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St. Charles County Council Hears Smoking Ban Testimony

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - A new smoking ban compromise received mixed reactions at a St. Charles County Council hearing Monday night.

The new bill says an establishment can only be exempt if it limits its customers to those 21-years-old and older. Some residents say that’s not fair.

“I just want everyone to realize that you got to stay out of the business owners’ – if they’re not doing anything against the law – you need to stay out of their business,” a resident testified.

“I’m concerned because second-hand smoke is a pretty well-documented health hazard,” another resident said.

Last year, the council approved placing the proposed bans before voters but a judge kept them off the November ballot.

Bill sponsor Joe Cronin, R-St.Paul, said Monday that a smoking ban is the right thing to do because it protects public health.

The bill was not voted on, only introduced. If passed by the council and County Executive Steve Ehlmann, it would go into law.

“I mean, this is a pretty conservative county, it’s a pretty conservative council. What I’m asking you to do is stay out of our business,” a resident told the council Monday.

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