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St. Charles City Backs Off Smoking Ban Proposal, Considers Mandatory Signage

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The city of St. Charles will not be banning smoking after all -- though officials are not dropping the issue altogether.

In May, St. Charles began considering a new smoking ban policy and launched a series of public hearings on the topic. The city was looking at prohibiting smoking inside businesses through a policy that might exempt certain establishments, such as casinos. Critics, who have spoken out against proposed bans throughout the metro area and in Missouri, argued that forcing businesses to have certain policies would violate their private property rights.

Now, officials have backed off from plans to institute any sort of smoking ban, but they are considering a new signage policy.

"For now, we are not going in that direction [of bans]," Carol Felzien, director of communications for the city, tells Daily RFT. "That could always change down the road."

She says that the feedback the St. Charles City Council received on the topic was pretty split.

"They didn't have a clear consensus," she says.

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Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, which may have been exempted from a smoking ban.

A potential policy that city officials began discussing this week, however, would involve mandatory signage in businesses informing patrons of their policy -- smoking or non-smoking.

"Every business would have to self identify which side of the line they are on," she says, "which takes it away from being a smoking ban."

The city had initially labeled the potential policy the Smoke-Free Air Act.

"It would be more of a...public education effort," she says of the signage proposal.

Felzien explains that the city is in the early stages of discussing this potential policy and does not yet have a formal proposal.

"It would be giving businesses a choice," she says.

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17 comments
Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

Ban it. Hard to believe there even needs to be a discussion about this.

Margaret Booker
Margaret Booker

Government smoking band work well and are good for all.

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

non smokers hate the smoke, not the people.......smoking shows you don't care about your health......period

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Should be up to the business, The upstairs at the old Millstream on Main street is non smoking, downstairs and the outside are smoking, can you guess which area was a ghost town last time I was there? If it's good for business they'll do it, thing is it's horrible for business when your business is a bar.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

no problem...I just don't eat where there are smokers around, the food is much better without the smoke

AJ Wilkes
AJ Wilkes

What an interesting study of negative externality. It doesn't change the fact a person lighting up in a confined space is essentially a "farting in the elevator." So yes it's a freedom issue, and therein lies the problem with freedom.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

I dont care about bars. People who drink usually smoke anyway.. but.. i dont want to smell smoke while im trying to eat my food. If i am at a friends house who smokes, naturally i wont tell them they cant smoke in their own home.. for as much at you say it is your right to smoke after your meal, everyone else has a right to enjoy their food, not inhale your smoke. Sorry. I dont want my 15 dollar steak to taste like a Marlboro.. \

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

Ban. Take the needed action to help control occupational hazards anywhere they arise. Smoking is not that important people.

Terry Cagle
Terry Cagle

out of the people who are against obamacare how many of you are for a smoking ban??

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

I hate smoke anywhere but especially where I eat!

Terry Cagle
Terry Cagle

business owners should be able to decide, people say they dont want to be forced to have health insurance so why whould we force business owners to ban part of their demographic...

Judith Kay Barry
Judith Kay Barry

Up to the business to decide. We have enough of government in our business!

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

up to the property owner. I am against Mandatory signage a well. Mind your own business already!

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