Tuesday, January 15, 2013
St. Louis County will revisit the topic of making area casinos smoke-free, but how many Hazelwood businesses are allowed to house smoking?
News has spread that St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to apply the St. Louis County smoking ban to county casinos. (Get instant news updates. Like Hazelwood Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.) Should this be considered, it would mean the county council would vote to remove all exemptions from the county's smoking ban, and that includes River City Casino and Hollywood Casino St. Louis. O'Mara, a North County resident, cited the health issues related to smoke as the basis for he decision in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article. “My goal is to get this ordinance cleaned up so that everyone in the county is on a level playing field,” he said. “I’ve heard from too many owners of bars and …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Group will ask the St. Louis County Council to eliminate smoking ban exemptions.
Tobacco-Free St. Louis will push the St. Louis County Council to expand the current smoking ban in the county to eliminate exemptions to the 2011 Clean Air Act. Businesses eligible for smoking bans include casinos, Lambert International Airport and bars where food makes up a small percentage of sales. The airport later went smoke-free despite its exempt status. The group made the announcement during a press conference Thursday morning at Three Kings Public House in University City. The group said there are currently 145 exemptions to the ban with the majority of those (56) coming in the North County area. There are 20 exemptions in mid-County, 41 in South County and 29 in the West County area. "The most vulnerable are the ones who are most…
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
St. Louis County states it is surprised by number of exemption applications.
- Joe Scott
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Several St. Louis County residents told the St. Louis County Council at Tuesday night's meeting, that they want smoking ban exemptions tightened up or eliminated. Just weeks after the smoking ban went into effect, County Executive Charlie Dooley had announced that 110 businesses had received smoking ban exemptions, more than the county had anticipated. Businesses eligible for smoking bans include casinos, Lambert International Airport and bars where food makes up a no more than 25 percent of gross sales. The airport went smoke-free on Jan. 2 despite its exempt status. “The basis for the smoking ban was clear,” said Kendra Israel, of Richmond Heights told the council during its Tuesday meeting. “It was about protecting the health of the …