On Monday night, the Kearny, Missouri Board of Alderman passed a smoking ban that prohibits smoking in all places that are publicly accessible. The measure was initially tied 2-2 united the Mayor of Kearny Bill Dane.
The new measure prohibits smoking in all places that are available to the public and these places include the local VFW, private businesses such as tobacco shops, bars, restaurants and city-owned property.
According to the language of the ordinance, “The purpose of this ordinance is to promote public health by decreasing (citizens’) exposure to secondhand smoke and creating smoke free environments for workers and citizens.” The measure goes on to say, “numerous studies have found that tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution.”
Prior to being passed by the Board of Alderman the measure passed a public vote.
Individuals who violate the new ordinance will be fined $50 while business will be subjected to a $500 fine.