Smoking ban measure passed by St. Louis County Council

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 9:30 a.m. CDT

CLAYTON — The St. Louis County Council has passed a measure that would ban smoking in most indoor public places, but the measure must still be approved by voters.

KSDK-TV reports that the smoking ban passed Tuesday by a 4-3 vote. County Executive Charlie Dooley has not said if he will veto the bill. If he signs it, the measure would go to voters on Nov. 3.

The bill exempts any business doing 75 percent of its sales in alcohol. Gaming floors of casinos are also exempt.

The bill has opponents on both sides of the debate. Some bar and restaurant owners say the exemptions are unfair. Meanwhile, groups like the American Cancer Society say the exemptions make the bill too weak.

If passed by voters, the bill would take effect in 2011.

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