indoor smoking http://kbia.org en Missouri youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy http://kbia.org/post/missouri-youth-take-challenges-anti-tobacco-advocacy <p></p><p>On a Thursday morning in late February, a group of 100 middle and high school students gathered in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Jefferson City for a capitol day event organized by the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advisory Board. Their goal was to speak with their legislators about making the building smoke-free. Unlike every other public building in Jefferson City, the capitol building doesn’t entirely comply with the city’s smoking ban - lawmakers are unofficially allowed to smoke in their offices.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:00:59 +0000 Katie Hiler 49883 at http://kbia.org Missouri youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy State lawmakers help keep Missouri smoking rates high http://kbia.org/post/state-lawmakers-help-keep-missouri-smoking-rates-high <p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 49805 at http://kbia.org State lawmakers help keep Missouri smoking rates high Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities http://kbia.org/post/smoke-free-ordinances-spreading-smaller-missouri-communities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At only 17 cents per cigarette pack, Missouri has the <a href="http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0097.pdf">lowest tax for tobacco</a> in the U.S. In 2012, Missouri voters <a href="http://kbia.org/post/effort-raise-cigarette-tax-fails-again">said no</a> to increasing that tax to 90 cents per pack. Missouri is also </span><a href="http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/SummaryUSPopList.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">one of 14 states that don't have</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> some sort of a statewide ban on smoking in non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars. All of this adds up to the Show-Me State's top spot as </span><a href="http://freedominthe50states.org/tobacco/missouri" style="line-height: 1.5;">the freest state in the nation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when it comes to tobacco.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But since 2007, <a href="http://www.tobaccofreemo.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Smokefree_Laws_in_Missouri_April13.pdf">about two dozen municipalities in Missouri</a> have enacted a comprehensive smoking ban in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. This Monday, rural Washington, Mo., joins that list. The City Council voted to pass the ordinance to ban smoking back in January.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:48:53 +0000 Harum Helmy 32211 at http://kbia.org Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities Mo. House Republicans propose smoking policy http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-republicans-propose-smoking-policy <p>Missouri House Republicans are considering a policy to let lawmakers continue smoking in their offices while encouraging them to be "conscientious" and "respectful."</p><p>Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. House rules require the Republican and Democratic caucuses to establish smoking policies for legislators' private offices.</p><p>House Democrats have decided to bar smoking in their own private offices.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:37:24 +0000 Associated Press 28505 at http://kbia.org Mo. House Republicans propose smoking policy