Independence, MO has a comprehensive (all public places, bars and restaurants) smoke-free law.
The Independence measure was approved by 64% of the voters. The community conducted a coordinated campaign and used the Clean Air motto. Copies of the Independence ordinance, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the City of Independence website >www.indepmo.org
The Independence measure was passed following a year-long volunteer campaign that included extensive community education which was funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City >www.healthcare4kc.org
Many thoughtful letters to the editor were submitted to The Examiner during the last week of the campaign. They can be read on the paper’s website >www.examiner.net by searching the Archives.
Independence organizers are willing to work with citizens in other area communities interested in adopting a similar ordinance.
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See Metro Smoke-Free Cities Progress
To write to them individually just click their names below.
Email all council members
Don Reimal, Mayor
Lucy Young, At-Large
Jim Schultz, At-Large
Marcie Gragg, District 1
Will Swoffer, District 2
Myron Paris, District 3
Jim Page, District 4
Don't forget to let your State Elected Officials know you want a smoke free state as well. Click here to find your state elected officials or choose from the names below.
MO House District 49
Rep. Tom McDonald 573-751-6851
MO House District 51
Rep. Ray Salva 573-751-5701
MO House District 52
Rep. Paul Levota 573-751-9759
MO House District 53
Rep, Curt Dougherty 573-751-6535
MO Senate District 11
Sen. Victor Callahan 573-751-3074
Also, contact your local newspaper and let them know what you think. Information and links on how to send a letter to the editor are below
Kansas City Star - Send letter to the editor
Send letters of up to 150 words to The Kansas City Star, Letters, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108. or email to email@example.com. Please include name, address and daytime phone number. Letters will be edited for length and clarity.
To call and leave comments for the Voices section call (816) 234-4474
The Independence Examiner - Send letters to 410 S. South Liberty Street, Independence, MO 64050. They can be reached by phone at (816) 254-8600.