Creve Coeur considering outdoor smoking ban near restaurants

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CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) - The City of Creve Coeur is considering a ban against smoking at outdoor dining areas. A vote could come Monday night as city officials look at what it means for local businesses. That proposal, if passed, would expand and stop smoking on restaurant patios in the city.

The ban could affect all businesses with outdoor seating. The proposed amendment would ban smoking within 15-feet of the exterior door of restaurants.

Creve Coeur City Council Member Dr. Robert Hoffmann is sponsoring the bill. Hoffmann says that he is worried about the impact on asthmatics and second hand smoke in the region. Electronic cigarettes are also in the mix.

The city council will take a final vote on the bill Monday at the Creve Coeur government center on New Ballas road. We're also told that the only other Missouri city looking at these smoking bans is O`Fallon. If passed the ban will start immediately. But private clubs are excluded.

The meeting is set for 7pm.

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