in on Proposition B, a state tax on tobacco that will finance public schools, universities and anti-smoking programs …

EDITORIAL: Beat New Cigarette Tax, But New Brand
Northwest Missourian (Northwest Missouri State University) - October 18, 2012

While it is understandable that many are opposed to a tax increase, we are still paying less per cigarette than many states around us, and the revenues go to higher education. This new tax is not meant to be a burden but rather a stimulus to a stumbling ...

Missouri citizens divided on tobacco tax increase
Northwest Missourian (Northwest Missouri State University) - October 18, 2012

Missourians will go to the voter box Nov. 6 to vote on Proposition B. If passed, the measure will raise the current tobacco tax from 17 cents to 90 cents. Citizens find themselves divided. ...

Cigarette tax lights up both sides
Columbia (MO) Tribune - October 17, 2012

Voters to decide on 73-cent hike. ...

University of Missouri leaders put wallets behind tobacco tax hike
Associated Press - October 17, 2012

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Tuesday that the campaign donors in favor of the Proposition B ballot measure include University of Missouri curator Warren Erdman, who contributed $5,000. His company, Kansas City Southern Railway Co., gave $25,000.

IN OUR OPINION: Prop B opponents blowing smoke
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - October 17, 2012

Civilized society has begun to turn the corner. Legislation has penalized the tobacco industry and forced it to foot some of the bill. Most states have enacted legislation to help people protect themselves. It’s time Missouri catches up. ...

Both sides debate impact of cigarette tax increase
Missouri News Horizon - October 16, 2012

An anti-smoking group says a claim that Missouri’s proposed tax increase on cigarettes could lead to a drop in revenue is false, but opponents of the increase say their study looks at sales tax revenue ­ not the tobacco tax increase but rather the resulta ...

City declines changes in smoking ban
The Rolla Daily News - October 17, 2012

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. …

Clearing the smoke: What is Prop B's local impact?
The Rolla Daily News - October 17, 2012

Proposition B, the initiative to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax on the Nov. 6 ballot, has both positive and negative impacts on Phelps County depending on whether you listen to supporters or the opposition. …

Missouri smoking tax opponents wary of Prop B
Springfield (MO) News-Leader - October 14, 2012

Convenience store owners across the state are using these orange signs to voice opposition to a ballot measure increasing taxes on a pack of cigarettes from 17 to 90 cents. An industry trade group representing the stores doubts the tax money will be spent ...

GEORGE KENNEDY: Proposed tobacco tax increase offers chance to improve Missouri ($$)
Columbia (MO) Missourian - October 12, 2012

Chris Kelly is not given to understatement. So when he says, as he did at Tuesday's campaign forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, that Proposition B, the tobacco tax increase, "is the most important question on the state ballot" and "the way to …

Bus tour wraps up for Missouri tobacco tax measure
Associated Press - October 12, 2012

Backers of a proposal to increase Missouri's lowest-in-the nation cigarette taxes wrapped up a statewide bus tour Friday at the state Capitol....

Community responds to smoking ban
Cass County Democrat Missourian - October 12, 2012

It has been two months that all but a few Belton businesses have gone smoke-free. Mayor Jimmy Odom feels the move, which went into effect at the beginning of August, has been a positive change for the community, and that business owners are adjusting well. …

Proposed cigarette tax ignites debate
Nevada (MO) Herald & Mail - October 12, 2012

Missourians have historically declined to raise cigarette taxes and if they still think like State Rep. Barney Fisher, Sen. David Pearce and Rep.-elect Randy Pike, Proposition B, a statewide ballot initiative to bump that levy by a gargantuan 73 cents a ...

WHAT YOU SAID: Will higher cigarette costs affect smoking rates? - Columbia Missourian
Columbia (MO) Missourian - October 11, 2012

Sixteen people responded to our questionnaire. Fourteen people gave us permission to publish their responses. Of those 14, nine indicated that yes, higher costs would help prevent smoking, and five said no, they wouldn't. …

73-cent cigarette tax increase put to voters
Liberty (MO) Tribune - October 11, 2012

The initiative, Proposition B, would put an additional 73 cents per pack on cigarettes, increasing the total tax to 90 cents per pack. Missouri currently has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack. ...

Tobacco tax ballot measure would raise money for education, cessation programs
Columbia (MO) Missourian - October 11, 2012

Supporters of Proposition B, a ballot proposal that calls for an increase in Missouri's tobacco excise tax, think the proposal would cut those costs. Opponents say the tax increase is too large and will hurt the state's economy. …

Smoking bans don't lead to less smoking
STLtoday.com (MO) - October 92012

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 ...

Missouri Association Battles Cigarette Tax Proposal
National Association of Convenience Stores - October 8, 2012

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 state’s tobacco tax by 760%, ...

LETTER: Increase tobacco tax
Kansas City (MO) Star - October 6, 2012

It is necessary to raise the Missouri tobacco tax...

EDITORIAL: The Star's recommendation | The time has come to raise Missouri's cigarette tax
Kansas City (MO) Star - October 7, 2012

Its not often a single vote can make a state smarter, healthier and more prosperous. But Missourians have the chance to achieve all of those things on Nov. 6 by voting yes on Proposition B. The ballot measure increases the tax on tobacco products by

Mo. Court Voids $1.5M Verdict In Tobacco Death Suit ($$)
Law360 - October 4, 2012

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday tossed $1.5 million in punitive damages awarded to the family of a deceased smoker in its suit against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., remanding the long-standing wrongful death suit for a third trial. ...

Councilman suggests allowing some smoking at night in local taverns
The Rolla Daily News (MO) - October 3, 2012

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, ...

Tobacco tax increases on Nov. 6 ballot
Lees Summit (MO) Journal - October 3, 2012

Forum on issues held by LS Chamber of Commerce

My two cents on the smoking ban
Griffon News (MO) - October 3, 2012

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 ...

Collective Efforts Will Keep East Central College Tobacco Free
The Missourian - October 3, 2012

...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 ...

Smoking ban would cost city, St. Charles officials say
STLtoday.com - October 1, 2012

St. Charles officials say a countywide ban on smoking in all indoor public places would cost their city millions and make a hefty tax hike necessary to offset the loss of revenue. When it comes to imposing smoking regulations, Mayor Sally Faith said she'd rather see the city driving the bus instead of following behind. Faith said she would like the city to have a chance to evaluate whether a smoking ban would work in St. Charles. Faith and several other St. Charles officials attended the County Council's Sept. 24 meeting to voice their disapproval of the county's proposed charter amendment to regulate smoking in enclosed public places. …

Week in Review: Smoking Ban, Missing Rhino Found and Drugs ...
Wentzville (MO) Patch.com - October 1, 2012

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 ballot issue. …

Mo. tobacco tax backers plan school bus tour
Sacramento Bee - September 28, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Backers of a proposed increase in Missouri's tobacco tax plan to tour the state in a school bus promoting an initiative on the November ballot. …

Non-Smoking Group Launches Postcard Campaign
stjoechannel.com - September 27, 2012

(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. …

Top court won't hear Springfield smoking ban challenge
Southeast Missourian - September 28, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Springfield's smoking ban, officially ending a lawsuit filed by a bar owner. …

Casino-funded petition group may wait to see what St. Charles does on smoking ban
STLtoday.com - September 27, 2012

The next round in the convoluted battle of smoking ban proposals - strong vs. weak - may be fought at the St. Charles City Council. Former state Rep. Carl Bearden, who led an unsuccessful petition drive to put a smoking ban with widespread exemptions on the countywide ballot Nov. 6, said his group will hold off for now a decision on another signature-gathering effort aimed at a future election. "We will take a wait-and-see attitude," Bearden said Wednesday of his Committee for Economic Liberty, which was funded by the Ameristar Casino and supported by many bar owners. "We haven't fully decided. We'll see what St. Charles city does." …

Mo. Supreme Court won't hear smoking ban challenge
STLtoday.com - September 27, 2012

The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Springfield's smoking ban, officially ending a lawsuit filed by a bar owner. Attorney Jonathan Sternberg says the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a legal challenge by Jean Doublin, owner of Ruthie's Bar in Springfield. …

Missouri Supreme Court won't hear smoking ban challenge
Columbia Missourian - September 27, 2012

Attorney Jonathan Sternberg said the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a legal challenge by Jean Doublin, owner of Ruthie's Bar in Springfield. …

St. Charles County Won't Vote on Smoking Ban Proposal
Wentzville (MO) Patch.com - September 27, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban challenge ends
Springfield News-Leader - September 27, 2012

The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to take up a case against Springfield’s 2011 smoking ban, officially ending the legal challenge filed by a local bar owner. …

Missouri High Court Refuses to Hear Smoking Ban Appeal
OzarksFirst.com - September 26, 2012

SPRINGFIELD , Mo. -- It appears the Missouri Supreme Court won't be taking up the latest legal challenge to the city's smoking ban. On Wednesday, the high ...

State Supreme Court Won't Hear Lawsuit Against Springfield ...
KTTS - September 26, 2012

The Missouri Supreme Court says it will not take up the case concerning Springfield's smoking ban, which ends a bar owner's legal challenge. The attorney ...

Smoking ban challenge ends
Springfield News - September 26, 2012

... 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.

Smoking is a student right
Griffon News - September 26, 2012

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 ...

Faculty Senate endorses new campus smoking policy
Griffon News - September 26, 2012

... 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. ...

St. Charles County judge rejects effort to place smoking ban on ballot
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription) - September 26, 2012

St. Charles County judge rejects effort to place smoking ban on ballot ...

Smoking ban won't appear on St. Charles County ballot
Bizjournals.com - September 26, 2012

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 ...

St. Charles County Won't Vote on Smoking Ban Proposal
St. Charles Patch.com - September 26, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban won't be on St. Charles County ballot
STLtoday.com- September 26, 2012

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 ...

The smoking ban that wasn't
STLtoday.com - September 26, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban, county police ballot issues before judges today
STLtoday.com - September 25, 2012

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - The fate of a countywide smoking ban package and a proposed county police department will be in the hands of judges on Tuesday. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House at 9 a.m. will consider a lawsuit by an anti-smoking activist aimed at forcing County Elections Director Rich Chrismer to place on the Nov. 6 ballot two smoking ban propositions scheduled by the County Council. Chrismer has refused, citing inconsistent wording. …

County residents’ vote on smoking ban may go up in smoke – again
Newsmagazine Network – September 25, 2012

It's on again and off again. St. Charles County officials have spent the past several weeks placing and pulling the smoking ban question on the November ballot. After a special meeting held earlier this month to place the ban question on the ballot, a St. Charles County Council decision Monday, Sept. 24 has reversed that decision. As of Sept. 24 residents won't be voting Nov. 6 on whether to ban smoking in the county. Or, maybe they will if a judge puts the two ballot questions back in the election. …

Proposition B Would Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax
Convenience Store News - September 24, 2012

The candidates vying to become the next governor of Missouri are not in favor of a proposed cigarette tax increase, but the voters -- not the candidates -- will have the final say in November. ...

Anti-smoking activist sues to put smoking ban back on St. Charles Co. ballot
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sep 22, 2012

Don Young, a throat cancer survivor and former smoker, filed suit in St. Charles County Circuit Court to try to force County Elections Director Rich Chrismer to put the two-proposition package back on the ballot. …

Activist sues to get smoking ban back on St. Charles Co. ballot
St. Louis Morning Call, St. Louis Business Journal – September 24, 2012

Don Young, a throat cancer survivor and former smoker, filed a lawsuit Friday in St. Charles County Circuit Court to return a countywide smoking ban package to the Nov. 6 ballot. A hearing has been …

LETTER: Smoking ban hurts business owners
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 20, 2012

I live in St. Charles County, close to O'Fallon. I have witnessed the closing of five bar and grills in O'Fallon within the past year, since their smoking ban went into effect. ...

Doctor blasts St. Louis health director for letting MAC smoke
STLtoday.com - September 19, 2012

...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 ...

GUEST COMMENTARY: Yes on tobacco tax for your children ...
Columbia Missourian - September 17, 2012

Price increases at this level leads to a reduction in cigarette smoking, ... Tobacco marketers spend more than a thousand advertising dollars for each child or ... However, the actual added cost is the same as just three cigarettes per day for the ...

Smoking ban vote snuffed out in St. Charles County
STLtoday.com - September 17, 2012

St. Charles County residents apparently won't get to vote in November on whether to prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, or even to enact a smoking ban ...

St. Charles County smoking ban faces cloudy future ($$)
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription) (blog) - September 17, 2012

St. Charles County voters apparently won’t get to decide Nov. 6 whether to implement a smoking ban in enclosed public places. …

St. Charles County Council Keeps Original Ballot Wording for Smoking Ban
Patch.com - September 17, 2012

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. …

Special meeting: County Council now stands by original smoking ban bill
Newsmagazinenetwork - September 17, 2012

The St. Charles County Council, at a special meeting held the morning of Saturday, Sept. 15, 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. …
Health briefs
Southeast Missourian - September 17, 2012

MISSOURI DELTA GOES SMOKE-FREE
Missouri Delta Medical Center is now smoke-free inside and out, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. According to Jason Schrumpf, president and CEO, ...

Smoking Ban Proposal Withdrawn In St. Charles County
CBS Local - Sep 15, 2012

(KMOX) - Looks like St. Charles County voters won't have “Proposition Smoke Free” to consider in November. After a lengthy closed session Saturday morning, ...

St. Charles County Council won't sue to put its smoking ban package on ballot
STLtoday.com - September 15, 2012

…The upshot: No smoking restrictions are likely to be on the countywide ballot this year. ... casinos in St. Louis County and St. Louis remain exempt from smoking bans. ... Matheny said the smoking ban alternatives could be discussed in closed ...

St. Louis health director drops smoking charges against Missouri Athletic Club
STLtoday.com - September 15, 2012

Smoking will indeed be allowed at downtown’s aristocratic Missouri Athletic Club - despite city law expressly barring it in private clubs with employees. … “That's unprecedented. For a public health official, that's never been done,” said anti-ban advocate Bill Hannegan. "Implicitly, she's saying smoking is tolerable ...

St. Charles County Council revisits smoking issue
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 15, 2012

Now that its smoking ban package has been removed from the Nov. 6 ballot by the county elections director, the County Council could decide today to put a different version with exemptions before voters. ...

Smoking Ban Proposal Withdrawn In St. Charles County
KMOX NewsRadio 1120 CBS (St. Louis, MO) - September 15, 2012

After a lengthy closed session Saturday morning, county council chair Nancy Matheny made this announcement, "I believe the consensus now is that we will proceed with not having anything on the ballot in November." ...

St. Charles County elections chief, casino join smoking ballot fight ($$)
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription) (blog) - September 13, 2012

The number of parties working to keep two smoking ban proposals off the Nov. 6 ballot in St. Charles County is growing. …

St. Chas. Co. Council move could limit smoking ban lawsuit
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sep 11, 2012

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.

St. Charles County smoking ban blocked from ballot
St. Louis Business Journal - September 12, 2012

The St. Charles County elections director on Tuesday removed a smoking ban propositions package from the November ballot, citing technical errors. Wording ...

Ballot question to ban smoking in St. Charles County will face legal ...
St. Louis Public Radio - September 11, 2012

… Representatives for Ameristar Casino say they will file a lawsuit Tuesday morning to block a November ballot question on whether or not to ban smoking in St ...

St. Chas. Co. Council move could limit smoking ban lawsuit
STLtoday.com - September 10, 2012

Council move could limit smoking ban lawsuit ... clubs and any facility where patrons and employees are over age 21, such as bars and casino gambling floors.

Move afoot at St. Chas Co. Council to blunt smoking ban lawsuit
STLtoday.com - September 10, 2012

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. Approval of the clean-up measure could remove some legal arguments in a lawsuit filed Thursday seeking to keep the two smoking-related questions off the ballot. …

Opponents wants smoking ban removed from ballot in St. Charles ...
KMOV.com - September 10, 2012

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) - Opponents of a smoking ban in St. Charles County are suing to get the issue removed from the November ballot. …

Big Tobacco Okay With Missouri's Prop B?
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet) - Sep 11, 2012

Measure raises tobacco taxes but eliminates price advantage for smaller tobacco companies...

Lawsuit challenges vote on St. Charles County smoking ban
STLtoday.com - September 7, 2012

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. …

Mo. higher ed board backs tobacco tax increase
Sacramento Bee - September 7, 2012

The November ballot item would raise Missouri's cigarette tax to 90 cents a pack. The current ... The initiative also would raise taxes on other tobacco products.

COOPERSTOCK: Guest commentary: Higher tobacco tax will benefit our children and grandchildren
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sep 6, 2012

A "yes" vote on Proposition B in November is a vote for the health and well-being of both our children and our grandchildren, and it will improve education and lower health insurance costs for all. Rarely are we given such an opportunity to accomplish so …

St. Charles Co. smoking ban could be tough or lax, depending on ...
STLtoday.com - September 1, 2012

… City smoking bans in Brentwood, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Clayton and Ballwin also do not exempt most bars. Neither does Illinois' statewide smoking ban. …

Tobacco tax hike to go before voters again
Springfield News-Leader - September 2, 2012

On Nov. 6, voters will be asked to approve a ballot measure titled Proposition B that increases cigarette tax by 73 cents a pack. Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents. Measures similar to Proposition B in 2002 and 2006 were def ...

Sides debate impactof tobacco tax hike
Springfield News-Leader - September 2, 2012

Health, health care costs, economic consequences cited...

Tobacco companies will not fight cigarette tax increase
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 1, 2012

But this time, there's a key difference that could bolster its chances. Big Tobacco, which spent millions of dollars to defeat the last proposal six years ago, is largely sitting this one out. ...

Suit planned to keep smoking proposal off ballot ($$)
Missouri Lawyers Media - Aug 29, 2012

Before St. Charles County voters get to decide this November whether to prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, the proposal likely faces a legal challenge. ...

Countywide Smoking Ban? The Voters Will Decide in November
Wentzville Patch.com - August 29, 2012

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 ...

St. Charles County voters will decide on smoking ban, new county ...
STLtoday.com - August 28, 2012

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 ..

