Both Sides of Smoking Ban Issue Campaign in Final Weeks

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 03/19 2014 04:48PM

Updated 03/19 2014 11:16PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Money is rolling in as campaigns pick up steam on both sides of the smoking ban debate.

Voters head to the polls in less than a month to decide the fate of the ballot initiative that would ban smoking in public places in St. Joseph.

As the April 5th election approaches, two groups are working to gain support.

Citizens for a Smoke Free St. Joe plans to canvass neighborhoods on Saturday, campaigning for support of the ban.

"We will be walking the neighborhoods of St. Joe passing out fliers about the campaign and the harmful effects of second hand smoke just to educate people," Dr. Jane Schwabe said. 

Opponents, organized by Citizens for Fairness, are also working to get more votes.

"Our campaign program is going to kick off in the next two or three weeks," said Scott Tucker with Citizens for Fairness. "We've got a company called Axiom Strategies, and we've hired them to give our side to the story."

So far, each group has raised more than $30,000 to support their campaigns.

Official financial numbers for each group will be released March 31st.

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