Saint Charles County passed a revised law associated with Saint Louis County's smoking ban in specific types of buildings. The new law requires for all buildings to post signs for customers whether or not they can smoke in any designated areas. Reportedly, Saint Charles was evenly split on the decision to enforce a smoking ban in all public buildings, restaurants, bars, retailers and any other business that now requires a sign with lettering that is at least 1" tall at all entrances stipulating whether or not smoking is prohibited inside.
“Putting aside whether you think second-hand smoke is a health issue or not for certain people there’s no question is it a health issue...if you have COPD, some kind of a lung issue or if you’re a grandparent or parent taking children we thought it would be appropriate that before you walk into a building you know, that’s the compromise we came up with.”
-- Dave Beckering, president of the Saint Charles City Council
If caught in violation and discovered smoking in sign posted prohibited locations, fines will be upwards of $500 and 3-months in Jail.