Hope For St. Charles Smoking Ban Vote Snuffed Out

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) –  Any hope of St. Charles County adopting a smoke-free policy has been extinguished for now.

County council members Monday night rejected placing a measure that would have banned smoking in most indoor public spaces and workplaces on the ballot.

Among those voting “No” was chairman Joe Brazil.

“I think it’s wrong,” he explained before the vote.  “It’s about protecting businesses’ choice.”

Council member Terry Hollander took a different stance.

“I really think that it’s much better for us to put this issue in the hands of 188,000 voters,” he said.

The proposal to put the smoking ban before voters failed on a deadlocked 3-3 vote.

Councilman Joe Cronin sponsored the measure.

He said this rejection will likely lead the anti-smoking coalition to launch a petition drive to put it on next November’s ballot.



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