St. Charles County to put two controversial measures on November ...
Newsmagazinenetwork - August 28, 2012

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 ...

St. Charles Co. voters to weigh ballot measures
Belleville News Democrat - August 28, 2012

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 ...

Invalid Signatures Mean Casino-Backed Smoking Ban Vote Won’t Be on November Ballot
Organizer Carl Bearden says he'll sue to keep another smoking ban proposed by County Councilman Joe Cronin off the November ballot
Wentzville Patch.com - August 24, 2012

The St. Charles County smoking ban petition backed by Ameristar Casino will not appear on the Nov. 6 ballot because the petitioners did not obtain enough valid signatures, the St. Charles Election Authority reported. Petitioners needed at least 18,535 valid signatures and the Election Authority found that just 14,801 signatures were valid, said Rich Chrismer, director of the election authority. …

One of two smoking ban proposals in St. Charles County is ...
STLtoday.com - August 23, 2012

One of two efforts to get smoking banned countywide will not be on November's ballot, officials said Thursday. Rich Chrismer, the county elections director, said a petition drive funded largely by Ameristar Casino fell short of the required 18,535 signatures it needed to get on the ballot. "There were 8,046 invalid signatures so they did not make the required number," Chrismer said. "I cannot certify them to go on the ballot so it dies." Peititioners had said they submitted 22,850 signatures, but a large number of the signers were not registered voters, gave the wrong address or were not residents of the county, Chrismer said. …

Petition for St. Charles County smoking ban falls short
STLtoday.com - August 24, 2012

The number of smoking bans that might appear on St. Charles County's Nov. 6 ballot has been cut from two to one. …

St. Charles County looks at whether e-cigarettes violate no-smoking ...
STLtoday.com - August 21, 2012

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. …

Bearden Talks About Somking Ban Proposal
FOX2now.com - August 21, 2012

(KTVI) – The battle of the smoking ban amendments continues in St. Charles County this week. A decision is due a week from Tuesday for what will appear on ...

Missouri State University is now a smoke free campus
KY3 - August 20, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New "no smoking policy" is in effect at Missouri State University. The university says the change was supported by a majority of students ...

KC coalition pushes casino smoking ban
Columbia Daily Tribune - August 20, 2012

"I don't think people realize casinos still allow smoking. ... were discussing a smoking ban in 2008, a company that was planning to build a casino at Kansas ...

Ameristar Casino Representative Talks About Smoking Ban
KPLR 11 - August 21, 2012

(KPLR) – The battle of the smoking ban amendments continues in St. Charles County this week. A decision is due a week from Tuesday for what will appear on ...

Health groups renew push to ban smoking at casinos
Jefferson City News Tribune - August 19, 2012

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 ...

City exempts seven from ban
Springfield News-Leader - August 17, 2012

Every bingo parlor, smoke shop and hookah lounge that sought an exemption from Springfield's voter-approved smoking ban got one. In all, seven facilities ...

City Exempts 7 Businesses From Indoor Smoking Law
OzarksFirst.com - August 16, 2012

Seven Springfield businesses have been granted exemptions to the Smokefree Air Act of 2011, city health officials announced Thursday. The exemptions came ...

Campaign against Missouri cigarette tax hike gears up
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Aug 16, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court approves ballot wording for initiatives ...

KC skirmish punctuates national war on smoking
Kansas City Star - Aug 15, 2012

National conference being held at Bartle Hall draws thousands. ...

Missouri State University to Ban Tobacco Campus - August 15, 2012
KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO) - Aug 14, 2012

The university will go smoke-free Wednesday, August 15. It's the culmination of a process that started two years ago.

St. Charles County voters may see competing smoking bans on ...
STLtoday.com - August 14, 2012

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 ...

Dueling Smoking Bans In St.Charles
KTTS - August 15, 2012

Dueling Smoking Bans In St.Charles. By Jason Rima ... That measure would exempt the casino and many bars and restaurants from the smoking ban.

St. Charles County Proposed Smoking Bans
KPLR 11 - August 15, 2012

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 ...

Missouri State University campuses are nearly smoke-free after 2 ...
KY3 - August 14, 2012

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 ...

Two County Smoking Bans Could Be On November Ballot
Patch.com - August 14, 2012

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. ...

Council Members Split on a Countywide Smoking Ban Vote
Patch.com - August 14, 2012

St. Charles County Council members weighed in on Councilman Joe Cronin's third attempt at getting a countywide smoking ban placed on the Nov. 6 ballot.

2 proposals filed for St. Charles County smoking ban
STLtoday.com - August 13, 2012

Two separate efforts to place some form of a countywide smoking ban on the Nov. 6 ballot in St. Charles County are catching fire. ...

Casino Smoking Coming Under Scrutiny
fox4kc.com (KS/MO)- August 13, 2012

"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 ...

Casino-Funded Petition Seeks Vote on Compromise Smoking Ban
St. Charles Patch.com - August 12, 2012

The ban would allow smoking in businesses with a 21-and-over clientele and businesses with a separate smoking area. Stricter smoking bans already adopted ...

New push is on to push smoking out of casinos
Kansas City Star- August 12, 2012

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….Members include the American Cancer Society, the American Lung ... and bars and other workplaces," said Bronson Frick of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Anti-smoking groups in St. Charles County disagree with proposed smoking ban
KMOV.com - August 10, 2012

(KMOV) – Some anti-smoking groups have been voicing their disagreements over perceived under-handed tactics being used to trick St. Charles voters into supporting a smoking ban. If the petition, dubbed the “Non-Smoker Protection Act” makes it onto the ballot in November, Ameristar Casino and many of the bars and restaurants on historic Main Street would not be affected at all. “Obviously they didn’t think the voters would be in favor of it had it not been worded the way it was,” said Sharon Lee, manager of Siteman Cancer Center. …

Petitions filed to put smoking ban with exemptions on ballot in St ...
STLtoday.com - August 9, 2012

ST CHARLES COUNTY - petition drive largely financed by Ameristar Casino turned in signatures Wednesday aimed at spurring a countywide vote in November on a smoking ban that would exempt the casino and many bars and restaurants. The initiative petition measure, designed to pre-empt a much tougher plan favored by an anti-smoking coalition, would allow people to continue to light up in businesses that prohibit customers under 21 years old. Also exempted would be businesses limiting smoking to a ventilated enclosed area separated from the rest of the building. …

Petitions submitted seeking St. Chas. Co. vote on smoking ban with widespread exemptions
STLtoday.com - August 8, 2012

A petition drive financed by the Ameristar Casino turned in 22,850 signatures Wednesday aimed at spurring a countywide vote in November on a smoking ban exempting the casino and many bars and restaurants. ...

Missouri Can Rise from the Ashes in November by Increasing Low Tobacco Tax
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) - August 8, 2012

Voters will have a chance to keep kids from smoking, save lives …

Moberly Area Community College Campus goes smoke-free
Moberly Monitor Index - August 1, 2012

Moberly, Mo. - Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson announces that as of August 1, 2012, all of its campuses and properties are completely tobacco-free. …

VIDEO: Outdoor, careless smoking causes $3 million in damages in Springfield -- apartment complexes reacting with new rules
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO) - July 31, 2012

A disturbing trend is costing millions of dollars in Springfield. A dozen buildings so far this year have fallen victim to fire. The cause is careless smoking. It's prompting apartment complexes to change their policies. … The Springfield Apartment & Housing Association says a lot of complexes are starting to go smoke-free. …

St. Charles residents should be protected from all secondhand smoke
STLtoday.com - July 25, 2012

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. …

Sikeston City Council OKs tobacco-free zones near youth sports ...
Southeast Missourian - July 25, 2012

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 ...

Missouri State to abolish smokers' havens next month
Springfield News-Leader - Jul 8, 2012

As colleges and universities across the nation move to tobacco-free campuses, Missouri State University on Aug. 15 will take a big step in that direction when it abolishes its 25 ...

'Willows' Balcony Fire May Be Smoking-Related
Chesterfield Patch.org - Jul 7, 2012

Worker spots flames before it torched Chesterfield building complex. …

Hannibal living smoke-free
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - July 1, 2012

A city-wide smoking ban took effect Sunday in Hannibal. …

Careless smoking blamed for 2-alarm fire that destroyed OP apartments
Kansas City Star - Jul 1, 2012

A two-alarm fire early this morning believed to have been ignited by careless smoking destroyed eight apartments in an Overland Park complex. …

Univ. of Missouri Columbia Smoke Free in 2014
KMOX.com - June 28, 2012

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.

Smoking ban- Smokers too often don't consider others
Springfield News-Leader - June 26, 2012

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 ...

St. Louis leans toward allowing smoking at Missouri Athletic Club
STLtoday.com - June 22, 2012

... 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, ...

Smoking Will Survive At Missouri Athletic Club
CBS Local - June 21, 2012

“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 ...

Missouri Athletic Club seeks deal on non-smoking law
St. Louis Morning Call, St. Louis Business Journal, June 22, 2012

The Missouri Athletic Club and the city of St. Louis are working on a compromise that would allow smoking in limited areas of the club's downtown facility, KMOX reports …

St. Louis City prepares agreement to let Missouri Athletic Club skip smoking ban
STLtoday.com - June 21, 2012

It appears that the 109-year-old downtown Missouri Athletic Club may indeed wiggle out of the city’s 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. … The 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 ...

Judge upholds Springfield smoking ban
Southeast Missourian - June 21, 2012

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 bans statewide. …

Court upholds city's ban on smoking
Columbia Daily Tribune - June 20, 2012

SPRINGFIELD (AP) ­ An appeals court said Springfield's smoking ban is legal. …

Court upholds Springfield smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - Jun 20, 2012

Bar's attorney says he will ask state supreme court to hear case

Judge upholds Springfield smoking ban
KOAM-TV - June 20, 2012

An appeals court says Springfield's smoking ban is legal.

PATTY SUE, INC., d/b/a Ruthie’s Bar v. CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI (PDF)
Springfield News-Leader - Jun 19, 2012

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 City’s motion for summary judgment. Point denied. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

BREATHE EASY: Let's show some support for smoke-free air
Christian County Headliner News - June 19, 2012

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 .

Smoking ban gets first action in court
Kirksville Daily Express - Jun 16, 2012

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…

Joe Hadsall: Vote upholding smoking ban might show Joplin's future
Joplin Globe - June 18, 2012

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 ...

Preparing for a smoke-free Hannibal
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - June 18, 2012

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 ...

Oral Arguments Begin in Springfield Smoking Ordinance Appeal
KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO) - Jun 12, 2012

On Tuesday, oral arguments were heard before the Missouri Court of Appeals in a lawsuit brought against the City by a Springfield bar owner.

Appeals Court To Hear Springfield Smoking Ban
KTTS - June 12, 2012

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 ...

Appeals court to hear Springfield's smoking ban case
KY3 - June 12, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- One year ago, Ruthie's Bar was bustling with customers; it's a different scene at the virtually empty Commercial Street bar today.

Voters have spoken and smoking ban is settled, City Council members say
Springfield News-Leader - Jun 7, 2012


Barring the unexpected, certifying the results of Tuesday’s election will be the last thing the City Council does with the smoking ban for a while. “I think the writing is on the wall in terms of the definite preferences of Springfield voters,” Councilman Doug Burlison said, calling the failure of the repeal effort “definitive.” …

Bars Outside Springfield City Limits Benefit from Smoking Ban
KSPR - June 7, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban vote angers some
Springfield News-Leader - June 6, 2012

The decisive vote to continue a controversial Springfield smoking ban was met with anger and resignation on some fronts Tuesday evening.

Voters reaffirm city smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - June 6, 2012

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.

For second time, Springfield approves smoking ban
Columbia Missourian - June 6, 2012

Unofficial results show an attempt to repeal the April 2011 ban failed Tuesday by a vote of about 36 percent to 64 percent. ...

Smoking ban wins for second time in Springfield, Mo.
STLtoday.com - June 6, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the second time, Springfield voters have approved a smoking ban in workplaces and public areas.

Springfield Smoking Ban Approved
CBS Local - June 6, 2012

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.

In smoking election, ban supporters outspent, outraised opponents
KY3 - June 5, 2012

Opponents and supporters of Springfield's smoking ban spent more than $50000 combined to persuade voters in Tuesday's election.

Election Day: Springfield Voters to Decide Fate of City Smoking Ban
OzarksFirst.com - June 5, 2012

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 ...

Voters head back to the polls on Tuesday to determine Springfield's smoking fate
KY3 - June 4, 2012

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. …

Reminder of Elections Tuesday in Handful of Counties
OzarksFirst.com - June 4, 2012

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 ...

Votes Will Decide Springfield Smoking Ordinance Fate Tuesday
KTTS - June 3, 2012

Votes Will Decide Springfield Smoking Ordinance Fate Tuesday ... getting better under Springfield's smoking ban and businesses were seeing more customers. ...

Vote 'No' on repeal of ban
Springfield News-Leader - Jun 2, 2012

... Lynda Crowder: A retired Springfield vocal music teacher; a non-smoker and two- time survivor of lung cancer caused by exposue to ...

Groups on both sides of Springfield smoking ban have cash on hand
Springfield News-Leader - May 31, 2012

Recent campaign finance reports show opponents and supporters of the ban together have raised or spent almost $50,000 to try to sway voters ahead of the Tuesday election, when Springfield residents will decide whether to ditch the year-old ban or keep it …

Analysis shows dip in bar sales
Springfield News-Leader - May 30, 2012

Two sides debate whether decline is linked to smoking ban. Sales at Springfield bars have dipped almost 6 percent since the ban on indoor public smoking took effect in June, according to a new analysis released by the city Tuesday.

Knights of Columbus Hires New Manager, Going Smoke-Free
The Missourian - May 31, 2012

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.

Bingo night remains smoke-free despite exemption; smoking ban vote nears
KY3 - May 29, 2012

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. …

City Working to Clear Confusion Over Smoking Ban Repeal Vote
OzarksFirst.com - May 29, 2012

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 ...

Voters will decide the future of the Springfield smoking ban in one week
KSPR - May 29, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield voters are one week away from deciding the future of smoking inside businesses and buildings inside the city limits. Voters will ...

Springfield Business Journal Report: New details emerge regarding ...
KSPR May 27, 2012

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 ...

A Smoker Responds to Letter Writer
The Missourian - May 24, 2012

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 ...

Groups gearing up for vote on whether to repeal Springfield's ...
Springfield News-Leader - May 21, 2012

With no other issues on the June 5 ballot, the battle over the city's year-old smoking ban likely will center more on galvanizing the faithful than convincing the ...

Bar patrons split on Springfield's smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - May 21, 2012

Springfield musician Mark Barger sees both sides of the smoking ban. 'Personally, as a musician and a singer, it's easier to sing for four hours in a bar with no ...

Business impact of smoking ban debated
Springfield News-Leader - May 20, 2012

It’s 5 p.m. Wednesday ­ what used to be happy hour at Knightyme Bar and Billiards.

Vote against repeal of Springfield's smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - May 18, 2012

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 ...

Hannibal indoor smoking ban passes final vote by divided City Council
Quincy Herald Whig - May 16, 2012

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 ...

Council votes to restore language to 'no smoking' ordinance
Hannibal Courier Post - May 16, 2012

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.

Lawmaker Disputes Smoking Bans
FOX2now.com - May 10, 2012

She wants to prohibit the state from dictating to businesses about smoking bans in their establishments, whether it's a bar, restaurant or casino.

Bingo players 'luck out' with new smoking ban exemptions in ...
KY3 - May 8, 2012

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 approved

Springfield 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.

Springfield Bowling Alley Wants Exemption to Smoking Ban
KSPR - May 8, 2012

"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 ...

Springfield tobacco shop applauds new smoking ban exemption
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO) - May 8, 2012

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.

Springfield council OKs exemptions to smoking ban
Herald Times Reporter - May 8, 2012

(WTW) ­ The Springfield City Council has agreed to exempt tobacco shops, cigar bars and private clubs from the city's new smoking ban. …

Springfield council OKs exemptions to smoking ban
Herald Times Reporter - May 8, 2012

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. …

Smoking proponents support amendments as good initial step
Springfield News-Leader - May 8, 2012

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, 2012. …

Leach sponsors bill exempting bars, tobacco shops from smoking bans
Springfield News-Leader - May 8, 2012

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 ...

City Council approves amendments to smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - May 8, 2012

The City Council unanimously approved a series of amendments to the city’s 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 approves exemptions to smoking ban
KY3 - May 8, 2012

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. ...

HSD Goes Smoke and Tobacco Free
Hazelwood Patch.com - May 8, 2012

The Hazelwood School District (HSD) officially no longer accepts any form of smoking or tobacco on its premises from adults or students. ...

Smoking Ban Exemptions Approved for Certain Businesses
OzarksFirst.com - May 8, 2012

( Springfield , MO ) -- Moments before now-former Mayor Jim O'Neal resigned, City Council unanimously passed changes to Springfield 's smoking ban. …

Possible amendments to Springfield's smoking ban could allow smoking inside certain businesses and clubs
KSPR - May 7, 2012

Possible amendments include exemptions for electronic cigarettes, smoking during theatrical performances, bingo halls and tobacco shops that existed before ...

Tonight: Council Faces 10 Amendments to Smoking Ban
OzarksFirst.com - May 7, 2012

Council members could vote to exempt private clubs, e-cigarettes, tobacco stores, theatrical productions, and cigar bars. The council meeting takes place ...

Springfield Council To Vote On Smoking Changes
KTTS - May 7, 2012

Both would exempt private clubs, tobacco shops, e-cigarettes and theatrical productions from the ban. The only difference between them is it adds bars to ...

Amendments to Springfield smoking ban could be voted on Monday
KY3 - May 6, 2012

Both bills would allow E-cigarettes to be taken off the banned list. Also under both measures, smoking would be allowed in cigar bars and tobacco shops, ...

Lawmaker Proposes Limiting Smoking Bans
The measure would prohibit localities from not allowing smoking in places where more than half of retail sales are derived from entertainment, tobacco or alcohol
NACS Online - May 4, 2012

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 ...

