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Cape Girardeau City Smoking Ban Question (April 2010)

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A Cape Girardeau City Smoking Ban Question was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the city of Cape Girardeau, which is in Cape Girardeau County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 3,673 (47.89%)
  • NO 3,997 (52.11%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure asked residents if they wanted to ban smoking inside public indoors area such as bars, restaurants, privater clubs and casinos. This measure was brought forth by a petition effort by local residents and the city council voted to put it on the April ballot rather than accept it out right.[2] The council at first voted down the measure, leaving others to wonder what would of happened if it was voted down then it would of had to be approved.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, adopt an Ordinance proposed by the initiative process of the City Charter entitled the "Cape

Girardeau Smoke-Free Air Act" to prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces and public places, as defined therein, including aquariums, galleries, libraries and museums; areas available to the public in businesses and non-profit entities, such as banks, laundromats, professional offices and retail service establishments; bars; bingo facilities; licensed child care and adult care facilities; convention facilities; public and private educational facilities; elevators; gaming facilities; health care facilities; at least eighty percent (80%) of hotel and motel rooms; polling places, public transportation vehicles, and ticket, boarding and waiting areas of public transportation facilities; restaurants; restrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways and other commonuse areas; retail stores; rooms and places of meeting, including school buildings, under the control of the City of Cape Girardeau or a political subdivision of the State; service lines; sports arenas; theaters; enclosed facilities within places of employment, including auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms, private offices, cafeterias, employee lounges, and stairs; all private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes; within a reasonable distance of outside entrances, windows and ventilation systems; and including enforcement and penalty provisions; as set forth in the proposed Ordinance?[4]

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