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City Leaders Stomp Out Smokers



City Leaders Stomp Out Smokers
By: Arnold Wyrick

In a 3 to 2 vote Marions' City Council sent a strong message to the public and their employees at City Hall. No more smoking will be allowed anywhere inside the building, effective immediately.

"I think it's great. It's so nice to go home now and not have my wife or daughter say you smell like smoke, " says Steve Hale Marion's City Treasurer.

But not all the employees in City Hall are welcoming the change. "The inconvenience, the cold. Nobody wants to be outside in zero weather or snowing, or raining just to grab a smoke," says Liz Strobel Marion's City Clerk. "But that's what were forced to do. If they would (City Council), even fix a place outside that would be sheltered that would be nice," Strobel said.

But the council has no plans to set aside anywhere inside the building, no matter what the weather is like outside.

And the new no smoking ban isn't just for visitors, even Marion's Mayor Bob Butler who's trying to stop smoking will be forced to take his smokes outside. "I think a lot of people in the public don't appreciate coming into a building that has the odor of smoke. So I don't have a problem with that," says Mayor Butler. " I think we could've set up a separate spare area, or room, for the city employees who do smoke," Mayor Butler said.

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