Missouri bill would restrict smoking bans
Kansas City Star - May 2, 2012

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. …

Bill would restrict efforts by cities, counties to ban smoking
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-05-02

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. …

Council approves amended smoking ban
Hannibal.net - May 2, 2012

… 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 council hears first reading of smoking ban; amendment ...
Quincy Herald Whig - May 2, 2012

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. … Proposition 1 on the Hannibal ballot Tuesday asks voters if they want to ban smoking in all indoor public places and in city-owned vehicles. …

Another discussion round of smoking ban exemptions
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - May 1, 2012

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.

Springfield City Council Mulls Amendments To Smoking Ban
KTTS – April 30, 2012

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 ...

Changes to Springfield smoking ban could come next Monday
KY3 - April 30, 2012

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 ...

City Council Mulls Smoking Ban Amendments as Repeal Vote Nears
OzarksFirst.com – April 30, 2012

( Springfield , MO ) -- Springfield 's smoking ban and possible amendments continue to be the focus of City Council conversations. …

O'Fallon to notify stores of limits on tobacco items
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-04-30

O'Fallon officials plan to notify 50 to 100 businesses about a new law limiting the sale of "tobacco-related paraphernalia. …

Council to Consider Smoking Ban Amendment Bills Monday
OzarksFirst.com - Apr 29, 2012

The Springfield City Council will be holding a special meeting at noon today (Monday) to talk about bills that would amend the city's smoking ban. … A special ordinance amending Chapter 58, Health and Sanitation, Article X, Springfield Smokefree Air Act of 2011, Section 58-1002, Definitions; ...

Springfield Council Meets On Smoking Ban
KTTS - Apr 29, 2012

By Larry Wright When members meet in special session at noon today, they'll discuss whether smoking should be allowed in private clubs.

Petitioners and protesters clash over signature collection
KSPR - Apr 29, 2012

The smoking ban was put on Springfield's ballot through petition and so was E-verify. Getting signatures can be tough. Tensions typically run high and ...

Carthage group hopes to reduce smoking on playgrounds
Carthage Press, 2012-04-26

A group of Carthage young people wants to discourage people from smoking or throwing their cigarette butts around the playgrounds in Carthage parks. …

Missouri Western still looking at becoming smoke-free campus
News-Press Now, April 26, 2012

Missouri Western State University’s 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 ...

No vote yet on amendments to Springfield smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - April 24, 2012

Springfield’s 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 businesses, ...

Vote of Smoking Ban Amendments Delayed Due to Partial Council Presence
OzarksFirst.com - April 24, 2012

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 City Council Set To Vote On Smoking Ban Exemptions
KTTS - April 24, 2012

Springfield's smoking ban is one step closer to going before voters again in June. …

Planning and zoning issues and a series of amendments to ...
Springfield News-Leader - April 23, 2012

… 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 ...

City Council to Hold Public Hearings Tonight on Smoking Ban Amendments
OzarksFirst.com - April 23, 2012

They include exempting e-cigarettes, as well as deciding whether to include theater productions, cigar bars and private clubs in the ban.

Springfield City Council continues smoking ban debate tonight
KSPR - Apr 23, 2012

There are some that officials expect to pass (E-Cigarettes, smoking in theater ... 1) E-Cigarettes...should the council erase E-cigarettes from the smoking ...

Sigma House Treatment Centers Go Tobacco Free
KTTS - Apr 22, 2012

Sigma House Recovery Centers in Springfield, Branson, and Nixa became Tobacco free campuses on April 1. They are offering employees and patients resources ...

Billboards could influence June vote
Springfield News-Leader - Apr 21, 2012

Supporters and opponents of Springfield's current smoking ban say the billboards could influence the June vote on whether to repeal the ordinance that ...

Public comments on Hannibal smoking ban
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - April 17, 2012

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 ...

Will Hannibal city council issue a smoking ban waiver?
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - April 17, 2012

...He didn't support the ballot issue that posed question as to whether there should be a smoking ban enacted in America's hometown.

Council could amend smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - April 18, 2012

City Council is moving closer to amending the Springfield smoking ordinance, but the results may leave advocates on both sides of the ban unsatisfied.

Smoking bans continue to be implemented across the state: MU’s own smoking ban is currently scheduled to be implemented next fall
By Sam Roarke
UM Maneater, April 17, 2012

Smoking bans continue to be a very contentious topic throughout the country, but proponents seem to be winning out over strong opposition. A recent smoking ban in Hannibal, Mo., brought the total count to 31 Missouri towns that have some form of a smoking ban, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation’s website. Towns included on the list are St. Louis and Kansas City. … Cities aren’t the only ones taking action, as 35 states now have some form of a statewide smoking ban, according to the American for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation’s website. Missouri does not have a smoking ban, but the The Indoor Clean Air Act, which passed in 1992, bans smoking in public places and meetings. However, the law offers a long list of exemptions. …

New law could make O'Fallon pipe-free city
STLtoday.com – April 16, 2012

O'Fallon may have become a pipe-free as well as smoke-free city. A bill limiting the sale of "tobacco-related paraphernalia" to retail tobacco stores passed Thursday by a 7-2 vote of the City Council. …

Smoking ban- Citizens voted, so get over it
Springfield News-Leader - April 13, 2012

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. ...

Amendments to smoking ban still under discussion
Springfield News-Leader - April 11, 2012

Despite some confusion Monday night, several council-backed amendments to Springfield's smoking ban are still in the works, in one form or another.

Springfield City Council postpones smoking discussion
Springfield News-Leader - April 10, 2012

Five potential exemptions to the Springfield smoking ban were scheduled for public hearing Monday night, but the council voted to postpone the discussion ...

City Council Tables Discussion on Proposed Amendments to Smoking Ban
OzarksFirst.com - April 9, 2012

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, ...

Amendments To Smoking Ban Tabled By Springfield City Council
KTTS - April 9, 2012

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, ...

Council tables several proposed amendments to Springfield's ...
KY3 - April 9, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield City Council on Monday night tabled four of the five proposed amendments to the smoking ordinance. …

Possible amendments to Springfield's smoking ban top the agenda ...
Springfield News-Leader - Apr 9, 2012

Possible amendments to Springfield's smoking ban top the agenda when the City Council meets tonight. The council voted two weeks ago to send a proposed ...

Public Hearings Tonight on Exceptions to Smoking Ban
OzarksFirst.com - April 9, 2012

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 ...

Springfield Council Considering Smoking Changes
KTTS - April 9, 2012

Will there be amendments to Springfield's smoking ban? … Among the proposed changes, removing the ban on electronic cigarettes, allowing smoking in dedicated tobacco shops and permitting smoking in private clubs ...

The university's SGA planning to improve campus with new resolutions
digitalBURG.com - Apr 9, 2012

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – The University of Central Missouri's Student Government Association recently worked to pass three resolutions in an effort to improve the campus community. … An issue SGA is dealing with about the tobacco policy is that the policy proposed to SGA has changed from a smoke-free campus to a tobacco-free campus, ...

Original ban must be upheld
Springfield News-Leader - Apr 8, 2012

“It has been said that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” Obviously this phrase means nothing to the individuals who support another vote on Springfield’s smoking ban. ...

Jefferson County leads area in smoking rate
STLtoday.com - Apr 8, 2012

The "smoking booth" outside the Jefferson County courthouse is a busy place. … Smoking bans in St. Louis and St. Louis County exempt a few businesses, such as casinos and bars in which food service is a small part of their total ...

Analysis: Although many were proposed, few initiatives may actually make Missouri's ballot
Columbus (IN) Republic, 2012-04-08

…sometimes changing only a few words in the hopes of getting a favorable ballot summary from the secretary of state's office and one that could withstand possible legal challenges. …

Smoking ban- Memo missed on whiny election
Springfield News-Leader - April 6, 2012

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 ...

KOSTER: Why the state should raise its tax on cigarettes
Kansas City Star, 2012-04-05

Like you, I am against raising taxes in Missouri, particularly in a weak economy. But there is one exception whose time has come ­ Missouri’s cigarette tax. …

Should Missouri's Cigarette Tax Be Raised?
KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO), 2012-04-05

(Jefferson City, MO) -- Sen. Claire McCaskill had just one word to describe Missouri's current 17-cents per pack tax on cigarettes: "embarrassing." …

McCaskill backs Mo. cigarette tax increase
PoliticMO (blog), 2012-04-05

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday she supports efforts to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax to help close the state’s budget shortfall. …

Hannibal smoking ban sparks debate
KBIA - April 5, 2012

By Lauren Richardson A new smoking ban was passed in Hannibal after much debate between both city officials and community members. …

Hannibal voters OK smoking ban

STLtoday.com - April 5, 2012

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 vehicles. …

Question still: Some free or free to smoke?
Springfield News-Leader - April 5, 2012

City ordinances protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke are nothing new. ... passed by the people in April 2011, prohibits smoking with few exceptions. …

Smoke-free ordinance implementation weeks away
Hannibal.net - April 4, 2012

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 ...

Smoke-free proposal passes in Hannibal
Hannibal Courier-Post, 2012-04-04
DANNY HENLEY

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.

Hannibal to go smoke-free; indoor ban gets 55.8 percent approval
Quincy Herald-Whig (Missouri story), 2012-04-04
MARY POLETTI

... -free later this year after Proposition 1's indoor smoking ban passed in Tuesday's municipal election.

Election night in Missouri
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - April 3, 2012

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 ...

Editorial: Koster's support gives momentum to raising tobacco tax
But think of the valuable national publicity that cheap cigarettes bring to Missouri.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-04-04

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.

Scary approach is needed
Springfield News-Leader - April 4, 2012

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 ...

Smoke-free proposal passes in Hannibal
Hannibal Courier-Post, 2012-04-04

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.

Hannibal to go smoke-free; indoor ban gets 55.8 percent approval
Quincy Herald-Whig (Missouri story), 2012-04-04

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 ...

Lake view: Support the indoor smoking ban at the lake
Lakenewsonline.com - April 3, 2012

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. …

Smoking ban- Tobacco corporations confess to offenses
Springfield News-Leader - April 3, 2012

The recent articles about the attempts to get the smoking ban repealed have brought out my desire to voice my opinion. I don’t think the smoking ban goes far enough, but then my opinion could only be carried out by federal lawmakers. Allow me to explain. ...

Despite big issue in Hannibal, small overall turnout expected
Hannibal.net - April 2, 2012

By DANNY HENLEY While the smoke-free proposal on Tuesday's ballot is ... Dornberger believes the smoke-free issue will help bolster Tuesday's turnout. …

Voters to decide smoking ban future in Hannibal
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - April 2, 2012

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 ...

Springfield leaders look into changing initiative petition process
KY3 - April 2, 2012

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 ...

National Public Health Tip for today: A healthier America begins with living tobacco-free
Blue Springs Examiner - April 3, 2012

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 nonsmokers, ...

Proponent cites potential health benefits
Hannibal.net - Apr 1, 2012
By DANNY HENLEY

Hannibal, MO ­ On Tuesday, April 3, voters of Hannibal will determine the fate of a smoke-free ordinance in the city. …

Opponent worries about economic impact
Hannibal.net - Apr 1, 2012
By DANNY HENLEY

Hannibal, MO ­ On Tuesday, April 3, voters of Hannibal will determine the fate of a smoke-free ordinance in the city. If approved, among the establishments ...

Strong beliefs swirl around proposed smoking ban in Hannibal
Quincy (IL) Herald-Whig, March 30, 2012
MARY POLETTI

Emotions continue to run high as Hannibal voters prepare to decide Tuesday whether the city will ban indoor smoking. …

The Big (Tobacco-Related) Threat to Missouri's Budget You've Probably Never Heard Of
Saint Louis Riverfront Times blogs, 2012-03-30
Nicholas Phillips

Not only do we levy the lowest cigarette tax in the entire nation (a paltry 17 cents per pack). Our legislature is the only one that forces Big Tobacco to cough up payments for smoking-related health costs while also letting generic cigarette brands off the hook. …

Pros and Cons of Proposition 1
Hannibal Courier-Post - March 29, 2012

…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 ...

City of Mexico property tobacco-free
Mexico Ledger - March 28, 2012

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. …

Efforts continue to implement public smoking ban
News-Press Now - March 28, 2012

The City Council has not discussed a smoking ordinance. ... Missouri is almost completely surrounded by states with public smoking bans, with Oklahoma, ...

Back to the ballot: Businesses in Springfield speak about smoking ...
KY3 - March 27, 2012

Voters approved a ban on smoking in most indoor public places last April, and businesses have differing opinions. by Linda Russell, ...

Springfield smoking ban headed to voters: ordinance on the ballot in June
Springfield News-Leader - March 27, 2012

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 sending ...

Springfield smoking ban goes back to voters
KRCG - March 27, 2012

(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 ...

Smoking ban goes back to voters in Springfield, Mo.
STLtoday.com - March 27, 2012

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 ...

Springfield Smoking Ban Repeal Will Go to Voters in June
OzarksFirst.com - March 26, 2012

This comes after the group Live Free Springfield collected thousands of signatures on an initiative petition to overturn the "Springfield Smokefree Air Act ...

Both Sides React to Smoking Ban Going Back to Springfield Voters
KSPR - March 26, 2012

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 ends. …

Smoking proposal in Senate sparks debate
Griffon News - March 26, 2012

A proposal brought up in last Monday’s 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 ...

Springfield voters will decide the smoking issue; council rejects ...
KY3 - March 26, 2012

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 ...

Springfield city council could vote to repeal smoking ban tonight
KSPR - Mar 26, 2012

The Springfield City Council will once again focus on the citywide smoking ban during its regular council meeting tonight. The ban, which was approved by ...

Smoking ban issue again before Springfield City Council
Springfield News-Leader - Mar 26, 2012

Springfield's much-debated smoking ban is likely to be the focus of tonight's City Council meeting. Approved by voters in April after a successful petition ...

Smoking not allowed
Branson Tri-Lakes News, March 24, 2012

A local restaurant and bar took advantage of a national movement to eliminate smoking in its establishment. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar at the Branson Landing participated in National Kick Butts Day Wednesday, during which they allowed no smoking at the business. …

O’Fallon City Council Tables Tobacco Paraphernalia Ordinance
The ordinance would restrict the sale and distribution of tobacco paraphernalia to tobacco stores if approved.
O’Fallon Patch.org, 2012-03-23

The O’Fallon City Council voted to table an ordinance that would have created new regulations for the sale of tobacco paraphernalia in the city, at Thursday night’s meeting. ...

Smoking ban amendments could pass muster with City Council members
Springfield News-Leader - March 23, 2012

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. … An exemption 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 ...

Smoking Ban Ballot Measures Catch Fire Again in St. Charles County
St. Charles County Patch.com - March 23, 2012

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. …

Proposal may break impasse on Springfield smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - March 23, 2012

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 wasn't ...

Cleaner air in Rolla businesses
The Rolla Daily News - March 21, 2012

The air has cleared and is significantly safer to breathe at six public places where it had been harmful before the city’s 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 ...

Smoking ban opponents reject repeal compromise from One Air Alliance: now council will decide fate of the repeal
KSPR - March 21, 2012

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 ...

'Kick Butts Day' campaigns to ban tobacco from all high schools
KMOV.com March 21, 2012

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.

Live Free Springfield' Not Satisfied With Proposed Smoking Ban Compromise
KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO), 2012-03-20

(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. ...

Rival smoking bans could be on St. Charles County ballot
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-03-20
MARK SCHLINKMANN mschlinkmann

Voters could see two rival smoking ban measures on the November ballot with one exempting the Ameristar Casino and many bars and restaurants. …

The real issue at the heart of the smoking ban is property rights ...
Springfield News-Leader - March 20, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban proposal needs to end permanently
Griffon News - March 19, 2012

I’m 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. ...

House proposal would take tobacco out of prisons
Missourinet.com - March 15, 2012

Legislation that would ban smoking in the state's corrections system has led to some interesting discussion in the House Corrections Committee. …

Springfield City Council discusses repeal of smoking ordinance
Panel might then be able to amend law to allow for compromises
Springfield News-Leader, 2012-03-14

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.

The idea that City Council might approve a repeal of the April ...
Springfield News-Leader - March 14, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban- Tobacco industry only beneficiary
Springfield News-Leader - March 14, 2012

The certificate says tobacco use contributed to his death. He started smoking when he was 13 years old. His older brothers smoked.

New Push Being Made To Make St. Louis County Smoking Ban Stricter
KPLR 11 (Missouri) - March 9, 2012

St. Louis County’s health department is launching a media campaign costing more than a quarter million dollars aimed at the exemptions currently provided by the county’s smoking ban. They say they aren’t allowed to lobby for legislation, but concede this sounds a lot like a political campaign. …

Smoking ban needs to be pushed harder
UM Maneater - March 9, 2012

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. …

MSA Senate supports full smoking ban for 2013
UM Maneater - March 9, 2012

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 ...

Differing Views On Springfield's Smoking Ban
KTTS - March 8, 2012

... is reminding Springfield city council that a simple majority vote isn't enough to consider a petition to repeal the smoking ban passed in April. …

One Air Alliance issues legal opinion: Unanimous vote needed to repeal smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader - March 8, 2012

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 ...

Survey suggests community support for indoor smoking ban
St. Joseph News-Press – February 29, 2012

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 restaurants. ...

Smoking Ban Headed To Springfield Ballot
KTTS - February 28, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban back to vote?
Springfield News-Leader - February 28, 2012

... which broadly prohibits the use of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in any indoor area where people work or the public has access. …

Foes of Springfield, Mo, smoking ban fighting back
STLtoday.com - February 28, 2012

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 ...

Petition to repeal Springfield smoke ban certified
Belleville News Democrat - February 28, 2012

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 ...

Springfield city clerk certifies enough signatures on pro-smoking ...
KY3 - February 28, 2012

A petition to overturn Springfield's ban on smoking in most public places has enough signatures to force the City Council to take action. …

Petition to repeal Springfield's smoking ban certified by city clerk
Springfield News-Leader - February 27, 2012

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

From the Editor: Putting out a problem
Boonville Daily News - February 23, 2012

Boone County, St. Louis County and City and a growing number of other municipalities around the state have enacted smoking bans. They're generally lauded, ...

