A vote by the Alton City Council on Wednesday could soon have cigar smokers lighting up in their local retailer.
The council approved what amounts to an exemption to the state’s indoor smoking ban, creating a new business designation that would allow retail tobacco stores to let smokers to light up. While the city has not yet posted the ordinance on its website, TheTelegraph.com reports that such stores would be allowed to apply for a new Class C license, which comes with the stipulation that alcoholic beverage could not be sold or consumed within the premises.
Alton is located approximately 15 miles north of St. Louis, Mo. and is home to approximately 27,000 residents.