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Smoking law

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • The County Council on Monday night rejected four alternatives to a countywide smoking ban election offered by an opponent of the ban.

The sponsor of the alternatives - Councilman Paul Wynn, R-O'Fallon - said he wouldn't have voted for any of them. He said he was just making a point "that this is all about being politically correct and not about health and safety."

The rejected measures would have:

• Had the council itself enact the smoking ban instead of putting it on the ballot at the August 2012 election.

• Banned the sale, possession or use of tobacco in the county

• Removed an exemption for the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles from the countywide smoking ban ballot proposal.

• Banned smoking on all county property, outdoors and indoors. The county already bars the practice in county buildings and vehicles.

Wynn proposed his alternatives as substitutes for the countywide election bill, which was formally introduced Monday night by Councilman Joe Cronin, R-St. Paul.

"This is just theatrics," Councilman John White, R-St. Charles County, said of Wynn's proposals. White is one of three council members who have signed on as co-sponsors of Cronin's bill. 

Mark Schlinkmann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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