SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The ban on smoking in most public spaces has been a hot-button issue in Springfield since it was passed in April 2011 and went into effect two months later. But, after residents were able to get more than 2,100 signatures on a petition to repeal the ban, the city was forced to put it on the ballot in June for a special election with no other issues.
A 'yes' vote to repeal the ban would mean smoking would be allowed in private clubs, bowling alleys, and pool halls, as well as in bars or restaurants where at least 50 percent of the sales come from alcohol.
If voters vote 'no', the smoking ban would stay in place as is. The ban would still have the exemptions that city council passed in May, which include cigar bars or tobacco shops, bingo parlors, private clubs and on stage for theatrical productions.