Clayton becomes smoke-free

Thursday, July 1, 2010 | 10:57 a.m. CDT; updated 11:03 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 1, 2010

CLAYTON — Smoke 'em if you got 'em? Not in Clayton.

The St. Louis County seat is smoke-free in most businesses and restaurants as of Thursday, though there are a few exemptions. People can still smoke on outdoor patios.

Not everyone likes the ban. Smoker Nathan Collins told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he may go to the Central West End for lunch — at least until the St. Louis city ban takes effect Jan. 2. St. Louis County's ban also takes effect Jan. 2.

Mayor Linda Goldstein says Clayton's most important priority is protecting the health of its residents and visitors. She believes that in the long run it will attract more customers to Clayton restaurants and businesses.

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