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Another Attempt to Snuff Out Smoking in St. Charles Co. Before Council

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – After two false starts, St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin will try again to pass a countywide smoking ban. The proposal to be introduced Monday night, would give an exception to any place that services only customers 21-years and older.

“It’s completely up to the businesses to decide if they want to take the exception or not,” Cronin said. “This is a compromise to try and make a small step forward in this county.”

Adding, “it’s not going to make everybody happy.”

Cities within St. Charles County could enact stricter laws, and current smoking bans in place in O’Fallon and Lake Saint Louis would remain.

You may remember last year, when two different smoking ban proposals would have gone to voters and allowed them to decide on exemptions, but a judge threw it out for procedural reasons.

This time around the bill wouldn’t require approval by voters at a countywide election. Cronin said, instead it needs to be passed by only the council and signed by County Executive Steve Ehlmann.

Councilman Cronin has been in support of a countywide smoking ban since 2011.

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