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St. Louis County voters not likely to see smoking ban on ballot

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis – A referendum on a smoking ban likely will NOT be put to St. Louis County voters this year.

The group Smoke-free Air For Everyone---or SAFE---had planned to attend Tuesday's county council meeting to ask members to put the issue on the August primary ballot.

But Councilman Skip Mange said Friday the same members who voted down a proposed smoking ban last year oppose putting the issue to voters.

Fenton Alderman Mike Doran had pushed hard for a referendum.

"I'm More surprised than disappointed because this was something that would go before the people and gives the people a chance to make a decision and not the council because in August they decided to not do anything with this."

Doran, a member of SAFE, says science has proven second-hand smoke is dangerous.

He says a voter initiative will have to wait for another year. Doran says his group does not have enough time to raise money for a petition drive this year.

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