The City of Marshall has the potential to become Missouri’s 26th community to enact a smoking ban. While an ordinance has not been drafted, the organization Breathe Easy Marshall held a meeting last week to promote a smoke-free community. Members are recommending a vote from the Marshall City Council.
Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Mayor Mark Gooden:
“It’s more for a health thing than for a, we’re not trying to rule and run everybody,” said Gooden, “We’re interested in people’s health. And that’s why Fitzgibbon [Hospital] has gotten involved. Because of the health issue.”
Council will review the ordinance, but Gooden does not expect results for another year.
“We want what’s best for the city. And for all, the whole whole city. Everybody. All the employees, all the employers, we want what’s best for that. So we’re going to review it.”
Other Missouri cities to pass smoking bans include Ballwin, Brentwood, Chillicothe, Clayton, Columbia, Creve Coeur, Fulton, Hannibal, Independence, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Kirksville, Kirkwood, Lake St. Louis, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Maryville, North Kansas City, O’Fallon, Rolla, Springfield, Warrensburg, Washington, Excelsior Springs, and Sedalia.
More information from Breathe Easy Marshall is available in this pamphlet.