KCUR News
4:10 am
Wed April 9, 2008

KC Approves Smoking Ban

KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas City voters approved a ballot measure that puts a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants at all times. Bill Nigro is President of the Kansas City Business Rights Coalition and says he's disappointed the measure passed because it will disproportionately affect some restaurants and bars.

"Particularly for the businesses on the perimeters of the city that have competition right on the edge, I think it's going to be a hard go for them," Nigro said.

Voters approved the measure 52 percent to 48 percent. The ban takes effect in 60 days, but it excludes casino gaming floors and the concourses of the Truman Sports Complex.