SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The city's great smoke-out reignited on Monday night after the city council by one vote rejected an initiative petition to repeal the citywide ban, and sent it back to the voters. The issue will now appear on the ballot on June 5. Businesses sit on opposite ends of the issue.
At the Knightyme Bar and Billiards, the lunch crowd has faded away.
"If you've got two people in the group of 10 that smoke, and they say they're not coming in, guess what happens to the other eight? They're not here either," said Jim Knight, owner of Knightyme Bar and Billiards.
Knight says, compared to a couple years ago, his business has dropped 40 percent, despite his new outdoor addition for smokers.
"It doesn't seem like anything, at this point, is sufficient enough to get the people back into the bar," said Knight.
Knight believes city council's rejection of the initiative that would have repealed the smoking ban in public indoor spaces may be to his benefit.