Farmington, MO residents vote 'yes' on smoking ban bill

Farmington, MO residents vote 'yes' on smoking ban bill

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) - Farmington residents voted "yes" on the smoking ban bill at the polls on Tuesday.

With all precincts reporting, 500, or 59 percent, voted "yes" and 349, or 41 percent, voted "no."

"I don't agree with it, I believe it should left up to the local business owners whether they should allow smoking in their business or not," Shirley Ventimiglia said.

Ventimiglia works at a bar in Farmington. She said she believes the push to only have this one issue on the ballot is simple.

"I think it's a personal attack against small businesses," she said. "Your restaurants, your doctors offices, most of them are already non-smoking you already cannot smoke in those facilities."

The Farmington city council decided on a 5-3 vote in July to put the issue on the ballot.

The bill will put a ban on smoking inside most private businesses and within 15 feet of the entrance.

Only cigar bars; hotel rooms and private clubs; nursing homes and residences will be exempt.

"It's disrespectful for us who choose not to smoke," said Kimberly Miller.

Miller said there should be no reason why families shouldn't be able to go out and enjoy dinner, without having the deal with smoke.

"There's some people who don't go out because they are around smoke and they don't want to be," Miller said.

Ventimiglia disagreed and said it should be all a personal choice.

"If they can sit at a bar and enjoy alcoholic beverages, they should be able to have a cigarette with it, it's the way I feel," Ventimiglia said.

The smoking ban will be enforced beginning in January 2016.

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