In what promises to be a hot topic of discussion, Osage Beach officials have opened the door to public input on a possible smoking ban.


The topic for this year’s first public forum at the city of Osage Beach will be to get input from residents, business owners, and those who work in or visit Osage Beach, about whether or not the city of Osage Beach should follow in the footsteps of many municipalities in the state of Missouri and implement a public smoking ban ordinance.


In what promises to be a hot topic of discussion, Osage Beach officials have opened the door to public input on a possible smoking ban.

The topic for this year’s first public forum at the city of Osage Beach will be to get input from residents, business owners, and those who work in or visit Osage Beach, about whether or not the city of Osage Beach should follow in the footsteps of many municipalities in the state of Missouri and implement a public smoking ban ordinance.

“Obviously, this is a controversial subject, but the mayor and board of alderman would like to hear from residents, business owners, and those who work in or visit Osage Beach about whether they should consider banning smoking in public places in the city of Osage Beach,” City Administrator Nancy Viselli said.

During the forum, individuals can meet with Mayor Penny  Lyons, or their aldermen, by ward, to voice their opinions.  There will petitions to sign indicating whether or not you are in favor of, or opposed to, a smoking ban.  Information will be provided from other cities that have implemented similar ordinances, and from the American Lung Association.

Viselli said this may be the first of many public meetings, or it may be the only public meeting, but if you live or work in, or visit  Osage Beach, stop by and voice your opinion.