JOPLIN — The Joplin City Council has snuffed out a proposal to place a workplace smoking ban on an election ballot.
Representatives from Smoke-Free Joplin said they might launch an initiative petition drive in response to the council's action. The group wants to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and private clubs.
The council agreed to put the issue up for a vote, with exemptions for outdoor patio smoking and private clubs.
The Joplin Globe reported Tuesday that Smoke-Free Joplin representatives objected to having the exemptions on the ballot issue, so the council chose not to put it up for a vote.