That was the general consensus from both viewpoints of the bill – that the city drafted a fair ordinance. Betsy Seay owns the Branson Cigar Company. She realized a smoking ordinance wasn’t a matter of if it would pass but when, and voiced her concerns with city officials:
Jim Brawner is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist with Cox Branson. When asked if a smoke free ordinance would deter visitors from choosing Branson as a vacation destination he had this to say:
All in all the city’s ordinance progressed through three drafts that limits smoking regulation in outdoor areas such as patios, campgrounds and RV parks, and business entrances. There is also smoking allowed in 20-percent of the hotel rooms inside city limits. Additionally, the fine for violating the ordinance was reduced from 500 dollars to 25 dollars. Alderwoman Cris Bohinc was absent from Tuesday night’s meeting.
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