In a 6-2 vote, the Sedalia City Council recently approved the Clean Indoor Air Act that provides smoke-free air for all public buildings, city parks and playgrounds, licensed childcare facilities and entrances to buildings. Private clubs will remain exempt, however, unless they are hosting a public event.
“Clean Air Sedalia is very happy that the city council went ahead with the decision to make Sedalia a healthier place for our residents and our visitors,” said Jeanean Sieving, Pettis County Health Department.
A recent air quality report categorized the venues that allow smoking in Sedalia as unhealthy on the EPA’s Air Quality Index. This means people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure to the air in these venues.
“We’re anxious to get started on educating the business people to move forward and transition,” said Sieving. “We hope to move forward with the county as the next step.”
Sedalia marks the second Missouri community to go smoke-free in June with Excelsior Springs approving a smoke-free ordinance earlier in the month. Sedalia’s ordinance will go into effect September 1. Read more.