rural Missouri smoking http://kbia.org en Will Marshall be the next Mo. city to go smoke free? http://kbia.org/post/will-marshall-be-next-mo-city-go-smoke-free <p>Citizens of Marshall, Mo., are discussing a possible ordinance restricting smoking in businesses and public areas.</p><p>At a Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting, Breathe Easy Marshall, an organization of citizens, business owners and healthcare professionals, presented facts about secondhand smoke and findings from Missouri communities with smoke-free ordinances already in effect.&nbsp; The panel discussed the potential effects of a smoke-free policy on general health and local businesses.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:38:45 +0000 Colin Hope 42258 at http://kbia.org Will Marshall be the next Mo. city to go smoke free? A month into smoking ban, Sedalia workers say they feel the impact http://kbia.org/post/month-smoking-ban-sedalia-workers-say-they-feel-impact <p>Business owners in Sedalia say the city&rsquo;s smoking ban is having an impact on their businesses. The ban, that went into effect one month ago, bans smoking inside restaurants and bars within city limits &ndash; private clubs are exempted from the ban.</p><p>At last week&rsquo;s city council meeting, Sedalia council members heard from local business owners expressing concerns. Michael Gross is general manager at The Endzone Bar and Grill. He said employees are feeling the impact of the ban, which has led to changes in revenue.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:23:30 +0000 Abigail Keel 41382 at http://kbia.org A month into smoking ban, Sedalia workers say they feel the impact 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