To smoke or not to smoke: Council members say public vote is best way to settle controversial topic
News-Press Now - Feb 18, 2012

City Council members say the community should make the call on whether St. Joseph enacts an indoor public smoking ban. A St. Joseph Metro Chamber memo, ...

Language flaw in the petition submitted to replace the smoking ban
KY3 - February 15, 2012

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 ...

Businesses in Osage Beach to decide on smoking ban
Lakenewsonline.com - Feb 13, 2012

Osage Beach hasn't adopted a public indoor smoking ban, but some of the city's restaurateurs are instituting their own smoke free policy. …

Business owner says sales went ''up in smoke' with smoking ban in Springfield
City sales tax revenues confirm some bars and restaurants may have been affected
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO), 2012-02-10
Mike Landis, KY3 News

At Knightyme Bar and Billiards, the smoke has cleared but so have the customers.

Health director says Tobacco Free is in line with tax law
STLtoday.com - February 10, 2012

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. ...

Smoking ban repeal pitched as route to compromise
Springfield News-Leader - February 10, 2012

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. ...

Petition to repeal smoking ban submitted
Springfield News-Leader - February 9, 2012

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 ...

Group Collected More than 4000 Signatures in an Effort to Reverse Springfield's Smoking Ban
KSPR - February 6, 2012

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 ...

Springfield smoking ban targeted by group hoping for repeal
Springfield News-Leader - February 3, 2012

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 ordinance.

Smoking exemptions concentrated in high-risk communities
St. Louis American - January 30, 2012

During Tobacco-Free Awareness Week, community leaders came together to draw attention ... Now, thanks to a new analysis conducted by Tobacco-Free St. Louis, ...

Maryville University bans smoking on campus
STLtoday.com - January 27, 2012

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 ...

Tobacco Free St. Louis Pushes for Complete Smoking Ban
Wentzville Patch.com - January 27, 2012

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 ...

St. Louis County Council open to changing exemptions to smoking ban
STLtoday.com - January 27, 2012

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 ...

Areas with most smoking-related illness have most exemptions to ...
St. Louis Beacon - January 27, 2012

... exempted from St. Louis County's public-smoking ban are in areas with the highest ... to the majority of county establishments that have banned smoking. …

Anti Smoking Group Wants Exemptions To Ban Extinguished
KPLR 11 - January 26, 2012

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 exempt.

Group wants St. Louis County to end smoking ban exemptions
STLtoday.com - January 26, 2012

…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 county Sunday.

Lions bingo gets pass
The Rolla Daily News - December 22, 2011

By Staff reports The Rolla City Council Monday night decided the Rolla Lions Club won't have to defy the city's anti-smoking ordinance that takes effect Jan ...

Challenge to Clayton outdoor smoking ban rejected
STLtoday.com (Clayton, MO) - December 12, 2011

Clayton banned smoking in indoor facilities in July 2009, effective July 2010. ... the city expanded the ban to include outdoor publicly-owned spaces in ...

Council sends smoking restriction proposal to voters
Hannibal.net - December 6, 2011

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. ...

Lake Saint Louis alderman may challenge Brazil in primary
STLtoday.com - December 6, 2011

Brazil is a staunch opponent of government-imposed smoking bans and voted ... his stand against a smoking ban has widespread support among his constituents. ...

East Central to Go Smoke Free in 2013
The Missourian - December 7, 2011

The request for the smoke-free policy was made on behalf of the college's AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Process) Action Project Committee. ...

St. Charles County Council rejects smoking-ban ballot issue
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-11-29
MARK SCHLINKMANN

The latest push to let voters decide on a countywide smoking ban was extinguished Monday night at the St. Charles County Council. ...

Proposed ban in St. Charles County appears to be going up in smoke
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription) (blog) - Mike Trask - November 28, 2011

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 ...

Council Asked to Consider Smoking Law
The Missourian - November 23, 2011

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 ...

Smoking ban issues could be on ballot in Missouri city
Southeast Missourian - November 14, 2011

St. Louis city and county recently implemented smoking bans, ... casino's jobs could be in jeopardy if smoking is banned there while smoking is allowed at ...

Smoke-free Hannibal?
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - Brooke Hasch - November 14, 2011

While Illinois and Iowa are already smoke-free states, Missouri has not adopted such a law. Currently there are locations in Hannibal, Mo. that ban smoking ...

Hannibal City Council will consider indoor smoking ban for April ...
Quincy Herald Whig - Mary Poletti - November 14, 2011

For anyone wondering about the timing of the smoking ban Richard Draper is about to ... Several communities in Missouri have banned indoor smoking in public ...

'Hullabaloo' is Back: Countywide Smoking Ban Proposal to be Reintroduced
Two ordinances would allow voters to vote separately on banning smoking in public places and allowing an exemption for casinos
St. Peters Patch, 2011-11-12

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. ...

St. Charles County voters would decide separately on smoking ban, casino exemption under new proposal
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-11-11
MARK SCHLINKMANN

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. ...

St. Charles County tries going smoke-free, again
KMOV-TV (St. Louis, MO), 2011-11-11
MojoPages

St. Charles County has had a tough time getting a smoking ban approved, but smoke-free advocates said they will try again. ...

Debate quickly snuffed
Springfield News-Leader - November 9, 2011

Springfield City Council member Cindy Rushefsky explains to members of the media why she won't vote for any changes to the smoking ban. ...

Voters unaware of restriction
Springfield News-Leader - November 9, 2011

Advocates of the smoking ban did not prominently tout that electronic cigarettes would be banned under the proposal, likely because they realized that it ...

After council refuses to consider changes, opponents say they will ...
The Republic - November 9, 2011

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 ...

Meeting scrapped after Rushefsky says she'll oppose any smoking ...
Springfield News-Leader - November 9, 2011

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 ...

Voters will have to change Springfield no-smoking ordinance city ...
KY3 - Paula Morehouse - November 9, 2011

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 ...

Smoking ban back before council
Members meet to consider possible amendments to ban
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-11-08
Written by Amos Bridges News-Leader

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. ...

Struggling bars request smoking ban exemptions
Springfield News-Leader, October 29, 2011

Add Ruthie's Bar and other struggling taverns to the list of businesses lobbying the City Council for exemptions from the 6-month-old smoking ban. …

… 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. ...

Smoking ban changes spark debate
Springfield News-Leader - October 20, 2011

Lobbying for and against changes to Springfield's voter-approved smoking ban appears to be heating up. One charitable organization in the city that helps ...

Smoking shelter nixed
Crawford County News, 2011-10-13
Written by Amy England

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 he’d had a number of people express their opposition to that plan. ...

Judge rules against Ruthie's bar in lawsuit over Springfield anti-smoking law
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO), 2011-10-12
KY3 News

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. ...

Court upholds city's smoking ban
Fight not over as foes expected to take battle to appeals court
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-10-13
Written by Kathryn Wall News-Leader

A Greene County court has upheld the city of Springfield's smoking ban, but the court challenges are likely not over. ...

Council to consider amendments on ban
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. ...

Groups Asking City Council to Make Changes to Springfield Smoking Ban
KSPR - October 11, 2011

For the first time, city council could make amendments to the smoking ban that prohibited smoking inside enclosed buildings, work places and private clubs. ...

Airtight smoking ban proves elusive in St. Louis County
STLtoday.com - J.B. Forbes - Tim Bryant - Sep 18, 2011

Ginsburg said that his health has improved since the smoking ban took effect in January. "All this time I thought it was my adenoids acting up," said ...

A Ten Month Review Holds Some Surprises
Patch.com - September 6, 2011

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 …

Community groups ponder a healthier Missouri
News-Press Now - August 30, 2011

… The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) presented the workshop, which was funded through St. Joseph’s Social Innovation Missouri grant. ANRF program manager Dan Carrigan spoke on the total community, whole-health approach to problems, from smoke-free air to obesity to access to fresh produce. ...

St. Charles Executive Ehlmann stands by smoking ban veto
St. Louis Morning Call, St. Louis Business Journal, August 25, 2011

…St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann said he stands by his veto two months ago of a bill that would have asked county voters if they want a ban on smoking in most public places, St. Louis…

Smoking Shelters Get Council Approval
Patch.com - Gregg Palermo - August 23, 2011

The City of Creve Coeur's smoking ban was revised Monday to allow for smoking shelters, so long as food and drink are not allowed inside. ...

Osage Beach On Verge Of Passing No Smoking Ordinance
KSPR - Jonah Kaplan - August 18, 2011

More than 1500 respond to summer survey, with 74% saying they would support banning smoking in restaurants. ...

Another Ozarks City Considering Indoor Smoking Ban
KSPR - Leigh Moody - August 17, 2011

According to a city poll, nearly 75 percent of residents surveyed said they would support laws making all indoor areas of restaurants smoke-free. ...

Downtown bar sees business pick up 16%
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-08-14
Written by Matt Schoch News-Leader

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. ...

Impact of smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-08-14

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: ...

Ruthie's Bar owner determined to see lawsuit through
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-08-14
Kathryn Wall News-Leader

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. ...

Smoking ban: Complaints down, business steady
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. ...

New St. Charles County Smoking Ban Bill Likely Will Wait Another Month
Patch.com - Joe Scott - August 9, 2011

A St. Charles County councilman is drafting a new smoking ban ordinance, but he doesn't expect to introduce the legislation for another month. ...

New bill introduced in St. Charles to ban smoking from all indoor ...
KMOV.com - August 8, 2011

(KMOV)­A new bill will be introduced in St. Charles this week that will include a smoking ban with no exemptions. According to the St .Louis Post Dispatch, ...

Stenger: Smoking Ban Changes Won't Come Immediately
Patch.com - Jason Rosenbaum - August 4, 2011

County Council Chairman Steve Stenger answers questions about expanding St. Louis County's smoking ban. The chairman of the St. Louis ...

Grandview Bans Smoking in Public Places Starting 2012
fox4kc.com - Scott Macintosh - August 1, 2011

In less than six months, smoking in certain public places (eg restaurants) in the City of Grandview will be prohibited under a city ordinance adopted ...

Smoking ban 'worst case scenario' may not be happening in Springfield
Opponents claimed law would have negative impact on local economy.
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO), 2011-07-29
Mike Landis, KY3 News

It's now been nearly two months since the city's voter-approved smoking ban went into effect. ...

County Council Hears Pitch to Expand Smoking Ban
Patch.com - Jason Rosenbaum - July 28, 2011

For Marty Ginsburg, the St. Louis County smoking ban hasn't been a boon to his business. Ginsburg­the owner of Sports Page Bar & Grill­told the St. Louis ...

Ehlmann's veto of smoking ban election stands
STLtoday.com - July 28, 2011

He said the new measure won't include three of the exemptions from the ban that Ehlmann objected to in his veto. Those provisions would have allowed smoking ...

Survey: Osage Beach smoking ban favored ($$)
Jefferson City News Tribune, 2011-07-24
Samantha Edmondson

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. ...

Keep on smoking
St. James Leader - July 17, 2011

These two ordinances would have banned smoking and carrying concealed weapons on all city property, both inside and outside, but Mayor Dennis Wilson said the ordinances should now be dead. “I received quite a bit of input from citizens regarding both ...

Council Defers Action On Smoking Shelter Ordinance
Patch.com - Gregg Palermo - July 12, 2011

Creve Coeur City Council members debated language behind a proposed amendment to the city's new smoking ban which would allow for smoking shelters. The matter will be taken up again in August. ...

Council Mulls Smoking Shelters
Patch.com - Jason Rosenbaum - June 28, 2011

Proposed amendment to smoking ban prompted a mixed reaction from the Creve Coeur City Council. By Jason Rosenbaum | Email the author | 9:00am City Administrator Mark Perkins asked council members Monday if there would be support for an ordinance ...

Should Bolivar enact a smoking ban at all city-owned facilities?
Bolivar Herald Free Press - June 28, 2011

1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. 2 Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or ...

Complaints filed over new ban
Springfield News-Leader - Sarah Okeson - Jun 25, 2011

Nathan Papes / News-Leader During the debate over the city's new smoking ban, much of the discussion focused on smoking in restaurants and bars, but some of the newest complaints allege illegal smoking at an apartment complex, a motorcycle dealer and a ...

Five area casinos fail air quality test, health groups say
Kansas City Star - Alan Bavley - June 20, 2011

Health advocates are warning gamblers that they may be risking their health along with their money when they play at local casinos ...

Mayor wants casino exempted from any smoking ban
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription) (blog) - Mike Trask - Jun 20, 2011

It is not just Ameristar St. Charles Casino that has a stake in the outcome of a smoking ban proposal. Mayor Sally Faith said last week she wants to protect the city’s largest taxpayer. While not a smoker, Faith said the casino’s gaming area should be exempted from any smoking ban ...

St. Charles County Councilman Questions Smoking Ban Exemptions
Patch.com - June 16, 2011

Councilman who drafted legislation to place smoking ban on the ballot wants public to know all the exemptions included in the smoking ban. West Deptford Republican township committee candidates Ray Chintall and Sam Cianfarini said it's a positive to ...

Butts out in O'Fallon; city's smoking ban begins
STLtoday.com - June 16, 2011

The city's smoking ban went into effect at 12:01 am Thursday. Debbie Gilmore checked her watch. Midnight had arrived. The owner of The Cooler Bar and Grill in O'Fallon picked up a black ashtray and walked around her establishment, holding the ashtray ...

O'Fallon, Missouri goes smoke-free
KSDK - Cassidy Moody - June 16, 2011

The smoking ban, approved by voters in April, applies to bars, restaurants, and workplaces in O'Fallon. Violating the ban could result in a fine of up to $50. For a complete break-down of the new ordinance, visit www.smokefreeofallon.org.

Bans on agenda
The Rolla Daily News - June 16, 2011

As the city ordinances currently stand, smoking and concealed firearms are banned inside city property. At the June 6 City Council meeting, two ordinances that would ban smoking and carrying a concealed weapon on all city, both inside and outside, ...

Complaints trickle in as smoking ban takes effect
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-16
Written by Amos Bridges

More than four days after Springfield's new smoking ban took effect, city staff have logged just three complaints. ...

Ehlmann blocks St. Charles County smoking ban
STLtoday.com - June 15, 2011

Pat Edwards, owner of the bar, fears the recently passed smoking ban in O'Fallon will hurt small bars like hers. David Carson dcarson@post-dispatch.com ST. CHARLES COUNTY -A countywide smokiing ban is in doubt after County Executive Steve Ehlmann on ...

St. Charles Missouri Vetoes Smoking Ban
allvoices - Caitlin Tadlock - June 15, 2011

"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, …

Webb City council approves pit bull ban
Joplin Globe - Andra Bryan Stefanoni - June 14, 2011

The City Council meeting was emotionally charged Monday night, with a first reading on the proposed smoking ban and a second reading on an ordinance banning pit bulls that are not registered with the city. Several residents used the public comment ...

Blame, Violations Among Complaints Over Smoking Ban
KSPR - Mary Moloney - June 13, 2011

Springfield, MO ­ After the court proceedings and protests, Springfield's indoor smoking ban quietly went into effect over the weekend. But it was business as usual on Monday morning as workers fielded complaints in the city's office. ...

Public Vote on Countywide Smoking Ban Concerns Some Business Owners
Patch.com - Joe Scott, Kalen Ponche - June 13, 2011

Musgrave is afraid that the business she bought four and a half years ago will take a big hit if St. Charles County voters pass a countywide smoking ban. A bill to put the countywide smoking ban on the November 2012 ballot is before St. Charles County ...

St. Charles County awaits Ehlmann's decision on smoking ban
STLtoday.com - June 13, 2011

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 ...

Smoking ban, pit bulls on Webb City agenda
Joplin Globe, 2011-06-13
Andra Bryan Stefanoni Globe Staff Writer

Two proposed ordinances that have drawn controversy in Webb City will again be before the City Council today. ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban smells like a step forward
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-12

Take a deep breath. ...

Springfield smokers enjoy cigarettes up to last minute
Many resigned to accept ban as voter-approved law begins
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-12
Written by Sarah Okeson

Springfield's smokers enjoyed their cigarettes and cigars until literally the last minute Friday. ...

Springfield smoking ban takes effect
Judge decides to not block implementation of new restrictions.
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-11

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. ...

City will initially focus on educating businesses about Springfield smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-11
Written by Amos Bridges

City officials tasked with enforcing Springfield's new smoking ordinance expected some grumbling. ...

Missouri hospitals decide not to appeal Big Tobacco ruling
St. Louis Business Journal 6/10/2011

… Three dozen Missouri hospitals have decided not to appeal a jury's decision in April to reject their request for nearly $455 million in damages against the nation’s largest tobacco companies …

Smokers snuff out cigarettes as new smoking ordinance takes effect
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-11
Written by News-Leader staff

Springfield smokers snuffed out their cigarettes after midnight Friday at bars and restaurants as the city's new smoking ordinance went into effect. ...

Customers at Ruthie's react to judge's ruling
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-10

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. ...

Tickets unlikely tonight, but smoking complaints will be logged
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-10

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. ...

Smoking ban will take effect tonight
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-10
Written by Amos Bridges

A Greene County judge has decided not to delay implementation of Springfield's new smoking ordinance. ..

Businesses, officials prepare for city smoking ordinance
Springfield News-Leader - Cory de Vera - June 10, 2011

Kaitlyn Smith of Patton Ally Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave., said management there will ban smoking when business begins at 2 pm today. She was concerned with how difficult it would be to get customers to stop at midnight. "Our regular clientele know we have ...

Decision Expected Today in Challenge to Springfield Smoke-Free Ordinance
OzarksFirst.com - June 10, 2011

An 11th hour effort to delay a new smoking ban in Springfield was heard in court Wednesday. The owner of Ruthie's Bar on Commercial Street is challenging the ordinance which is set to take effect Saturday, banning smoking in all public places. ...

Judge promises ruling on smoking ban by Friday
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-06-09
Written by Amos Bridges

Will Springfield's smoking ban take effect early Saturday, or be delayed by a bar owner's lawsuit? ...

Smoke-Free Seminars Available Today
OzarksFirst.com - June 9, 2011

(Springfield, MO) -- With Springfield's new, tougher anti-smoking ordinance currently set to take effect Saturday, companies can get some help preparing for it. One Air Alliance is hosting two seminars today for smoke-free implementation. ...

