Fulton Talks No-Smoking

7 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 02 2010 Dec 2, 2010 Thursday, December 02, 2010 6:26:26 PM CST December 02, 2010 in News
FULTON - The city of Fulton answered business owners' and residents' questions on Thursday over Fulton's new no-smoking ordinance. Fulton Clean Indoor Air Act goes into effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. The ordinance passed on November 2nd with a 1,439 to 1,233 vote.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in any enclosed space and within 15 feet of an outside entrance or window.

"Basically the ordinance says if you have ceiling and walls and employees, there will be no smoking" said City Administrator Bill Johnson.

Some businesses in Fulton are worried the smoking ban will hurt their business. Arris' Pizza and Pub Manager Joe Flaughter said he is thankful all businesses are in the same boat and the competition is fair.

"No one in town can have smoking in their facilities, and with Columbia and Jefferson City passing those ordinances it's not like people can fall back on those two places either because it's going to kind of be everywhere," said Flaughter.

Ordinance supporter Fresh Air Fulton said it understands the transition will not be easy. Organizing member Amanda Stevens said she thinks it will be well worth the work in the end.

"There's definitely going to be some bumps in the road, but this is a trend that had been happening across the nation. Several other counties and Missouri cities have also gone smoke free so this is not something we are doing on our own," said Stevens.

City officials said the enforcement should be easy, and all complaints should be filed with the Fulton Police Department.

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