Idea of Osage Beach smoking ban draws mixed reviews

More than 60 attend forum

Cole County Partners for Clean Air Chairperson Felicia Poettgen, left, and a friend talk with Osage Beach Aldermen Lois Farmer about a possible smoking ban ordinance at a city public forum Thursday evening at Osage Beach City Hall. Osage Beach Aldermen Steve Kahrs, back in white shirt, chats with an Osage Beach resident and Lake Area Restaurateur Kym Ebling.

Cole County Partners for Clean Air Chairperson Felicia Poettgen, left, and a friend talk with Osage Beach Aldermen Lois Farmer about a possible smoking ban ordinance at a city public forum Thursday evening at Osage Beach City Hall. Osage Beach Aldermen Steve Kahrs, back in white shirt, chats with an Osage Beach resident and Lake Area Restaurateur Kym Ebling. Photo by Samantha Edmondson.

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — More community input is needed before pursuing a possible public smoking ban within the city limits, members of a public forum said Thursday night.

More than 60 residents, business owners and employees joined elected city officials and staff at the first of two public forums on a possible public smoking ban.

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The forum drew an audience of bar and restaurant owners and other Osage Beach residents, as well as smoke-free advocate groups including ....

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