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Springfield City Council to Discuss Proposed Amendments to Indoor Smoking Ban

Springfield City Council is holding a lunch meeting at noon tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss proposed changes to the city’s voter approved indoor smoking ban. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with the city health department and has this report.

Proposed changes to the ordinance from city council members range from allowing actors to smoke onstage during theater productions to letting patrons light up at cigar bars, all the way to a repeal of the entire ordinance. Kevin Gipson is the director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. He’ll be at the council luncheon to answer questions.

“The discussion could lead to a proposed ordinance that goes before the council in a formal meeting, or it just may be that since it has to have a unanimous vote to amend it, they might be able to figure out that that’s not going to happen and not even take it forward,” Gipson said.

Gipson says city council will use the meeting to determine what kind of public support exists for amending the smoking ordinance. The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the 4thfloor conference room of the Busch Municipal Building, at 840 Boonville Avenue in Springfield. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.