City to defend smoking ban at hearing today
Springfield News-Leader - Amos Bridges - June 8, 2011

City Attorney Dan Wichmer said Tuesday he will oppose any delay in the implementation of Springfield's new smoking ban, which has been challenged by a …

Rule will limit smoking outdoors in Escanaba
City ordinance nears approval by council
Escanaba (MI) Daily Press, 2011-06-03
Jenny Lancour - staff writer (jlancour@dailypress.net) , Daily Press

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. ...

Ehlmann May Seize 'Teachable Moment;' Now He's Mum on Veto for Smoking Ban Ballot Issue
The county executive says he will decide in 10 days whether he will veto the measure. A veto likely would kill the bill passed by council.
Patch.org, 2011-06-01
Joe Scott

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. ...

Smoking ban could ignite controversy
Lakenewsonline.com - Joyce L. Miller - June 3, 2011

This week, the city posted a survey for residents, business owners and visitors who come to the lake to gauge whether the community as a whole agrees a smoking ban would be in the best interest of Osage Beach. "It is important to the board to get input ...

As smoking ban looms, details discussed
Springfield News-Leader - June 2, 2011

With the smoking ban looming, downtown bar and restaurant owners met Wednesday to discuss what it means for their businesses and how they're expected to comply. One Air Alliance, an advocacy group that led the first push for a smoking ban before City ...

St. Charles Co. 'Smoking Ban' Likely Ballot Bound
KMOX.com - Michael Calhoun - June 1, 2011

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 ...

Area Leaders Talk Smoking Bans
Patch.com - Nate Birt - May 19, 2011

Representatives of the St. Charles County Council and St. Louis County Council discuss the purpose of Tuesday's meeting in Clayton about smoking bans in the region. The subject of ending casinos' exemptions from ...

Officials hold smoking ban summit today
St. Louis Morning Call, St. Louis Business Journal 5/17/2011

…Law makers from the city of St. Louis and St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties are expected to attend a summit today on ways to bring the region under the same smoking-ban rules, KMOX…

Area leaders meeting today on coordinating smoking bans
STLtoday.com - May 17, 2011

The officials are concerned that multiple smoking bans across the region are leaving some businesses unable to compete with businesses that have received ...

Smoking ban: A matter of health
Lakenewsonline.com - Dan Field - May 17, 2011

While the turnout was a small sampling of residents, it appears the consensus early in the process is to ban smoking. However, there will be a long road of ...

Smoking Bans Still Smoldering in St. Louis, Surrounding Counties
FOX2now.com - May 17, 2011

Smoking bans may be the law of the land, but that doesn't mean the fight is over. Groups concerned about how the bans have been instituted are meeting ...

5 things we'd like to see happen this week
Lakenewsonline.com - Jeff Burkhead - May 16, 2011

We know there are going to be many for and/or against a smoking ban, we just want to see any and all debate be in the best interest of the city and not for ...

Forum discusses possible smoking ban in Osage Beach public places
Lakenewsonline.com - May 16, 2011

By Dan Field The city of Osage Beach is expected to move to the next step in possibly developing an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places after ...

Indoor Smoking Ban Being Pondered For Osage Beach
KTTS - May 13, 2011

Osage Beach is seeking public opinion about a possible smoking ban. About 50 people turned out for the meeting where they talked about banning smoking ...

Webb City council places smoking ban on agenda
Joplin Globe, 2011-05-10
Andra Bryan Stefanoni

The City Council will again consider an ordinance for a citywide smoking ban in public places. ...

Smoking Vote Likely in St. Charles County
KMOX.com - Michael Calhoun - May 10, 2011

CHARLES (KMOX) – Voters west of the Missouri River will likely get to vote on a smoking ban, with plenty of time to clear on the air on their choice. St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin introduced the measure on Monday night and expects a vote ...

St. Charles County considers smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-05-09
Russell Korando

To smoke or not to smoke?

St. Charles County voters would answer that question, as it applies to most indoor public places and some outdoor areas, at the polls on Aug. 7, 2012, if the County Council approves a bill scheduled to be introduced tonight. ...

Smoking Ban Bill Picks Up Council Support in Work Session
If approved, the bill would place a smoking ban before St. Charles County voters in August 2012.
Patch.org, 2011-05-03
Joe Scott

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 Monday’s County Council work session. ...

Meth ingredient under fire in St. Charles County
SMOKING BAN ELECTION GETS SUPPORT
STLtoday.com - May 3, 2011

Daugherty suggested an alternate measure to apply a ban to unincorporated areas and let each municipality decide whether to also be included. He said he won't support any ban that exempted the casino. Two other councilmen oppose any smoking ban ...

City blocks second vote on O'Fallon, Mo., smoking ban
STLtoday.com - April 26, 2011

City officials Monday blocked an attempt to spur a second election on a smoking ban passed by voters three weeks ago. City Clerk Pam Clement said the city charter and ordinances don't allow gathering of signatures for a referendum on a law passed ...

O'Fallon, Mo., smoking ban foes seek another election
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-04-21
MARK SCHLINKMANN

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. ...

Our view: Webb City council fails constituents
Joplin Globe - April 14, 2011

Forget the issue of smoking bans for a moment. One of the most basic responsibilities of a city council is to represent the will of its constituents. Webb City voters cast their vote in favor of a smoking ban on April 5. ...

Webb City Council rejects smoking ban
Joplin Globe - Andra Bryan Stefanoni - April 12, 2011

Although solidly backed by voters on April 5, a citywide ban on smoking in public places did not get the needed votes last night during a Webb City Council meeting. The vote was five against and three in favor of the ban. The mayor had previously ...

POKIN AROUND: Lingering toxins: The coming debate over third-hand smoke
STLtoday.com - April 11, 2011

If O'Fallon Councilman Jim Pepper wants to put his finger in the dike and try to overturn parts of Proposition S, an O'Fallon public smoking ban passed April 5 with a resounding 72.5 percent of the vote, more power to him. It's admirable for him to ...

Towns neighboring Springfield could see more business from smoking ban
KY3 - Ashley Reynolds - April 10, 2011

It's just a few miles south of the Springfield city limit line and restaurants mangers in Ozark say they hope to benefit from the soon to be smoking ban. Mangers say they welcome the smokers because they want the business. "Come on down. ...

Council to consider smoke free Webb City
The Fuse Joplin - Eli Yokley - April 10, 2011

Following a highly favorable vote in last week's municipal election, the city council in Webb City will consider an ordinance Monday evening that would ban smoking in public places and businesses. The ballot question, “Shall the City of Webb City ...

IN OUR OPINION: Big decisions, small turnout
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-04-10

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 difference. ...

O'Fallon councilman complains to IRS that anti-smoking group violated tax-exempt status
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-04-09
PHIL SUTIN

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. ...

Smokers react to newly approved O'Fallon ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-04-09
Raymond Castile

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. ...

Tobacco-Free St. Louis Faces IRS Complaint Over Lobbying, Campaign Contribution
Saint Louis Riverfront Times blogs, 2011-04-08
Sarah Fenske

Jim Pepper is complaining to the IRS that an anti-smoking agency has crossed the line. ...

Advice from Nixa: People, businesses in Springfield will be able to adapt to smoking ban
Nixa enacted a ban on smoking in businesses in 2007
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO), 2011-04-07
Linda Russell, KY3 News

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. ...

O'Fallon, Missouri council member considering changes to strict smoking ban
KMOV.com - April 7, 2011

(KMOV) – O'Fallon Missouri voters passed a strict smoking ban on Tuesday, but at least one council member is already thinking about changing it because he believes it's too restrictive. Voters banned smoking in bars, restaurants and most public places. ...

Smoking Ban Now City Council's Decision
FourStates Homepage (KSNF, KODE) (Joplin, MO), 2011-04-07

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. ...

EDITORIAL: Now focus on transition to smoke-free Springfield
Let's ease the move to smoke free with help and without a fight
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-04-07

Come June 6, we will all be able to breathe a little easier. ...

Springfield's New Smoking Ban Will Likely Close One Business
The Albatross is the only hookah lounge and specialty shop in Springfield, and it will be unable to operate under the city's new smoking ban.
KSPR-TV Springfield 33 (Springfield, MO), 2011-04-07
Joanna Small and Joel Girdner Reporter and Photographer

The fight isn't over; that's the sentiment those against Springfield's smoking ban are touting. ...

Election results lead to slew of new questions
News-Leader.com - April 7, 2011

The Tuesday approval of bans on indoor smoking and alcohol sales in some movie theaters is generating a host of questions about how the ordinances will be enforced. Does the smoking ban affect restaurant patios? Does hiring a baby-sitter or visiting ...

Smoke-free possible in St. Charles County
STLtoday.com - April 7, 2011

Voters in two other Missouri cities ­ Springfield and Webb City near Joplin ­ also favored smoking bans Tuesday. The Webb City vote was a nonbinding advisory referendum. Meanwhile, a ban was defeated in Cape Girardeau. County Executive Steve Ehlmann …

Smoking ban: Businesses hope hobbies will trump the habit
KY3 - Linda Russell - April 6, 2011

As smoking bans have taken effect across the country, Wiemer says most bowling centers have taken about a ten percent hit. "People will lose jobs, or we'll have to cut back on our health insurance policies," says Wiemer. At Billiards of Springfield, ...

City Smoking Ban Sees Cheers and Challengers
OzarksFirst.com - Kevin Schwaller – April 6, 2011

On Tuesday, Springfield voters approved a new smoking ban. … At Just For HIm, people say this issue isn't over. Owners say they're going to push for changes to this ordinance. They still have time to do so; ...

Smoking bans pass in 3 Mo. towns, fail in 1
Westport-News, April 6, 2011

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 ...

Mayor's Tie-Breaking Vote Rejects Smoking Ban Exemption Bill
Patch.com - Ryan Martin - April 4, 2011

All three voted against a smoking ban exemption for American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101 during the meeting. In a move that firmly kills the four-month debate surrounding a potential smoking ban exemption for American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101, ...

Two groups push to ban indoor smoking
KOAM-TV - Zach Fletcher - April 4, 2011

The troop's campaign slogan is "everyone deserves clean, smoke free air" and with these signs-- they urged Webb City residents to help ban smoking in indoor public places. The girls are working on earning their smoke-free community badge. ...

O'Fallon Councilman Taking on Anti-Smoking Groups
Riverfront Times (blog) - Sarah Fenske - April 4, 2011

Interestingly, Citizens for a Smoke-Free O'Fallon has been funded almost entirely by non-profit groups, with BJC Healthcare donating $2500 and Partners for Progress, a subsidiary of the Economic Development Council of St. Charles County, donating $5000 ...

Will Cape Go Smoke Free?
WSIL TV - Ryan Kruger - April 3, 2011

"I just feel that everyone who enters a business, from the customers to the people who work there, should be entitled to smoke free air," said Shuck. Smoke Free Cape garnered enough signatures to force the Cape Girardeau City Council to act. ...

Groups spar over effect of proposed smoking ban in city parks
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-04-02
Written by Amos Bridges News-Leader

With Election Day looming, the back-and-forth over a proposed Springfield smoking ordinance flared Friday. ...

Final push for supporters, opponents of proposed Springfield smoking ban
Voters will decide April 5th whether to 'snuff-out' smoking in public places
KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO), 2011-04-02
Mike Landis, KY3 News

Supporters and opponents of the proposed indoor smoking ban are spending the final days before the April 5th vote getting a last word in. ...

ELECTION: Issues to know in St. Charles County
STLtoday.com - April 1, 2011

Tuesday is election day, and ballots across St. Charles County will ask voters their stance on a proposed smoking ban in O'Fallon, who should be mayor in St. Charles, and whether to grant a tax increase to the Wentzville School District, ...

Civic booster group, BJC finance O'Fallon, Mo., anti-smoking campaign
STLtoday.com - March 31, 2011

Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, a countywide business-funded civic group, has kicked in $5000 to help pay for the smoking ban election campaign in O'Fallon. That was by far the biggest donation reported by Citizens For A Smoke-Free ...

Webb City voters to decide straw poll on smoking ban
Joplin Globe - Derek Spellman - March 31, 2011

Opponents of a ballot measure that would clear the way for a smoking ban in Webb City say the proposed restrictions violate freedom of choice and infringe on their rights. Supporters contend that argument is faulty, and neglects concerns about exposure ...

Smoking ban a limit on freedom but a big step forward for Springfield
Southeast Missourian - March 31, 2011

Editor's note: Springfield, Mo. will be voting on its version of a smoking ban next week. Here is the editorial that ran in the Springfield News-Leader on Sunday. As members of civilized society, we all accept limits on our freedom. ...

Cancer group defends donation
News-Leader.com - March 30, 2011

An official for the American Cancer Society on Wednesday issued an e-mail statement defending campaign contributions the group has made in support of a proposed Springfield smoking ban up for vote Tuesday. "As research has demonstrated, smoke-free laws ...

Veterans didn't fight for irresponsible
News-Leader.com - March 29, 2011

Exposure to secondhand smoke is so unpleasant I had to quit frequenting the American Legion and VFW to which I belonged. If the ordinance passes I will again be able to enjoy the company of my fellow veterans. While it is true those who served in the ...

Smoke-Free group collects $83,000 to Stand Up Cape's $3,050
Southeast Missourian, 2011-03-29
Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian

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. ...

Debate tonight over proposed smoking ban
WPSD Local 6 - March 29, 2011

A debate is scheduled for 7 pm tonight at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau over a proposed smoking ban on April 5th's ballot. The debate is open to the public. Radio Station KRCU along with the League of Women Voters are holding the debate, ...

Proposed smoking ban draws funding beyond Springfield
News-Leader.com - Amos Bridges - March 29, 2011

A proposal to ban smoking in public places is drawing significant funding from outside Springfield, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Citizens for Clean Air Springfield has raised $65040 to support the ...

Smoke-free proposal awaits O'Fallon voters' choice
STLtoday.com - March 28, 2011

The O'Fallon Smoke-Free Air Act on the April 5 ballot would prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces and enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants. Carl Crawford has mixed feelings about the proposed smoking ban on O'Fallon's April 5 ballot. ...

Faith, York oppose state "right-to-work" law, support citywide vote on smoking ban
STLtoday.com - March 29, 2011

CHARLES - Mayor Patti York and April 5 election challenger Sally Faith both came out Monday night against a state "right-to-work" law and supported putting an indoor smoking ban on a citywide ballot. Those were among new issues covered during a ...

Hutsons: Proposed ban would close local businesses
News-Leader.com - March 28, 2011

11:00 pm This smoking ban is not just about bars and restaurants! April 5 the voters of Springfield will be asked to vote on a massive increase to the current smoking ordinance. We have been talking to countless people across Springfield and most have ...

Both Sides Fighting Hard For, Against Smoking Ban
KTTS - March 28, 2011

Perhaps the most contested issue in the upcoming April 5th election in Springfield is whether or not to ban smoking in businesses and public places city-wide. Each side is represented by a organized group trying to their own message across. ...

Stronger ban required
News-Leader.com - March 28, 2011

The other three sides were "smoking." When the first smoking ban came to our city, that problem ended, but there are still many places that have great food, but the smoke is thick enough that many people won't patronize them because "bars" were left ...

Springfield Businesses Prepare for Passage of Smoking Ban
KSPR - March 28, 2011

But before anyone casts their vote on the proposed smoking ban, some businesses are preparing for a pass. It's another gameday at Boomer's Sports Bar near the Missouri State University campus. The returning crowd continues their Sunday ritual-- a no ...

Some fear loss of tax, business revenue if smoking ban is approved
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-03-27
Written by Amos Bridges News-Leader

In the battle over the proposed Springfield smoking ban, much of the sparring has centered on the potential costs to businesses, charities and residents. ...

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on smoking ban: a limit on freedom, but a big step forward for Springfield
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-03-27

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. ...

Proposed Springfield smoking ban: fresh air vs. freedom?
Voters will settle the issue on Tuesday
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-03-27
Written by Amos Bridges News-Leader

Is it an issue of public health or civil liberties? ...

Residents weigh in on proposed Springfield smoking ban
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-03-27

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. ...

Smoking ban issue heats up in Cape Girardeau
KFVS Channel 12 (Cape Girardeau, MO), 2011-03-27

Ten days away now until Election Day and both sides of the smoking ban proposal are squaring off. ...

Springfield ban would be among state's strictest
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-03-26

…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 ...

Blog: Area nurses endorse smoking ban
Southeast Missourian, 2011-03-26

The Heartland Advanced Practice Nurses Network on Saturday announced its endorsement of the smoking ban that will be decided by voters on April 5. ...

Vote: For or Against Webb City Smoking Ban
FourStates Homepage (KSNF, KODE) (Joplin, MO), 2011-03-26
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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. ...

Two bars warned for violating smoking ban
Jefferson City News Tribune, 2011-03-26
Jeff Haldiman

Two Jefferson City businesses have become the first to have complaints lodged against them for violating the city’s smoking ordinance. On Friday, the business owners pledged they will now comply with the ordinance. ...

Bill to amend St. Louis County's smoking ban in nursing homes introduced
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-03-23
PHIL SUTIN

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. ...

Editorial: Smoking ban
Southeast Missourian, 2011-03-17

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. . . . ...

Opposition Organizes Against Proposed Smoking Ban
KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO), 2011-03-16
Reported by: Kevin Schwaller

Springfield voters will decide April 5th whether they want new rules to target smoking in businesses, near playgrounds, and even at smoke shops. ...

Smoking issue resurfaces at St. Charles County Council
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-03-14

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. ...


St. Charles County Could Consider Smoking 'Warning' Signs
KMOX.com - Michael Calhoun - March 15, 2011

That's actually not a bad idea, says Bill Hannegan, who's made it his mission to fight smoking bans around town. “I think this is a step toward a compromise, and I think a compromise will eventually happen,” Hannegan says. “The most important thing is ...

City groups rally against proposed smoking bans
Columbia Daily Tribune - March 15, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) ­ Opponents to a citywide smoking ban have begun passing out fliers and putting up yard signs in this riverbank city, less than a month before voters cast their ballots. Voters in four Missouri cities, including Cape Girardeau, ...

