Smoking Ban Opponents Launch Advertising Campaign -- On Christian Radio?


Keep St. Louis Free, a group opposed to local smoking-ban efforts, launched this week an advertising campaign to try to block such a ban from going up for public vote in St. Louis County.

Bill Hannegan -- spokesman and founder of Keep St. Louis Free -- mentioned the advertisement in a comment to a blog post I wrote last Friday.

Hannegan mentioned that the ad may eventually run on KMOX (1120 AM). For now, though, the ad (available for your listening pleasure here) is running on KSIV -- a Christian network that broadcasts on 1320 AM and 91.5 FM.

The 60-second spot features a Pastor Hendrick (of which church/denomination we know not) questioning a possible provision to the county smoking ban that would exempt casinos from the ordinance.

On it's face this seems like a pretty shrewd strategy, using something the Religious Right already hates (ie. casinos) to stir up an even larger hatred (ie. government interference).

But are church-going Christians (presumably the ones who listen to Christian radio) really going to get behind an effort to allow smokers to continue puffing away at the local Applebees? And for that matter, how many people listen to KSIV in the first place? My guess is that it ain't a lot and won't have much impact on the bill -- provided it goes up for a public vote.

In related news, the St. Louis County Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. for a second reading of the smoking ban bill.


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