Statewide Smoking Ban in Missouri? Maria Chappelle-Nadal Proposes Broad Restrictions

"It's a cultural difference," Chappelle-Nadal says. "In the urban areas, there's more of a movement towards having a statewide [smoking] ban, whereas in other areas, there's not."

At the St. Louis County Council, officials have proposed limiting the businesses that are exempt from the ban -- such that more bars and casinos would have to prohibit smoking. That bill has sparked a lot of protest from business owners that say smoking bans would directly hurt their revenues.

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The Brew House, a Maryland Heights establishment that strongly opposes any bans on smoking.

And that backlash offers a taste of the criticisms Chappelle-Nadal's bill will get -- if it ever receives a serious debate this session.

"It's stuck in committee," she says. "It always will be stuck in committee, because nobody even cares."

Here's the full bill.

Senate Bill 201

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35 comments
Rachel Shepard
Rachel Shepard

Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't they already banned smoking in most restaurant and bars already?

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

yes, don't care for second hand smoke at all!

st_louis63104
st_louis63104

To think that adorable, chubby, smiling face is that of unnecessary government overreach. 

Terri Belangee
Terri Belangee

Do like they did in Alton Illinois at Fast Eddie's. One problem all the non-smoker go to the smokers are at. So why band it. Dennis.

Douglas Dial
Douglas Dial

Wait a minute. After all these centuries of poor heath, disease and death all related directly to smoking, you mean to tell me there are people that still choose to smoke? Oops! Sorry. I meant to post this in the future when people actually do become enlightened. Unfortunately, Americans are still addicted to their self-destructive vices. Smokers, keep killing yourselves, just don't brainwash my kids into thinking its okay to breathe in tar, nicotine, formaldehyde and cancer causing agents or you breathing it on them.

Tracey Ufheil
Tracey Ufheil

@jennifer Mayfield...quit taking away MY RIGHTS to clean air and lungs

Jennifer Mayfield
Jennifer Mayfield

Exactly if you dont like smoke GO to a non smoking place, that simple!!! Quit trying to take other peoples freedoms away regardless of what they are. This is america....land of the free or at least thats what it USED to be.

Becky Mandel Currie
Becky Mandel Currie

While I strongly dislike being in a bar or restaurant that is smokey, I'm not for adding any more laws. Also, for those who didn't know, the entire country of Ireland is smoke free! Yep, and the Pub's are still packed!

Amy Brotcke
Amy Brotcke

should be up to the business owner, not the legislature (who I believe can still smoke in their offices)

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

Statewide smoking ban? Hell no. Raise taxes on cigarettes to a rate comparable to the rest of the United States? Hell yes.

Adam Alten
Adam Alten

Why don't non-smokers go to non-smoking bars and restaurants?

Jeffrey Houska
Jeffrey Houska

Really this is a clean air issue. People are protected in the work place against other carcinogens like asbestos, benzidine, and arsenic, and irritants like mold and even dust in the air. Why should people not be protected against cigarette smoke. I understand "your bar your rules" but you can't really poison people ether. To sum it up this is public ignorance at it's highest. Just because this carcinogen is preferred by many people doesn't mean it harms people less.

John Zimmermann
John Zimmermann

I don't smoke, but it should be the owners decision. I'll go somewhere else if it bothers me.

Kevin Reed
Kevin Reed

Will never happen, much like gun control.

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

I hate reeking of cigarettes when I go out to get a drink. There's also the coughing, itchy eyes, and generally feeling like crap the next day.

Julie Wilhelm
Julie Wilhelm

Peole are going to smoke. I dont like it adn I dont do it. But I would like MO to have the the law about smoking 25 feet away from the entrance to a place though. I HATE walking through it!

Tommy Garrett
Tommy Garrett

Much like the Laws with Alcohol there is a need for laws on Smoking. Why should I go Home an smell like your Marlboro Everytime I want to go out? SMOKE OUTSIDE !

Darin Gries
Darin Gries

At this point I'd like to ban most politicians from public places, restraunts, bars and etc.

Uhvbnjonathaned
Uhvbnjonathaned

"I just thought it would be cool to do and have a conversation."  Because everyone knows that introducing legislation with no hope of passage, wasting time and resources, and using legislative power as a bully pulpit is "cool".  What are you Maria, like 15 years old?  Did you just get out of high school or something?  You're a joke.

omahagold
omahagold

No it is not it is away to control sheep like your self that sucks in way more pollutants from barbeque smoke' wood burning stoves. and also automobiles and perfumes that are made out of god knows what. Have you ever seen any one lighting up a cigarette and die on the spot. And the deaths about ambient shs are just a bunch of fuzzy science. And i have and can prove that alcohol  causes more cost to society than cigarettes ever has.

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