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Show Me Smoke Free Delivers Signatures to County Government

July 31, 2018 - 7:04 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Anti-smoking advocates are getting ready to deliver tens of thousands of signatures to St. Louis County officials this morning.

They want to get a charter amendment on the November ballot to ban indoor smoking county-wide. Ben Murray is with the group Show Me Smoke Free.

“You look at people who are a bartender or a cocktail waitress, a janitor at a casino, those are real people. They are people who live in this community,” he says.

Murray claims to have more than 50,000 signatures from residents across the county, which they'll turn in at the county offices at Northwest Plaza around 10 this morning. He says some municipalities have already banned it but it's been a slow process.

“This is yet another example of where our fragmented [government], 94 municipalities, one at a time in St. Louis County, to say nothing of the part of the county that’s unincorporated, is doing it the slow way,” he says.