Butt Heads: Want to know where our public officials stand on smoking bans? OK, we’ll ask ’em!

The following is excerpted from The Riverfront Times, with permission. The article can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

Butt Heads: Smoking Bans Yea or Nay?

Butt Heads: Smoking Bans Yea or Nay?

By Kristen Hinman
Published on May 26, 2009 at 2:50pm

Two weeks ago state legislatures in North Carolina — the nation’s top tobacco-producing state — and Wisconsin passed statewide smoking bans, bringing to 33 the number of U.S. states with some sort of prohibition on indoor smoking. The Show-Me State is not among that group. …

In St. Louis, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, who represents the 28th Ward, has introduced the St. Louis City Smoke Free Air Act of 2009, a bill to outlaw smoking in virtually all public places. …

But Krewson’s bill has a catch: It would only be enacted on the day that St. Louis County adopts identical legislation.

The St. Louis County Council has already visited the subject. Twice. In 2005 then-council members Kurt Odenwald and Skip Mange called for a wide-ranging ban that would have included parts of casinos; the council voted it down, 4-3. In 2006 Odenwald tweaked his proposal and suggested that it be put to the people. The council instead voted to table the issue and refer it to the state legislature.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, a known health nut, has stated that passing a smoking ban in the city is a major priority for his third term in office. …

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says through a spokesman that he would support a statewide ban only. …

And earlier this year the St. Charles County Municipal League, which represents seventeen cities, passed a resolution urging that indoor smoking bans be addressed only at the state level, for economic reasons.

It all adds up to more bureaucratic waffling than you can shake a cancer stick at. So here at Riverfront Times we decided it’s high time to clear the air.

So we polled public officials (including state legislators) in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, as well as in municipalities with populations of 15,000 or more. We asked ’em a few straightforward questions, beginning with: Would you support a smoking ban in [your jurisdiction]? …

And now to the results — with bonus commentary when we found it entertaining and/or enlightening. …

[MP: To view the complete article and the results, please click here which takes you to the original RFT article on-line.]

One response to “Butt Heads: Want to know where our public officials stand on smoking bans? OK, we’ll ask ’em!

  1. Makes me embarrassed to be a Missourian.

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