Voters in West Plains, Mo. Approve Smoking Ban

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Voters in West Plains, Mo. have approved a smoking ban that will bring an end to lighting up in nearly all public  places, though cigar shops have been spared.

During an election held April 5, 71% of voters supported a smoking ban that will apply to nearly all workplaces and public places in the city. Retail tobacco shops that derive at least 80% of their revenue from the sales of tobacco products have been granted an exemption under the new law.

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Several other exemptions have been included, including liquor establishments where less than 10 percent of the total income is derived from food sales, taxis and limousines for hire provided all passengers and the driver agree to smoking, and up to 20 percent of a hotel’s rooms, according to a report from KSMU.org.

West Plains is located in the southwestern corner of Missouri, approximately 200 miles from St. Louis. It had a 2013 population estimate of 12,268 residents.

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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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