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St. Joseph, Mo. Voters Approve Smoking Ban

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The citizens of St. Joseph, Mo. have approved a smoking ban, with a final total of 7,849 (52.75%) in favor and 7,031 (47.25%) opposed, according to multiple reports. Turnout for Tuesday night’s election was cited as being 32.2%.

Bars and restaurants within city limits now have 60 days to become compliant with the law, with the ban going into effect on June 7. There are some exemptions in the new law: the gambling floor of the St. Jo Frontier Casino, in 10 percent of hotel rooms and in private clubs, but only when employees are not present. To become compliant, businesses must post “No Smoking” signs inside and at entrances while removing all ashtrays. Fines for violation of the ordinance start at $100 for the first instance and progress to $200 for the second violation and up to $500 per subsequent violation within in a one-year term.

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The proposal went to the voters after the city council was unable to come to an agreement earlier this year.

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Patrick Lagreid
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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