Missouri is known for its lax regulations on tobacco. At just 17 cents a pack, the state has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation. It also has no statewide law that bans smoking in the workplace. The state’s smoking rate is the eleventh highest in the nation. But its larger cities and college towns do have citywide smoking bans. KBIA’s Harum Helmy reports that those smoke-free ordinances are now spreading to smaller, more rural Missouri communities.
Also, Callaway County residents now can benefit from a new dental clinic in Fulton. KBIA’s Maoling Xiong was at the ribbon cutting ceremony, and has a report.