With Clayton Smoking Ban All But Guaranteed, Where is U. City, Creve Coeur and Overland?


Last night the Clayton board of aldermen gave initial approval to a smoking ban for businesses and restaurants that would go into effect in July 2010.

The bill needs one more reading before becoming law, though it looks to be virtual done deal at this point. Just one alderman voted against the ban yesterday and that's because he believes it is too weak. (He'd like to see smoking prohibited in public parks and green spaces, as well.)

When the ban becomes law, Clayton will become only the second of St. Louis County's 91 municipalities to enact a smoking ban.

Last night, Clayton mayor Linda Goldstein said she hoped her city would prove to be an inspiration. "If we pass this ordinance, Clayton will serve as an example to other municipalities and will give them encouragement to pass similar legislation."

Those keeping score at home might now wonder where University City, Olivette, Overland and Creve Coeur stand on the issue. Why's that? Because earlier this year the mayors of those four municipalities -- along with Clayton's Goldstein -- sent a letter to the St. Louis County Council urging it to pass a county-wide ban.

The council, meanwhile, has remained mum on the issue -- even as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has joined the chorus in asking that the county work with the city in enacting a regional smoking ban. 

So, here's a thought: Is it now time for the mayors of University City, Olivette, Creve Coeur and Overland to follow Clayton and push for a smoking ban of their own regardless of any cooperation from the county? Or, were the mayors of those cities just blowing smoke when they sent that letter to the county council?


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