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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Smoke-free proposal passes in Hannibal

  • When the smoke cleared following Tuesday’s municipal election, voters in Hannibal let it be known they don’t want to encounter smoky conditions in public spaces. Voters approved Proposition 1 by an overall margin of 1,653-1,309.


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  • When the smoke cleared following Tuesday’s municipal election, voters in Hannibal let it be known they don’t want to encounter smoky conditions in public spaces. Voters approved Proposition 1 by an overall margin of 1,653-1,309.
    “I feel good about that,” said Dr. Richard Draper, who as a member of the city council sought to have the proposal placed before voters. “I feel the citizens of Hannibal have made their choice and I’m proud of them. I’m proud.”
    While Prop 1 was voted down in Ralls County by a 13-11 margin, it gained overwhelming support in the Marion County portion of Hannibal where it received almost 56 percent of the vote.
    Draper was surprised by the margin of victory.
    “I thought it would be a lot closer than that,” he said.
    Draper believes the proposal was important to people who have become more health conscious.
    “I think the facts spoke for themselves. I think that this is something that’s really hard to deny,” he said. “I think it shows responsibility for one’s self by doing what we must all do to have a better quality of life.”
    Passage of the ordinance will bring with it major chances. Among the establishments that will be included under the ordinance are: Bars; bingo facilities; licensed child-care and adult day-care facilities; convention facilities; educational facilities, both public and private; health-care facilities; hotels and motels except in designated private rooms allowed for smoking and rented to guests; restaurants; taxicabs; restaurants; retail stores; sports arenas, including enclosed places in outdoor arenas; and theaters. Areas included are: Elevators; lobbies, hallways and other common areas in apartment buildings, condominiums, trailer parks, retirement facilities and nursing homes; rooms, chambers and places of meeting or public assembly; restrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways and other common-use areas.
    The smoking restrictions would not apply to private residences, unless where used as a licensed childcare, adult day care or health care facility; hotel and motel rooms designated as smoking rooms; private clubs that have no employees present, except when being used for a function to which the general public is invited; outdoor areas at places of employment, provided they were further than 3 feet away from outside entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems; and retail tobacco stores.
    The fine for an individual violating the ordinance, if approved by voters, will not exceed $50.
    A person who owns, manages, operates or controls a public place or place of employment who fails to comply will be subject to a fine of $100 for a first violation. For second and third violations within a calendar year the fine would increase to $200 and $500, respectively.

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