St. Charles City Council to Discuss Possible 'Smoke-Free Air Act'

The St. Charles City Council will be discussing possible exemptions when it meets for a work session at 7 p.m. Tues., April 9.

At Tuesday's work session of the St. Charles City Council, the council will discuss a possible Smoke Free Air Act.

A city memo dated Feb. 2, 2013 from Mayor Sally Faith asked council members to take a look at a review of other city and county laws and the exemptions allowed. "We anticipate that the potential exemptions will be the matters of most interest in the community," the memo states.

Among the exemptions considered will be:

  • Casino areas. (Same as St. Louis County)
  • Any location that restricts access to anyone under the age of 21. (Same as St. Louis County, St. Louis City, O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis)
  • Locations that have a separate, enclosed, ventilated smoking area
  • Private clubs (Same as St. Louis County, St. Louis City, O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis)
  • Smoking-designated rooms in hotels and motels (Same as St. Louis County, St. Louis City, O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis)
  • Cigar bars
  • Retail tobacco stores that prohibit entry by anyone under the age of 18
  • Commercial vehicles occupied solely by the operator
  • Indoor sports arenas with a separete, enclosed and ventilated smoking area
  • Private homes and motor vehicles unless used for day care/child care
  • Non-enclosed public places (patios, porches, decks) as long as smoke can't get into prohibited areas.
  • Bowling alleys
  • Places that serve alcohol but do not serve food


Rose Estep April 10, 2013 at 02:53 PM
How selfish can you be? Your rights above everyone elses health and their righr to go anywhere they please. Oh I know you're addicted and to heck with everyone else!
Carole Paul April 10, 2013 at 03:38 PM
There is no such thing as a "right to breath clean air no matter where we might go". If you don't like smoke, tell the management why you're leaving, then go where they don't allow smoking! Smoking is legal in Missouri. We are a more free state than IL and KS in that people are free to engage in legal activities, and businesses are free to make the rules in their establishments. We don't need the government to ban things. We need the government to stay out of our private lives.
Michael Brackett April 11, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Move to the country if u want that fresh air.
DGriffin April 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM
DGriffin April 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM
How selfish can you be? My wants (no smoking anywhere) is far more important than YOUR wants...Oh I know you don't like this LEGAL thing, and to heck with everyone else!


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