Groups in Missouri cities campaign on smoking bans
Kansas City Star - Mar 13, 2011

Spokesman Dave Hardesty said the ban would help cut exposure to secondhand smoke, which he said could decrease a person's chances of getting cancer. "This is a health issue, for ourselves and future generations," he said. Bill Hannegan, an organizer of ...

Smoking forum panelists named
News-Leader.com - March 11, 2011

The Greene County Medical Society has announced the panel of speakers for a public forum it will host Tuesday on the proposed smoking ban. The eight panelists will discuss the pros and cons of the April 5 ballot measure, which generally would prohibit ...

Smoking ban opponents file as campaign committee
Southeast Missourian - Scott Moyers - March 10, 2011

Expect to see yard signs, bright red fliers and eight-page publications popping up around Cape Girardeau as opponents of a citywide smoking ban are prepping for a final push before the April 5 election. ...

St. Louis County health officials will use federal stimulus money on smoking ban issue
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-03-07
PHIL SUTIN

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. ...

Air battle: Four Missouri cities considering smoking bans next month
Southeast Missourian, March 6, 2011

Both sides have been gearing up for the April 5 election for months, the day local voters will end the debate about whether a smoking ban will pass in the city …

According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, nearly 48 percent of the entire US population already live under bans in all workplaces, ...

Old Town Cape Board votes to oppose proposed smoking ban
KFVS Channel 12 (Cape Girardeau, MO), 2011-03-05

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. ...

Cigar lover files suit against Clayton's ban on smoking in parks
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-03-04
MARGARET GILLERMAN

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. ...

Old Town Cape announces support for wastewater initiatives, opposition to smoking ban
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. ...

Cape Girardeau chamber votes to oppose citywide smoking ban
Southeast Missourian - Melissa Miller - Scott Moyers - March 2, 2011

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. ...

Cole County expands smoking ban
Jefferson City News Tribune - Jeff Haldiman - March 1, 2011

The Cole County Commission has adopted an ordinance to ban smoking on county property. ...

Clayton strengthens smoking ban
Bizjournals.com - February 23, 2011

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 ...

Ritz-Carlton pays fine, says it won't violate Clayton smoking ban again
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - February 17, 2011

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 ...

Smoking ban foes seek funds for campaign
News-Leader.com - February 17, 2011

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." ...

Mo. lawmakers propose to ban tobacco use anywhere on prison grounds
fox4kc.com, February 17, 2011

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 ...

County smoking ban proves a burden for nursing homes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - February 16, 2011

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 ...

Smoking ban, wastewater plant topics at informational meeting tonight
Southeast Missourian - February 15, 2011

Two upcoming Cape Girardeau ballot issues, the proposed smoking ban and a new wastewater treatment plant, will be the topics at an informational meeting ...

New group forms to combat Springfield smoking ban initiative
KY3 - Paula Morehouse - February 14, 2011

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.
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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 ...

Lawsuit In Works Challenging Clayton Smoking Ban in Public Parks
Riverfront Times (blog) - Chad Garrison - February 10, 2011

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. ...

Smoking Ban Might Expand to Prisons
KMOX.com - February 10, 2011

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 ...

Secondhand smoke exposure amendment added to workers' comp legislation
Southeast Missourian - February 10, 2011

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. ...

Brentwood denies American Legion smoking ban exemption
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - February 8, 2011

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 ...

American Cancer Society makes $10000 in-kind contribution to smoking ban group
Southeast Missourian - Scott Moyers - February 3, 2011

The American Cancer Society has made a $10000 in-kind contribution to the group battling to ban smoking in Cape ...

ROWELL: Smoking ban would slash risk of death by reducing building fires
Talk of rights ignores fact that cigarette-sparked blazes are top cause of fire fatalities in U.S.
Springfield News-Leader, 2011-02-01
Barry Rowell is the former chief of the Springfield Fire Department.

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 ...

Smoking ban takes effect Monday
Jefferson City News Tribune, 2011-01-30
Angie Hutschrieder

Jefferson City businesses will be smoke-free starting Monday.

Like a similar ordinance in Fulton, Jefferson City’s ordinance is 100 percent complaint-driven, said Nathan Nickolaus, city attorney ...

County clears the air
Maryville Daily Forum - January 28, 2011

Local smoking ordinances have prompted a new county-by-county study with results expected in the next few months. The first smoking ban in Maryville came ...

Ritz-Carlton gets first ticket for violating Clayton's smoking ordinance
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Paul Hampel, Phil Sutin - January 26, 2011

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 ...

Fenton woman files ADA complaint about smoking in Capitol
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-01-25
TONY MESSENGER

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." ...

Proposed smoking, alcohol bans head to voters
News-Leader.com - January 25, 2011

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. … Faced with approving the issues or sending them to voters April 5, the council voted 6-0-1 to put both to a public vote. ...

Dooley calls for toughening up county smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 24, 2011
By Paul Hampel

St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley has called the raft of smoking ban exemptions handed out to county establishments in recent weeks "unacceptable" and said he will meet soon with the County Council to try to change the situation. …

Smoking ban opponents launch web site
Southeast Missourian (blog) - January 24, 2011

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. ...

Petition to repeal smoking ordinance lacks support
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - January 24, 2011

A petition to repeal Fulton’s 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 don’t look for it coming out on a positive result — I know we didn’t 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 Gidley’s 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 didn’t go door-to-door; we weren’t 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." ...

Springfield City Council Prepares For Debate on 60-65 Development, Smoking Ban
KSPR - Jonah Kaplan - January 23, 2011

... 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 ...

Restaurant air is far cleaner since Kansas imposed smoking ban, study says
Kansas City Star, 2011-01-21
ALAN BAVLEY The Kansas City Star

The air in Kansas bars and restaurants is now as fresh — well, as clean — as all outdoors, thanks to the state’s six-month-old indoor smoking ban.

And despite complaints from some bar owners, Kansas City’s indoor smoking ban, in effect since June 2008, has had little, if any, impact on the amount of business done by the city’s 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 doesn’t have a statewide ban, although some locales, such as Kansas City, have their own laws ...

Private club members divided over smoking ban
Southeast Missourian - Scott Moyers - January 19, 2011

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. ...

Ta-Da: St. Louis City Bars and Clubs That Have Applied for a Smoking Ban Exemption
Riverfront Times (blog) - John H. Tucker - January 19, 2011

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. ...

Voters to decide on smoking ban
Columbia Daily Tribune - January 17, 2011

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 ...

Smoke-free in Cape? City council takes next step tonight
KFVS - Crystal Britt - January 14, 2011

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." ...

Council sets special meeting Friday to settle smoking ban ballot issue
Southeast Missourian - Scott Moyers - January 14, 2011

The Cape Girardeau City Council seems set tonight to place a proposed smoking ban on the April 5 ballot after receiving a memo from the city manager's office Thursday that says it is "very clear that the April date is the only way to meet all the requirements of the charter."

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." ...

Springfield to vote on smoking ban
Southeast Missourian - January 12, 2011

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. ...

Mo. reps rule out smoking ban for offices
Southeast Missourian - Dick Aldrich - January 12, 2011

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. ...

O'Fallon, Mo., smoking ban set for April 5 ballot
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - January 11, 2011

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. ...

Cape Girardeau smoking ban not advanced
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jan 11, 2011

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 ...

Foundation funds $1.9M smoking study for Missouri
St. Louis American - January 11, 2011

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) ...

St. Louis Smoking Ban: Still Confusing In Week Two
Riverfront Times (blog) - John H. Tucker - January 11, 2011

(The city bans people under 21 years old from entering smoking bars; the county does not.) As of now, city bars measuring less than 2000 square feet are in ...

Cape Girardeau council declines to put smoking ban on ballot, future of issue ...
fox4kc.com - January 11, 2011

(AP) ­ The Cape Girardeau City Council did not put a proposed smoking ban on the April ballot, leaving the future of the issue unsettled. ...

Springfield voters likely to get final say on smoking and alcohol bans
KSPR - January 11, 2011

It's looking very likely voters in Springfield will get the final say on a pair of initiative petitions that would ban smoking at bars and restaurants and ...

Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 1/10/11
Southeast Missourian - January 10, 2011

New ordinances

* 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. ...

Smoking's in play at bowling alleys
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - David Hunn, Phil Sutin - January 7, 2011

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." ...

County admits mistake in smoke ban exemptions
KAIT - January 7, 2011

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
food sales making up less than 25 percent of their income.

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 ...

CLAYTON > Casino lounges get smoking ban exemptions
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - January 5, 2011

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 ...

Meet McGraw - St. Louis Smoking Ban
KPLR 11 - January 4, 2011

St. Louis, MO (KPLR) —
The smoking ban in St. Louis is in affect [sic]. But, there are many establishments that are seeking exemptions and there are law suits threatened. In order to apply you have to get less than 25 percent of your sales in food. The county is also spending 7.6-million dollars of fed. grant money on an anti-smoking campaign. ..

Columbia Library expands smoking ban
KRCG - Mark Slavit - January 3, 2011

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 Columbia’s smoking ordinance, which means no smoking inside the library building or within 20 feet of an entrance. ...

Restaurants and most bars in St. Louis go smoke free
KMOV.com - January 3, 2011

(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 ...

Joplin council drops smoking ban proposal
KSPR - December 7, 2010

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. ...

Cape Girardeau City Council wants closer look at smoking ban
Southeast Missourian - Scott Moyers - December 7, 2010

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. ...

Mayor says voters should decide smoking ban
KFVS - Christy Millweard - December 7, 2010

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. ...

Smoking ban could deter visitors to future casino
WPSD Local 6 - Robert Bradfield - December 6, 2010

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 ...

Lambert Field to Eliminate Smoking Lounges
Riverfront Times (blog) - Chad Garrison - December 6, 2010

...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. ...

Police chief again outlines enforcement of indoor smoking ban
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - December 6, 2010

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 Johnson’s refrain that enforcement will be primarily complaint-driven.

“My guys won’t be stalking bars writing tickets. We don’t have the time,” Myers said. “If we get a complaint, we’ll 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 Fulton’s 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. ...

Smoking ban back for council action
Joplin Globe, 2010-12-05
Debby Woodin Globe Staff Writer

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. ...

Cape Girardeau City Council to discuss smoking ban's casino effects Monday
Southeast Missourian, 2010-12-05
Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian

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. ...

Councilwoman seeks smoking ban exemption for Harrah's lounges
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010-12-04
Phil Sutin

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 ...

Some Fulton residents fuming as smoking ban goes into effect
Columbia Tribune, 2010-12-04
Brennan David Columbia Daily Tribune

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 restaurant’s drive-through. …

Fulton smoking ban takes effect today
Jefferson City News Tribune, 2010-12-04
Katherine Cummins

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 I’m going to give you today is yes, but it’s 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 ...

Smoking Q&A reveals more restraints
Fulton Sun, 2010-12-03
Katherine Cummins

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. ...

Leadership and Smoking Ban
WashMo.com (blog) - December 2, 2010

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 ...

VIDEO: Fulton Businesses Speak on the No Smoking Ordinance
KOMU (Columbia, MO), 2010-12-02
Reported by ; Bianca Aaron

The City of Fulton hosted a question and answer session Thursday about the No Smoking Ordinance that was passed in November. …

Cape Girardeau smoking ban could be on April ballot
Southeast Missourian - Fred Lynch - December 1, 2010

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." ...

Cape Girardeau Chosen for Casino
Riverfront Times (blog) - Chad Garrison - December 1, 2010

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. ...

Group has sufficient number of signatures to put smoking ban on Cape ballot
Southeast Missourian (blog) - November 30, 2010

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. ...

Smoking ban proposal in Cape Girardeau worries businesses
KFVS - Christy Millweard - November 30, 2010

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 ...

Compromise rejected on O'Fallon smoking ban effort
SuburbanJournals - November 19, 2010

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 ...

Smoking ban in O'Fallon, Mo., could be voted on in April
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - November 18, 2010

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 ...

City prepares to implement smoking ban
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - November 17, 2010

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 Fulton’s 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 ...

Creve Coeur smoking ban tougher than county law
SuburbanJournals - Mary Shapiro - November 17, 2010

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 ...

Group readies petition for smoking ban in Cape Girardeau
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - November 15, 2010

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 ...

Fired up: Group works to get smoking ban on April ballot
Southeast Missourian - Scott Moyers - November 10, 2010

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. ...

Creve Coeur council agrees: vets should be allowed to enjoy cigarette
KMOX.com - Bill Reker - November 9, 2010

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOX) – What was to be an all-inclusive smoking ban in Creve Coeur didn’t 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.

“I’m 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 haven’t pleased everybody, then it’s probably about where it should be,” councilwoman Beth Kistner said of the compromise, which also gives an exception to cigar bars ...

Harrah's bets on non-smokers
BizTalk, St. Louis Business Journal 11/08/2010

Harrah’s 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 industry’s largest non-smoking section in Missouri on Wednesday.

The section will feature more than 600 slot machines and table games, casino representatives said Monday ...

Creve Coeur City Council to Vote on Enhanced Smoking Ban Tonight
Saint Louis Riverfront Times blogs, 2010-11-08
Chad Garrison, Mon., Nov. 8 2010 @ 7:55AM

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.

City: Smoking ban will go into effect in 30 days
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - November 5, 2010

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 Tuesday’s 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. ...

Tobacco litigation pushes Shook Hardy toward record revenue
Kansas City Business Journal, 2010-11-05
Steve Vockrodt

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 nation’s 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. ...

Smoking Ban Gets Mixed Reaction
KOMU-TV - Alexandra Smoldt - November 4, 2010

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. ...

Fulton council set to approve smoking ordinance
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - November 4, 2010

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 Fulton’s 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 Fulton’s 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." ...

Fulton approves smoking ban
Fulton Sun, 2010-11-03
Katherine Cummins

Patrons of Fulton businesses soon will be breathing smoke-free air after Fresh Air Fulton’s 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 I’m thrilled,” said Fresh Air Fulton organizer Linda Stevens, who also is the wellness program director at Westminster College. “We’ve been working so hard to make strides (toward a healthier community).

“I’m proud Fulton citizens have shown they are ready to change health in the city.” ...

Jefferson City Smoking Ban Passes
KOMU (Columbia, MO), 2010-11-03
Reported by ; Alex Rozier Edited by ; Ashley Colley

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. ...

William L. Edwards, guest columnist: Smoking is not a 'property right’
Joplin Globe - William L. Edwards - November 1, 2010

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 owner’s “property right.”

It would be almost laughable if it weren’t so tragic. The cold hard fact is that a slim majority of Joplin’s 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 didn’t 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. ...

OUR OPINION: Vote will clarify public opinion on smoking ban
Jefferson City News Tribune - October 31, 2010

Ballot issues deserve to be decided after forming an opinion based on established facts and sound reasoning.

We have examined the facts surrounding Jefferson City’s 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 Tuesday’s 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 ...

Jefferson City smoking ban has stringent supporters on either side
Jefferson City News Tribune - Ben Yarnell - October 31, 2010

There are plenty of things upon which people on both sides of Jefferson City’s 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 said ...

KC smoking ban challenge loses
Kansas City Star, 2010-10-26
LYNN HORSLEY The Kansas City Star

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 JC’s 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. ...

CITY OF KANSAS CITY v. CARLSON
Leagle.com - October 27, 2010

The only city ordinances that were before the trial court were certified copies of the anti-smoking ordinance, No. 080073, and parts of Chapter 34 of the ...

Creve Coeur to enforce strict smoking ban
KMOX.com - Michael R. Calhoun - October 26, 2010

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Creve Coeur is planning to become the fifth city in the area to tighten down on St. Louis County’s smoking ban.

St. Louis County’s ban, which takes effect on January 1st, is criticized for including exemptions for certain bars and businesses.

Creve Coeur’s proposal, however, would fill loopholes left by St. Louis County’s 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 ...

Council agrees to put smoking ban on ballot
Joplin Globe, 2010-10-26
Debby Woodin

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. ...

Joplin council to revisit smoking ban
Joplin Globe - Debby Woodin - October 24, 2010

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 council’s 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 ...

Joplin council puts off smoking ban for now
Joplin Globe, 2010-10-19
Debby Woodin

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. ...

Public hearing set for tonight on anti-smoking ordinance
Joplin Globe, 2010-10-18
By Debby Woodin Globe Staff Writer The Joplin Globe

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 ...

Jefferson City Hotels Look At Possible Smoking Ban Effects
KOMU-TV - Tara Grimes - October 14, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY - With just three weeks until the November election, businesses in Jefferson City are looking at how the city's proposed smoking ban ...

Supporters of Smoke-Free Ballot Hold Rally
KOMU-TV - Adrianna Amato - October 7, 2010

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. ...

City of Maryville: Smoking ban off to a smooth start
Maryville Daily Forum - October 5, 2010

Maryville, Mo. —

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. ...

Smoking Ban Starts In Lake St. Louis Friday
FOX2now.com - Chris Regnier - October 1, 2010

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. ...

EDITORIAL: To save lives and save money, Missouri needs a statewide smoking ban
Kansas City Star, 2010-09-20

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. ...

Library board won't expand Fulton smoking restrictions
Fulton Sun - Don Norfleet - September 20, 2010

Meeting in Columbia, the Daniel Boone Regional Library board has decided not to impose additional smoking restrictions at its library facilities in Fulton and Ashland.

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 ...

Smoking banned on Columbia Public Library grounds
Columbia Missourian - Pavan Vangipuram - September 16, 2010

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." ...

Smoke-Free Poll
FOX2now.com - September 15, 2010

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. ...

Branson Bans Tobacco in City Buildings and Cars
KSPR - Kyle Bosch - September 15, 2010

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. ...

Library board to consider outdoor smoking ban
Columbia Missourian - Pavan Vangipuram - September 14, 2010

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. ...

Poll shows support for St. Charles County smoking
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 14, 2010

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - More than two-thirds of St. Charles County voters support a smoking ban in indoor public places, according to a survey released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society.

