The Branson Board of Aldermen have begun the process of drafting a smoking ban ordinance in the southwestern Missouri city of just under 11,000 residents.

At their study session on Thursday, the board heard from members of the Taney County Health Department and representatives from the Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance and tobacco cessation specialist Jim Brawner, according to a Branson Tri-Lakes News report.

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Specifics of what the ordinance will entail remain vague at this point, as the board has said they wish to avoid making the same mistakes as other cities who have tried to enact such a measure, as well as wanting to ensure that they are sensitive to smokers.

Branson is home to just under 11,000 residents.

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