St. Charles Smoking Ban

Signatures are being collected for a proposed smoking ban in St Charles County that strikes a reasonable compromise between those who would ban the right of business owners to allow smoking in their private businesses and those who would have government bar businesses from making the decision.  It would be a charter amendment and is only two pages long.  You can read it here.  If you are interested in signing a petition to place the charter amendment on the ballot, you can click here for locations.

The primary parts of the proposal are:

  • Smoking allowed in establishments serving those 21 and over.
  • Other venues may allow smoking ONLY in ventilated and enclosed area separated from the rest of the building or facility.
  • Cigar bars and tobacco shops can allow smoking
  • All establishments allowing smoking must have a clearly placed signs at their entrance(s) stating they are a smoking establishment

You can read the proposal here.

Background

The St Charles County Council has taken up a smoking ban on two separate occasions and fortunately they came up short both times – but for different reasons. You can read some of the history about the County’s activities on smoking bans here.

A consistent movement has taken place across Missouri and the nation that seizes private property and turns it into public property without just compensation.  You may know these efforts as “Smoking Bans” or “Clean Air” or some other euphemism that disguise the fact that business owners who have everything at risk have their private property rights to make their decisions on what to offer to their constituents taken away by the tyranny of the majority.

A disturbing part of this effort is that even those who lay claim to being conservative and free market oriented individuals often support these efforts.  It’s a contradiction to say your conservative and favor free market policies and support smoking bans such as those passed by communities in Missouri.

The argument is often made that we have a right to breathe clean, healthy air.  You see that makes it sound like it is a “right” to tell these business owners to not allow smoking so we can “enjoy” their place of business.  The fact is you do have the right to breathe clean, healthy air by choosing NOT to patronize any business that allows smoking.  You’ve always had the choice and if you are not making that choice and “suffering” from smoking taking place it’s not the business owner’s fault it’s yours.

Now the foregoing makes perfect sense but people are still prone to reject common sense. It’s easier to have government take away the business owner’s rights than for us to exercise ours by going somewhere else.  It’s easier that is until government starts to take away things we like and then that’s different.  It really isn’t but that’s the way many think.

Signatures are being collected for a proposed smoking ban in St Charles County that strikes a reasonable compromise between those who would ban the right of business owners to allow smoking in their private businesses and those who would have government bar businesses from making the decision.  It would be a charter amendment and is only two pages long.  You can read it here.  If you are interested in signing a petition to place the charter amendment on the ballot, you can click here for locations.

Some contend that there aren’t any negative impacts from these smoking bans.  They don’t own businesses impacted by them as most of those businesses will tell you the impact is very real.  We will be providing information from small and family owned businesses in O’Fallon who have been negatively impacted by their smoking ban.

In the meantime, you can watch firsthand about the impact the smoking ban has had in Springfield, Missouri by watching videos of small, family owned businesses telling their side of the ban.  The Springfield News-Leader also published a story telling of the negative impact on local bars and their sales.

A number of businesses are collecting signatures to place this proposed charter amendment on the ballot.  You can find a list of the locations below. We will update the locations as we receive additional ones.

Field Box Old Town St. Peters
Field Box St. Charles
Timothys
Redfish Blue Fish
Parrots
South 94 Bistro
Night shifts Bar & Grill
All Stars
Marks Sports Bar
Elmers Old town St.Peters
Hobo’s Old Town St. Peters
Church Street Bar & Grill
Good Tymes
Silvermoon
Charlies
Bally Hoo’s
Mr Lucky’s
Teachers
Harvest & Cave Springs Lanes
Rich’s Place
Mad Dogs & Cats
Vettes
Tinder Box Cottleville
Salavatores
Hotshots St. Charles

St Charles County voters will be given the opportunity to strike a reasonable compromise on the smoking ban issue.  The Committee for Economic Liberty is convinced that St Charles County voters will agree with the compromise.

See you at the polls!

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