The random telephone poll of 400 registered voters turned up 68 percent supporting the measure, 28 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided. …

… The survey was paid for by the cancer society and a separate nonprofit group called the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. …

St. Charles County polled on smoking bans
KMOX.com - Michael R. Calhoun - September 14, 2010

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.

“It’s good, I think, for everyone to get this information because it hasn’t been done in St. Charles County,” the society’s Stacy Reliford said. “Everyone’s kind of speculating as to how voters feel and this actually gives us some good, hard data.” ...

St. Louis study finds smoking ventilation systems don't work
Columbia Missourian, September 9, 2010

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 ...

Smoke has cleared
Business owners, smokers adapt to city ban; some bars add outdoor patios to comply
Liberty Tribune - Angie Anaya Borgedalen - September 9, 2010

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 ...

Clayton notches another first in restricting smoking
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Nancy Cambria - September 8, 2010

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. ...

Results of secondhand smoke study to be released
KOAM-TV - September 8, 2010

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. ...

Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press, MO
KSPR - September 8, 2010

(AP) ­ Webb City residents will be asked to vote on whether to ban smoking in public places. The city council decided yesterday to put a proposed citywide ...

Smoke-free ordinance takes effect on business owners
Northwest Missourian - September 2, 2010

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 Palm’s 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 it’s 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.

“We’re 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." ...

Fresh Air Fulton gets smoking ban on ballot
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - August 27, 2010

"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. ...

Branson cracking down on smoking, chewing tobacco
Belleville News Democrat - August 25, 2010

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. ...

Clayton Bans Smoking In City Owned Parks
FOX2now.com - Jeff Bernthal - August 25, 2010

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 ...

CLAYTON > City expands smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - August 25, 2010

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. ...

Webb City Council to consider ban on smoking
Joplin Globe - August 24, 2010

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 mandatory ...

Smoking ban passes in Brentwood
KWMU - August 17, 2010

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. ...

City council to hear from Joplin Smoke Free
KOAM-TV - The Power of 7 (Pittsburg, KS), 2010-08-16

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 says...

Brentwood weighs smoking ban
St. Louis Business Journal, August 16, 2010

Brentwood is considering enacting a smoking ban that’s stricter than one that will take effect in St. Louis County in January.

Brentwood’s Board of Aldermen is considering legislation that would prohibit smoking in all enclosed places of employment and all enclosed public places, except some hotel rooms and tobacco shops. Download a copy of the proposed ordinance here. ...

Bar patrons voice opinion on smoking ban
Maryville Daily Forum, 2010-08-16
Tony Brown Maryville Daily Forum

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. ...

Study says “very unhealthy” air in some Joplin restaurants
The Fuse Joplin (blog) - August 12, 2010

(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. ...

Council passes workplace smoke ban
Maryville Daily Forum - Tony Brown - August 10, 2010

Maryville, Mo. —

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. ...

Group forms to make Poplar Bluff businesses smoke-free
Southeast Missourian, August 8, 2010

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.

...Guest speaker Tieman, who was on hand to provide technical support, said studies conducted by Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights have shown that ...

Talks continue on Springfield's smoke-free issue
News-Leader.com - August 2, 2010

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. ...

NCMC Now Smoke-Free
Trenton Republican Times - July 29, 2010

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 NCMC’s 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

BRENTWOOD > Vote on smoking ban is delayed
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - July 21, 2010

The Brentwood Board of Aldermen delayed a vote Monday night on a proposal to ban smoking in all public places, citing the need for more public awareness of the bill. The board is expected on vote on the measure Aug. 16.

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. ...

Smoking ban getting hot in Fulton
KRCG - July 1, 2010

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 becomes smoke-free
Columbia Missourian - July 1, 2010

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. ...

VIDEO: Springfield Mayor: Smoke-Free Ordinance is “Dead,” Hearing Cut Short
KSPR-TV Springfield 33 (Springfield, MO), 2010-06-28
KSPR News

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 Monday’s 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 O’Neal 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 I’ll 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. ...

Smoking ordinance public hearing could stretch City Council meeting
Springfield News-Leader, 2010-06-28
Amos Bridges * News-Leader

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.

No guarantee for Springfield smoking ban ordinance's passage
News-Leader.com - June 28, 2010

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." ...

Smoking ban push singes business owners
Springfield Business Journal - Chris Wrinkle, Doug Graham - June 28, 2010

If owners of most of the 61 bars and restaurants exempt from Springfield’s 2003 restaurant smoking ban aren’t 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 men’s 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." ...

Proposal would ban virtually all smoking in businesses in MO
KY3 - Paula Morehouse - June 23, 2010

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. ...

Fulton opts against vote on smoking
Columbia Daily Tribune - Jodie Jackson Jr - June 22, 2010

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 council’s 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 council’s decision but will begin working on a petition drive to put the ban on November’s 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." ...

Pageant Going Smoke Free July 1
(St. Louis, MO) Riverfront Times, 2010-06-15
Chad Garrison

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. ...

Council will vote on smoking ban
Maryville Daily Forum - Blake Toppmeyer - June 15, 2010

Maryville, Mo. —

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. ...

Brown: Health drives need for workplace smoking ban in Springfield
News-Leader.com - June 14, 2010

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. ...

Noggle: Springfield should make smoking ban a priority
Springfield News-Leader, 2010-06-13
Heather NOGGLE

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.

Springfield MO mayor proposes indoor smoking ban
KY3 - Brad Belote - June 10, 2010

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. ...

November ballot will include smoking ban
Jefferson City News Tribune - Rosa Ruiz - June 8, 2010

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. ...

Coalition presents revised ordinance to Maryville council
Nodaway News Leader - May 27, 2010

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. ...

St. Charles County smoking ban at standstill
KMOX.com - Michael Calhoun - May 5, 2010

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. ...

Group finds smoky bars, eateries in Springfield MO harm workers' health
KY3 - Marie Saavedra - April 20, 2010

In the smoking establishments, one was moderate while the majority were listed unhealthy for those with heart or lung disease, plus elderly people and ...

Jefferson City mails out citizen input survey
KRCG - Mallory McGowin - April 13, 2010

One hot topic question that's not in the survey: the issue of a city-wide smoking ban. Survey creators say they did not want survey receipients to confuse ...

St. Peters aldermen encourage county to put smoking ban on ballot
| Chas Beat | STLtoday
St. Louis Post-Dispatch brlogs, 2010-04-10

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

St. Charles County will consider smoking ban vote
Councilwoman to propose ballot initiative
Suburban Journals (St. Louis, MO), 2010-04-10
Joe Scott

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. ...

Petition drive wants smoking ban on ballot
Jefferson City News Tribune - Rosa Ruiz - April 5, 2010

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. ...

Mayor Mike Potter signs Lake Saint Louis smoking ban; takes effect in six
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (blog) - Mark Schlinkmann - March 31, 2010

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 city’s Board of Aldermen. ...

Cottleville aldermen back countywide election on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (blog) - Mark Schlinkmann - March 30, 2010

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. ...

Mayor Mike Potter says he'll sign Lake Saint Louis smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (blog) - Mark Schlinkmann - March 18, 2010

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 I’m 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 isn’t expected. ...

Mayor: Parity of comments 'further complicates issue'
Speakers voice opinions of proposed workplace smoking ban
Rolla Daily News, 2010-03-18
Alan Lewis Gerstenecker The Rolla Daily News

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. ...

Lake Saint Louis approves smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010-03-16
Mark Schlinkmann ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Aldermen in Lake Saint Louis voted Monday night to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.
The measure, which was approved 4-2, would be the first smoke-free law in St. Charles County. The bill would take effect six months after it is signed by Mayor Mike Potter.

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." ...

Lake Saint Louis could vote tonight on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010-03-15
Mark Schlinkmann ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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. ...

Kirkwood smoking ban doesn't hurt as much as some expected
By Margaret Gillerman, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 03/10/2010

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. ...

Voters to decide smoking issue
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - March 10, 2010

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. ...

Sedalia snuffs out smoking on government property
City Council working on budget for upcoming fiscal year
Sedalia Democrat, 2010-03-02
Matthew Steingraber The Sedalia Democrat

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. ..

No opposition at Senate statewide smoking ban hearing
Columbia Missourian, 2010-02-23
Emily Coleman

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. ...

Smoke-free initiative divides City Council
The Rolla Daily News - Alan Lewis Gerstenecker - Feb 18, 2010

Rolla, Mo. -
Questions, many of which posed by Ward 6 Councilman Mark Walburg, about a proposed ordinance that seeks smoke-free workplaces in Rolla was scrutinized by City Council members Tuesday and the measure could be decided at the polls.

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 wasn’t just smokers vs. non-smokers. ...

Hearing brings mixed views on Lake Saint Louis smoking ban
Speakers cite health issue, effects on local businesses
Suburban Journals (St. Louis, MO), 2010-02-18
Joe Scott

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. ...

Fulton Considers Smoking Ban
KOMU-TV - February 17, 2010

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. ...

Lake Saint Louis moves closer to smoking ban
Suburban Journals (St. Louis, MO), 2010-02-06
Joe Scott

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. ...

Proposed ban on smoking in public places in Missouri sparks debate
Bill includes bars, restaurants, casinos and workplaces
Springfield News-Leader, 2010-02-06
Kathryn Wall * News-Leader

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 places."
But Jeremiah Gill, a local filmmaker and patron of Patton Alley Pub, disagrees. . . .

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. ...

The Five Smokiest Bars in St. Louis
Riverfront Times (blog) - Keegan Hamilton - February 4, 2010

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 pack. ...

Hannibal City Council votes to make armory smoke-free environment
Quincy Herald Whig - Holly Wagner - February 2, 2010

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.

“We’re 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 Hannibal’s 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. ...

Statewide smoking ban proposed in Missouri
Bizjournals.com - Kelsey Volkmann - February 2, 2010

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 legislation’s 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. ...

Council to review smoking-ban ordinance
The Rolla Daily News - Kc Kotyk - February 2, 2010

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.” ...

Proposal to ban smoking at armory to go before Hannibal City Council
Quincy Herald Whig - Holly Wagner - February 2, 2010

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." ...

When sweeping smoking bans take effect next year, many bar patrons might not even notice the difference
By Keegan Hamilton
Riverfront Times, January 25, 2010

… "Health, lung and cancer associations that I deal with on a daily basis, they're saying, 'We have to oppose this,'" says Pat Lindsey, director of the Tobacco Prevention Center at Saint Louis University. "All the experts say, 'It's a bad ordinance. It has too many exemptions, and it's too hard to go back and fix it later.'" …

Bronson Frick, associate director of the San Francisco-based group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, says loopholes are common in smoke-free laws. The statewide ban in California, for instance, excludes "owner-operated" establishments ­ a technicality Frick says many businesses have exploited by "making every employee a .0001 percent owner" on paper. …

Columbia Chamber: Smoking ban has little affect on business
KRCG - Mark Slavit - January 25, 2010

COLUMBIA -- While Jefferson City leaders debate the smoking issue, it’s been more than three years since Columbia city leaders adopted a no smoking ordinance for bars, restaurants and businesses.

Columbia’s 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 city’s no smoking policy has had very little impact on the success and failure of businesses. ...

City Council hears smoke-free presentation
The Rolla Daily News - Alan Lewis Gerstenecker - January 21, 2010

Rolla, Mo. - City Council members are again entertaining the notion of limiting smoking in public places.

Jason Sharp, Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s 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 ...

Smoke Free Carthage now numbers 1200
Carthage Press - Kevin McClintock - January 20, 2010

CARTHAGE, Mo. -

Smoke Free Carthage, a group that’s 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 group’s director as well as Carthage City Council member, spoke briefly during Tuesday’s Carthage Caring Communities Coalition monthly meeting.

One of the group’s 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. “We’ve written an ordinance plan and (will) propose it to the City Council at the end of April.” ...

Jefferson City residents discuss smoking, trash program
KRCG - January 20, 2010

...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.

VIDEO: Hannibal group pushes for city wide smoking ban
WGEM-TV (Quincy, IL), 2010-01-18

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. ...

Smoking ban advocates aim for spot in June election
Maryville Daily Forum, 2010-01-14
Tony Brown Maryville Daily Forum

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. ...

Comfort Inn to ban smoking in rooms, lobbies on Jan. 1
Maryville Daily Forum, 2009-12-30
Tony Brown Maryville Daily Forum

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 smoking ban takes effect Saturday
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-12-30
Margaret Gillerman ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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.

Festus to hold public hearing on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (blog) - Phil Sutin - December 22, 2009

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. ...

No Smoking?
Maryville Daily Forum - Tony Brown - December 17, 2009

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.
Jackson said Wednesday he was unsure exactly what authority the city had with regard to ballot initiatives, but that he had spoken with City Manager Matt LeCerf who is working to determine what should be done.

"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." ...

City Council opts to put workplace smoking issue in voters' hands
Maryville Daily Forum - Tony Brown - December 15, 2009

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 city’s five-member governing board discussed the issue for about 20 minutes while Mayor Chad Jackson sought to steer the debate toward consensus. ...

Missouri hospitals lead the way on smoking bans
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Blythe Bernhard - December 10, 2009

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. ...

Smoking ban advocates have local victory
digitalBURG.com - Terrah Baker - December 9, 2009

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. ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban comes to forefront
St. Joseph News-Press, 2009-12-06

It’s clear St. Joseph residents are split on whether to ban smoking in public places and to what extent.

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 city’s 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. ...

Mayor Slay: All of Lambert, including smoking lounges, will be smoke free
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-27
MARGARET GILLERMAN ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay plans for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to be completely smoke-free when the city's new smoking ban takes effect in January 2011.

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. ...

Council to debate workplace smoking ban at Dec. 14 meeting
Maryville Daily Forum, 2009-11-25
Tony Brown GateHouse News Service

After holding two public hearings and listening to the sometimes impassioned remarks of smokers, non-smokers, business owners, activists, barbers, bowlers, veterans, scholars, doctors and waitresses, the Maryville City Council will take up discussion Monday, Dec. 14, on a proposed ordinance to ban smoking from all workplaces inside the city limits.

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. ...

Effort to Overturn St. Louis Smoking Ban Would Focus on Casino Exemption
Riverfront Times - Chad Garrison - November 19, 2009

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. ...

City wants grant to battle smoking
St. Joseph News-Press - Clinton Thomas - November 19, 2009

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. ...

Kirkwood Clears Air On Pair Of Smoking Bans
Webster Kirkwood Times - Dennis Hannon - November 13, 2009

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.

Hessel suggested the council resolve all differences by passing an ordinance adopting the restrictions in the county ordinance wherever they are more stringent. ...


Maryville council holds second town hall on proposed ban
Nodaway News Leader - November 13, 2009

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.
Amos Clampit, Pickering, spoke on behalf of the American Legion and presented a second petition to the council of individuals who are opposed. ...

How area cities handled the smoking-ban issue
Kansas City Star - Yael T. Abouhalkah - November 12, 2009

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 didn’t 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 region’s ashtrays. All have badly fumbled their chances.

Here’s a grade card on how area cities handled the issue of smoking bans. ...

Jefferson City Considers Smoking Ban
KBIA 91.3 FM (Columbia-Jefferson City, MO), 2009-11-11
Jordan Stockdale (2009-11-11)

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.

St. Charles, Dardenne Prairie mayors want countywide vote on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-11
Mark Schlinkmann St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mayors Patti York of St. Charles and Pam Fogarty of Dardenne Prairie want St. Charles County voters to decide whether smoking should be banned in restaurants and other public places across the county.
The two city leaders weighed in on the issue in separate interviews on their reaction to the successful push in last week’s election for a smoking ban in St. Louis County.

“I think it was the right way to do it, take it to the public,” York said. ”In just a matter of time, we’ll 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 aren’t 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.

Workplace smoking debate continues at second public hearing
Maryville Daily Forum - Tony Brown - November 9, 2009

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. ...

Supporters for smoking ban in Cape encouraged after St. Louis County passes ban
KFVS Channel 12 (Cape Girardeau, MO), 2009-11-09
CJ Cassidy

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. ...

West St. Louis County led in smoking ban votes
| Political Fix |
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-09

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.

Some wonder if smoking ban will waft westward
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-09
Mark Schlinkmann ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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 ...

Group wants JC to go smoke free
By Colleen Hogan
Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 10:17 p.m.

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.

But not everyone agrees.

Right now, smokers in the Capital City can light up most places, bars and restaurants included. …

Smoking ban exemptions are now the focus of criticism
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-05
Paul Hampel ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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.
At O'Connell's Pub off South Kingshighway, the talk was how to measure a bar's square footage so that it would be protected by the city's five-year exemption for bars under 2,000 square feet.
And in Maplewood, a restaurant owner who opposed the ban is adamantly against exemptions.

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. ...

County approves smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-04
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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.
"There was no organized opposition in Kirkwood, as far as I know," said ...

Smoking ban, tax OK'd
Liberty Tribune - November 4, 2009

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 ...

Smoking ban, other issues on ballot today
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-03

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.

GENERAL ELECTION FOR INFORMATIONAL USE ONLY (PDF)
St. Louis County Government, 2009-11-03

ST LOUIS COUNTY
PROPOSITION N
SIMPLE MAJORITY
REQUIRED
Shall the Revised Ordinances of St. Louis County be amended by enacting and adding thereto a prohibition of smoking in enclosed public places in St. Louis County, all as set forth in Exhibit A of Ordinance No. 24,105 on file with the St. Louis County Administrative Director and the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners?
YES NO
EXCERPT
CITY OF KIRKWOOD
PROPOSITION 1
SIMPLE MAJORITY
REQUIRED
Shall the city of Kirkwood prohibit smoking in enclosed places of employment and enclosed public places for the purpose of reducing workers and citizens exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke?
YES NO

St. Louis County voters ready to decide smoking issue
90.7 KWMU-FM (St. Louis, MO), 2009-11-02

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." ...

Smoking ban, affecting both St. Louis County and city, tops Tuesday's ballot
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-11-01
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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 ballot.
Proponents and opponents of the issue have held rallies, mailed fliers, bought ads and are making efforts to get their people to the polls. Joseph Donahue, Democratic director of elections, predicted a 25 percent turnout.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Illinois has no elections Tuesday. ...

