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Lawsuit Waiting To Be Filed Against St. Louis Smoking Bans

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Butt in or butt out! Just don't ride the fence.
New laws banning smoking in most bars and restaurants in St. Louis city and county went into effect yesterday. And, as chronicled in today's Post-Dispatch, a preponderance of grizzled old smokers are really upset with the ban.

"I'm 60 years old, and I want to smoke. And they are going to tell me 'no'?" a chain-smoking regular at the Courtesy Diner tells the daily.

So, what can you do about it? Bill Hannegan, of Keep St. Louis Free, believes he has the answer. He's already discussed the smoking ban with an attorney and believes they have a good chance of overturning the new laws by challenging the exemption for casinos. All he needs now is a few more people to step up and join his effort.

As Hannegan tells Daily RFT: "A legal challenge to the St. Louis City smoking ban is ready to go and a lawyer who specializes in Missouri smoking-ban law is just itching to file it. All we need to do now is raise some more money. Those who claim to hate this ban need to put up or shut up."

Click here for more details about the potential lawsuit.
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Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Paul, if this lawsuit prevails, the Kansas City ban will be knocked down too. We are using an argument that has not been used before and applies equally to the Kansas City casino exemption.

onebelow0
onebelow0

newsflash! smoking, like drinking is a privilege not a right. You do not have the right to give other people lung cancer... but if you want that right, then I want the right to file suit against you in civil court for damages to pay for my radiation.

bitch

Paul
Paul

News flash St. Louis.... You all will be fine. Your western Missouri neighbors in Kansas City have been non smoking for over two years. It is the best thing to happen to this city. Sure, it is going to sting for about two months. It will affect the wages of bartenders/servers for awhile, but once the city gets used to the new law, bars and restaurants will once again fill up. And life goes on. Trust me, the lawsuits will do no good. They tried that in Kansas City, and it did not hold up in court. Like it or not, eventually, the entire state of MO will be non-smoking. Paul, Kansas City, MO

Some Guy
Some Guy

Hm. I seem to recall elections, in both St. Louis City and County, where the smoking ban propositions were passed. In fact, the City proposition was contingent on the County's proposition passing, and vice versa.

So basically, the complainers don't like democracy? Move to China. They let you smoke all you want.

Tonypalazzolo
Tonypalazzolo

"Get into the 21st century people! I want the right to avoid lung cancer and dangerous toxins in my lungs thanks to you smokers. Not to mention the nasty smell of smoke. SICK! Missouri is so far behind other more intelligent and progressive states. It is only going to get more smoke free! Our children will laugh at the fact that we could smoke in any public place."

Like Illinois....they are oh so progressive and really know how to run a government. Missouri should be more like them :)

SBill
SBill

Get into the 21st century people! I want the right to avoid lung cancer and dangerous toxins in my lungs thanks to you smokers. Not to mention the nasty smell of smoke. SICK! Missouri is so far behind other more intelligent and progressive states. It is only going to get more smoke free! Our children will laugh at the fact that we could smoke in any public place.

Mark Magas
Mark Magas

I have always been saddened by the persecution of the smoker. Yes, years ago smokers were incredibly rude thinking they were free to poison our air everywhere but it seems to me we are now in one of those terrible pendulum swings. Entire campuses where people cannot smoke? People being told they cannot smoke in their own cars? entire towns in California where people cannot smoke in their homes? And we must ensure that smokers have no where to gather to eat or drink? I read earlier the nation of Spain is going smoke free. Why? Who the hell gave you the right to dictate other peoples behavior?Can you believe some one has compared this to the civil rights movement? What hypocrisy. You are persecuting a minority, stripping their rights and you think that equates with removing the greatest evil in U.S. history? Shame, shame hypocrite.

Kat
Kat

Well, as a non smoker, I won't "put out" any money...however I do want to say that I think smoking bans in businesses are BS! If I own a business, it should be MY PREROGATIVE to determine if it will be a smoking or non-smoking establishment. Forcing such on a business owner is total and absolute BS.

Lefty
Lefty

It's. Been. Two. Days.

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Ahh, I believe that I'll just keep my money, but good luck with the lawsuit and all.

Wrong
Wrong

Even in a democracy, certain personal rights are still not 'up for vote'.

I can't vote away your right to posses firearms, vote to enslave you because you a color I think it sub human, or exterminate you based upon your religion.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

The County ban was not contingent on anything the City did. There was no vote in the City.

Mntvernon
Mntvernon

But Tony, IL is progressive....and innovative.You see they were about to bounce state checks and then some genius came up with doing a 'JG Wentworth' on their MSA tobacco funds:http://online.wsj.com/article/...which kept them afloat...this year.Isn't that sweet? That is, unless sales don't drop 3% or more:http://www.bondbuyer.com/issue...I bet Kathy Drea will be pleased.

Matt Wallach
Matt Wallach

If being intelligent/progressive means living in a state that can't pay their own bills, then I'll take the smoke!!

Mike
Mike

Then why can't I hop behind the steering wheel after I've had a bunch of drinks? That drunk driving law is abridging my freedom to drive and put other people at risk! If smokers can risk others' health, I don't see why I can't, too.

Face it rednecks, it's time to join the 21st century.

JDH
JDH

I would agree with you, Kat, except for the issue of employee health and safety. Employees don't have the option to leave the business the way a customer would. I don't think that someone should be forced to choose between employment and health.

Roar
Roar

yea, BS! Just like those laws allowing colored people into YOUR bars, right? Or those people with disabilities! Get real...

Wrong
Wrong

Roads are not private property. My bar is, if you don't like the smoke, don't go there.

Dooomassss
Dooomassss

Right. Your comparing racist discrimination to the desire to preserve personal freedoms.

Good Analogy.

AshWed
AshWed

Taking your smoking outside means you have the freedom to smoke and the non-smokers have the freedom to breathe. All freedoms protected. Get over it.

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