Kansas City, Kansas Bars Pay for Customers to Smoke

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A smoking ban in Kansas City, Kansas,
begins, but there will still be bars where customers can light up.

While many cities have restricted nearly all indoor smoking, the Kansas City ordinance exempts businesses that pay an annual $250 fee.

At Jerry's Neighborhood Sports Bar, the money was raised by setting out a coffee can labeled ``smoking fund.''

Twenty-five businesses already have the exemption.

An American Cancer Society official says it's an extremely weak ordinance that doesn't move the community forward in protecting the
public health.

The city also eased up on restrictions for businesses that allow minors inside. Those establishments can get exemptions if they designate a smoking area that doesn't allow customers under 18 or if they prohibit smoking until 9 p.m.

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