Get your butts to the debate.
Attention all flip-floppers, wafflers and vacillators who still can't make up their minds about whether St. Louis needs a smoking ban (probably the same folks who were "undecided" days before the election), there is a "Smoking Showdown" scheduled on March 17.
Former Federal Reserve economist Michael Pakko
(neutral), will discuss the potential financial impact of a smoking law.
And of course, everyone's favorite kooky "smoker's rights" advocate, Bill Hannegan
, will be in attendance. He's calling the debate, "A chance to hear the issue more fully ventilated
, so to speak."
Show starts at 7 p.m., dinner ($15, RSVP required) is served at 6:30. More info here
Organizers haven't made it clear whether the debate centers on a ban in
St. Louis city or St. Louis County, but the mayors of Clayton, Creve
Coeur, Olivette, Overland and University City in St. Louis County have
thrown their support behind a county-wide ban. In St. Louis city, Mayor
Francis Slay has come out against
a city-wide ban on smoking. Illinois passed a statewide indoor smoking ban on January 1, 2008, though that law's been broken
plenty of times.