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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Regional Smoking Ban Gathering Steam

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Regional legislators are taking note a proposed bill in St. Louis City calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

The bill, proposed by Central West End alderwoman Lyda Krewson, would not go into effect unless St. Louis County passed a similar ban.

Yesterday, St. Louis County Councilwoman Barbara Frasier told KWMU (90.7 FM) that such a bill would force the hand of county legislators -- which voted 4-3 against a county-wide smoking ban a few years back.

"Our neighbors in Illinois, and Iowa and Nebraska and Arkansas all have smoking ban and smoke-free legislation," said Fraser. "So, if the city passes one, there is no doubt in mind that the county council would be under more pressure to pass a ban."

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