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Health
3:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joseph smoking ban to start in 10 days

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A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. Joseph while a civil lawsuit opposing the ban is considered in court.

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Politics
8:49 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Sedalia smoking ban here to stay

The city of Sedalia is beginning to see the benefits of a smoking ordinance that went into effect last September that banned all public smoking. 

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Science, Health and Technology
8:38 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Will Marshall be the next Mo. city to go smoke free?

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Citizens of Marshall, Mo., are discussing a possible ordinance restricting smoking in businesses and public areas.

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.  The panel discussed the potential effects of a smoke-free policy on general health and local businesses.

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Politics
7:58 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Sedalia council upholds new smoking ban

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A new law banning smoking in public places in Sedalia has survived an attempt to revise it or repeal it altogether.

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Business
8:23 am
Tue October 1, 2013

A month into smoking ban, Sedalia workers say they feel the impact

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Business owners in Sedalia say the city’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 – private clubs are exempted from the ban.

At last week’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.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:24 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mizzou finishes first smoke-free week

The University of Missouri in Columbia has wrapped up its first week as a smoke-free campus.

The ban on smoking, which took full effect on July 1, had been in the works since 2009 when Chancellor Brady Deaton announced a plan to become a smoke-free campus within five years.

As part of the transition, the school began allowing smoking only in designated areas in 2011. The Smoke-Free Mizzou website says the move was meant to give smokers time to quit or "make necessary adjustment to their smoking patterns."

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Science, Health and Technology
8:59 am
Thu June 6, 2013

MU campus smoking ban on track for July 1st

The University of Missouri’s policy to make its campus completely smoke free is on track to start on July 1st.

The policy came about from a student-run movement that called for the change and several organizations around campus support the ban.

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Under the Microscope
2:01 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Missouri's smoking bans spread to smaller towns

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On this week's show, we'll take a closer look at smoking bans in Missouri.
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Health & Wealth
4:48 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities

The smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Washington, Mo., officially came into effect on Monday, April 15. Members of Breathe Easy Washington, the group that pushed for the ordinance, celebrated that day at a local restaurant.
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Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update.

At only 17 cents per cigarette pack, Missouri has the lowest tax for tobacco in the U.S. In 2012, Missouri voters said no to increasing that tax to 90 cents per pack. Missouri is also one of 14 states that don't have 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 the freest state in the nation when it comes to tobacco. 

But since 2007, about two dozen municipalities in Missouri 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. 

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