The ordinance was approved at the June 3rd City Council meeting, and scheduled to take effect 30 days after passage. As the meeting was held in the evening hours, that means the ban will start being enforced Thursday, July 4th.
Lighted tobacco products are no longer allowed in all enclosed places of employment. Bars are included in the ban. Smoking is also forbidden within ten feet of a public building’s main entrance.
Hotels in Excelsior Springs are still allowed to permanently designate up to 25 percent of their rooms as smoking. Smoking is also not restricted in business establishments considered to be a tobacco retailer. More than 80 percent of their gross receipts must come from tobacco or smoking products and paraphernalia.
The Chief of Police is tasked with enforcing the ordinance, and may call upon other city departments when necessary. Businesses will be fined up to $100 for their first violation, with the amount increasing after that. Residents found smoking in a prohibited area face up to a $50 fine each time.
The full ordinance can be read at www.cityofesmo.com.