A St. Louis bar owner has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the city’s smoking ban just days before exemptions to that law are scheduled to end.
The city’s smoking ban went into effect in 2011, but it included five-year exemptions for about 100 bars that met certain requirements. Those exemptions expire on Jan. 1, but Herbert Krischke, owner of the Trophy Room, is suing to block the city from enforcing the ordinance or to declare it unconstitutional.
Krischke and other bar owners point to the Lumiere Place casino, which will keep its exemption, as evidence of a double-standard with the smoking ban. The bar owners also say they’ve found a loophole in the existing law that strengthens their case.