Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) –  It might be awhile before the air completely clears in St. Louis County.

KMOX News asked county executive Charlie Dooley what’s next for those controversial exemptions to the smoking ban.

“I really don’t know right now at this point in time,” Dooley responded.  “But we’re still going through the process, we’re still going through the licenses and all those types of things.  We need to get a good handle on it so we can make a presentation with the Health Department to make sure ‘Are we doing what you intended for us to do?’.”

He contends that too many places are getting exceptions.

Meanwhile, James Mays has to wait for the results of that review before receiving his smoking license.

He says his Redbird Sports Cafe in Hazelwood is going under, taking 14 jobs with it.

“We won’t have any position for them and we’ll have to close the business down,” Mays said.  “I mean we’re already financially struggling and the economy’s already hurting us.”

Mays’ establishment technically meets the requirements to be granted an exemption to the St. Louis County smoking ban but the County is keeping him, and dozens of others, on hold.

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