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Malden voters to decide on city wide smoking ban

MALDEN, MO (KFVS) - When Malden voters head to the polls on Tuesday, they will have a chance to restrict smoking in public areas within city limits.

Ordinance No. 3095 outlines where smoking would be prohibited if voters say 'yes' to the ban.

"Shall the city of Malden Missouri prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, places of employment, private clubs, with five feet of outdoor playgrounds, within five feet of outside entrances, or operable windows, or ventilation systems, of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited."

The ordinance goes on to say private residences, no more than 25 percent of hotel guest rooms, outdoor areas of employment, places where more than 50 percent of business is tobacco, and bars whose license is held by a charitable religious, or veteran's organization.

Robert Ross runs Bear Lodge 238 in Malden. While his bar falls under one of the exceptions, he says it is still a tough issue.

“I do have patrons who if they can't smoke, they won't be in here,“ Ross said.

On the flip side, some do not think a ban would impact business.

Owners at La Estancia Mexican Restaurant say their non-smoking policy has not deterred business so far.

“Whenever they come here and ask do you have a smoking section and we say no, they still come in and eat. If they want to smoke they just go outside.”

If passed, Malden would be the second southeast Missouri city to have a smoking ban.

Kennett implemented smoking restrictions this April.

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