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Morning Round-up
8:05 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, January 27, 2012

Tobacco Free St. Louis wants no businesses to be exempt from St. Louis County smoking ban
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Anti-smoking advocates want more smoking bans

Groups against smoking are urging the St. Louis County Council to make changes to the smoking ban that went into effect last year.

Currently, businesses whose food sales result in 25 percent of gross sales including food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are eligible for an exemption from the smoking ban. There are 145 businesses that currently allow smoking in the county.

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Smoking bans
6:27 am
Mon January 2, 2012

One year later: City and County smoking bans

Some business owners in St. Louis City and County say that exemptions to the smoking ban have hurt their bottom line more than the ban itself.
SLPRnews

In the year since St. Louis City and County banned smoking in most bars and restaurants, some business owners say that exemptions to the ban have hurt their bottom line more than the ban itself.

Marty Ginsburg, owners of the Sports Page Bar in Chesterfield, says bars where smoking is permitted have an unfair advantage.

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A Good Year St. Louis
6:35 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Tobacco expert: 2011 good year "overall" for non-smokers

Sarah Shelton with the Center for Tobacco Policy Research at Washington University in St. Louis, says "overall" it's been a good year for non-smokers in the St. Louis area.
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Smoking bans were implemented in several areas in St. Louis in 2011, including in the city and county.

Sarah Shelton, a data analyst with the Center for Tobacco Policy Research at Washington University in St. Louis, told St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach as part of our series “A Good Year” that, overall, it’s been a good year for non-smokers.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Smoking opponents are back to the drawing board in St. Charles County

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Health - secondhand smoke
5:32 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

In Missouri, rural male workers at highest risk from secondhand smoke

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A higher percentage of Missouri's workers are exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke than in any other state.

A 2007 telephone survey funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health looked at the tobacco use, health, and demographics of close to 24,000 indoor Missouri workers.  About 12 percent were exposed to secondhand smoke, compared to about 7 percent of workers nationwide.

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St. Louis County / Smoking Ban
2:10 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Study released on sentiment toward smoke-free law in St. Louis County

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St. Louis County's "Indoor Clean Air Code" - also referred to as a smoking ban -has been in effect since Jan. 1. But in contains exemptions for some bars, banquet halls, and casinos.

The American Cancer Society opposed the measure because of those exemptions. And shortly after it took effect, Charlie Dooley called the 110 exemptions that had been handed out "unacceptable." But there's been no movement yet on tightening the language in the ban, approved by voters last November.

The ACS is hoping that a poll it commissioned and released today moves the needle a bit on that effort.

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University of Missouri-St. Louis / Smoking Ban
2:26 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Campus-wide smoking ban begins tomorrow at UMSL

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Starting Friday, there will be no smoking on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.

In November 2010, the University General Assembly approved the policy which bans smoking on all campus property, both indoors and outdoors.

Bob Samples is vice chancellor of marketing and communications at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He said the new policy is part of a national movement.

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Morning Round-up
9:36 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

St. Charles County Executive Vetoes Smoking Ban Proposal

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has blocked a countywide smoking ban proposal from going on the November 2012 ballot. Ehlmann said Tuesday that he vetoed the bill because it would have unfairly exempted casinos, cigar bars and certain hotel rooms.

The council in the St. Louis-area county voted 4-2 in favor of putting the ban on the ballot, with one opponent absent. It would take five votes to override the veto.

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St. Charles County / Smoking Ban
3:40 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Smoking ban proposal vetoed by St. Charles County executive

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A bill to put the decision about a county-wide smoking ban on the 2012 ballot in St. Charles County was vetoed today by County Executive Steve Ehlmann, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Morning round-up
9:16 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (L) greets U.S. President Barack Obama during a memorial service for the dead and missing in Joplin, Mo. on May 29.
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Joplin Clean-up Continues

Cleanup efforts in Joplin will move ahead today when Gov. Jay Nixon says crews will begin hauling away debris left by a massive tornado that leveled a third of the city and killed 139 people.

Government officials say the rubble will be taken to three landfills - two in Kansas and one in Lamar, Mo. Environmental officials have said the debris must be handled carefully because it could contain asbestos used in the construction of older buildings and other hazardous waste.

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