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Smoking ban possible in Poplar Bluff

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According to the group Breathe Easy Poplar Bluff, that health problem is second hand smoke. According to the group Breathe Easy Poplar Bluff, that health problem is second hand smoke.
Darnell is also with the Breathe Easy group. He said they’re proposing a ban on smoking in all indoor spots around town. Darnell is also with the Breathe Easy group. He said they’re proposing a ban on smoking in all indoor spots around town.
By banning smoking in all indoor spots, the group said it puts businesses on an even playing field. By banning smoking in all indoor spots, the group said it puts businesses on an even playing field.
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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

It’s sparking debate…will there be a smoking ban in Poplar Bluff?

"We have a major health problem in the community, and many other communities, and the sooner we deal with it, the more lives we're going to save," said Dr. Rick McGath.

According to the group Breathe Easy Poplar Bluff, that health problem is second hand smoke.

"Sinus problems, allergy problems, high incidence of asthma, cardiovascular disease, and cancer of all types," said McGath.

They’re all symptoms of second hand smoke according to McGath. McGath is also part of the Breathe Easy coalition. He said when workers are around second hand smoke day after day, they increase their risk of cancer by 50 percent.

"This is not a cold issue about rights, this is a real, live, heart beating, lungs breathing issue, for everybody in this town," said Aaron Darnell.

Darnell is also with the Breathe Easy group. He said they’re proposing a ban on smoking in all indoor spots around town.

"This is our way of protecting our loved ones, protecting our family, protecting our employees, our customers, and our co-workers," said Darnell.

Darnell said they have more than 1,000 people and 30 businesses that support the cause.

By banning smoking in all indoor spots, the group said it puts businesses on an even playing field.

"It's important because it's fair, which is kind of the premise of this whole deal, we want to make a safe place for everybody," said Darnell.

But not everyone agrees with the idea.

"If there's a smoking ban in Poplar Bluff, I disagree with it, I figure as a business owner, I own my business, I pay my bills, I pay my taxes, and I don't feel like a committee or something has got the right," said Debbie Sliger.

Sliger owns Myrtle’s Place in Poplar Bluff. She said she works to keep smoke away from the non-smoking patrons.

"I have a non-smoking, I have a smoking...my non-smoking is separate than my smoking is, different ventilation system, different air conditioning, different heating, so I feel it should not interfere with my business," said Sliger.

"We certainly don't want to take the right to smoke, people have lost enough rights as it is, but they will still have the right to smoke, simply not in a room or a building where other people are having to breathe that smoke," said McGath.

Why does the coalition they think a ban will work now?

"We have a lot of community support now, which I don't think we've had in the past," said McGath.

"We'd like to continue our discussion with the city council, and just keeping talking to the community," said Darnell.

At this time there is no vote set for the smoking ban.

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