Many Kansas City, Kan., Bars Opt Out of Smoke Ban

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ It's hard to tell there is a smoking ban in Kansas City, Kan.

The owners of nearly 70 businesses, bars and restaurants have paid a $250 fee to continue to allow smoking in their establishments.

The smoking ban began in February, but it allows the $250 annual exemption fee through 2011.

The exempted bars include some of the city's most popular spots, such as Sammy's Tavern, Johnny's Sports Bar and some restaurants at the Legends shopping area.

Some businesses that don't serve food or alcohol also bought exemptions. Those places include Cross-Lines Retirement Center and Strasser True Value Hardware.

The business license department for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., said 50 of the 316 restaurant and bars in the city have bought exemptions.

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