Forum Tonight on Branson's Proposed Smoking Ban

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/14 2014 05:00AM

Updated 08/14 2014 05:02AM

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BRANSON, Mo. -- You'll have a chance to voice your opinion on Branson's proposed smoking ban when the city holds a public forum tonight.

As we told you earlier this week, the ordinance would ban smoking in public places.

Staff from the Taney County Health Department and the city of Branson will be on hand tonight to answer questions.
The forum runs from 6 to 8 pm at the Branson Rec-Plex.

In Branson's smoke free proposal, e-cigarettes are included in the products people will not be able to use in public places.

City leaders say e-cigs are also not FDA regulated. "It should just be looked at the same as cigarettes for health effects," says Branson's Planning & Development Director Joel Hornickel.

Branson's draft currently does not include sidewalks and parking lots-- meaning smoking can still take place there.  That's something e-cigarette users say they hope doesn't change.

Right now, the draft includes banning smoking in restaurants, hotels and bars-- and would also require smokers to be a certain distance away from doors.

Read the draft, attached above.

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