Kansas City Smoking Ban

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Thursday, November 30 2006 Nov 30, 2006 Thursday, November 30, 2006 1:24:36 PM CST November 30, 2006 in News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The hot-button issue of whether people can and cannot smoke in Kansas City is expected to be voted on by the city council today. The vote is coming sooner than expected.  Kansas City was expected to wait until other metro-area communities passed bans. Angry bar and restaurant owners say the Kansas City plan is unfair, because businesses are covered by the ban, while gaming floors at casinos are exempt. Council member Charles Eddy was booed when he said the measure would not pass if casino floors were included in the ban. A city health department survey last month found that 51 percent of those surveyed, said smoking restrictions would not change how often they ate out; 51 percent said limits would not change their visits to bars; 26 percent said they would go to bars more often and 15 percent said they would visit bars less frequently. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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