LETTERS: Proposition N
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-10-31

Missourians are ready for a smoke-free state
Regarding "Smoking ban is in hands of a few" (Oct. 28): I am quoted briefly about Proposition N on the Nov. 3 ballot in St. Louis County. Without additional information, my quote is open to misinterpretation. . . .
Strong and comprehensive smoke-free policies prevent sickness and death, and Missouri would save millions in state spending on tobacco-related illnesses.

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

Gray's Restaurant to snuff out smoking section on Nov. 1
Maryville Daily Forum, 2009-10-30
By Tony Brown Maryville Daily Forum

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," ...

Vote on Prop N, the countywide smoking ban on Nov. 3 ballot, will shape smoking policy in region
St. Louis Beacon, 2009-10-30
Elia Powers, Beacon staff

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.
In St. Louis County, Ballwin and most recently Clayton have passed indoor smoking bans. (Clayton's ban doesn't kick in until July 2010.) Kirkwood voters will weigh in on Tuesday with Proposition 1. But most eyes will be on the county measure, added to the November ballot after the St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 in late August to bring the proposed smoking ban to voters. . . .

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.

BITIKOFER: Tobacco On Tuesday
South County Times, 2009-10-30
Dwight Bitikofer

I have not made a study of studies, but it stands to reason that frequency and intensity of exposure come into play - and I have rarely seen those cited. The danger from second-hand smoke and a host of other things we ingest is relative to exposure.

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?

Liberty residents to vote on tighter limits on smoking
Kansas City Star - Robert A. Cronkleton - October 28, 2009

Although Liberty’s city council approved a measure to limit smoking earlier this year, a group of residents thought it didn’t 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.” ...

Few voters may decide fate of St. Louis County smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin, Margaret Gillerman - October 28, 2009

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. ...

Bowling Alleys Speaking Out Against Proposed County Smoking Ban
FOX2now.com - Sean Conroy - October 28, 2009

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. ...

Smoke-free in Maryville?
St. Joseph News-Press - Ray Scherer - October 27, 2009

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Two sides of a proposed expansion of Maryville’s 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. ...

New group hopes to clear air in Fulton
Fulton Sun - Katherine Cummins - October 26, 2009

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. ...

City aldermen pass smoking ban contingent on county approval
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-10-24
JAKE WAGMAN POST-DISPATCH

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 the region.
The plan passed at City Hall, like the county version, exempts casino floors, some hotel rooms, private clubs and tobacco stores.
But, in the city, small bars -- defined as establishments with 2,000 square feet or less of service space where food sales are "incidental" to alcohol consumption -- would be allowed to wait five years before having to comply with the ban.
The provision was introduced to protect neighborhood taverns already struggling in a tough economic climate. The county plan has a provision exempting "drinking establishments" -- where food makes up 25 percent or less of total sales -- from the ban altogether.

City aldermen approve smoking ban, conditional on county action
St. Louis Beacon, 2009-10-23
Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter

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. ...


Highlights of Today's Epic Smoking Ban Debate at St. Louis City Hall

(St. Louis, MO) Riverfront Times, 2009-10-23
Chad Garrison in News, Politics, Smoking Bans

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.
As it stands now, the city ordinance would become law on January 1, 2011, but only if voters in St. Louis County approve a smoking ban at the ballots on November 3. . . .

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!" ...

New proposal lights up city
Northwest Missourian (Northwest Missouri State University), 2009-10-22
Kylie Guier Asst. News Editor

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. ...

Smoking Ban Debated Today at Board of Aldermen
Riverfront Times - Kristen Hinman - October 16, 2009

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. ...

Smoking ban to be on ballot
Liberty Tribune - Angie Anaya Borgedalen - October 15, 2009

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.

Here’s 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. ...

Vote yes on smoking ban

Liberty Tribune - October 15, 2009

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 it’s time Liberty joined in this growing public mandate. We recommend a yes vote. ...

Smoking opponents kick off campaign
Liberty Tribune - Melissa Cooley - October 15, 2009

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. ...

Push to derail smoking ban begins
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Margaret Gillerman - October 14, 2009

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 ...

Proposed ordinance on a city-wide smoking ban is ready for public response
digitalBURG.com (The Muleskinner - University of Central Missouri), 2009-10-13

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. ...

Kirkwood voters to decide whether to snuff out smoking in public
Suburban Journals (St. Louis, MO), 2009-10-13
Mary Shapiro

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. ...

Legal challenge to Kansas City smoking ban fails
By Phil Sutin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 8, 2009

The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Kansas City’s smoking ban in indoor public places. The court did not accept to an argument that the city could not ban smoking in places where it was allowed or not mentioned in a state law ….

St. Louis smoking ban bill moves forward
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - jake wagman - October 7, 2009

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 month. ...

Smoke Free Liberty campaign to kick off Oct. 10
Liberty Tribune - October 7, 2009

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. ...

Wildwood Councilman Resigns from Office; Wanted Tougher Smoking Ban
Riverfront Times - Chad Garrison - October 6, 2009

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. ...

Campaign committees form for both sides in St. Louis County ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin - October 5, 2009

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. ...

Wildwood mayor says it's unclear if councilman will regain seat
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-10-01
Stephen Deere ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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. ...

Smoking ban is on hold in Wildwood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Margaret Gillerman - September 29, 2009

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. ...

At City Hall, surprise move sidelines smoking ban bill once again
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jake Wagman - September 29, 2009

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, Krewson’s optimism about the bill’s 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. ...

St. Louis County Municipal League supports indoor smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 25, 2009

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 league’s monthly meeting at the new nature lodge in Florissant’s 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 ...

WILDWOOD > SMOKING BAN IS DISCUSSED
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - September 16, 2009

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 health. ...

County smoking vote could lead City Hall to change course
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jake Wagman - August 31, 2009

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 ...

County executive signs WU-backed smoking bill
Student Life (Washington University at St. Louis), 2009-08-28
Puneet Kollipara Copy Chief

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 it’s 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 measure’s exemptions, Blaine said the University supports putting it on the ballot and letting voters decide the issue for themselves. ...

Dooley's decision on smoking issue expected soon
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Paul Hampel - August 28, 2009

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, ...

Decision on St. Louis County smoking ban imminent
Columbia Missourian - August 28, 2009

LOUIS ­ St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley will announce whether he plans to support recent legislation on an indoor smoking ban. ...

County Council Sends Partial Smoking Ban To Nov. 2 Ballot

South County Times - Alex Bates - August 28, 2009

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, ...


Kirkwood Council Sends Indoor Smoking Ban To November Ballot

Webster Kirkwood Times - Dennis Hannon - August 28, 2009

Kirkwood voters in 2006 delivered a 55 to 45 percent defeat to an initiative petition that would have imposed a comprehensive ban on smoking in public ...

Health groups say 'no' to smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Margaret Gillerman - August 27, 2009

The proposal passed by the council would ban smoking in some indoor public places but would allow smoking on casino floors, in smoking lounges at Lambert ...

St. Louis County Council approves smoking ban
KSDK-TV Ch. 5 (St. Louis, MO), 2009-08-26
Casey Nolen

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.
However, there are people on both sides of this issue who would like to see this bill thrown out. Their opposition is to the exemptions.

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.
Bar and restaurant owners said that makes for an unfair playing field and will hurt their business.

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. ...

VIDEO: Wildwood Considers Smoking Ban After Student Research Project
KTVI myfox St. Louis , 2009-08-24
Charles Jaco

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. ...

Kirkwood to vote on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-08-21

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. ...

VIDEO: Smoking Ban Opponents Join Forces Against Current County Bill
KTVI myfox St. Louis , 2009-08-18
Sean Conroy

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. ...

Bar owners are on the spot with St. Louis County smoking bill
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-08-19
Phil Sutin and Paul Hampel ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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.
On Tuesday night, the St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 at its regular meeting to move the bill toward final passage next week.

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 job. ...

St. Louis County smoking ban faces opposition from both sides
KSDK-TV Ch. 5 (St. Louis, MO), 2009-08-19
Casey Nolen

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 Smoking Ban Could Hinge on Age Requirement

KSHB-TV NBC 41 (Kansas City, MO), 2009-08-18

RAYTOWN, Mo. - City leaders are one step closer to banning smoking in all public places where people under 18 are allowed.
On Tuesday night, the Raytown Board of Alderman gave a first reading of the smoking ordinance. The proposal was recommended to elected leaders by the Clean Air Committee, an eight-memer group assembled by Mayor David Bower to study the issue.

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.

County smoking ban bill gets airport exemption
By Phil Sutin
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 08/12/2009

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. ...

High Court Asked to Hear KC Smoking Ban Challenge
KCTribune.com - August 13, 2009

A bartender at JC’s Sports Bar, a small, family-owned bar in Kansas City’s Northland backed by the Kansas City Business Rights Coalition (KCBRC), asked Missouri’s highest court this week to hear a challenge to Kansas City’s 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 City’s smoking ban conflicts with the Indoor Clean Air Act, Missouri’s 1992 law governing smoking indoors. The Act enables bars and billiard parlors like JC’s that post signs warning “Nonsmoking Areas are Unavailable” to operate lawfully without designating nonsmoking areas indoors. The City Prosecutor has agreed that JC’s 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 City’s smoking ban by allowing patrons to smoke inside JC’s. In June, the Court of Appeals affirmed the bartender’s 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. ...

Fraser prepares third version of St. Louis County smoking ban bill
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin - August 10, 2009

The effective date for the smoking ban remains Jan. 2, 2011. Fraser said the date gives Leung's department time to adapt to the bar exemption. ...

St. Louis County Council will vote again on anti-smoking ordinance
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin - August 7, 2009

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. ...

Smoking ban gets boost in council
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-08-05
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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. ...

St. Louis County Council Gives Preliminary Approval to a Weakened ...
Riverfront Times - Chad Garrison - August 5, 2009

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. ...

Smoking Ban Supporters to Rally Prior to Tonight's County Council Meeting
(St. Louis, MO) Riverfront Times, 2009-08-04
Chad Garrison

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. ...

County Council should send a strong smoke-free ordinance to a vote
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Timothy J. Eberlein - August 4, 2009

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. ...

Northwest campus to go smoke free
St. Joseph News-Press - Jimmy Myers - August 4, 2009

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 president’s 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. ...

Multiple Smoking Measures Raise Clouds Of Confusion
Webster Kirkwood Times - Kevin Murphy - July 31, 2009

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. ...

Vote on St. Louis Co. smoking ban on hold
AP, 2009-07-29

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. ...

St. Louis County takes no action on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-07-29
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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.
Council members and speakers at the council's public forum complained that they had no time to review details of the proposal. Two versions of what voters would consider -- one that includes exemptions for casino floors and bars and one that does not -- were unavailable in writing for council members and public until about 10 minutes after the council meeting started.

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." ...

Radio ads gets early start on fighting possible smoking ban vote
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 27, 2009

Is there such a thing as getting fired up too soon?

Anti-smoking ban crusader Bill Hannegan, head of the Keep St. Louis Free coalition, has secured airtime on KSIV, a Christian format radio station, for an ad targeting a potential public vote in St. Louis County on whether to prohibit smoking indoors.

The ads were scheduled to run starting today.

Hannegan’s issue with the proposal ­ or, at least, one of his issues ­ is that it exempts casinos. …

Premium cigar store owners warn of bad fallout from smoking bans
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-07-25
| Political Fix | Gerard Ezvan

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. ...

Smoke Free In Kirkwood
Webster Kirkwood Times - July 24, 2009

By a vote of six to nothing, the Kirkwood City Council last week extinguished a bill that sought to establish, by local ordinance, most indoor public areas in the city as smoke-free.

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. ...

County Council Member Fraser Introduces Smoking Ban Bill
South County Times - July 24, 2009

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. ...

Petition for alternative to Kirkwood smoking ban gets green light
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin - July 23, 2009

Choose Kirkwood, which opposes an initiative to ban smoking in indoor public places, has received the city’s 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. ...

County Council Receives Smoking Ban Bill, More Provisions to Follow
Riverfront Times - Chad Garrison - July 22, 2009

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. ...

St. Louis County Residents Could Vote on Smoking Ban In November
Riverfront Times - Chad Garrison - July 21, 2009

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. ...

Kirkwood will vote on smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin - July 17, 2009

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. ...

Kirkwood anti-smoking group has raised $830
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Phil Sutin - July 17, 2009

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. ...

Kirkwood Council Votes Down Smoking Ban
Voters Will Weigh In On Election Day in November
KTVI myfox St. Louis , 2009-07-16
Charles Jaco and Roche Madden

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.
Supporters were hoping a change in the measure, allowing for "smoking patios" at restaurants and bars, would garner support among council members. ...

Seeking a consensus on smoking law
Kansas City Star, 2009-07-15
BRIAN BURNES The Kansas City Star

... 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. . . .
clean air supporters to add municipalities to the list of those going smoke-free. Each community that did could be added to an equation calling for an 85 percent compliance rate in the area.

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.
Yet Raytown's smoking status remains significant, said smoke-free activist Joyce Morrison.

"Raytown is now the largest suburban community on the Missouri side of the metro that does not provide any protection for secondhand smoke ...

Clayton aldermen unanimoulsy passed a smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-07-14
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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. ...

Council draws closer to crafting smoking ban ordinance
digitalBURG.com - Matt Bird-Meyer - July 14, 2009

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- The Warrensburg City Council continued its research on banning smoking in public places by inviting a metro-area lawyer to Monday’s Council meeting.

Paul Campo, of Williams & Campo in Lee’s Summit, offered his knowledge about smoking ordinances in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs and Independence. ...

Debate on St. Louis smoking ban put out for the summer
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jake Wagman - July 9, 2009

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. ...

Raytown should join smoking ban
Kansas City Star - July 9, 2009

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 summer’s end. ...

Is KC's Police Department violating city's smoking ban?
Midwest Voices (Kansas City Star), 2009-07-09
Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

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. ...

Third ­ and final? ­ City Hall hearing on smoking ban today
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jake Wagman - July 9, 2009

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. ...

Indoor smoking ban advances
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-07-08

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. ...

Clearing the smoke
Alderwoman's bill would tie city smoking ban to county prohibition
Suburban Journals (St. Louis, MO), 2009-07-07
Jim Merkel

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 go out of business?" said Alderman Stephen Conway, D-8th Ward, referring to bars he thought a ban might hurt.

"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. ...

St. Louis weighs smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-07-01
Doug Moore ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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. ...

Tuesday: Around the political blogosphere
Kansas City Star - June 30, 2009

A closer look at the tax rates on public and private golf courses, public hearings in St. Louis begin today to discuss a potential smoking ban, and why today might be the best day to give to your favorite political candidate.

Group turns in petitions to get smoking ban on ballot in Kirkwood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-06-27
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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.

Community sounds off about potential smoking ban
digitalBURG.com - Cristin Hubbard, Angelarose Giglio - June 23, 2009

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -– City Council began Monday’s meeting with a “public session to seek and take citizen comment on smoking prohibitions.”

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 week’s meeting, and while 20 people chose to address Council with their concerns, only three spoke against a potential smoking ban. ...

Appeals court upholds kc's smoking ban
Kansas City Star - June 23, 2003

Kansas City can continue to ban smoking from its bars and restaurants under a ruling issued today by the Missouri Court of Appeals. ...

Missouri Court of Appeals stubs out challenge to smoking ban
Bizjournals.com - June 23, 2003

Carlson protested the fine, saying the city's ordinance is misaligned with state statutes that regulate indoor smoking. Carlson contended that Missouri's ...

Group revives anti-smoking initiative in Kirkwood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-06-23
Phil Sutin ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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 it.
Supporters need 1,036 signatures to start the initiative process. A group called Healthy Air for Kirkwood has collected about 950 signatures, said Debra Cotten, group spokeswoman. ...

Smoking survey snubbed
SuburbanJournals - June 1, 2009

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. ...

Clayton smoking ban gets initial OK
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 27, 2009

CLAYTON ­ Clayton officials on Tuesday took a giant step toward stamping out smoking in public places by giving initial approval to a smoking ban that would affect workplaces, stores, restaurants and hotels. They also urged other local governments to enact smoking bans so the entire region could go "smoke-free."

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. ...

Liberty puts stricter smoking rules on November ballot
Kansas City Star - May 28, 2009

Voters will decide whether to scrap Liberty’s 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. ...

North Carolina goes smoke-free. Why can’t we?
By: Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 25, 2009

Time was when having a drink in a North Carolina bar meant having a cigarette, too ­ or at least inhaling a few coffin nails’ worth of tobacco smoke.

Times have changed.

The nation’s 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. …

Gladstone’s Smoking Ban in Effect
KSHB-TV NBC 41 (Kansas City, MO), 2009-05-24

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. ...

Missouri Court of Appeals hears arguments on KC smoking ban
Kansas City Star - May 22, 2009

The fate of Kansas City’s 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 City’s 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. ...

Parkville puts limits on smoking
Kansas City Star - May 13, 2009

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.” ...

Clayton restaurants assail smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 13, 2009

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. ...

Wildwood to consider smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May

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 Forristal’s 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. ...

Mayor Francis Slay Urges Passage of City Smoking Ban
Riverfront Times - May 8, 2009

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. ...

New federal report: Ban smoking in casinos
By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist
Kansas City Star, May 6, 2009

A new, exhaustive federal report makes a common-sense recommendation: It's time to ban smoking in casinos to protect employees. ...

Petition calls on Liberty City Council to bar smoking in most public places
Kansas City Star, 2009-05-06
ROBERT A. CRONKLETON The Kansas City Star

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.

Clayton's proposed smoking ban faces a fight
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 5, 2009

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." ...

Differences between Dooley, Slay could doom smoking ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 4, 2009

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. ...

Alderman introduces wait-and-see smoking ban proposal
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 1, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Get ready for another round of debate on indoor smoking.

St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson has on today’s 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. ...

Clayton city leaders get strong opinions from both sides on ...
fox4kc.com - April 29, 2009

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. ...

Restaurateurs blocked from Clayton smoking ban forum
KMOX NewsRadio 1120 (St. Louis, MO), 2009-04-28

Clayton residents are invited to a meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall about a smoking ban in restaurants.