Mayor Slay Weighs In On Smoking Bans

My post last week on Mayor Francis Slay's 2009 legislative agenda and its failure to address smoking in city bars and restaurants generated quite a few comments.

Most readers of this blog -- it would seem -- disagree with my proposal that the mayor work with St. Louis County and/or state officials to ban on a regional or state-wide level smoking in taverns and eateries.

So what does the mayor think? A few days after I posted my thoughts, Slay blogged his opinion on smoking bans. You can read his comments after the jump.
From Slay's January 4 blog:

A reader of this blog wrote in to ask that I repeat my position on smoke-free restaurants in the City. That's fair enough. I do not smoke. I prefer dining in smoke-free restaurants. I wish every restaurant in the City were smoke-free by its own choice. With that said, I would support a national, statewide or City/county policy that restricted smoke in restaurants. I would not support a local ordinance that put restaurants in the 62 square mile area of the City at a financial disadvantage to their unrestricted competitors in St. Louis county by requiring that only City restaurants install expensive air-handling technologies or banning smoking.

-- Chad Garrison

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