The Verdict on Kansas City's Smoking Ban: Put Out Your Butts, People

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Kansas City is free to enforce its indoor smoking ban, per an order issued yesterday by the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District.

According to a story today in the Kansas City Star, "Enforcement of the Kansas City smoking ordinance plays an important part in protecting the health of our citizens and improving the quality of life in our city," said Assistant City Attorney Lowell Gard.

KC back in April 2008 adopted a smoking ban for bars and restaurants. JC's Sports Bar challenged the ban, which was upheld by a municipal judge and again by the Court of Appeals.

The Kansas City Business Rights Coalition told the Star that it will appeal yesterday's decision to the Missouri Supreme Court.

St. Louis, meanwhile, continues to debate.  

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