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Jan. 22, 2014ST. JOSEPH, Mo. |  By: C.Roush/Associated Press

Indoor Smoking Ban

St. Joseph residents will decide the fate of a citizen-led initiative to ban indoor smoking at nearly all public places in the city.
The city council voted Tuesday to put the issue on the April 8 ballot.
Reports say the proposal bans smoking in all indoor public places, except for the St. Jo Frontier Casino gambling floor, in 10 percent of hotel rooms and in private clubs when no employees are present.
However, the casino would have to go smoke free only if all five non-Native American casinos in the region also go smoke-free.
A citizens group called Smoke-Free St. Joseph gathered 2,190 signatures to push for the ban.
If the voters approve the ban, it would take effect June 7.