Health groups submit signatures for St. Louis County smoking ban referendum

Proponents of a stricter smoking ban for St. Louis County submitted about 51,000 signatures Tuesday in an effort to put the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The measure would end exemptions for casino gaming floors and dozens of bars. The exemptions were part of the county’s current smoke-free law, which took effect in 2011.

A coalition of health organizations, led by the American Heart Association, submitted the signatures.

An Election Board official said the drive needed more than 26,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot. Initiative petition drives often submit an excess of signatures in case some are disqualified during the verification process.

A rival petition drive, which would offer voters the option of a weaker smoking ban, is being funded by the owner of Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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