Kirkwood efforts renewed to ban smoking in public places
KIRKWOOD, Missouri: For the second time since 2006, Kirkwood residents are being asked to decide whether smoking should be banned in public places. Last month, Healthy Air for Kirkwood initiated a petition to ban smoking in public places; in an effort to place a ballot measure on the November 2009 ballot. In order to move the measure on to the ballot, supporters are required to collect approximately 1,100 signatures. "I've worked in healthcare for more than 25 years. And I see what second-hand smoke, and those who smoke, what it does to their health," said Jean Loemker of Healthy Air. But some residents are calling the petition by Healthy Air an abuse of the petition system and that the issue should be dealt with at the county or state level. In November 2006, 54.63 percent of voters rejected a smoking ban. The ban was initiated by Citizens for a Smoke-Free Kirkwood and several residents involved in the current Healthy Air for Kirkwood petition.