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One Year Anniversary of Smoke Free Ordinance


Earlier today, supporters of the ordinance that bans smoking in most Springfield restaurants celebrated the one year anniversary of the passage of the ordinance. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

SUPPORTERS OF THE ORDINANCE MET TO CELEBRATE AT A SPRINGFIELD RESTAURANT THAT IS NOW SMOKE-FREE.

DR. DALEN (Day-lin) DUITSMAN IS THE DORECTOR OF THE OZARKS PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BREATHE EASY SPRINGFIELD COALITION.

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GREAT STRIDES PERHAPS BUT DUITSMAN SAYS THERE'S MORE TO BE DONE.

HE ESTIMATES THAT 82 PERCENT OF SPRINGFIELD RESTAURANTS ARE SMOKE-FREE.

RESTAURANTS CAN REQUEST TO BE EXEMPT FROM THE ORDINANCE BASED ON SEATING CAPACITY AND ALCOHOL SALES.

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AND SOME OPPONENTS OF THE ORDINANCE SAY THE EXEMPTIONS DON'T MAKE SENSE.

SOME RESTAURANT OWNERS SAY A SMOKING BAN SHOULD APPLY EITHER TO ALL RESTAURANTS OR TO NO RESTAURANTS.

OTHER OPPONENTS LIKE SPRINGFIELD RESIDENT AND SMOKER CHRIS DAVIS SAY GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE MAKING THESE KINDS OF DECISIONS FOR PRIVATE BUSINESSES.

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BUT MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY COMPARE THE SMOKING BAN TO FOOD SAFETY INSPECTIONS AT RESTAURANTS...THEY SAY IT'S NECESSARY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

BUT DAVIS SAYS...

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SUPPORTERS OF THE ORDINANCE SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE AWAY ANYONE'S RIGHTS.

DR. DALEN DUITSMAN SAYS IT'S A MATTER OF PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO EAT OUT AT RESTAURANTS.

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IT'S UNLIKELY THE DEBATE WILL END ANYTIME SOON...THERE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT PUTTING THE ISSUE TO A PUBLIC VOTE.

BUT FOR NOW, DUITSMAN SAYS HE'S HAPPY TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST YEAR OF AN ORDANIANCE THAT HE SAYS HAS CREATED CLEANER INDOOR AIR.